Session IPA

1st Mate

Summer’s arrived in Portland early this year, so time to getting brewing some session strength beers. The tap list has been slowly trending down in terms of ABV% and this beer is right in line with that.  I’ve attempted a few “session IPA’s” before, one before session IPA was a thing I heard about back in 2011 and recently one last year.  Both were drinkable beers but not without their flaws.  The first being too bitter and thin and the second having a muddled hop profile and finishing a touch too dry. I’m hoping 3rd times a charm with this one as I’ve completely overhauled the recipe from the two previous attempts. Originally I was thinking of just brewing my house IPA, El Capitan, however after trying Fort George’s Overdub IPA and Firestone Walker’s Easy Jack I was inspired to try a low gravity IPA again. For the recipe, I used a mix of NW Pale and Vienna for the base to create a really malty backbone and layered some dextrinious malts to create a nice body to support the high hopping rate. The mash temperature was bumped up as well to keep the beer from finishing too dry.

OG: 1.043
FG: 1.009
ABV: 4.5%
Mash: 155 (60 min)
Boil: 60 min.

Water Profile:

Ca: 87
Mg: 1
Na: 4
So4: 140
Cl: 50
BiCarbonate: 15
Mash pH: 5.3

39.0% Goldpils Vienna (Briess)
34.1% NW Pale Ale (Great Western)
7.3% White Wheat Malt
7.3% Carapils
7.3% Flaked Oats
4.9% C15

2g Belma (11.3%) 60 min.
0.75 oz Belma (11.3%) 5 min.
1.00 oz Belma (11.3%) 0 min.
1.50 oz El Dorado (14.4%) 0 min.
2.00 oz Galaxy (14.8%) 0 min.
2.00 oz Simcoe (10.5%) 0 min.
1.00 oz Belma (11.3%) Dry Hop
2.00 oz Galaxy (14.8%) Dry Hop
2.00 oz Simcoe (10.5%) Dry Hop

Wyeast 1272 – American Ale II

Made a .75 liter starter and pitched into 73 degree wort and brough the temp down to 67 once fermentation was active (about 4 hours). Beer fermented out pretty quickly, about 3 days and is ready for dry hopping as of this post.

Updates and tasting notes to come. If you’re a Crow’s Nest regular then don’t hesitate to get your growler filled with this one as I don’t envision it lasting all that long. Cheers.

Kegged on 6/18 and finished out a touch drier than i was thinking. Gravity sample tasted super hoppy with a real robust aroma. Should be on tap in a week or two.

Tasting Notes – 7.12.15
Appearance: Super hazy, dark golden / orange with a nice white head that lingers.

Aroma: Big notes of papaya up front with a little red berry in there as well. Tropical fruits are the dominate aroma.

Taste: Papaya and mangos up front then some pine and red berry again coming through. There’s just a hint of lingering bitterness that hangs on the tongue. The malt side really supports the hoping well and doesn’t drink thin, watery or astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium, medium carbonation.

Overall: Really pleased how this one came out. Has a classic west coast hop profile with minimal bitterness and drinks like any standard strength IPA. The grain bill really supports the hops quite well and gives a nice creamy body that gives the perception that it’s a bigger beer that it actually is. The beer does look like a hefeweizen its so hazy, but I guess that’s to be expected with all the body building malts and amount of hops in this beer. Not much to change on round 2 of this beer and I’m thinking of keeping this beer on tap all summer.



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