“Hot date” is a Jewish Rye Amber Ale brewed with date sugar – brewed in honor of my girlfriend (a Jewish redhead) . It’s an extract brew and specialty grain brew that I will transition to an all-grain beer soon.
For this brew I steeped cara rye and melanoidin malt then brewed with a munich malt extract and spaltz for the bittering and aroma hops. The date sugar, caraway seed and white pepper entered the boil for the last 15 minutes. OG came in at 1.064 and FG at 1.008 – which by my calculation means a 7.3% brew. Fermentation took almost 16 days – and the beer didn’t taste right till about three weeks after bottling.
The beer pours to a cloudy deep amber with a caramel head. Light to no lace – in general I think I need to adjust some things in my brewing process to improve the head retention. The beer starts with a mild sweetness which I feel has a good balance between a subtle date-flavor and a more intense bready sweetness. The beer comes off as spicy – almost salty – on the pallet then transitions to a solid toasty finish with hints of a strong tea.
The beer has a nice solid carbonation and medium mouthfeel. I definitely wanted something maybe a little chewier – but I’m not unhappy with the result necessarily. The beer is definitely gulpable.
Overall I’m happy – the big thing was the balance of the date, caraway and pepper… which I feel is spot on. Just need to transition this puppy in to a repeatable all-grain recipe.