Last week we had our first tastings of my wife’s hard cider, Cream of the Crop (cream ale) and Bean Me Up Scotty (coffee cream ale).
The hard cider didn’t turn out the way I expected it to. The cider wasn’t very sweet even after adding more apple juice at bottling. The cider also has a strong alcohol bite, which I wasn’t expecting. The cider is good, with a nice cinnamon after taste. It is definitely not your typical hard cider.
Cream of the Crop:
This cream ale is a nice light beer with a hint of sweetness. Nothing special, but good for these summer days.
Bean Me Up Scotty:
This coffee cream ale turned out great! This my favorite beer to date. Like I have said before, it is not the typical style of beer you would add coffee to, but worked out really well. The sweetness in the cream ale is a great complement to the coffee. It has a nice coffee flavor in the beginning, not too strong but not hidden, with the sweetness coming through on the end.
I had some friends over who were all excited to try it. They gave it rave reviews as well. The only downside to this beer is I only have 14 bottles left. This will definitely be a beer I make again, and in a larger quantity.
I will soon be bottling the Cool Beans (vanilla cream ale) and On The Blues (blueberry cream ale). Look for that post coming soon.