Appearance – Pours a somewhat hazy, ruby-brown color with a low white head that quickly dissipates to a fine ring. Carbonation is a medium-low. Color is not quite right for this batch.
Aroma – Not terribly aromatic; mild roast, toffee, and coffee with some light fruity esters.
Taste – Not what I was looking for. Medium flavor with some light caramel and chocolaty roast and finishes with a lot of watery coffee flavor. No hop aroma or bitterness is detectable. Fruity esters are medium, with pear and pineapple (!). Not very malty or satisfying.
Mouthfeel – Thin, watery, with a bit of prickly carbonation. Goes down easy, pretty drinkable considering the flavor is not where it is supposed to be.
Drinkability & Notes – Not terrible, but not good either. Reminds me of a beginner's extract brew that had some fermentation issues. I suspect this batch may have a slight contamination, due to the lack of head retention and the tropical fruity esters. Sitting in the primary fermenter for nearly 40 days definitely did not help this one. I probably won't finish drinking this batch as I got good beer on tap and I don't see the value in getting fat on crap beer.
O.G: 1.043, F.G: 1.010, 4.3% ABV, 21 IBU, Wyeast 1318 London Ale III