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Found 5 results

  1. Kevin Caffrey

    Centennial Zest Ale

    This past summer when I first began using Mr. Beer, I had a Goose Island IPA and was hoping to try to replicate that in some fashion. Well, I'm not sure it's as good as Goose Island, but it's not too far off, imo. I basically took the Horse's Ass Ale recipe and just included 1oz of Centennial hops and 1 lemon zest. I tried it this past weekend after it conditioned for 26 days and was really impressed. Kinda tastes like a "light" IPA. Poured light copper, a slight hoppy/lemon-y aroma, a little bit of lacing left along the glass. Just a thin head remains throughout. Crisp, dry finish, honey and lemon taste are both very subtle. Really enjoyable -- and very basic recipe to make.
  2. Kevin Caffrey

    Centennial Zest Ale

    From the album: Brews

    I wanted to try to come up with something that tasted like a Goose Island IPA. Now, I'm not claiming this is as good as a Goose Island, but I was very happy with the results. I love the citrus/hop balance in the Goose Island and the drinkability of it. So I took the Horse's Ass Ale recipe and added 1 oz of Centennial Hops (used in Goose Island) and 1 lemon zest to also add to the citrus flavor. Pours a light copper, slight hoppy aroma (ten MrBeer recipes in, and aroma thus far is never that strong for any of my brews), a thin, thin head remains throughout, great carbonation, crisp, 'zesty' -- slight lemon and honey taste. Very easy to drink. If I could sum this up I'd say -- it's a nice Light IPA. Thus far, I've always waited the 28 days to condition, but out of curiosity, I tried this at 21 and 26 (three days chilled in each case) and it was very good.
  3. Kevin Caffrey

    Winter Dark Ale Review

    Tried WDA for the first time last night and it came out awesome! Reminded me of Guinness. Poured a very dark black with a foamy, billowy tan head; left a good amount of lacing along the glass. Smell was subtle, but it tasted of roasted barley with hints of chocolate and espresso; bitter but very easy to drink. I think they are still on sale for $10.98 so I may have to pick another one or two up during this free shipping sale. Also last night brewed something I'm going to call Centennial Zest Ale -- a variation of the Horse's Ass Ale recipe adding zest of one lemon and 1 oz of Centennial hops. Kevin
  4. Kevin Caffrey

    New Brew: Columbus Horse Ale

    For my 5th homebrew I took the Horse's Ass Ale recipe and added 1oz of Columbus Hops. I liked the Horse's Ass Ale - it was slightly hoppy and the honey taste came through nicely, but I was looking to increase the hoppiness and add a grapefruit taste to it. The 1oz of Columbus Hops did EXACTLY what I wanted it to do and this came out excellent! It's my favorite so far. 3 weeks fermentation; 4 weeks conditioned. Not a bad looking brew if I do say so myself.
  5. Kevin Caffrey

    Columbus Horse Ale

    From the album: Brews

    I tweaked the Horse's Ass Ale recipe by adding 1oz of Columbus Hops and I think this is my favorite home brew yet. Malty, slightly sweety, a hint of grapefruit, a hint of honey. Delicious.
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