Gigantic IPA. The warm weather just makes it that much more likely I spend my late afternoons drinking beer in the sun.

Cleaning some tap lines. My carboy/keg washer is becoming an all in one cleaning machine. I run hot pbw, then a double run of hot water, and lastly a quick run of sanitizer. 

Cleaning some tap lines. My carboy/keg washer is becoming an all in one cleaning machine. I run hot pbw, then a double run of hot water, and lastly a quick run of sanitizer. 

A month into lagering and the German pilsner is looking and tasting good. I better dry hop it soon with an ounce of liberty hops before I “sample” to much and its gone.

A month into lagering and the German pilsner is looking and tasting good. I better dry hop it soon with an ounce of liberty hops before I “sample” to much and its gone.

Stone Go To IPA.

The perfect beer to drink while working hard watching the girl make cookies. 

Manhattan Beach, CA

Pizza and a walk on the beach make for a great weekend. Of course Firestone Walker Pale 31, and Wookey Jack didn’t hurt either. But apparently I was to lazy for that. 

Ballast Point Sculpin

Everything else on this trip has been beers I have never had… other then this. When building my own 6 pack I cant say no to Sculpin. So good. 

LA trip beer #2

Modern Times Lomaland. I love a good saison, and even more a saison in a tall boy. I really enjoyed this brew, very drinkable while still having great complexity, pepper, earth, hay, along with some hops. Perfect beer for a relaxing day outside. 

LA trip beer #1

Modern Times Blazing World. Being a longtime follower of The Mad Fermentationist and following his test batches I was very excited to finally get a chance to try the beers. This one I thought was good, but not my favorite. I loved the aroma, but the beer itself finished with an odd herbal quality that I wasn’t as fond of. My preferences aside this beer definitely had the dank hop quality they were aiming for and I suggest others give it a try.  Excited to try the saison next.

Down in LA for a week or so to visit the girl. Hopefully find a job down here soon. Of course beer is needed to get me through the days while she is at work, oddly enough no LA beers though.

Down in LA for a week or so to visit the girl. Hopefully find a job down here soon. Of course beer is needed to get me through the days while she is at work, oddly enough no LA beers though.

I find when I dont know what I want to drink, I always end up with DBA. Never a bad choice

I find when I dont know what I want to drink, I always end up with DBA. Never a bad choice

Firestone Walker Double Jack. So good.

Firestone Walker Double Jack. So good.

Fort George. Java the Hop. Coffee IPA.

It’s still almost 70 out. Perfect evening beer and reading on the deck weather.

It’s still almost 70 out. Perfect evening beer and reading on the deck weather.

Vienna lager brew day.

Vienna lager brew day.

Aromatic Pale Ale

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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

Grist

73% 2Row

18% Vienna

4.5% CaraHell

4.5% White Wheat

mash at 152F for 60 minutes

Hops

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

Yeast

US-05 Dry Yeast

Schedule

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.

Changes

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.