With the cooler converted to a mash tun it was time for my first all grain brew. I decided to start off with a simple pale. With no AG experience there was no point in starting with an overly complex, challenging brew. The base of the beer is 90% American 2 row pale malt, with 10% crystal 40l, for color and a little sweetness to offset any bitterness from the hops. In the interest of making a fairly well balanced beer I decided to add almost all the hops at the end of the boil for a nice clean, fresh hop flavor. Wyeast American ale yeast was chosen for it's proven success and nice clean flavor profile that helps promote hop flavors. Brew day was a complete success on all fronts. The yeast ripped through the wort quickly and after some bottle conditioning I had my first successful all grain beer.
Appearance: Somewhat cloudy bright amber with a foamy white head. Plenty of soapy lacing.
Smell: Tons of hops, with just a little bready malt in the background. Hop profile is mostly grapefruit, with a decent amount of pineapple from the Citra hops. The beer was dry hopped for 7 days and smells amazing because of that.
Taste: Simple flavor profile, malt and hops. Nothing crazy or complex going on here, just a well balanced pale. The malt in the nose is much present on my palate and balances out citrusy, fruity hops perfectly. Bitterness is there, but not overpowering at all.
Mouthfeel/overall: Carbonation is perfect for style, just enough to bring out the hoppy flavors and smells without being fizzy in your mouth. Some hop resin is left behind after every sip. I don't wanna toot my horn, but this beer came out perfect. There isn't one thing I would change about it, besides kegging it next time.