Celebrating Three Years of Homebrewing: Irish Red Ale Tasting Notes

Yes, it was three years ago today that I brewed my very first batch of beer. It was an Irish Red Ale extract kit from Midwest Supplies and I saved a bunch to drink every year on the anniversary. Here are my tasting notes for this three year old beer that probably should have been consumed within about six months.

Original Post: My First Batch
Style: Red Ale
Brew Date: June 21, 2011
Tasting Date: June 21, 2014

It’s a bit of a gusher. This was not a problem when it was fresh. I wonder if something has gotten in there? It smells very dry. I was expecting cardboard, but I don’t get any of that on the nose.

The first sip is definitely a bit sour. Woo, much more sour in the aftertaste. And bitter. Not hop bitterness, more like grapefruit rinds. What has happened here? This is neither the beer I remember or anywhere near what I expected to find.

I’m not sure what has infected this, but it has definitely turned into a different beast. The initial flavor is actually pretty nice. A little sour with some slight roast malt character, but upon swallowing it gets extremely, unpleasantly bitter.20140621-141142-51102492.jpg

I am very curious if this how all of the bottles of this have become. I have a feeling this bottle may be unique. My plan is to continue only drinking one a year, though so I guess I’ll have to wait to find out.


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