#8 – Hoppy/Lower Gravity
With summer in full swing I wanted to get a lower abv. pale ale on tap that would be easy to drink a few pints of and still scratch that hop itch. I have three non hoppy styles on tap currently (Wit, ESB, Saison) so a hop forward beer is something that is needed since the HHP#7 (citra) went super quickly. For this one I wanted to have enough malt character to support the hop bill by using several different body boosting malts (melanoidin, wheat, oats). The hops I decided on was to finish the remaining bit of Chinook I had left from a couple of years ago and a newer variety, El Dorado, that I picked up a few months back. I planning a fairly large dry hop addition as well to get that big hop aroma. Okay, recipe time.
Mash: 152 (60 min)
Boil: 60 min.
Added: 3.6g Gypsum, 1.5g CaCl, 0.8g Baking Soda to Mash and 3.2g Gypsum & 1.3g CaCl to Sparge water
Mash pH: 5.4
71.1% NW Pale Ale Malt
8.9% Wheat Malt
6.7% Melanoidin Malt
5g Chinook (9%) 60 min.
20g Chinook (9%) 10 min.
1.5 oz Chinook (9%) 5 min.
1.5 oz Amarillo (8.5%) 5 min.
1.0 oz Chinook (9%) 0 min.
2.0 oz Amarillo (8.5%) 0 min.
2.0 oz El Dorado (14.8%) 0 min.
2.0 oz El Dorado (14.8%) Dry Hop
1.0 oz Centennial (10%) Dry Hop
1.0 oz Crystal (6%) Dry Hop
Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale
Made a 1.5l yeast starter 24 hours before and pitched into 76 deg. wort. Brought temp down to 69 after fermentation was active, about 3 hours. I’ve used this strain once before and it fermented at 76% attenuation and was fairly clean and flocced well. And since the basement temps have been rising (currently 74) I wanted a strain that could handle a little bit more temperature during high fermentation (75 is the top end). Fermentation stayed at 74 and dry hopped on day 7.
Tasting Notes – 9.23.14
Appearance: Cooper in color, little hazy. Thick white head that persists in the glass for a good bit of time.
Aroma: Decent aroma, a sort of muddled but some sweet pear notes can be detected.
Taste: Fruity/sweet (Pears again, but also a little candy-like) hop flavors are tasted first followed by some crackery malt notes. Flavors mesh for a second with the hop bitterness taking hold and leaving the tongue with some lingering bitterness. The hop flavor is a bit muddled outside of the initial flavors up front.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel. The wheat and oats make themselves know in the beer with the creamy texture.
Overall: Not a perfect pale ale, but a pretty good one. I like the El Dorado hops as they give a little something different to this beer. There malts provide a creamy mouthfeel, however the beer finished a touch dry and drinks a tad bit more bitter than I’d like. But it did fit the bill of being lower in alcohol and pretty hoppy. There are some tweaks to be made, but still an nice warm weather beer when a 7% IPA just seems ridiculous.