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  • Tis' The Season

  • Brew Weekend For Friends

  • Jack Porter - Head Brewery

  • Dragon's Milk

  • Janahead IPA - Head Brewery

  • Holiday Porter - Revealed!

  • Spotted Cow Clone

  • Smoked Porter

  • Midwest Brewers Fest

  • Beer Saves The World!


Spotted Cow Clone

Spotted Cow Clone Image Since when do cows produce beer?

This was my first attempt at something really clean and crisp. Most of the time I like things a bit darker with loads of roasty flavors. Although I do on occasion love to get ridiculously hoppy with some IPA's or Double IPA's. This was not the 'standard' that I typically brew, which I was fine with considering who I was brewing it for - my dad!

I wanted something for my dad, who likes fairly straight forward easy drinking beers. Nothing really dark, nothing really hoppy, just good beer. After discussing a bit with the head brewer at Ean McNulty Brewing Co. he suggested I try this clone of a great cream ale by New Glarus called 'Spotted Cow'. His Spotted Cow clone is excellent so I decided to give it a shot using a recipe he had been tweaking. It sounded like something my dad would really enjoy.

Notes This beer was originally brewed for my dad as a Fathers Day surprise!

I will probably brew this one again, focusing on getting a bit more out of my mash, and working a bit more diligently to get that 'Spotted Cow' color that is so wonderful while retaining that crisp drinkability!

Everything went pretty well with the brewing of this beer, although my mash temps were a touch low which may have been part of the reason for the slight lack of mouthfeel and body of the beer. I currently have this on tap at the brewery and it's gotten mixed reviews. It definitely has a nice flavor to it, but it's not quite 'Spotted Cow'. I imagine this must be more like a 'White Cow'; still good, just more boring.

This was in the primary fermenter for approximately one month before being bottled and kegged. After that the bottles conditioned for another 3 weeks, while the keg was force carbonated and ready to drink in 3 days time.

Things I liked about this beer:

  • Crisp Flavor
  • Head
  • Subtle Hops
  • Drinkability

Things I disliked about this beer:

  • Mouthfeel
  • Light Color

Overall, the beer was a success. It's tasty - I find myself constantly reaching for another, and people have asked for it specifically. I will brew it again - but I will take care to try and obtain that color and mouthfeel that is found in the original. Of course, my dad doesn't care about color or mouthfeel but he was quick to share the beer with aunts, uncles and cousins; all of whom asked for more. I guess those are results I can label as 'success'.

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You can read a bit more about Spotted Cow on Beer Advocate

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