Rājasthān was my first original recipe in almost a year. I've developed recipes in the intervening year, but they've always been attempts to directly clone a commercial beer. Rājasthān, on the other hand, wasn't meant to clone Thornbridge Jaipur, but to incorporate the aspects of that beer that I enjoy.
I brewed this batch for a party and the revelers drank the whole thing, so I never got a chance to sit down and take detailed tasting notes. But here's what I remember:
Aroma: Strongly hoppy, leaning towards the fruity/citrus hop aromas. A touch of the pine/resin aromas as well.
Appearance: Golden in color. Haze from the dry hops. Solid white head. Nice lacing.
Flavor: Strongly hop flavored. Crisp. A bit too bitter, especially after I moved the keg and threw the yeast back into suspension. The resin-y hop notes come stronger in the flavor than in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: A touch of creaminess, but mostly light. At a little over 2 volumes the carbonation is present and almost too strong.
Overall: This is pretty near the beer I was aiming for and it was an enjoyable beer to drink. I definitely want to make it again. There are a few problems that I want to address when I rebrew.
First, the bittering addition was too strong, but I think this was process-related not a fault of the recipe. I've been experimenting with leaving my hop bags in the wort until chilling is complete, which means that the hops sit in hot wort for 10+ minutes after the boil is done. I'm going to go back to removing the hops as soon as the boil ends.
Second, too much dry hopping. I used a little over 1oz of dry hops per gallon of beer. I want to back that down to about .75 oz per gallon (or about 6g per liter).
More that one person told me that this beer tastes 'kinda like Surly Furious', and I have to agree with them. Weirdly, the two beers have almost no ingredients in common; the grist and aroma/flavor hops are entirely different. I'm attributing the similarity to a combination of the dry hopping levels and the use of the same yeast (White Labs 007). Apparently if you put enough dry hops in a beer it starts to taste like Furious. Strange.