My other mission yesterday was buying a whole truckload of Falconer's Flight hops to give this batch the amazing hoppy flavor for which it calls. I also got my next recipe, a Belgian Table Beer similar to this one for summer that has got me really excited.
Basically, your average American Amber Ale (Fat Tire, Red Seal, etc...there are MANY) will have a nice hop character similar to an American Pale Ale, along with a little more caramel malt flavor to balance it out and an ABV of around 5%, of course with a beautiful reddish color. The brew that I'll be churning out tomorrow is inspired by that tradition, but has been amped up in the style of a West Coast Red Ale and then turned up even a bit more from that style, meaning higher ABV (mine should land at around 7.5%) and LOTS more hop character. Think IPA (India Pale Ale) when compared to a pale ale...bigger, bolder, hoppier. This beer will be similar to a double/imperial IPA in strength and hop character, but with a lot more caramel sweetness and malt background. Stay tuned for brew day highlights and the recipe to be posted on this blog tomorrow!
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