|It does exactly what it says|
The low final gravity (1.006) of this beer means it was always going to be dry. Following that lack of sugars was a lack of maltiness. Don't get me wrong. I have enjoyed this beer and savored every glassful, but it was not excellent. It tasted like beer. Even fairly decent beer.
Good pointsAppearance: It looks the part. It is a pale amber color and even has a slight head, which doesn't survive too long after pouring. And it is clear as a bell.
Carbonation: Perfect level for me. Not harsh, but instead a light to medium fizz.
Hoppiness: Both a good floral aroma and a decent piney bitterness. Kind of hard to tell about how well the bitterness would have played out against a fuller malt background.
Bad pointsBody: Thinner than a American pale ale should be. Well, I've learned my lesson. It's at least steeping grains for me from now on.
Dryness: It was overly dry, but it wasn't actually too far off in the end. It's drinkable. And actually quite refreshing.
So you live and learn. This brew was a great first lesson for me. I thought the hop schedule actually worked very nicely, so I am encouraged in that part. I am interested to take these lessons into a gruit ale brewed with specialty grains at some point. My next two beers are both made with hops. A Robust Porter and a California Pale Ale.