Over the past year, I have been developing an ale that started out as a big, citrus IPA. Overtime I kept dialing back the amount of bitterness and the IBU’s until I found a really nice balance. This is my second time brewing this beer exactly the same way, and it has turned out to be a homerun. Easy drinking, and everyone keeps refilling their glasses. Try it out! Cheers
Here is the review:
Appearance: a clear orange brown with a few hop particles floating around.
nose: The galaxy citrus aroma shines through with hints of melon and grapefruit. There is a malt sweetness underneath the floral characteristics that reminds me of biscuits and toasted bread.
Flavor: A mild but assertive hop bitterness that finishes easily, but with a noticeable hop finish. Very easy to drink
mouth feel: Medium bodied and a very balanced experience
overall: This tastes like it came from a brewery! looking forward to entering it into a competition in the future. 9/10
Here is the recipe:
10 lbs 2 row
1 lb crystal 40
.3 lb Honey Malt
.3 lb Vienna Malt
.3 lb Caramunich
.3 lb aromatic
stepped at 152 for 60 min.
.8 oz galaxy hop for first wort hop
1 oz cascade with 10 minutes left of boil
.5 ounce galaxy at flame out
.7 ounce galaxy for dry hop
British Ale yeast at 67 degrees
This is a style of beer that I have been working on for the majority of this year. I think I am finally honing in on a very smooth IPA that focuses on late hop additions to give wonderful aroma but doesn’t hit very hard with bitterness. A very hoppy beer that you can also double as a guzzler. I’ve really fallen in love with using Galaxy hops for bittering hops, then a melody of Citra, Cascade, and Galaxy in the last 15 minutes. Dry hopped with 2 ounces of Citra to really bring out the citrus, grapefruit, and lemon character. I used British Ale 1 from Wyeast, which is my preferred yeast for IPA’s, due to its ability to emphasize hop characteristics in a beer.
Citrus IPA Tasting:
Nose: The scent comes up in the front with Citra characteristic, big lemon and citrus scents with some grapefruit underneath.
Appearance: Very cloudy with an amber brown color.
Taste: The beer begins with a smooth round bitterness that blends into a lemon/grapefruit flavor.
mouthfeel: medium bodied, more bitter than not, but very easy to drink.
overall: This is the way it should taste. Easy drinking citrus fruit that is mild enough to drink a few pints. 8.3/10
A good friend of mine wanted to get one more batch of brewing in before he moves far far far away to Mississippi and becomes a father. In a recent adventure, he stumbled upon a thai iced tea that was simply splendid. He decided to brew an extract pale ale with the thai tea. A pretty straight forward brew day, with only 1 hop addition of Galaxy at 60 min made this one of the easiest brew days I have had in a very long time. The tea went directly into the secondary fermentation after we brewed a strong cup of the tea. We brought it up to a camping trip and the keg went quickly.
Thai tea pale ale
appearance: a light orange brown color that is hazy. poor head
nose: a bunch of esters, but also a lot of tea and mint scents, kind of twangy
flavor: an earthy flavor that is a combination of the full flavored tea and the Galaxy hop bitterness, while dry, it is pleasant.
mouth feel: the tannin pushes the bitterness to a bit of astringency, but is still a very drinkable beer. medium bodied and needs more carbonation.
overall: not bad for an extract brew. next time, I would like to dry out the beer, ease up on the tea, and hop with an english hop like Willamette. 6.0 / 10