Let me start off by saying that this beer is delicious. It is a perfect beer for summer in my opinion, but I am a little biased.
The flavor is very similar to the Cascade IPA I made awhile back, but a bit more fruity specifically grapefruit. The hops are definitely there, but the bitterness is very smooth.
I would be very interested to see how the flavor would be affected by a different yeast like the American Ale yeast I used on my other IPA as opposed to the London 3 yeast I used this batch. I think this yeast might make the bitterness a little less intense.
It’s very easy drinking and smooth. I feel it has a lot of the characteristics of a good session beer besides the alcohol content.
The only downside is that this beer isn’t as clear as some of my previous batches. I think this might go back to the yeast. London 3 is mainly used for New England IPAs which are very cloudy beers. It could be because I dry hopped the beer and more of that extra sediment made it into the bottling bucket than usual. I might try out some different methods in the future to prevent the dry hop sediment, like using a hop bag to contain the particles.
Other than that, I’m very happy with how this batch turned out and I look forward to enjoying these beers myself and sharing them with friends.