Well... just finished bottling up 31x 750ml bottles of IIPA. It is a double IPA by accident. I put dry enzyme in the fermenter to dry out the beer. I did this on purpose, but I did not expect it to ferment every bit of remaining sugar.
For those of you who brew beer, it was a 1.065 start and it finished at 1.000! I could not believe what I was witnessing. Anyways, I tasted a few times over the last couple weeks and it does taste good. I wanted a hop bomb and with that much of the malt fermented, that is what I will get. It didn't seem to thin, but I wont really know what I have until its carbed up. I have high hopes as it was very, very hop forward.
I decided to drink that Sculpin while I bottled my own stuff. The Sculpin was very good. Not mind blowing, but certainly a very good beer indeed. I would defininely recommend it and I would love to get a fresher one. This one was imported in September 2012, so that does mean it was bottled in July/August based on the "enjoy by" date. I bet you it was sublime about 6 months ago.
From my experience brewing my own beer, the hops aroma doesn't last that long. 3 months and it is at its best. So if this beer was brewed 9 months ago it is a little bit past its best. However, I could still tell what they were trying to do with it. I thoroughly enjoyed it even tho it should have been drunk before Xmas.
I didn't think it was that much better than the Big Eye. I plan to get one of those this weekend so I can kind of compare them. Either way, they are both awesome beers.
O&B Dream Team
Bill Barber - Bobby Clarke - Tim Kerr
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