Why is it that the 'save now' feature automatically triggers AFTER I accidently delete the whole post!? Therefore, I am not rewriting the tasting notes. Short story is that the beer tastes good, though I am not going to be using sovereign hops in large amounts for aroma additions. I found they gave the beer a very distinct 'hay-like' and/or 'dried sweet herb' aroma and flavor that I am not hugely crazy about. The hop aroma/flavor might be a bit more to my liking in a beer with a neutral yeast character. Regardless, I'll stick to using these hops in small amounts ( < 1 oz.) and probably not for a solo aroma addition.
While it comes as no surprise that temperature and carbonation levels have such an impact on how a beer tastes, it still amazes me that so many American homebrewers and pubs still serve their English style beers both very cold and highly carbonated. I know English styles aren't too popular on this side of the pond to begin with, but jeeze, if your going to take the time and brew up an English beer, why not at least serve it properly?!
Edit: This beer has really come into its own within the past week or so. The herb-y hop character has faded to a very nice floral aroma and the base malt character has finally shown up. I wasn't crazy about this beer a few weeks ago, though now I wish I had another keg. I'll definitely have to experiment with these sovereign hops a bit more.
East Anglia and Midlands Mild Ale 1950 – 1953
18 hours ago