Thursday, December 23, 2010
Brewday - Overcast Island Ale II
The first OIA met with much success, made with an ale yeast but brewed cool so as to carry features of both an ale and a lager. It carried a sweetness from its crystal malt and a mild hop character, as well as clean lager notes from its cool fermentation. But I felt its drinkability could still be improved on and so in its newest form the crystal malt has been reduced to lessen its sweetness. In addition, the ale yeast has been replaced with a California lager yeast that is specially designed to combine the fruity and malty complexity of an ale, with the crisp drinkability of a lager. Stay tuned for more on this beer once it is ready to drink.