Beer With Me Nano Brewery Old Man

Old Man, Batch 002. Enjoyed 3 weeks after bottling.

Old Man by Beer With Me Nano Brewery, India Pale Ale, 6.6 % ABV, 76 IBU.

Another rating of one of my beers, but I’ll try to be as objective as possible… Old Man is loosely inspired by the Nøgne Ø Pale Ale recipe, but it’s beefed up to be an IPA with major changes both in the grain bill and hops schedule. My goal was to make a bitter IPA with strong citric notes, a smooth mouthfeel and with a quite light colour. See the brew log for further details.

The beer do have a light colour, but oh my, what have I done to make such an utter opaque body? It’s light yellow with a slight amber tint, but it’s also remarkably whitish, it like a mix of beer and milk! This looks more like a dirty Belgian wit than an IPA! The slightly off-white head though has a nice initial size, it’s creamy and reduces to a fully lasting layer of decent thickness. It even laces the glass pretty well.

The aroma is strong and to my surprise it’s pleasant and absolutely clean! I’ve also obtained my goal of making a citric beer: this one is packed with grapefruit, lemon and orange. Also other fruity hints, but the citrus is definitely in charge here. In the back lurk some spices and herbs.

The taste is moderate sweet initially and the finish is moderate to heavy bitter. The flavours are moderate to strong and dominated by the citrus, again grapefruit, lemon and orange. Also a bit resin and some very faint traces of yeast. Simple but quite nice, and the citric bitter finish is very long-lasting. I often complain about too obvious alcohol in home-brews, but in this one I find the alcohol well integrated. I don’t get any butter as I did with my Batch 001 Pale Ale, so I guess the extra week in the fermenter did the trick.

50% beer, 50% milk? No, its an Old Man IPA!

The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant with a medium body, but here’s something about the carbonation that doesn’t feel quite right. It sort of disappears too quickly, leaving the beer too softly carbonated too soon.

Conclusion: a horrible looking beer with a very nice aroma, taste and flavour.

Aroma:      7
Appearance: 2
Taste:      7
Palate:     3
Overall:   12
Ratebeer score: 3.1

2 comments on “Beer With Me Nano Brewery Old Man

  1. Gettin’ into it now Terje. 🙂 *clinkin’ virtual glasses*

    It only takes a couple of batches to get a basic understanding of the process; then it’s all about calibrating equipment, creating recipes and fighting “the Devil in the details”. Cheers and congratulations on your ugly good IPA. 😉

  2. Rating by Stian Krog, posted on Beer With Me’s Facebook page:

    Beer With Me Old Man

    Pours a murky orange-clay-hued body with a small white head. Hmm…a bit of cold crashing, irish moss, gelatine or other means of clarifications would have helped in my opinion, particularly since this is most likely hop haze…not even fruit in this one? Damn it’s messy… 😛 Nose is mild peaches, grass, hints of soap and…could be the label fuckin’ with my head but I swear I get a touch of Old Spice deodorant; kinda peppery and very subtle in the background. 🙂 Taste is surprisingly sweet, with near-clove-like residual grainy sweetness peering through a thin veil of grassy and peachy hop tones. Some gingerbread in the finish, with a light hop burn of resin in the aftertaste. Full body, soft carbonation, as seems to be the order of the day with most of the Beer With Me Beers I’ve had so far. Strange, but not really bad per se. Just something that makes me wonder what the intentions vs. results ratio was on this one. 🙂

    Aroma: 5
    Appearance: 1
    Taste: 6
    Palate: 3
    Overall: 10

    Total score: 2,5

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