We found some fresh hop flowers down the back of the couch the other day (in their little protective foil bags so they really were fresh), and we all said as one: “Fancy Pants.”
Could we do it again? Easy said, only one way to find out.
Long story short, its back: Fancy Pants Amber Ale. Stupid name, serious beer.
We used Galaxy Flowers through our hop-back to give a full-on tropical fruit/spicey aroma. On top of alot of traditional ale malt we threw a liberal dose of crystal malt, a little wheat and fermented her warm with an American Ale yeast. It’s deep copper/amber with a full, rocky head. 5.2% alc/vol, 35 BU, served in the bar in our fanciest glass.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at The Local Taphouse (Sydney). Another popular one with the GrandMistress. Looks more light brown than amber in the glass. Sour fruit on the nose. A smooth palate with a little creaminess. The malt and hops are quite mellow, but the balance works well. Toffee from the malt and citrus and fruit from the hops. I love the sourness - farmhouse ale like.
bluevegie (3031) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Mountain Goat. Amber (slightly dull) in colour with short head and some lacing. Galaxy hops on the nose and in the taste with some caramel supporting.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Mountain Goat. Served quite cold and really suffers for it. Subtle, integrated, orangey hop aroma in the Goat style, tasting otherwise fairly thin and dominated by angular dark toffee-ish crystal malt flavour, with surprisingly high carbonation and a yeasty note like you get in some bottle-conditioned beers. As it warms, it opens up a lot more. Esters come forward and the malt character rounds out with the crystal malt becoming a lot more bright and glassy, and the yeastiness fades away. Much improved, but still only nice, not great. And how do you score it? It’s not like it’s a pub butchering their beer - it is served as they intend it (presumably).
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