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All Grain - Solstice Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:18
by robwalker
Just an eastery (haha) English bitter with a new german hop variety, Monroe, supposed to taste of cherry, fennel, raspberry and orange. Did some research on spring styles mainly pointing to saisons, bocks, Irish red, hefeweizen etc but I fancied keeping it english. It's a solstice beer with is a thing what definitely exists at least until someone says it doesn't. Hoping for a full but fairly relaxed flavour profile.

Re: All Grain - Solstice Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 15:43
by Hardboil
Interesting, that style should really showcase the Monroe!

What fermentation temp do you use?

Light to a medium body?

Re: All Grain - Solstice Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 15:54
by robwalker
Mashed at 65 and I'll ferment at room temp, aka cold at the moment! Lol

Re: All Grain - Solstice Pale Ale

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 09:18
by robwalker
Popped the hops open today after a mad ferment. Smelling really good in the pack, lots of stone fruit and fine aroma.

Re: All Grain - Solstice Pale Ale

PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 19:58
by robwalker
In't keg ready to pour on Friday, and tasting good. It's full bodied and the caramalt comes through nicely, but the hops are fantastic. Definitely getting the orange syrup and lots of fruit and for a 2.5% hop they're really punchy, and a good sessioner at 3.5%

Re: All Grain - Solstice Pale Ale

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 06:42
by Brewzee
What an unusual sounding hop. So it's all round yours this Friday then.

Re: All Grain - Solstice Pale Ale

PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:09
by robwalker
All done. Not the best beer I've brewed. Hop aroma was good prior to kegging but after a few weeks it's faded fairly quickly leaving an ok lightly fruity aroma but not a whole lot else, and even a slight dusty/meaty thing going on in the background, although it could also be the yeast. Certainly needs backing up for anything really hoppy, but I think this would work well in more subtle styles. Seems to be the way with these new German hops that promise the world but don't deliver much intensity.