I really enjoy single hop beers so for this one I wanted to use up some the centennials I’ve yet to open from the 2015 harvest. I’ve done simcoe & el dorado single hop pale ales in the past and each came out really well. The grist and yeast for this beer is similar to El Capitan IPA, just with a little bit more wheat & oats and a lower starting gravity. I’ve always loved centennial hops and this will be a good experiment to really get the true flavor. It’s always fun to isolate a specific ingredient and see the exact flavor that it yields. I’m thinking this will end up being pretty citrus/lemon/grapefruit and should be nice to have on tap as the hot weather winds down.
Mash: 151 (15 min.), 152 (25 min.)
Boil: 75 min.
Mash pH: 5.4
53.3% Pilsner Malt*
17.8% Wheat Malt
13.3% Flaked Oats
8.9% NW Pale Ale
10g Centennial (8.5%) 60 min.
1.50 oz Centennial (8.5%) 10 min.
5.50 oz Centennial (8.5%) 0 min.
5.50 oz Centennial (8.5%) Dry Hop
Wyeast 1318 – London Ale III
*Pilsner malt was mostly Bestmalz with some was Weyermann.
Made a 1.25l yeast starter the day before brewing and decanted most off before pitching into 68 degree wort. Kept temperature here until signs of activity and moved the temperature up to 71.
This beer will be replacing the Kolsch and should be on tap in a few weeks.
Kegged on 8/20, finished nice and dry @ 1.009. Gravity sample tasted a tad bitter, hopefully it smooths out once its gets all carbed up.
Tasting Notes – 9.9.16
Aroma: Grapefruit and a little pine in the nose.
Appearance: Hazy golden with a decent white head that fades fairly quickly.
Taste: Grapefruit dominant with some piney/dank notes in there as well. Some lingering bitterness remains. Gives a slightly harsher flavor, not bitter per se, but not as smooth as some of the newer hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium with medium carbonation.
Overall: I like how this one turned out. The base beer is great and the Centennial hop profile is very much like drinking a craft beer from 5 years ago. The hop on its own is a little harsh and there is a lingering bitterness but the grapefruit and pine notes are really nice. This hop probably needs something to balance the harshness but not much I’d change except drop the overall bitterness just a bit. Cheers.