GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask at Kat Daddy. Even though this beer was subpar, the cask conditioning on the beer was very impressive, especially for an American brewery. Great cask foam atop still, clear amber. Nose is all pretzel, bread crust, mild toffee. Taste is still too chalky, papery, wood shavings harsh. Big tannic bite like red apple skins. Still needs some work.
Almost all of the beer today suffered from one main flaw: over attenuation. This caused the beers to taste weak and watery with the alcohol too high. It also drained the body of any malt sweetness so that the intense hopping of these beers created a chemical like metallic bite with nothing to balance it out. The phenolic/plastic notes in the nose are probably from stressed yeast. Overall I would  change up yeasts completely and play around with different ones,  check brewing water and especially add Calcium in the water if needed,  check fermentation temperature more intensely. This should eliminate the stressed yeast off flavors in the nose and should keep the beer from overattenuating.  I would decease the hop content of pretty much all of the beers. Or at least put in less boil hops for less time. There’s still much work to do but I’m confident this brewer can hone his beers.