Wednesday, March 28, 2012

American Pale Ale (Home Brew)

American Pale Ale
(Home Brew)

Brewed by:
Fay Brewery
Smyrna, Delaware, USA

American Pale Ale (APA)

5.7% ABV

I’m sick to discover that I must have deleted the pictures for this post. I’ll keep looking but I think they are gone. Sorry Seth.

Seth just sent me a pic for the review.

Style Description:
Of British origin, this style is now popular worldwide and the use of local ingredients, or imported, produces variances in character from region to region. Generally, expect a good balance of malt and hops. Fruity esters and diacetyl can vary from none to moderate, and bitterness can range from lightly floral to pungent.

American versions tend to be cleaner and hoppier, while British tend to be more malty, buttery, aromatic and balanced.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%

We are continuing Homebrew Week. Actually I got a little distracted with my first home brew so I’m a little behind. This is an all grain brew from my friend Seth. We spend a good deal of time talking about beer and homebrewing so I can’t wait to taste the fruits of his labor.

The beer pours a hazy pale copper with golden hues and bright white head.

The nose is extremely inviting with pale malt aromas with sweet fruity and citrus notes. With a gentle swirl of the glass there is a pleasent release of floral hop aromas. I cant’ wait to see what this taste like.

Wow, what a great first sip; easy drinking light and refreshing with a clean dry finish. I could drink this all summer long.

The experience starts out with touch of pale malt sweetness up front followed by the most pleasant cleansing mouthfeel as the ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is an additional carbonation release during the swallow that adds to the refreshing experience. The finish is perfect with pale malt flavors, sweet fruity esters and citrus notes followed by just the right amount of floral hops to dry without bitterness. There is not much of a final aftertaste just a hint of pale malts and citrus.

What an enjoyable experience.
As the beer warms an opens up a little I’m picking up more of pilsner malt aspect. I’ll have to get the spec sheet from Seth to see what malts he used.

What a great easy drinking beer. I love a simple beer done well and this is it. I’m going to have to get his recipe and brew some of this over the summer.

The finish on this is just perfect, sorry I think I said that already. It leaves you with just a hint of floral hops without any bitterness. Actually it would be a stretch to even say a bite. It is clean and refreshing all the way through. 

Two commercial beers come to mind as I’m enjoying this; Boxcar Original and Brooklyn Summer Ale. Actually this one is more like Brooklyn now that I think of it. Boxcar had a little more of an English flare to it.

What a great beer. Sorry for the short review Seth but this was so enjoyable it’s gone already. This is a solid A.

A | Seth’s American Pale Ale is sure to please with its pale malt flavors, fruity esters and citrus notes that lead into a clean, crisp and refreshingly dry finish with just a hint of floral hops to leave your thirst quenched palate asking for more.

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