This is a recipe that’s very close to Jamil’s West Coast Blaster from his “Brewing Classic Styles” book. I absolutely loved this one with the burst of citrus flavors and aromas with some good malty backbone to help balance it out. Easy to drink.
It’s essentially my house amber ale. Since my fictitious brewery is named after our house cat, I named this beer “Fat Cat Amber”.
A standard domestic base malt, with a good amount of caramel for color and sweetness. Just enough chocolate malt to bring out that amber hue.
|10lb||Brewer’s Malt 2-Row (Briess)||1.8||87.9%|
|12oz||Caramel Malt – 40L (Briess)||40||6.8%|
|8oz||Caramel Malt – 120L (Briess)||120||4.4%|
So much citrus hops here. Lots of Centennial and Cascade. The biggest difference between this and the West Coast Blaster is a light dry hopping.
|0.4oz||Nugget (US)||12.5%||FWH – 30 Minutes||Pellets|
|1.0oz||Cascade||6.4%||Boil – 10 Minutes||Pellets|
|1.0oz||Centennial||9.3%||Boil – 10 Minutes||Pellets|
|0.5oz||Cascade||6.4%||Dry Hop – 5 Days||Pellets|
|0.5oz||Centennial||9.3%||Dry Hop – 5 Days||Pellets|
A good American Ale deserves a good American Ale yeast.
|Safale American US-05||Fermentis||73%-80%||59°F-75°F|
|71 ppm||8 ppm||19 ppm||109 ppm||47 ppm||69 ppm|
Fermenting & Packaging
The Fat Cat Ale was in a 6 gallon carboy under temp control for 2 weeks. After the krausen had fallen (on about day 9), I put the small dry hop charge.
Afterwards, the batch was racked to a CO2 purged 5 gallon keg and put on tap. I should also note, this was my first attempt at kegging!
After a week at serving pressure, the ale was fully carbonated. It was still quite hazy as I didn’t use any fining agents. After a couple weeks in the keg though, it cleared up quite nicely!
The same thing I said on the Oatmeal Stout still applies, I don’t really think of myself as having that refined of a palette, and my descriptions aren’t going to the best or even the most accurate. Having said that, I thought this was a good beer!
The beer is a nice amber color with excellent clarity. As noted above, the beer started out hazy close to after kegging, but has cleared up with time. I think the color is spot on for a good amber ale. The head is a nice creamy color and has decent retention. Good lacing down the glass as I consume it.
The nose has a light citrus aroma, thanks to the small dry hop charge. This is followed up some caramel sweetness, almost toffee? but maybe not?
Balance is the key word for the flavor. The citrus and pine flavors from the hops is well balanced by bread flavors and a little bit of caramel sweetness.