So now it is time to post my reviews of the Brewtubers Yeast Experiment 2020. For those of you just joining, the Brewtubers Yeast Experiment 2020 premise is 13 brewers brew the same recipe. The same water profile, malt, hops, and timing. Then each brewer drops in a different yeast to ferment with. A wide range of yeasts were used to be able to determine the qualities and tastes that the yeast imparts on a brew. Such a cool concept. I am honored to be a part of it.
For the record, I am not a BJCP judge, and my reviews are quite subjective. There was a little mishap in the shipping, so I missed out on trying one of them. Realize we judged these beers based on how it was for the West Coast IPA style, not as a beauty or competition level.
If this is your first time reading up about this, feel free to drop back a few steps to see how I got to the point of the reviews. The first post, here, will get you a review on yeast starters. The next post here, will get you up to speed on my brewing and bottling.
But enough about all of that. Here are my “findings” in the Brewtubers Yeast Experiment 2020 Reviews:
Imperial A24 Dry Hop
Lighter, translucent color. It has a crisp body. This was citrus forward! A drier mouthfeel at the end. I was surprised with the higher final gravity has less malty and more crisp.
Wyeast 1450 Denny’s Favorite 50
Lighter translucent color. This is a crisp beer. Ok citrus, but getting much more floral on this one. Beautiful lacing on the glass.
Imperial A20 Citrus
Not clear, but still semi translucent. This beer is crisp. The bitterness level a little higher in comparison. It has good citrus!
Omega OYL 200
VERY crisp and clean. More fruit on the nose than in the taste. This is a solid ale, not West Coast IMHO.
White Labs 644
Solid beer, but not for West Coast. It has a strong Belgian profile. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Backend has less citrus taste and aroma than others.
Imperial A44 Kveiking
TASTY! Citrus nose – more orange crisp! The final product is darker in color, but decently translucent, Nice head on this beer!
Mainiacal Yeast Juggernaut
Darker, but not overly hazy. Tasty beer. Middle of the road body – not too crispy, not too creamy. Great citrus on the nose and taste. It is little more bitter than an ale, but not quite West Coast style.
Tasted this one when it was supposed to be MLB Opening Day. Nice nose. Good bitterness on the back end. Less floral and citrus come through on the taste – wish there was a touch more to meet my thoughts of a criterion beer.
YUMMY! It has a citrusy nose and taste. This is a solid example of a West Coast IPA.
Imperial A18 Joystick
Crystal clear. Crisp but not too crispy. There is a floral/citrus on the back end. Great level of bitterness.
Imperial A15 Independence
This nailed it! Body – good. Semi translucent not overly crispy body. Had some nice malt to go with a solid bitterness.
Mainiacal Yeast Berserker
Good body – more creamier than the rest….but that dropped off a little over a month. Nice citrus nose Good citrus taste with slight floral on the backend.A little bitter in the back end.
Thank you to the sponsors of this experiment. Imperial Yeast and Hopsteiner stepped up and helped us out. We had another sponsor, but unfortunately the current climate of our corona virus pandemic swallowed them up.
I can’t tell you just how much being part of the Brewtubers Yeast Experiment 2020 reviews will change my perceptions on brewing. It was awesome to try the “same thing” with just one little tweak and see the differences. Getting to be a part of an amazing small group of brewers was very humbling…my setup is like a Pinto to their BMW 700 series, but we all brewed some tasty suds!