Just a quick update, the 5-gallon batch that we brewed has been consumed. The GoFundMe campaign has raised $400 and remains open.
I’ve had three versions of this brew, one from Cowtown Brewing Co, ours from the AHA homebrew version, and Sierra Nevada from a can. I found the variation in the flavors quite interesting. The canned Sierra Nevada was very malt forward and had little to no hop aroma. The Cowtown version was served on draft and had a pleasant hop aroma, a supportive malt backbone, and a little citrus pith kicker which lingered but was not unpleasant. Ours also served on draft, had less of caramel note than the Sierra Nevada, matched the aroma of the Cowtown, but lacked the bitter bite that I was expecting.
This lack of bite sent me searching for the “why”. I started with the Sierra Nevada description of the beer. Bittering hops are listed as Chinook and Centennial alongside Cascade and Centennial for the finishing hops. The AHA recipe does not use Chinook, which explains why the Cowtown version had some of the sharper, citrus bite that our version lacked. I don’t know that this one will get brewed again, but I made a note to swap out the Cascade bittering addition with Chinook