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Stephen Elliott — Lawtell, Louisiana asks,
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When researching off-flavors I get nothing that relates to this flavor. I used three ounces (85 g) of Cascade hops at 4.4% alpha acids for bittering in a 45-minute extract boil, and two ounces (56 g) of East Kent Golding as aroma hops.'

I’m thinking maybe too much bittering hops. My beer is drinkable and when a side-by-side comparison is made with Shiner Bock and Negra Modelo, it is remarkably close in taste except for the upfront pith bitterness. It doesn’t last long; you taste it right away then it’s gone and doesn’t leave any aftertaste. Can you help me figure out where it comes from and what exactly it is?

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Nice description of the character in your beer you don’t like. Before getting into an answer, I want to comment on how important good descriptions are when attempting to problem solve. Aromas
Response by Ashton Lewis.