Doctor Duvel

I'm like a sommelier, but for beer.

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Location: Upstate New York, United States

Favorite Beers: Orval, Samuel Smith, Duvel, Hennepin, Oude Gueze, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam, and anything made by Trappist monks.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale

Another random beer tasting...

The aforementioned is a very pale pale ale (3.2 L). According to the bottle, it's 13 degrees Plato, 77 AA, and 34 IBU. That would make it about 5.3% a.b.v., by my calculations. Ingredients: Northwest Harrington, Crystal, Triumph, Maier Munich, C-15; Styrians and Amarillos and juniper berries.

I think it's great, overall. Aromatically, you get a general whiff of hops, nothing too overbearing, underlain by an earthy pepperiness I take to be the juniper berries. There's an elegant, supple malt character (moderate malty depth from, I guess, the Munich and Crystal 15). The juniper effect kicks in most dramatically in the finish, which is really pretty distinctive. I have some juniper berries kicking around and that's definitely the earth/pepper thing.

So, sometime when I get sick of brewing basic pale ales or IPA's, this'd be a pleasant experiment, brewing a nice malty pale and spiking it with the ginny goodness of juniper...


Blogger Trina said...

Ginny Goodness? Sound like a porn star...

8:53 PM  

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