Season 1, Episode
13 - This week on 4B: English IPA, English
porter, and two homebrews with issues.
Welcome to lucky episode thirteen of Four Brewers! This week is a
bit all over the place for us. We kick the show off with what is
probably one of the most tradition and easy to find IPAs on the
market, Samuel Smith’s India Ale. India Pale Ale tends to be a very
regional beer, meaning that it can vary widely in translation. East
coast IPA, for example, is thought of as being more balanced and
malt forward, and greatly influenced by traditional English IPA.
Keeping with that logic, one would think that this IPA from Samuel
Smith’s would be a malt bomb of an IPA. But that’s actually not the
case here. While this IPA is indeed quite balanced as far as IPA
goes, the malt backbone is actually quite pleasant and not very
dominating. It has a nice bitterness and comes off quite
refreshing. It’s totally worth trying out sometime, and will give
you an idea of what an actual English IPA is all about.
Sticking with Samuel Smith’s, we dive into their Taddy Porter. This is again, another fine
example of a traditional English beer. The beer style “porter” has
been around for quite a long time, and many American craft
breweries have their own delicious takes on it. It’s nice to get
back to the roots of the style, and Taddy Porter is a great
example, among many others.
Feature: Homebrew – Jason’s
SMaSH IPA, and Nagel’s “Yellow Submarine” Saison.
brewed a beer for the show! Awesome! Keeping things simple, he
decided to go with a SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beer. The
base malt in this brew is all 2 row base malt, and the hops are
Mosaic. Jason talks about his first time fermenting beer in a
bucket, we get off on the wonderful grapefruit aroma, and analyze
an off-aroma present in the beer.
Greg Nagel’s Yellow Submarine Saison
Next up is Greg‘s “Yellow Submarine” saison. Greg talks about his
not-so-efficient brewday (we’ve all been there), as we tangent into
politics and other nonsense.
See you next week! Make some beer!
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