Home Brew, Junk Yard Ale

Just cracked open the first bottle of Junk Yard Dog IPA.  I've had it conditioning in the fridge for 2 weeks now and thought I'd crack one open for a taste.  The carbonation is pretty light, much like a Fat Tire, but it doesn't taste flat at all.  It has a strong hops aroma and bites a little at the start but finishes clean and smooth.

The recipe recommended 6-8 weeks of conditioning, so I'll give it another try in 3-4 weeks and see how it's doing.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company

moose.gifBig Sky Brewing Company in Missoula, MT.

Remember that feeling? That first taste, the best part of a beer after a long day. We want to make that better than ever. So we made Moose Drool. The name sounds a little iffy, but it's really the best Brown Ale you'll ever taste. That's why Moose Drool is far and away the best-selling beer brewed in Montana.

A co-worker brought some back from a trip to big sky country. I don't think it is the best brown ale, but it is good. It is pretty smooth with a clean finish but not really something I'd expect from a brown. It lacks the strong bite that I associate with browns but it is good and should appeal to a wide audience.

Homebrew, First Taste

Drank one of my home brewed beers last night. It's a West Coast Pale Ale and tastes pretty good. The flavor starts out strong but finishes with a smooth citrus taste, much like Blue Moon. I'm satisfied with the taste but I'll let it sit another week before trying the next bottle. I did this the Mr. Beer way, which cheats a lot and bypasses the more difficult parts of making the wort.

It's piqued my interest a bit and I'll probably look into doing it the hard way soon enough.