Wow this beer is super pungent and has a strangely savory character to it. The aroma is great so I hope it comes together in a couple of weeks.
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OK - so I'm a nut case. I find it inexplicable, but what a difference one day can make. The beer tastes excellent today. I must admit that I have had drastic flavor changes from green beer to not-so-green beer in the past when I've been disappointed at first and then ended up a happy camper about IPA's coming around. Or maybe it's that my taste buds work better on weekends! Live and learn is my current motto.
From 1.052 to 1.003 in 8 days. Sample is pretty rough tasting right now with a lot of flavors going on. As you would expect, I am getting citrus, pepper, earthiness, and a little bit of funk.
Nice. Sounds like a saison to me !
I would just note that the higher alcohol can come across as slightly sweet - I made one that a good brewer thought was under attenuated, but at 1.009 it was just the alcohol that caused the impression. It was perfectly good to enjoy, though.
Going to brew a pumpkin oktoberfest again. Last year I liked it so much I think it may be a regular fall beer for me. Basically an oktoberfest with a little pumpkin in the mash and spices at the end of the boil. Good stuff.
Isovaleric acid is definitely hop related.
The funny thing about it is that major parts of the population can't even detect it at any level. I went to the Siebel Sensory Perception class at GABF back in 2009 (God, has it been that long?) and while half the class sipped away at the sample straining to find something wrong, the other half of the class was making gagging noises and looked like they were going to hurl.