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
This last month has been a hectic one. The end of the school year is always a fun time and with the month of June comes a real urge to drink some awesome fruit beers. Being a beach bum summer guy, I really enjoy a whole bunch of tropically influence beers, and this is my latest attempt at one. This beer is a citrus hopped IPA with around 95 IBU’s of Warrior/Citra/Pacific Gem being added predominately in the last 15 min of the boil. After fermentation, I chopped up a whole pineapple that I had let “ripen” for about 1 -2 weeks and put that into a keg with the IPA. A month later, I transferred off the beer and tapped it, here is what it tasted like:
Appearance: A honey/ straw color that is semi clear with just a slight cloudiness, poor head retention, but highly carbonated
Nose: A big citrus nose with the Pineapple shinning brightly. Mango and apricot undertones.
Taste: A light beginning with a slight hop bitterness coming forward, followed by a big tropical finish. A bitter pith of grapefruit and tart pineapple end into a dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Balanced, but big. The dryness causes the taste to linger.
Overall: a bit too dry for what I was going for, but for a highly hopped IPA, it was pretty delicious. This will go great at the beach or a BBQ. 7/10. Add a lot more specialty grains next time.