NW Red Ale

Rip City #2

With the playoffs just around the corner, it’s time to get Rip City Red brewed for the Blazer’s forthcoming post-season run. I really like how last years Rip City Red came out, so I didn’t want to do too much tweaking but did make just a few adjustments, mostly related to inventory and dropped the gravity a few points to get the ABV below 6%. I really love these hoppy red ales and looking forward to getting this one on tap in a few weeks.

OG: 1.058
FG: 1.013
ABV: 6%
Mash: 152 (60 min)
Boil: 60 min.

Water Profile:

Ca: 84
Mg: 1
Na: 11
So4: 104
Cl: 54
BiCarbonate: 66
Mash pH: 5.3

64.7% NW Pale Malt
19.9% Munich 10L
6.6% Wheat Malt
6.6% Caramel 60
1.7% Extra Dark Crystal
0.4% Chocolate Malt

0.25 oz Galena (10%) 60 min.
1.00 oz Cascade (7%) 10 min.
2.00 oz Cascade (7%) 5 min.
2.00 oz Amarillo (8.5%) 0 min.
2.00 oz Centennial (8.7%) 0 min.
2.00 oz Galena (10%) 0 min.
2.00 oz Belma (11%) Dry Hop
2.00 oz Centennial (8.7%) Dry Hop

Wyeast 1272 – American Ale II

Made a 1.5 liter the morning before brew day on my recently acquired Maelstrom stir plate from Northern Brewer. I’m looking to be able to do larger starters in a bigger flask for big beers and lagers, but worked great for this normal size starter. Decanted and pitched into 72 degree wort with fermentation taking off in about 3.5  hours.

Kegged on 4/6, sample tasted really hoppy. Yield was a bit low, need to cut down on the break material getting into the fermenter.  Although, 4 oz of dry hops doesn’t really help either.

Tasting Notes – 5.6.15

Appearance: Copperish red with a finger and a half of off white head.

Aroma: Strawberries, citrus and a little hay in the aroma.

Taste: Notes of citrus up front with some of the sweeter malt notes mixed in as well. Drinks balanced. Hops hang on the tongue after the taste is finished.  Good mix of citrus, fruity and dank hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium plus with medium carbonation.

Overall: I’m really liking this beer as its drinking now.  There’s a nice mix of fruity, citrus and danker hops that mesh pretty well with the bready and crystal malts used in the beer.  The beers is hoppy, but not over the top. Excellent lacing on the glass through to the end of the pint.  The malt bill is right where I like this one and there is a lot of room to experiment with the hops.  I think I like this version slightly better than last years, which was pretty much all centennial.


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