In our previous post, we brewed a simple APA with Rivenes, a Kveik isolated from the same region as Voss and is expected to have a similar flavor profile. We kegged it and force carbonated to ~ 2.5 volumes of CO2 over the course of ~ 14 days (lots of other projects going on now) and now it is time to see what we got. It’s pouring well and while the picture does not do it justice, the beer pours with a hazy (but not murky) golden orange with a bright white head with great retention.
The aroma is an explosion of citrus – orange and tangerine along with some very pleasant grainy notes. Hints of pine and resin are in the background. The citrus carries nicely over the the flavor with added notes of spiciness from the rye. The mouthfeel is much fuller then I’d expect from the recipe alone and, though I do not know for sure, I suspect the Rivenes is producing a good amount of glycerol or in some other way, contributing to the mouthfeel.
I like this beer a lot and will likely add it onto the summer brewing schedule. I may play with the hops a bit to create a more complex hop character (not that there is anything wrong with Centennial and Cascade in an APA). The grain bill will not change at all. To me, this is a great grain bill for an APA. Some people like more crystal malts in an APA and that’s fine, just not my preference. I rather get that perceived sweetness from the hops and yeast character than crystal malt. All in all, it is a very enjoyable beer I will be brewing again.