This one pours a light orange in colour, with a light fluffy white head and medium carbonation.
The aroma is a lot more delicate than I expected – light floral, citrus notes combined with equally light pine and resin, it’s really quite delicate and pleasant.
The delicate nature of the aroma is matched in the flavour also, light orange, grapefruit and other citrus characters backed up by a piney resinous punch and a little bit of biscuity malt. This is much more subtle than the other Stone beers I’ve had in the past, and I have to say it’s better for it – this is a real delight to drink.
This is a fantastic IPA, not at all headline grabbing and extreme, just delicate, well balanced and wonderfully made. If you can get hold of one do it, do it now!
Appearance – Pretty much the same as all the other IPA is Dead beers (shocker). Orange, hazy, creamy white head.
Aroma – Earthy… Reminds me a bit of digging up the garden, but add to that, there’s a distinct cheesy aroma in there, like a cheddar that’s just a little past it’s best.
Flavour – Again earthy, and with a hint of orange and other citrus fruits. Not entirely unpleasant if you can get past the cheesy smell.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied. Well carbonated and feels quite sharp on the tounge.
Overall – Hmmm, not enjoying this one to be honest. It’s like someone has taken a pretty average IPA and dropped a sweaty sock in it after a long hard running session. Fingers crossed the other three are a vast improvement.
Here’s the results of my first attempt at an IPA. The brew day (and the bottling session) was a bit of a cock-up but thankfully the beer has turned out really well!
Aroma – A slight yeasty aroma (most likely due to the crud in the bottom of each bottle), but this is masked mostly by a really powerful tropical fruit and citrus aroma.
Appearance – If you pour it right and avoid getting any of the crap out of the bottles it’s a clear light orange/brown colour, with a creamy white head.
Flavour – Matching the aroma for big big fruit flavours – citrus, kiwi, banana and a sweet maltiness too.
Mouthfeel – Light to medium body, good carbonation.
Overall – This has to be the best beer I’ve brewed yet, and it’s a bloody nice IPA to boot – once you manage to separate the beer from the crud that is!
Would I brew it again? – Oh yes, I’ve already ordered another bag of galaxy hops! This turned out way better than I expected, the next time i’ll make sure I have a better brew day and manage to bottle more…
I really enjoyed BrewDog’s IPA is Dead series when I sampled the latest run at their bar in Camden, so I decided to buy them in bottled form just so I could see if they differed in any way to the kegged counterpart.
This is the first one I’ve gotten around to cracking open – the English hop, Challenger.
Aroma – Very soft citrus, but strong pine/resin notes.
Appearance – Golden orange in colour and slightly hazy. Nice white head formation.
Flavour – Strong resin, piney flavours, not much in the way of citrus. The most overwhelming characteristic of this beer is the bitterness – it’s very bitter, almost bordering on harsh, followed by a very dry finish. As it warmed up (and I got into it) it almost reminded me of Stone’s Ruination IPA in the flavour and bitterness.
Mouthfeel – Dry and smooth with moderate carbonation, medium bodied.
Overall – Not an amazing example of an american IPA, but quite interesting. The bitterness is too strong though on this one…
Would I buy more? – Nah. It was nice to experience, (as it was on keg), but I wouldn’t like this as a regular beer – BrewDog have done much better.
Let me get this out there, I love IPA’s; English, American, Imperial, it doesn’t matter, it’s rare that i’ll find an IPA that I don’t like (Greene King – i’m looking at you >:-/ ). So it’s quite odd that I haven’t got around to brewing an IPA yet…
This changed a couple of weekends ago with my first batch – I thought i’d try a single hop American style IPA with one of my current favourite hops – galaxy. Thank BrewDog and their recent IPA is Dead series for the inspiration on this one.
Recipe: Single Hop IPA - Galaxy
Style: American IPA
TYPE: All Grain
Boil Size: 20.59 l
Post Boil Volume: 18.55 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 15.00 l
Bottling Volume: 15.49 l
Estimated OG: 1.062 SG
Estimated Color: 16.0 EBC
Estimated IBU: 75.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 89.2 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
1.89 kg Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (3.9 EBC) Grain 1 47.5 %
1.88 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5.9 EBC) Grain 2 47.4 %
0.20 kg Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (157.6 EBC) Grain 3 5.0 %
22.07 g Galaxy [15.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 41.3 IBUs
29.81 g Galaxy [15.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 5 33.7 IBUs
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 6 -
1.0 pkg British Ale II (Wyeast Labs #1335) [124. Yeast 7 -
46.00 g Galaxy [15.00 %] - Dry Hop 14.0 Days Hop 8 0.0 IBUs
Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body
Total Grain Weight: 3.97 kg
Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 11.50 l of water at 71.4 C 64.4 C 75 min
Mash Out Add 6.72 l of water at 98.0 C 75.6 C 10 min
Sparge: Fly sparge with 7.36 l water at 75.6 C
Notes / Measurements:
Brewed on 7th April 2012
Before we move on, here’s a PSA – always check your equipment!!! Somehow I managed to forget this golden rule resulting in me (a) putting 4 kg of grain in the mashtun when the false bottom was not properly attached to the drainage pipe, and (b) proceeding to put in the first batch of mash liquor with the drainage tap open on the mashtun…
So, one slightly moist carpet later I went on ok with the mash, but when it came time to run off the wort and sparge nothing was coming out!!! Not such a good start to the brew day. So, I had to scoop out the water and grain into another container to realise my error (the false bottom wasn’t attached) – once fixed I got all the grain and the mash liquor back into the mashtun and got to sparging. I managed to retain 24 litres of wort, with a pre-boil OG of 1.050 (target was 1.054 so we’ll call this close enough – I was just glad to be this far)!
Thankfully the boil was pretty much uneventful and all went to plan, ending up with 16.5 litres going into the fermenter with a post-boil OG of 1.057, again this was slightly below target (1.062), but I wasn’t too unhappy with that.
After pitching the yeast there was good fermentation going after 12 hours. I transferred the wort into the secondary fermenter (a pressure barrel) after 4 days.
After 10 days in the barrel it was time to bottle, the FG came in at 1.018, which is quite a bit higher than expected, so we’re looking at about 5.1% ABV, maybe the yeast will still get a little bit of work done in the bottles. In preparation for bottling, I added 180g of light dry malt extract to the barrel for priming, and then after a short while got down to filling my first few bottles, now here’s where it all went wrong again…
After the fourth bottle nothing else was coming out of the barrel – the taps and pipes were blocked with all the hops used for dry hopping! I ended up having to siphon all of the beer out and only managed to fill about 20 bottles (10 litres). 🙁
The bottles have been sitting for nearly a week now and they’re starting to clear a bit, but there’s some nasty looking crud at the bottom of a few of them – fingers crossed it’ll all taste ok! Next time i’ll work on putting a filter over the tap in the barrel. 🙂
As usual, tasting notes etc to come once the beer is ready to drink…
Taste – Caramel malty sweetness mixed with a citrus/grapefruit flavour from the hops, it also has a slight spiciness to it. It’s quite different to your normal American IPA, there’s more depth to it than just malt and a fist full of hops.
Aroma -Malty, fruity, spicy goodness. This smells not too dissimilar to a batch of home brewed english ale sitting in the fermenter (this is a good smell).
Appearance – Dark golden amber, slightly hazy, not overly carbonated.
Would I buy more? – I think I most probably will be buying some more of this when I fancy a slightly different American IPA.