OK, so it's been a LONG time since I've posted, and honestly the keg of IPA is long gone. All in all it was a very good beer if I can say so. As most beers go, serving too cold did not do this beer justice. As it warmed up a bit, it had an amazing nose of grapefruit and orange. As you can see from the picture, I like my IPAs on the darker side of the style, with a good malt backbone and a lot of hops. This beer needed a little more mouthfeel, so next time I'm planning on mashing @ 156F instead of the 153F I ended up with during this brew.
I did want some constructive criticism on this beer so I entered it in the AHA Club Only Competition with my local homebrew club FOAM. It did not win out against the other brews submitted by fellow club members to get submitted for the national judging, but I did get some BJCP score sheets back! Average score of 31/50 wasn't bad for my first beer ever reviewed and brewed with homegrown hops to boot!
Welcome to Hop Flavor! I created this blog to chronicle my attempt at growing hops, good or bad. I'm starting out with 6 hop rhizomes and hope to have good enough growth to harvest some cones at the end of the season. Join me on my quest! Please feel free to comment, make suggestions or ask questions.