I'm on my first try at a hop-forward beer. I tasted my gravity sample last night after about 7 days in primary, expecting a nose full of juicy Cascade, and just got flat bitterness.
Should I expect carbonation to bring out the hop aroma compounds more than what I'm tasting, or should I plan on dry hopping?
This is what I did, for a no-boil pale ale:
- 1.5 gallons (ferm vessel is a 3-gal carboy)
- 2 lbs light DME
- 1 oz Cascade - 30 min @ 160F
- 2/3 oz Cascade - 15 min @ 160F
EDIT: To anyone with a similar issue who finds this question in the future - I tasted another gravity sample about a week later and it was much improved. My guess is the young, yeasty "green" flavor was hiding the hoppy goodness, even at the level of perceived aroma. I ended up bottling without dry hopping, but we'll see how it turns out.