NW Red Ale

Rip City Red #3

Well, at the start of the basketball season I kind of figured that I’d have to take a year or two from brewing this beer with the Blazers not projected to be a playoff team.  But surprise surprise, looks like they’re heading to the post season again and possibly in the fifth spot no less! This years version is going to be a bit more sessionable than the last couple years (6% vs 5.2%) and the grist was kept pretty much the same with just a few very minor changes. Hop wise I had some older hops I wanted to use up so this years version will probably have a bit more of a tropical fruit component with the addition of Citra to the boil.

OG: 1.052
FG: 1.012
ABV: 5.2%
Mash: 152 (40 min.)
Boil: 60 min.

Water Profile:

Ca: 71
Mg: 1
Na: 11
So4: 55
Cl: 86
BiCarbonate: 34
Mash pH: 5.3

74.0% Northwestern Pale Ale Malt
8.0% Munich 10l
8.0% Wheat Malt
8.0% C60
2.0% Chocolate Malt

5g Galena (10%) 60 min.
2.00 oz Cascade (7%) 10 min.
2.25 oz Cascade (7%) 0 min.
1.50 oz El Dorado (14.7%) 0 min.
1.25 oz Galena (10%) 0 min.
1.50 oz Citra (11%) 0 min.
0.50 oz Simcoe (10.5%) 0 min.
1.00 oz El Dorado (14.7%) Dry Hop
1.75 oz Nugget (15.1%) Dry Hop
2.25 oz Galaxy (14.8%) Dry Hop

Wyeast 1272 – American Ale II

Pitched at 68 and allowed to free rise up to 70 and held there for the remainder of fermentation and dry hopping. Gonna have to turn this one around semi quickly so it’s all ready and carbed up for the 1st playoff game.

Kegged on 4.12, sample was pretty murky which makes sense with the quicker than normal turnaround. Sample tasted hoppy with no bitterness.  Color is a little light, so I may need to bump that up next round.

Tasting Notes – 5.9.16

Aroma: Pine, tropical fruit, peaches and dankness in the nose.  Very hoppy and fresh.

Appearance: Hazy dark amber/light red with a fluffy white head with nice retention.

Taste: Complex hop notes up front first (tropical, pine, fruity, dank) with some bitterness coming in next. Caramel malts come through after the bitterness. Taste ends with more of the tropical fruit notes and some lingering bitterness.

Overall: This years version came out pretty well.  I like the lower alcohol and more fruity hops from last year. However this one is a touch more bitter than I would prefer, but the caramel notes support a little more bitterness so it doesn’t seem too unbalanced. This beer has been well received and the keg is already getting low. Next version I’d just try to lower the bitterness a bit and possibly change out the yeast to the London III. Cheers.

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