Beer Tasting: Transatlantic IPA

My Transatlantic IPA seems to be at its peak–no better time to give it a close look!

  • The Basics
    • Original gravity = 1.064; final gravity = 1.015; abv = 6.5%; estimated IBU = 64
  • Aroma
    • The aroma is very hop-forward and pleasant, but not overwhelming. I pick up citrus (orange) and floral aromas, with a hint of fresh apricot. There is a faint malty aroma that comes through as the beer warms up.
  • Appearance
    • Relatively clear, with a minor bit of haze. The head is quite prominent, white in color, and fine-bubbled, with excellent retention. The beer itself is a beautiful gold color.
  • Flavor
    • This is a pretty well-balanced IPA. There is a low degree of malty flavor, with a slight caramel note to it, but not enough to take it out of character for what I intended. The hops are of course prominent, tending towards the floral and piney side of things. The bitterness is strong but not over the top, and it definitely has a piney and slightly resinous finish. I detect a very modest ester background, perhaps some of the stone fruit (peach/apricot) that characterizes the yeast strain.
  • Mouthfeel
    • The beer has a medium body, with an appropriately moderate degree of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry, but not ridiculously so.
  • Would I brew this again?
    • Yes! This is a really nice “winter IPA”, and nails pretty much everything I was hoping for in the beer. I really like how the Conan strain plays against the hops and malt. Additionally, the hops combo stands up pretty well too. It’s complex, but not muddled. The beer is probably a bit heavier than I would want outside of the cold months, but that isn’t a flaw in my view. I was a little curious when formulating this recipe as to how much the Maris Otter base malt would show through–not much, in the end! It provides a good base, but doesn’t get in the way of the other ingredients.
  • Overall rating
    • 9/10