The MK III is deceptive. While boasting a powerful ABV and a wide swath of hops, the aroma is subtle. In the infinite wisdom of guided probability, brew-bot has designed a beer that it to be tasted.
Despite a respectable amount of hops being added in the boil, bitterness doesn’t overpower the core malt flavor. Instead, it leaves a pleasant zesty taste and feel in the mouth that nicely covers the respectable alcohol content. The malt flavors come strong in the beginning, and nicely roll through each of the hop profiles. Much like a well-done macchiato, the bitter and sweet flavors compliment each other perfectly.
When I put this in the fermenter, I had a horrific lapse in judgement and assumed brew-bot had made a mistake and that the beer was too dark; however, upon pouring my first glass, I quickly realized I was in the wrong. True to form, brew-bot made a red ale that refracts light beautifully.
This is a very strong IPA base, and one that I’d like to work with going forward. I believe it’d be compatible to bash together with the Four Horsemen recipe, and it gives me plenty of ideas for new brew-bot settings. For an odd experiment, the results are delicious.
It smells like you might expect a red ale to smell. Interestingly, I expected a far more pronounced hop profile, based on the hop schedule it had. That said, it isn’t unpleasant in anyway. It also smells a little hot to me, as in, perhaps a higher ABV than I would’ve expected from the style.
At its core, this is still a malt-forward beer. There is also a lingering flavor that homebrewers will immediately recognize: extract. This isn’t a knock on the beer itself, the extract-specific flavor (Rye, in this case) comes through a bit adding sweetness and booziness on the palate.
Bitter and sweet, but never bittersweet. This is a complex drinker, and one I rather enjoy. Rye not have another?
This is a dark red, mahogany almost. It is clear-ish, with no floaters or cloudiness, but a depth that gives soul to the heartless machine that made it (brew bot, not Nick).
A computer made this, and Nick made the computer. He should be proud of his work here and I intend on drinking my fair share of this keg. I imagine that the bot will only get better, and I might even consider tweaking this recipe for myself in the future. I have no doubt that we won’t need to play “kick the keg” with this one, as it shouldn’t be in there too long anyway.