I recently took the plunge into the world of making hoppy beers by creating a Golden Ale recipe. OK, it was really more of a toe dip than a plunge, but the sheer amount of hops I measured out to throw into this beer made me nervous! I discovered that there was really no need to be that nervous once the beer was done, and I feel like it could withstand more hop aroma and flavour and still be a good beer.
Want to try this beer? If you’re going to be at NHC 2016 in Baltimore, come find the AABG booth on club night!
Appearance – As the name would imply, this beer is a golden straw-like colour with a fair amount of haze. The haze is likely due, at least in part, to forgetting whirlfloc combined with the fact that Maris Otter is an unforgiving haze monster.
Aroma – Lightly sweet and a little fruity.
Taste – Matches up to the aroma well, combined with lightly floral and lemony hops. A decent grainy/biscuity undertone from the Maris Otter is also present.
Mouthfeel – For a low mashed beer (150F), this has surprising body but is not overly thick or chewy. I assume that the Golden Naked Oats help out a lot there.
Notes – Overall a nice sessionable beer that will make a regular appearance in my brewing schedule.