I tweaked the recipe of Laughing Dragon, American amber ale, and as with McGillihop, I ordered 50 punds of fresh Chinook hops from Yakima, WA, For Hopping Dragon I retained 3 pounds of the Chinooks to dryhop the finished beer along with locally grown Cascades.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Livery. Reddish plum pour. White head. Big spruce and sugar. Some earth and grass. Hints of cinnamon. Slight bitter and dry finish. Nice mouthfeel.
BBB63 (5411) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Firkin (w/additional wet hopping): Amber with "soap bubble" sized head and minimal lace. The aroma is fresh hop vapours (grapefruit, grassy, herbal, peppery, clove and even a touch dank) along with caramel and biscuity malts and a earthy woody ester. The taste has moderate dry bitterness and light hop spice with some accompanying acidity to balance against the sweet malt. There is a slight metallic tone to the finish. The mouth feel is lively and crisp, very refreshing. A solid brew but methinks I prefer a (fresh) Laughing Dragon over this because the malt still is more forward.
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