Summer is rapidly approaching and with the keg of Rip City Red coming to end I wanted to brew something hoppy and easy to drink. Having a good amount of both Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy hops, a dual hop pale ale seemed like a good way to officially greet summer. I really love both of these hops and the Galaxy has been one of my favorites for a couple years now. I am finding that the Nelson needs to be kept in check and paired with something else as it’s a bit intense on its own. Lately for my hoppy beers, I’ve been really simplifying the malt bill so the hops can come through and to keep the color of the beer light. The last version of El Capitan IPA came out just a little too dark so for this beer I kept the grist simple and included some pilsner malt to lighten things up (the gravity sample post brew day was a nice golden). I’ve brewed a similar pale ale a few years ago and it turned out really great so this was a new update to an older beer with a few updates/tweaks.
Mash: 150 (20 min.), 154 (20 min.)
Boil: 75 min.
Mash pH: 5.3
39.1% NW Pale Ale Malt
39.1% Pilsner Malt (Best)
13.0% Red Wheat Malt
2.2% Acidulated Malt (Weyermann)
3g Galaxy (14.8%) 60 min.
0.75 oz Galaxy (14.8%) 5 min.
3.50 oz Galaxy (14.8%) 0 min.
2.25 oz Nelson Sauvin (12%) 0 min.
3.50 oz Galaxy (8.1%) Dry Hop
2.00 oz Nelson Sauvin (12%) Dry Hop
Wyeast 1318 – London Ale III
Pitched at 68 and let free rise to 73. Had more blow off than usual for this yeast strain, about 1.5 liters but I collected a little bit more volume than usual so that’s not too unexpected.
Kegged on 5.23, finished at 1.010, so the added 6.5% of Carapils lowered my attenuation about 4% from a similar beer with no crystal and just base malt. Sample tasted great, really fruity and should be on tap for Memorial Day weekend.
Tasting notes – 6.12.16
Aroma: Passion fruit, berries, peaches and a little dankness. Very fresh and inviting.
Appearance: Hazy golden with with a great foamy head that retains pretty well.
Taste: Similar to the aroma, passion fruit mixed with a dank and fruity (grape) notes. Just a hint of lingering bitterness hangs on the tongue, but drinks really smooth and easy.
Overall: Love how this one turned out. Its fruity, hoppy but with no real bitterness to speak of. The combo of the hops is interesting and the nelson does really contribute white wine flavors mixed the the tropical fruitiness of the galaxy. A really nice hoppy beer under 5%. Cheers.