Aromatic Pale Ale
The haziness isn’t just a byproduct of my poor photography.
I love an IPA just as much as the next person. A PNW kid through and through, (I actually live within 30 minutes of the Yakima hop fields) I am pretty sure I would
should get kicked out if I didn’t love the hops. But sometimes I want the hops without the bitterness and high alcohol that compliments the classic IPA. So seemed only natural to brew a beer with the alcohol level* and bitterness of a Pale Ale, and the aroma and flavor of an IPA. I was inspired by many commercial and homebrewers alike that have started brewing this sort of “Aromatic” Pale Ale in recent years.
*My initial recipe aimed for an OG of 1052, but I got a large boost in efficiency which made this far from the low alcohol Pale Ale I planned on.
Hop on Pale Ale (5 gallon batch)
OG: 1.064 FG: 1.012 ABV: 6.79% SRM: 5.6 IBU: 45.3
4.5% White Wheat
mash at 152F for 60 minutes
60 min Magnum, 28.9 IBU
5 min Citra 9.7 IBU
5 min Mosaic 6.7 IBU
Flameout, 1oz each Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe
Dry Hop, 1oz each Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe
US-05 Dry Yeast
Pitch at 65F, free rise to 68F
Hold at 68F for 5 Days.
Cooled to 60 and added dry hops. Filled headspace w/CO2
After 3.5 days kegged and crash cooled. Carbed to 2.4 Volumes.
Review (I am awful at describing what I taste)
Super hazy, darker golden body in the right light (picture above is darker then in person) with a steady 1/4in white head on top. Aroma just explodes out, melon and mango are the first things that come to mind. Pineapple and pine buried under that. Flavor is much of the same, even in order. Lots of fruit right from the start, more citrus then the aroma, and then finishes with pine and clean bitterness that sits for a second on the tongue then dissipates out. Light body, a bit drier then expected, with a good carb. Overall It is a very drinkable beer, biggest complaint is body and alcohol level. Aroma is just fantastic though.
The biggest change has to be to lower the OG to the planned amount. Along with this the body seems a bit light, and finishes pretty dry. While this is not awful, I would expect it to get even worse with a lower OG. Adding some carapils to the grist should counteract this. In terms of hops I am very happy with it. Although I was expecting more Pine, so some adjustment of amounts is necessary. Without much thought: more simcoe, less citra. And purely for aesthetics, clarifying agent once kegged and crash cooled.