The next installment in the single hop series is in the fermenter. For the most part, the single hop beers have turned out really well and is very interesting to see the flavors just one hop provides. This version has similar grist as the Centennial but I decided to change up the yeast to Imperial A24 – Dry hop, which is a combo of the Barbarian strain (from Headdy Topper) and a funky saccharomyces that has some similarities to brettanomyces. I really love the Wyeast 1318 London III strain for hoppy beers, but it’s so sensitive to oxidation that I’m exploring other options that don’t darken up in the keg as quickly. This hop has a nice mix of tropical fruit notes (mango,papaya, grapefruit, piney, grassy, tropical fruit) but seems to be a little lower intensity to Citra or Galaxy and other newer and similar fruity hops out there now which should be great in a lower gravity pale ale. I bumped up the total ounces of hops from the last version to clean out my stock of 2015 Azacca’s.
Mash: 150 (15 min.), 153 (25 min.)
Boil: 75 min.
Mash pH: 5.3
55.0% Pilsner Malt
16.9% Flaked Oats
12.7% Red Wheat Malt
4.2% NW Pale
2.6% Acid Malt
5g Azacca (10.8%) 60 min.
1.00 oz Azacca (10.8%) 10 min.
6.50 oz Azacca (10.8%) 0 min.
7.00 oz Azacca (10.8%) Dry Hop
Imperial A24 – Dry Hop
Pitched yeast at 68 degrees and fermented at 72 for several days before dry hopping. There was a little bit more of a lag before fermentation took off and there wasn’t any blow off. Will dry hop 5 or 6 days before cold crashing and kegging. Some nice fruity aromas coming out of the fermenter and looking forward to getting this one on tap in a few weeks.
Kegged on 11/27, finished nice and dry at 1.009 and the gravity sample was super fruity with a really nice peach note coming through.
Tasting Notes – 12.17.16
Aroma: Tropical fruit, pears, ripe fruits. Aroma isn’t very intense.
Appearance: Hazy golden/orange with a decent white head that lingers for a bit before fading away.
Taste: Ripe mango, orange pith and some apple/pear notes. There’s a bit of lingering bitterness that hangs on the tongue. Hop notes are subdued for a hoppy pale, but are pleasant. Fruity esters compliment hops quite well.
Mouthfeel: Medium with medium carbonation.
Overall: This one turned out ok, not great but not bad either. The hop profile is a little lower in intensity than I was hoping for and there’s a little bit of a harsh bitterness that I’m not a huge fan of. The hop flavors present are nice but I was just hoping for a little bit more out of them. Probably won’t use the Azacca’s again in a single hop beer but they do well in a subtle beer that a little bit of fruity hoppiness is wanted. I’m liking the new yeast strain, its has an interesting ester profile and leaves the beer hazy but not murky. Cheers.