Well batch 4, Al’s Red-Eye Ale, is finally tasted! It’s been sitting six friggin’ weeks while I was away on work in Arizona. It’s a bit over-carbonated, probably could have gone into the fridge about three weeks ago, but this leaves it with a monstrous head that really lasts. There is plenty of lacing too. Color is about what I wanted, it’s pretty red with tinges of brown and tan. It’s moderately clear, not completely so, but given my technique I can’t complain at all for how it looks in the glass!
Bitterness… WOW!! It’s definitely bitter, although not terribly over the top so. It’s essentially a red IPA, or at least I’m declaring it so. There’s TONS of hops flavor, that’s for sure! A bit of an oily mouthfeel is present from all the hops I used. It’s a HOP BOMB! Maybe not the Tzar Bomba hoppiest of all hop bombs of all time ever no matter what… but definitely at least a megaton!
The aroma is very nice too. It’s a bit different, perhaps the combination of Amarillo and Cascade dry hops comprised a special blend that I haven’t tried before. There’s tons of aroma to boot. It’s friggin’ good!
I can tell you this: I’ve bought commercial IPAs that aren’t as good as this one. It’s pretty good. I’m not going to declare it a miracle of brewing prowess, but I’m definitely going to drink every single friggin’ bottle, and trade a few too!
This brew tells me that I should back off a little on the hops for my next batch, which is a primarily cascade APA. I’d like the APA to be a little more of an everyday man’s beer. Al’s Red-Eye Ale is not for amateurs.
Success. It tastes hoppy. It tastes good. And I brewed it.