El Capitan

Alright, time for an IPA.  It’s pretty rare that I brew two IPA’s in a year, but I picked up some new hops recently over at Hops Direct and wanted to try them out.  I’m using Amarillo, Galaxy and Sorachi Ace in the boil and Galaxy and Sorachi Ace in the dry hop.  I wanted to keep the malt bill super simple to let the hops shine through.  My LHBS was out of NW Pale, my usual base malt, but was running a sale on British Halycon malt so I swapped that in.  The wort seemed to be a little more cloudy, but the taste seems pretty good. This brew will replace the Holman House Pale #8 as its been going quick (probably due to how sessionable it is).

OG: 1.060
FG: 1.010
ABV: 6.5%
Mash: 152 (60 min)
Boil: 60 min.

Added: 3.2g CaCl & 2.0g Gypsum to Mash and 2.6g CaCl and 1.7g Gypsum to Sparge

Water Profile:

Ca: 78
Mg: 1
Na: 8
So4: 106
Cl: 66
BiCarbonate: 10
Mash pH: 5.3

81.7% Halcyon Pale Malt
16.7% Vienna Malt
1.7% Acid Malt

5g Galena (10%) 60 min.
1.0 oz Amarillo (8.7%) 10 min.
3.0 oz Galazy (14.8%) 0 min.
3.0 oz Sorachi Ace (13.2%) 0 min.
1.0 oz Amarillo (8.7%) 0 min.
3.0 oz Galaxy (14.8%) Dry Hop
3.0 oz Sorchi Ace (13.2%) Dry Hop

Wyeast 1728 – Scottish Ale

Made 1.5l starter night before brew day. Fermentation started within 5 hours. Pitched into 71 deg. wort and brought temperature down to 65 via ice bath. I’m really interested to see how this hop combo and new base malt work together. Dry hopped on 10/3 for a full week at 70 deg. Kegged on 10/14.

Tasting Notes – 11.21.14

Appearance: Golden with nice white head, little hazy.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine needles and a little lemon on the nose. Really fresh and potent aroma.

Taste: Juicy fruits (close to mango) up front and blends into a dill, vegetal note to finish with a little bit a a pine flavor in there as well. Very little bitterness remains on tongue. As the beer warms the dill notes are less pronounced and it drinks much fruity and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium low, just right for style.

Overall: This is definitely a different kind of IPA. Its not the super fruity, citrus, tropical fruit beer that is more common right now. There’s a bit of citrus and tropical fruit notes but the Sorachi Ace hops really bring a dill and vegetal note to the beer. The two hops are a little dissonant, but its not unpleasant. The beer gets to be more typical IPA as it warms and those dill notes are a little more hidden. The bitterness level is just right for an IPA I like to drink. Hoppy and fresh, a unique IPA. Probably won’t combine Galaxy and Sorachi Ace again but its interesting to see what each adds to the beer.


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