Friday, April 26, 2013

#IHP2013 - The Tasting

Finally the day arrived, the day to drink my recreation of a beer from 1877 - a beer which was commercially brewed 136 years ago. The beer in question was the Truman's No 4, from a brewery which was once the biggest in the world.


Number 4 was a Burton Ale, which in 1877 meant it was pale, bitter and sweet all at the same time. In 2013, my recreation looked like this:


The beer poured a rich amber, which surprised me given the grain bill of 100% pale malt (I wish I could get my bitter the same colour from a single grain). The nose was sweet toasted malt laced with traces of spice, toffee and a touch of boozy orange peel - think of a rum baba made with a pinch of white pepper and caramelised brown sugar and you are in the right ball park.


Tastewise, sweet malt juiciness dominates, kind of, balanced by a bitter tang that threatens to give balance to the beer but ultimately makes it like biting though the rind of an orange in your morning marmalade - marmalade was very much a theme running through this beer, specifically thick cut Seville orange marmalade, preferably from Marks and Spencer.


This is a full bodied, smooth, beer which fails to be either cloyingly sweet or overwhelmingly 'hoppy' - as in lots of late addition hops that make you feel like you are sucking your way through a grapefruit grove. As cheesy as it may sound, it really is very well balanced, the malt sweetness is there, and the hops play off it to perfection, giving a smoothness that belies its, calculated, 125 IBU.

In short, this is a very drinkable beer, especially given its strength and the amount of hops that went into it, and from a brewing perspective, one of the best beers I have made in quite some time.

This post is about another homebrewer who made the beer, thanks Derek for taking part! If you also brewed the beer, post a link in the comments, or tell us how it turned out!

6 comments:

  1. Crazy Brewday, Crazy Schedule. This was the last time I did anything with beer but this weekend should fix some of that.

    http://activebrewer.blogspot.com/2013/04/international-homebrew-project-2013.html

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  2. Mine is going up later due to a beer packed weekend, I never got a chance to post it.

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  3. Sorry for being late, but here's my write-up:

    http://homebrewmanual.com/burton-ale

    It really is a very tasty beer that I may well brew again.

    Thanks for organising!

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  4. Thank you for expanding my brewing into Burton Ale territory! Definitely not my last Burton.

    http://mygrowlerisempty.blogspot.com/

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  5. Here's mine. http://www.taleofale.com/2013/04/ihp2013-end-result.html

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  6. Thanks for the shoutout! It sounds like yours turned out quite a bit sweeter than mine.

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