The Vestigial Bitter, brewed a few weeks ago, is done. It is an excellent beer – the best beer brewed since I started this blog. It is a light beer, coming in at 3.7% alcohol (it was planned to be 3.5%). It is thin-bodied, with its flavour dominated by hop bitterness with hints of hop flavour and crystal malt. It is lightly coloured – just a tad lighter than an American-style lager (i.e. Bud). Its effervescent and light – great after a hard days work, or a good beer to use to convert a friend from the generic mass-produced lagers that dominate the market to homebrew and craft beers.
Because of its low alcohol content, it won’t age too long, but the low content also means that many pints can be quaffed without suffering for it the next AM. This style is traditionally served with minimal carbonation; I’m not a fan of that, and as such have carb’d it to a level common for most beers (2.4 volumes). The extra carbonation gives this beer a lighter feeling than usual, and in combination with the flaked barley, creates a fine, long-lasting head that lasts the whole pint.
My sole disappointment is the absence of colour and relatively weak crystal character. This beer will be brewed again (and again, and again). But next time I’ll double the crystal to give it a bit of a red colour and a bit more of that sweet crystal character.