Sunday, July 22, 2012

Brew Day: Anglo-American IPA

With a kegerator full of malty session beer and a summer heat that just won't quit, I've been craving a hoppy IPA for a while now. Something that will deliver the hoppy equivalent of a roundhouse kick and shut up my whiny hophead friends, a beer you take one sip of and then brace yourself for the impact. Something dank, resiny, and strong. An all chinook and columbus hop affair, 120IBU, 10% ABV, and 1.5 lbs of hops for 4 gallons. Yeah, let's brew!

Of course I chickened out when it came time to brewing it.

Instead, I figured I'd brew something a bit more approachable and more likely to be palatable. I've been thinking of brewing an English IPA with brewers invert syrup for a while now and decided an amber colored IPA with English malts and American hops would be a nice mix. For the grainbill, I went with a mixture of American two-row and Maris Otter with smaller amounts of Munich and dark crystal. A few ounces of pale chocolate will give the beer some color and an addition of no.1 brewers invert should provide some light caramel flavors and help dry out the beer. Hopping is Amarillo and Simcoe with smaller amounts of Ahtanum thrown in for good measure. Yeast is some wy1335 British II slurry. I loosely based this beer off on Surly's Furious IPA. While it won't be the the hop bomb I had originally envisioned, it should be hoppy enough. Lastly, I'm still discovering what hop American hop combinations go best together - so far I really like floral/citrusy varieties with Simcoe and the more dank/herbal ones with Citra. 

Session Amber
Amber Invert IPA : American IPA

Recipe Specifics
Batch Size (Gal): 4.5
Total Grain (Lbs): 10.12
Anticipated OG: 1.065
Anticipated FG: 1.010
Anticipated SRM: 12
Anticipated IBU: 60
Efficiency: 70%
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

49.4% - 5.0 lbs. Pale, 2-Row
34.6% - 3.5 lbs. Maris Otter
4.9%  - 0.5 lbs. Munich
2.5%  - 0.25 lbs. Crystal 90L
1.2%  - 0.12 lbs. Pale Chocolate
7.4%  - 0.75 lbs. Invert No. 1

0.50 oz. Columbus @ 60 min for 25 IBU
1.00 oz. Amarillo @ 10 min for 13 IBU
1.00 oz. Simcoe @ 10 min for 18 IBU
0.50 oz. Ahtanum @ 10 min for 4 IBU
1.50 oz. Amarillo @ flameout
1.50 oz. Simcoe @ flameout
0.50 oz. Ahtanum @ flameout
1.00 oz. Amarillo @ dryhop for 7 days
1.00 oz. Simcoe @ dryhop for 7 days 

Yeast: Wyeast 1335 British II
Mash 152F for 75 min.
Brewed 22 July


  1. This looks like a really tasty beer. I am a big fan of throwing some chocolate malt in hoppy beers, gives a nice malt quality to a hoppy beer. Definitely looking forward to how this one comes out.

    1. Yeah, hopefully it turns out well. I was a bit worried it would be too malty for all the hops.

      Also, this is the first time I'm trying a simple 60-10-flameout-dryhop type schedule for IPA's. Ended up with almost 8oz of hops in the boil - dropped a few extra oz of centennial into the kettle during the 20min 'whirlpool' rest. Yeast took off within 10 hours!


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