Tonight’s Tasting: West Coast Pale Ale (Home Brew) and Perdomo Reserve Maduro

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” target=”_blank”>Albert Hammond, and he was being intentionally ironic.)  But in any event, it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to head out to the Lido deck for a tasting.  Tonight I finally got to try my own home brew, along with a Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro.

Mr. Beer West Coast Pale Ale

I’ve only attempted making a home brew once, many years ago, and it was terrible.  But I recently came across the Mr. Beer kit which appeared to make the process pretty painless.  You just mix the ingredients in the plastic barrel, give it a week or so, then put the brew in plastic bottles with screw on caps for the in-bottle fermenting.  The company offers many different types of beer, but the kit comes with West Coast Pale Ale.

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The fledgling brew sits in the barrel for a week, and according to the instructions is ready for bottling once it tastes like flat beer.  I transferred it to the bottles, added some sugar as required, and opened a bottle a week later to see how it was coming.  It still tasted like flat beer.  I waited an additional week and the result was the same.  But here is where I should have been taking advantage of the plastic bottles.  When the plastic bottle becomes rock hard, it means the beer has become carbonated.  I could tell from squeezing the bottles that the beer was ready to go tonight, three weeks after the original bottling and four weeks after I first started the process.

This is some tasty brew!  As you can see from the photo, the carbonation finally arrived, yielding a nice foamy head.  The beer is akin to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but better.  Think of homemade bread versus store-bought bread.  Both may contain the same basic ingredients, but homemade just tastes better.  The beer was nice and hoppy with a very creamy mouthfeel and nice aftertaste. 

The kit comes with eight, 1-liter bottles, and a single batch fills them all.  I went through three until I figured out the carbonation situation.  Today’s beer was still a little less carbonated than I would have preferred – like an open beer you’ve left unattended too long – but I think with another week in the bottles it will be perfect.  But even as is, I give this home brew an 86 on The Morris Scale.

[Update]  I was right.  I let the beer sit for another week and the carbonation was perfect.  I can now give it a score of 92.  I shared some with friends and they were blown away that this was a home brew.  Good stuff.

Perdomo Reserve Maduro Robusto

Perdomo Reserve 10 Year Anniversary cigars were created to celebrate the next generation of the cigar company’s original La Tradicion Perdomo Reserve line, according to their site. The cigars are made with Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Maduro wrappers.

PC180028 I was not impressed with the construction.  The draw was too loose, and the smoke was hot as a result.  The burn was ragged, but did even up toward the end.  The cigar was a strong maduro, but it was harsh without any flavorful reward.  Not a terrible smoke, and another batch might not suffer from the same rolling problem, but as presented I can only give it an 82.

One Response to “Tonight’s Tasting: West Coast Pale Ale (Home Brew) and Perdomo Reserve Maduro”

  1. Your description of the Perdomo is pretty accurate. They make some fine smokes, but I really didn’t care for this one either.

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