Post Number: 92
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 - 07:24 pm: ||
I have made the same "house beer" since I switched to 10 gallon batches. It's a simple pale ale with one hop, bought in bulk. Lately it's been Cascade.
The other day I was several pints into the keg, and suddenly I overwhelmingly tasted grapefruit in the bitterness. I have never been able to pick out the subtleties of hop flavors before. Bitter was just bitter. Malt and yeast flavors were always up front for me. Now suddenly this grapefruit detection. Last night I couldn't really pick it out until I had two glasses of it. Does my perception change with alcohol? How did your perception of hop flavor change over time?
I recall seeing in a wine appreciation book that one could order a kit of vials that helped one to hone in on certain aromas. That tells me it takes practice to dissect delicate flavors and aromas in food/beverage. I guess it's time to order a different hop in bulk.