Faithful blog readers will know that we recently made a recipe based on Firestone Walker's award-sweeping Pale 31 pale ale. *A note about clones: based on what breweries post on their website, one can sometimes surmise some ingredients and specifications (OG, ABV, IBU, SRM) found in a particular beer. So a clone is not following another's recipe, it's like seeing the ingredients (not portions or timing) for some chocolate chip cookies and knowing how many calories are in it and then trying to figure out how it was made.*
So our pale is now ready (dubbed Pale Comparison) and the only true unbiased testing comes blind.
ON TO THE RESULTS!
Three trusted friends and beer appreciators and myself tasted the two blind, like Devin here, who can't trust himself to keep his eyes closed. Surprisingly 4 out of 4 scored ours higher than the Pale 31, and it wasn't even that close. I tasted the Pale 31 second, and was disappointed with it because I thought it was ours - jazzed. The Pale Comparison has a superb nose with citrus and subtle floral tones, and finishes clean but a touch sweeter than the 31. Enough with the bragging, this is why we brew - it's a blast, and occasionally you hit one out of the park. We'll keep this one as a regular in the rotation.