JoKr Brewers East Block Sunshine

East Block Sunshine by JoKr Brewers, Pale Ale, 5.8% ABV, 47.5 IBU.

This is probably the clearest homebrew I’ve ever seen! It pours a crystal clear, pale golden body with a frothy head consisting of many small bubbles. The head is white and reduces to a thin but fully lasting layer after some time. A reasonably amount of foam sticks to the glass. This looks very much like your average pilsener, but hey, it’s a crystal clear home made beer! Considering that this is a homebrew I’m tempted give this a 4 in Appearance and thereby breaking my first sacred Rule of Rating™: judge a homebrew in the exact same way as a commercial brew. But the body is a bit too pale and the head a bit too average, so I’ll end up with a 3.

Pale and crystal clear!

JoKr Brewers East Block Sunshine. The label says 47.5 IBU, I'll advice the Jokers to google "significant figures"... 🙂

The aroma is of moderate strength, it’s quite sweet and has a faint touch of acidity. It’s not a very exciting aroma, but the Saaz hops are very obvious. Maybe a bit too obvious for an ale, this smells more like a pilsener. Nothing wrong with that per se, but I’m just not the biggest pilsener fan. I also get pale malts and some faint fruity notes.

The taste is moderate sweet, maybe a bit too sweet for such a light (both colour and ABV) beer? There is also a light acidity and the finish is moderate to light bitter. The bitterness is a bit sharp and grassy, and not that pleasant. I also get grainy notes and a light fruity touch. The body is medium, the texture is rather dry and the carbonation is a bit too soft.

In a way this beer is a bit confusing. The aroma is so full of noble hops that I was led to believe that this is a bone dry, crisp and refreshing lager-like beer, but on the palate this is just fairly dry and a bit too sweet, almost a bit cloying.

Conclusion: a strange ale, a wannabe-lager that ends up being neither. 

Aroma:      5
Appearance: 3
Taste:      4
Palate:     3
Overall:    8
Ratebeer Score: 2.3

One comment on “JoKr Brewers East Block Sunshine

  1. While this is nowhere near a masterpiece of a beer, I think it’s fairly drinkable and inoffensive, without actually being bland. Also, expectations come into play as I see with your “lager vs. beer”-musing; I never expected this to be anything but a pale ale with loads of Saaz, but the clean fermentation, light malts and use of hops clearly steers the mind toward a pilsner, which wasn’t actually the intention… 😛

    The Saaz, at least, comes out pretty well but the IBU is another story… Surely this is nowhere NEAR actually being 47,5 IBU when subjected to sensory tests/comparison (Pilsner Urquell, f.ex, is 40 IBU and way more bitter) and my conclusion is that the Tinseth-scale of IBU (used as a standard in many homebrewing programs like our BeerSmith) is not a very good scale when brewing with unconventional hop schedules. For such a low alpha hop as Saaz (2,9 %), you need to boil a LOT more at 60 + minutes to extract enough. As a result, the hop bite was considerably less than we expected.

    Still, the beer has no major flaws and I kinda like it. But I see why you rated it the way you did. 🙂

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