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Novice Homebrewer: Tasting the First Beer!

Ah, the fruits of my labor. Here we have arrived at the best part of homebrewing: drinking your own brew. After a successful brewing and bottling process, it was time to pop one open. Keep in mind that before I performed this review, I had several of my homebrews. Each one was getting better over time, so this review will reflect a much better product than the very first one I tried. The first one was popped one week after bottling and clearly that was not enough time for the flavors to blend and gel. Also, I tried to be as honest as possible while reviewing this beer. I’m not looking to self-promote my homebrews here, but just pass on what I taste and how good the beer actually is. With that in mind, enjoy my review!

Lincoln Abbey Brown Ale
The beer pours a brown color with a frothy and foamy off-white colored head that is about a finger thick and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. It has moderate sized bubbles in the head and has a few yeast flakes floating as well.
The aroma focuses on maple syrup on the front end with some pine hop bitterness lingering in the background. A caramel sweetness provides the base for the nose, but it wasn’t as toasty as a lot of brown ales. I believe this is due to the fact that it is an extract-based beer and not a full grain, so the toasted flavor doesn’t transfer as well.
The taste blends really well, something that definitely came with letting this beer sit for a few weeks in the bottle. When I first opened one, it was sweet at first and bitter last, with no transition or blending period. However, drinking this beer after allowing it some time to sit on the shelf still brought out the maple syrup on the tongue first, but it was quickly balanced with a slightly bitter pine and lemon taste. Molasses and caramel linger in the background with just a touch of orange. I have to say that I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer, especially after a little bit of time.
There is a tickling sensation from the carbonation, but the beer definitely was not overcarbed. On the drinkability side, it goes down pretty easy, but drinking more than a few may pose an issue because the beer does err on the sweeter side.
Free? I didn’t buy this beer, as I brewed it, but I would say the ingredients cost me about $60 for about 40 bottles, equating to a cost of $1.50 per bottle. At that price, it is a steal and much better than those other beers that can be bought for this price.
For a first beer, I was quite impressed with it. It’s not a world beater, nor is it perfect, but it came out very tasty and pretty drinkable. In my book, that is successful. I’ve gone through the bottles rather rapidly, but I also managed to lay a few down in my cellar to see how well the beer ages.

Beer Stats
Style: Brown Ale
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12 oz
ABV: 8.00%
BA Score: NA
RB Score: NA

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Written by Jeff Kupko

Jeff is a traffic engineer that loves his beer, and especially loves trying new beer. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Yuengling was a staple and the beginnings of liking something better than fizzy yellow water. This has evolved into an entire hobby, with Jeff keeping a blog of all of the beers he tries. Vacations most certainly involve at least one brewery or bottle shop visit to gather a region’s coveted fruits. Now, Jeff has ventured into homebrewing, and there is probably no saving him from being engulfed entirely by beer. While Imperial Stouts and IPAs rank highest in Jeff’s eyes, sours are sneaking up on those styles, and Jeff loves to try all different styles. Find Jeff Kupko on Google Plus

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