Festival - Endeavour Pale Ale

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Re: Festival - Endeavour Pale Ale

Postby Trucker5685 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 19:12

This is my first review so be gentle with me guys :lol:

I picked this kit up today as it caught my eye while I was in my LHBS. It's a limited edition so thought I'd try it while I could. I'd been impressed with the Festival range when I made the Golden Stag summer ale.

The kit contents.

Everything is included, even the priming sugar and a very handy filter bag when it's time to rack and filter the remains of the hops. There's a 200g bag of Dextrose to add a bit more to the ABV and 75g of Galena hop pellets. The box states the beer is approx 5% ABV.
This is described as a hazy light copper colour with a white head, a leafy aroma with a hint of peanut and a lovely mineral edge, refreshing and flavourful and a slightly grassy edge from the hops.

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Extract pouches in hot water to soften

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Adding extract to the FV

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Add very hot water to get the remaining extract out of the pouch

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Nice clean pouches :thumb:

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Mixing some boiling water to the extract

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Then add cold water to bring the volume to 23L and reach a temp between 20 & 25*C

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SG 1042 and a nice colour IMO

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Temp at 22*C and in goes the yeast

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That's it for now, I'll post updates and pics as and when :thumb:

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Re: Festival - Endeavour Pale Ale

Postby dhendy91 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 20:11

Great review. This also caught my eye last time I was in my LHBS, unfortunately was buying ingredients for my first AG so was a bit preoccupied but will definitely be doing one of the festival kits when I get the chance.

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Re: Festival - Endeavour Pale Ale

Postby Trucker5685 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 20:14

Thanks and good luck with your first AG, I did my first about 3 months ago, I'm sure you won't be disappointed :thumb:

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Re: Festival - Endeavour Pale Ale

Postby Trucker5685 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 15:25

Just got in from work and had a peek at the brew, I wouldn't normally take the lid off but did just to get a photo.

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The airlock is bubbling every second, my Ritchies FV's seem to give a better seal and always bubble but the Young's ones don't. Not the end of the world I know but new brewers like to see the bubbling. It's kinda reasssuring that something's happening :lol:

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Re: Festival - Endeavour Pale Ale

Postby Smudge » Sun May 25, 2014 06:43

How did the Endeavour IPA end up, or are you still maturing. Only asking as I have just got the kit.

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Re: Festival - Endeavour Pale Ale

Postby Trucker5685 » Sun May 25, 2014 08:26

Sorry for the lack of updates, we've had so much going on lately, new kitchen, wedding and holiday to plan.
I only kegged it a couple of days ago, it was very much like the golden stag kit from the same range, very hoppy.
When I get back from honeymoon I'll pull a sample off and update again :thumb:

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Re: Festival - Endeavour Pale Ale

Postby fore » Mon Dec 15, 2014 21:08

Just drinking this. Found the first kegged pint a bit bland given the dry hopping. Normally the hops come through stronger in the bottle and sure enough the bottled version is better. The hops are not particulary strong, but still a very nice pint.

Friends have found the Golden Stag to be way too bitter for their liking, but this is a lot more balanced; I'm sure this will go down better with them. I'm OK with both, but I agree that Golden Stag can be a bit overpowering on occasions, particularly from the bottle.

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Re: Festival - Endeavour Pale Ale

Postby Smudge » Sat Dec 20, 2014 20:31

Bottled mine finally a month ago and I am pleasantly surprised with this kit. It's turned out to be a very good, hoppy pale ale, no home brew twang, just a decent beer. Already had a few would buy again!

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