I just kegged my first AG brew, a Dr Smurto Golden Ale. Prior to this I had done a fair few extract/part grain brews for LCPA Clones or IPA's with one lager (which we shall discount for this thread).
In the Extract/Grain beers I have used Mosaic/Zythos combo a couple of times, a Single Ella IPA and EKG/Columbus/Cascade for the LCPA (IMMSMR).
What I am finding is that they are quite nice beers and very drinkable but I am starting to think they all taste almost the same, maybe slight differences in the initial bitterness but the overall flavour is almost the same for all of them.
With the DSGA I was expecting something a lot different but again I'm thinking its tasting very samey.
The most common denominator in these brews is US-05 yeast (although I used BRY97 in a couple which I think is very similar).
Hence I'm interested to know what the general consensus is the most important ingredient for flavour, I would have thought that the Hops and Malt selection would be bigger influences than the yeast but I am now starting to question this.
I'm going to try something different for my next brew.
Any recommendations for a good ale yeast that will impart some nice fruity esters in a west coast style?