Young's Bitter : English Special Bitter
Appearance - Pours the typical bitter color, light amber with a decent head that leaves appropriate lacing. Clarity is very good, though not quite brilliantly clear.
Aroma - Admittedly, I've got my kegerator set a bit too cold for this beer. After warming the pint up a bit in my hands for a few minutes, the aroma really comes out. Lots of clean bready malt and a bit of fruity esters to suggest an English ale. The hops are pretty well suppressed by the malt.
Taste - Very clean, bready, and toasty malt character with low fruity esters. Thoroughly malty. The hops make their presence known with a typical spicy, floral EKG character. I almost wish there was a bit more "English" character to the beer as it is very clean for your typical English bitter. The bitterness balances the malt quite well and comes in on the swallow, medium-low bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Carbonation might be a bit too high for the serving temperature but it does not seem out of place. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Drinkability & Notes - Again, a solid English bitter that I should be perfectly happy about. However, I still feel I need to make further changes to my water profile (more sulfate, less chloride) and possibly change up my aeration techniques. This beer is good, though it doesn't quite have that perfect balance of flavors that I am always looking for. I dunno, maybe I just need to learn how to brew beer to enjoy and not obsesses over. I still have a bunch of this yeast left, so I will be revisiting a recipe like this sometime soon.
O.G: 1.047, F.G: 1.010, 4.8% ABV, 25 IBU, Wyeast 1768 English Special Bitter.