6.0 lb (75.0%) American 2-row - added during mash
1 lb (12.5%) Munich Malt - added during mash
.5 lb (6.2%) Victory® Malt - added during mash
.25 lb (3.1%) Crystal Malt 40°L - added during mash
.25 lb (3.1%) Crystal Malt 20°L - added during mash
1 oz (100.0%) Northern Brewer (8.0%) - added during boil, boiled 60 m
1.0 ea White Labs WLP810 San Francisco Lager
Pacific Standard is the first batch I’ve brewed that comes anywhere close to a lager—even if, flavor-wise, it’s closer to an ale. Fermented at the higher end of the yeast’s recommended temperature, the would-be the clean, crisp finish comes across a bit softer and rounder.
Poured into a pint glass, Pacific Standard is a mildly hazy amber color with a dense one-and-a-half finger white head that sticks around as a tight cap and leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is of woody hops with notes of bread-like malt. The taste starts with a bit of malt sweetness quickly followed by earthy, herbal (but clean) hop character that lingers into a bitter, slightly fruity finish with a touch of hop astringency. It’s well-carbonated and has a medium body.
|Anchor Steam (L) & Pacific Standard (R)|
So is Pacific Standard a perfect Anchor clone? Not quite. But it is a very solid rendition of this commercially-illusive style, and one I’ll definitely brew again.