Last night we got to check the beer and it’s done!
Pre-bottling taste test seems to show that it has a very smooth amber-styled ale flavor with the essential hoppie notes. I hope it will taste as good if not better after fermented in the bottles for a few weeks!
That’s it! Success has been had and I’m definitely going to do this again with everything that I’ve learned from this experience (a.k.a., no candy thermometers).