Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dawn Patrol Californina Common, Tasting Notes

Aroma: Baked bread, slight pinecone sharpness from the (More than style) Cascade dry hop additions. 

Appearance:  Golden Amber color, very clear body.  A thick whimsical white head is pronounced. (Not in this picture above unfortunately)

Flavor: Very sharp bitterness that does not linger on my tongue.  Malty with some breadiness that I adds personality.  Hints of pine, evergreen and toast.  Finishes very clean, maybe the cleanest homebrew I've done?

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation throughout, very drinkable and finishing on the dry side. 

Overall Impression: This was my 1st California Common that I've ever done.  The clean finish really surprised me. 

Brewing Timeline/Notes: This was brewed July 17th. This is my 1st dip into controlled fermentation's below the normal 63+ temps.  I know this is a Common and not a lager, but I brewed it like a traditional Lager.  More as a test run for my new Lagering temp control system.  Everything worked out great.  As I'm writing this, I have my Beersmith brewing program open working on the next brew, taking advantage of this new equipment. 

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