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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mistakes in a pour...


                Tonight, I made a mistake…  One that I probably should have known better about, but I did it anyways.  I was going to write a review of Northwoods Wall-IPA, a pretty decent IPA all said and done, it has a nice citrusy aroma, a nice off-white head, and a great hop forward flavor with a citrusy finish.  It isn’t as overwhelmingly hoppy like a few of the extreme IPAs out there, it has more of a softer IPA bitterness like a British IPA.  It’s a pretty good beer and I would love to try Northwood’s other beers.

                So back to the point of this post, my mistake...  Unfortunately it did not occur to me that this might be a bottle conditioned beer, so I unfortunately poured the whole beer, rather than leaving the yeast behind in the bottle.  Unfortunately, this made an otherwise clear beer cloudy.  It gave a citrusy scent a yeasty, bready finish.  The hop forward flavor that I experienced in previous bottles was dulled by the yeast, although the strong citrusy finish remained.

                It is a pretty damned good beer that was harmed due to a bad pour, or rather it would have been a good pour if only it was not bottle conditioned.  I will need to be more careful in the future so that I leave any possible yeast sediment behind.

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