Last night was a busy one for MNB. We sampled 5 new batches, including 4 completely new beers. Plus we brewed up a 10-gallon batch of Weissguy and had our first MNB beer on tap. The quick rundown:
Cowtipper Cream Ale: Turned out well – I’d say 3.5 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t naturally gravitate towards a cream ale, but ours was crystal clear and had a very smooth mouthfeel. It actually did have a kind of creamy finish to it.
Bog Monster Cranberry Ale: Probably a 2.5 out of 5. Nice fruit flavor, but too tart for my liking. I can’t tell if using real fruit would tone down the tart flavor or not. The fruit flavor was just about right, so I would hate to back off the extract too much.
Base Jumper IPA: Another 2.5 out of 5. Definitely bitter, but without the complexity that a double IPA should have. Despite a solid 8.5%, it just didn’t have the intensity I was looking for. I’m dying to get this one right, so I’ll keep fiddling.
Casserole Ale: 3 out of 5. This was a total mish-mash, and also our first beer served on draft. It had a nice bitterness, but not a lot of body. Still, a good beer to sip on a Mon ay night.
Swashchuckler IPA: I figured this batch was bad (brewed about 6 weeks ago), and suspicions were confirmed last night. Overcarbonated at 2 weeks, and well on its way to being a gusher. Yuck.
In other news, Peter picked up a couple more glass carboys a couple weeks ago, so we are completely done with any fermentation in a plastic bucket. So far, this seems to have helped us avoid the contamination issues that have been plaguing us for the past month.