Blackberry Ale Homebrew "Carbonation Check"

March 18, 2009

I Should know by now that my batches will be fine, but I still can’t ignore an opportunity to try a young bottle a week or so after bottling it.

I’m trying the blackberry ale I bottled last Monday. Carbonation? Yep. Well, can’t let it go to waste!

It’s still too young to take any real tasting notes, but it’s a nice golden color (still hazy) and has a great blackberry nose to it. There’s still some priming sugar left to be eaten by the yeasties, but I’m getting some nice 2-row malt coming through in the nose as well.

This is a lighter-bodied beer, and the hops are predominantly bittering and ring through nicely. Some nice subdued blackberry in the flavor as well (I used a little less than 2 oz of blackberry extract for my entire 2-case yield).

This will be a good session ale, especially with the warmer weather coming back.