Approximately a year and 3 months ago, we brewed the Ginpel; a Frankenstein of a beer, inspired by Ray pouring a shot of Dogfishhead’s Jin into our homebrewed Tripel.
While we’ve been drinking the Ginpel, I always found it to be too strong in juniper and alcohol flavor. But today we decided it was time to crack one open, and I’m glad we did.
Unlike our usual tastings, there was only one 12 oz bottle of Ginpel in the fridge, so we split it (instead of the usual bottle apiece). It seems when Ray poured the beer, a bit of sediment got in my glass, which is reflected in the separated tasting notes below.
TOP OF THE BOTTLE (Ray)
Appearance: Bright golden orange. Clear. Thin, white head.
Nose: Mainly juniper. Some citrus and spices as well, but the biggest note is the juniper.
Taste: Lots of juniper and fruity candy sweetness. Subtle clove, citrus, and rosemary notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium and very smooth.
Overall: Definitely a little heavy handed on the juniper, still evident even a year plus later. Can’t decide whether it nails the gin/tripel so well despite or because of the extra juniper. Worth doing again with less juniper, regardless, if only to let the other spices show themselves.
Nose: Very herbal. The juniper pops, and there are hints of sweetness and citrus.
Flavor: Herbs and spices dominate (makes me think this would be good to cook with). Very smooth. Alcohol taste has mellowed considerably—this does not taste like a 11.4% ABV beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth; a little dry.
Overall: I’m happy to see how much this beer has mellowed. The juniper still dominates, and the recipe could benefit from it being scaled back a bit. I think this is a beer that a straight-gin drinker would really enjoy.