NW Red

Rip City Red #4

Well, sort of like last year I didn’t think that I’d brew this beer this year with the Blazers playoff changes looking slim. But a late run has it looking like the Blazers have a good chance to grab the 8th seed so Rip City Red is a go for 2017! This year’s recipe brought a few changes to lighten up the body with the base being a mix of NW Pale and Pilsner malt and the Munich malt was completely dropped. I lowered the gravity a few points as well to get it even lower in alcohol so it can be consumed throughout the entire game. This beer has always been a little bit of a “clean out the hop freezer” beer and for this version I went with Amarillo, Exp. 07270, Citra in the the boil and Galaxy in the dry hop. I’m thinking this mix will give a nice bit of grapefruit, pine & dank with some tropical fruit notes. For yeast, I subbed out the American Ale 2 – Anchor Liberty strain and used my go to as of late favorite Imperial Dry Hop blend.

OG: 1.046
FG: 1.008
ABV: 5.0%
Mash: 147 (20 min.), 149 (25 min.), 160 (2o min.)
Boil: 60 min.

Water Profile:

Ca: 80
Mg: 1
Na: 4
So4: 89
Cl: 67
BiCarbonate: 50
Mash pH: 5.3

35.8% Breiss Pilsen Malt
35.8% NW Pale Ale Malt
16.8% Red Wheat Malt
5.3% C40
3.2% C60
3.2% Chocolate Malt

3g Amarillo (8.5%) 60 min.
3.00 oz Amarillo (8.5%) 0 min.*
3.00 oz Exp. 07270 (17.5%) 0 min.*
4.00 oz Citra (13.4%) 0 min. *
3.00 oz Amarillo (8.5%) Dry Hop
3.00 oz Exp. 07270 (17.5%) Dry Hop
3.00 oz Galaxy (15.6%) Dry Hop

*Hop steep of 30 mins, temperature down to 180 when started to cool.

Imperial A24 – Dry Hop

Pitched yeast at 67 and will fermented at 70 for all of fermentation including the dry hop. The last few batches have been really fruity, which I’ve enjoyed but I’m wondering if a little bit lower of a temperature will subdue the esters a bit in this beer.

Kegged on 4.6 and put on draft on 4.15. 1st pint was pretty hazy but had a nice grapefruit/dank/earthy aroma.

Tasting notes coming soon & Go Blazers!

Tasting notes – 5.16.17

Aroma: Tropical fruits, pine, earth and dankness in the nose. Real nice aroma.

Appearance: Hazy light red with a slightly off white head with decent retention.

Taste: Fruit hops punch through at first and give way an earthy/dank note. Malts don’t hold up to hops and the bitterness punches through leaving a pretty strong lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium low with normal carbonation level

Overall: Well, sadly this beer turned out like the blazers season. Lots of hoping going in but was disappointing and not quite what I was expecting. The flavor present are nice, but the Exp. 07270 just took over leaving a super bitter beer with a dirt/earth/dank flavor on the tongue. This beer is been in the keg over a month and at first was way too bitter. It’s a little better now, but still not a beer that I’m really proud of or really wanting to drink. I really dislike bitter beer, so this one isn’t for me. Fans of more traditional ipa would have no problem drinking on this one, but sadly that isn’t me. Worst part of this is that I broke the carboy cleaning it after I kegged this one and cut the hell out of my finger and was hoping for an amazing beer to make it worth all the trouble, blood and stitches. But that’s not the case and as soon as I brew something else this beer will get shown the drain. Lame.


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