Appearance- lighter in color than I had expected, a coppery orange with decent clarity and a small sticky head. Probably should be a touch darker and quite a bit clearer to be "to style".
Smell- grainy: baked biscuits, cookies, graham crackers with a pungent, vegetal, earthy hop character in the mix.
Taste- again the grains lead the way with biscuity and lightly roasted flavors quickly giving way to a vegetal, moderate, long lasting hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel- medium bodied with low carbonation. This one might carbonate more with a little more time but its enjoyable where it is.
Overall- very drinkable. The lingering bitterness isn't abrasive but begs for another sip. The hop flavor/aroma isn't terrific and using a better hop variety and less taste/aroma hops would probably make the malt and bitterness shine more. This was my first attempt at using the German Ale/Kolsch yeast and I have to say I think it worked terrifically despite being pushed to slightly higher temps than recommended. While I would love to be able to have cold crashed/lagered this beer for an extended time to get it a little cleaner and closer to style it works well where it is and I'm finding myself craving this even with commercial beers in the fridge.