This last summer I brewed an Indian Pale Ale that my friends loved. It had a very distinct taste since I had combined many hope varieties. The Goldings helped give the beer an earthy flavor while the Cascade and other American style hops gave it a nice citrusy smell and aroma. My friend Cole, who had previously not liked IPAs now loves them due to this beer. Between me, Cole and another friend, Ian, we were able to finish 5 gallons of this beer in 2 weeks. The recipe is as follows.
12 lbs of US Pale Malt 1 lb of 60L US Crystal Malt 0.5 oz of Pacific Gem (60 minutes) 0.5 oz of Pacific Gem (30 minutes) 1 oz of US Simcoe (at turnoff) 2 oz of Cascade (dry hopped) 1 oz of Kent Goldings (dry hopped) 1 package of Nottingham dry yeast
This beer unfortunately did not have a very good efficiency and ended up having a starting gravity of 1.047. This did not seem to matter though since it ended up being a very refreshing summer IPA. The Pacific Gem I got as a christmas present so I decided to use it in a recipe. You may notice that I used Simcoe, a hop that is generally used as a bittering hop as a finishing hop. This is because I read in a BYO magazine that hops that are used as bittering hops often also have more flavor and aroma. Simcoe would help give a nice pine like flavor to the beer. I recently tried to replicate this beer. Unfortunately, Austinhomebrew does not sell Pacific Gem so I had to get a substitute. I chose instead to use US Warrior and Simcoe for bittering, flavor and finishing hops. I also changed the 12 lbs of Pale Malt to Maris Otter malt and I changed the crystal malt to 20l since I thought the beer was too dark for an IPA last time. I kept the Cascade but used whole hops instead of pellets and substituted Yakima Goldings for the Kent Golding since austinhomebrew sells them in whole hop form. The revised recipe is as follows.
12 lbs of Maris Otter Malt 1 lb of 20L US Crystal Malt 0.5 oz of US Warrior (60 minutes) 0.5 oz of US Simcoe (30 minutes) 0.5 oz of US Warrior (15 minutes) 0.5 oz of US Simcoe (at turnoff) 2 oz of Cascade (dry hopped) 2 oz of Yakima Goldings (dry hopped) 1 package of Nottingham dry yeast
I have only sampled hydrometer readings, but they seem promising. As soon as I kick the Irish Red in the keg, I will keg the IPA. This beer hit the gravity of 1.060 so it will be a bit sweeter/alcoholic. As much as I love my Irish Red, I cannot wait to keg this beer.