Starting from the right in the picture above. The "Oak aged 90 min MyPA"
We started off, trying to clone one of our favourite beers from "dogfish head brewery" their 90 min IPA. This beer has a very sweet, thick malty ness, almost chocolate tasting, but with a very hoppy nose and wonderful bitter finish. This beer is unreal. It is boiled for 90 mins and is continuously hopped for the entire boil to achieve that amazing hoppy flavour. Then, it is dry hopped during fermentation with insane amounts of hops to give it that crazy aroma.
Now onto our beer. We made 3 versions of the 90 min IPA. The first was an oak aged. In all honesty it tastes nothing like what we wanted, but is surprisingly awesome. It has a brilliant hoppy nose, with the addition of a little bit of oak. The malty ness isn't as pronounced as we would have hoped, but that was expected as we had some problems during there brew ;) overall this was a very pleasant beer to drink, no off flavours, very crisp and clean tasting with a nice hoppy bite. I enjoyed this beer very much and will be making it again.
The beer on the far right, is the same beer, however it was not oak aged. So pretty much exactly the same, however no oak flavour or aroma, much more crisp, almost a slight apple flavour, in a good way, these beers came out to be about 7% ABV , so they have quite a decent warmth in the mouth as well! IBUs on these two is about 70. Honestly a beer I would drink every day. Sadly all 30 750mil bottles are gone. Only took like 2 weeks..
Finally, the beer in the middle. This one was just a sample of a beer we will be aging till the fall. It's an Imperial pumpkin pie ale. At 8.5% ABV, this beer is insanely awesome. It seriously tastes like a pumpkin pie. It's sweet, spicy, thick bodied, and has an awesome alcohol warmth, although the alcohol taste is quite hidden by all the spices. You can still tell its there. This is for sure a dessert beer. More than one might be a little much. We are really excited for this to age up nicely, we expect it to get a lot more body, and more of the alcohol taste will come through, balancing it out.
Overall we have been really excited about all of the beers we have made so far, some have been a little crazy, the " Bloody Imperial pepper stout" has quite the story to go along with it, and almost one of my fingers, hence the name. It's and awesome hobby, I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves beer and loves the satisfaction of doing things them-self.
Beer is just really cool.. I like it ;)
Drink on friends, cheers.