I picked up a pound of Pacifica hops earlier in the year from Hops Direct and wanted to try them out in an IPA.  The keg of Holman House Pale #6 has been really well received so it was time to get to brewing the next beer.  I went pretty simple with the grist and am shooting for a modest ABV %.  I’m curious how the combo of  New Zealand and Pacific Northwest hops go together in this one.

OG: 1.060
FG: 1.011
ABV: 6.4%
Mash: 151 (60 min.)
Boil: 60 min.

Water Profile:

Ca: 163
Mg: 1
Na: 26
So4: 291
Cl: 54
BiCarbonate: 106
Mash PH: 5.4

81.4% NW Pale Ale Malt
10.6% Munich Malt (10l)
4.4% C15
3.5% Dextrose (10 min)

0.4 oz Galena (10%) 60 min.
2.0 oz Cascade (7.4%) 10 min.
1.0 oz Nelson Sauvin (12%) 10 min.
3.0 oz Pacifica (4.9%) 5 min.
1.5 oz Citra (13%) 0 min.
2.0 oz Nelson Sauvin (12.3%) 0 min.
3.0 oz Pacifica (4.9%) 0 min.
2.0 oz Citra (13%) Dry Hop
2.0 oz Pacifica (4.7%) Dry Hop

Wyeast 1272 American Ale II (1.5l starter)

Smooth brewday, had my bro and dad on the brew deck with me which made the day fly by. Had to battle the wind and throw up the rain tent mid-boil, but thats the fun brewing outdoors. Pretty excited to see how this hop profile comes out.


Dry hopped 1 week @ 65.  Cold Crashed 1.5 days prior to kegging.

Tasting Notes – 4.9.14

Appearance: Hazy Goldenrod with a fluffy white head that lingers.

Aroma: Fresh passion fruit and orange marmalade jumps out. Very bright and juicy aroma.

Taste: Tropical fruits punch first with some orange coming thought next. A hint of bitterness hangs on the tongue. Really fruity and fresh with the malt providing just enough to keep things from being fruity hop juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium low mouthfeel.

Overall: Really like how this IPA came out. Citra and Pacifica give a great tropical fruit and orange marmalade flavor. Drinks bright and fresh with the bitterness being really low with a hint of malt coming through in the end. Very clean and bright with the hop flavors being well pronounced but not harsh or bitter.


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