Here is the result of Asheville Homebrew batch #1. It is a traditional American IPA, brewed with Simcoe, Columbus, and Amarillo hops. Considering that this is a bottle conditioned beer, the clarity is quite good, as is the head and moderate carbonation. It has a pleasant sweet hoppiness on the nose, and a pervasive malt aroma as well. It tastes good enough, though it tastes very similar to many of the other batches of homebrew I've made. I think that this is due to the liquid malt extract that I used, rather than using a full grain mash. The result is that there is a fantastically balanced hop flavor and aroma, but there is also a overly strong malt flavor that is not interesting. It's not bad, but bland. It lacks the crispness that I love in a good IPA. It has a heaviness without complexity, if that makes sense. You can see that the color is a little on the dark side for a standard IPA. Certainly drinkable, but not my favorite.
Fortunately, every batch offers lessons to be learned. I think that the next batch is going to be full grain, rather than using an extract. Additionally, we will likely be fermenting some cider to celebrate the changing seasons and crisp fall weather here in WNC.
If you are local and would like to sample this beer, feel free to contact me. I would love some outside opinion and suggestion. And feel free to ask questions or leave comments.