Sunday, 24 August 2014

Tasting Notes: Pale Mild

This pale mild was just a quick beer, intended primarily as a vehicle for growing healthy yeast; but I thought I'd write some brief tasting notes anyway since it turned out pretty well.

Appearance: Slight chill haze, but nice and bright once it warms up a bit.  Decent thin  but lingering head.

Smell: Fruity esters dominate.  Banana and apricot.  Bready malt and very light spice beneath it.

Taste: Slightly sweet, compounded by the fruity esters.  Followed by bready, maybe even slightly nutty malt.  Very gentle hop bite at the end.  Maybe a slight lactic twang?

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation is perfect.  Medium full mouth-feel.  Doesn't seem too light, despite being 3.4%.

Drinkability & Notes: Fairly happy with this one.  It has a nice subtlety to it.  The esters from the yeast are a bit more dominant than I'd like, probably because fermentation started a little high, but its not a fruity mess.  I'd also like a bit more expression from the malt: its slightly muddled, getting a bit lost in the sweetness.  But I've been drinking these most nights, and J seems to like them too, so I'll probably brew something like this again in future.


  1. Ive been brewing pale mild recently myself and found brewers clarex very helpful in controlling the haze.
    A great base malt!

    1. Thanks, I'll have to try that. I use whirlfloc in the kettle, and sometimes use BioClear to help drop out the yeast, but I haven't experimented with other finings.