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I love to sample my customers hard work

Posted by Neil Bamford, June 26th, 2013 | 0 Comments

I really enjoy tasting how well our customers are coming along in their brewing experiences. Lyle Jorgensen recently dropped me off a couple samples of his efforts and I must say they are outstanding.
Sample one was a Dark Lager. While there was a bit of roast astringency it is obvious that the time was taken to properly ferment and condition this beer. Lagers really need the cold conditioning time to ensure they drop clear. Firm bitterness and fairly dry this is was a perfect after work drink.
Second up was his IPA. This beer has a wonderful citrussy aroma that begged me to drink it. I was not disappointed. Big bitterness that was well balanced by a firm malt backbone. Plenty of Grapefruit and citrus hop flavors. An execellent example of a West Coast IPA.
The third sample was a light lager that I had the following day. This is probably the toughest challenge a brewer can take on as the slightest flaw shows up glaringly. Light lagers are not my favorite style due to the fact that they are all about making sure none of the ingredients shine. This sample shows how far Lyle has come in his brewing process over the past year or two.
Well balanced with only the slightest hint of diacetyl there is no doubt that Lyle has a good handle on sanitation, is pitching ample yeast and being diligent about his fermentation temperatures.

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