I iterated into this recipe through 3 major iterations, and then one minor one to end up with this recipe that I’ve been very happy with. It gave me the things I like about NEIPA, without the over-sweetness.
Fresh hop aroma followed by a smooth hop bitterness mixed in with a clean malt taste. Finishes fairly cleanly, with a bit of lingering bitterness.
Brewed: 12/22/2020. Distributed: 1/13/2021.
ABV: 5.4%, IBU: 68
Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Oats.
Hops: Columbus, Zythos, Citra, Galaxy.
Yeast: Wyeast 1318 London Ale III
I had heard about this hop from someone on a podcast talking about IPAs and how certain hops had good characteristics. I don’t remember exactly what characteristics, but I did remember the name of this hop- Idaho 7.
Fresh sweet hop aroma. Slight caramel malt flavor with a bit of hop bite. Finishes with a nice blend of malt and hop flavor, without a bitter bite. Very tasty, belies the ABV kick hidden within it.
Brewed: 12/13/2020. Distributed: 1/9/2021.
ABV: 7.5%, IBU: 128
Malts: 2-Row Brewer’s Malt, Maris Otter, White Wheat, Munich, Amber.
Hops: Columbus, Magnum, Citra, Idaho #7.
Yeast: White Labs WLP001 California Ale
I fell in love with Dusseldorf Alt after visiting Dusseldorf one weekend while working in Europe. My early attempts to recreate the beer were successful, but my more recent attempts never turned out as good. I went back the yeast processes I used at the beginning, and brewing salt additions, and this batch turned out successfully recreating it.
Notable malt aroma and flavor, with a slightly bitter hop bite. Both of these finish cleanly and allow a nice yeast taste to round it all out. Flavorful, drinkable, and clean.
Brewed: 11/24/2020. Distributed: 12/30/2020.
ABV: 5.4%, IBU: 43
Malts: Munich Malt.
Yeast: Wyeast 1007 German Ale
This beer I brewed on the day after the Presidential election. Planning it, I figured the day after would be either a day of celebration or great sadness. But of course, since it took several days to count all the ballots, it was still up in the air on brew day. This beer turned out much lower than planned on ABV. So even though it wasn’t planned as a “Light Stout”, that’s what I ended up with.
Easy drinking with flavors of dark malt. Goes down easy, either from the use of oats, or the low ABV.
Brewed: 11/7/2020. Distributed: 12/23/2020.
ABV: 4.2%, IBU: 46
Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Oats, Black Patent Malt, Melanoidin Malt, Roasted Barley.
Hops: Magnum, Hallertau, Chinook.
Yeast: White Labs WLP007 Dry English Ale
I’ve been to Cologne, Germany a few times (Ford engineering offices there), and enjoyed some true German Kolsch. The atmosphere of course is part of it, but I have been trying in vain to recreate the beer that my memory has put on high. I haven’t gotten there yet, but this is another iteration on my journey. I pretty much changed up everything from last time I made it.
Sweet aroma, slightly tart & crisp bite at first taste, which mellows quickly into a slightly sweet malt taste. Finishes with slight hop aftertaste.
Brewed: 10/14/2020. Distributed: 12/10/2020.
ABV: 4.9%, IBU: 21
Malts: Brewer’s 2-row malt, Xtra Pale, Flaked Wheat, Vienna
Hops: Hallertau, Spalt
Yeast: Wyeast 2565 Kolsch and Omega Yeast OYL-044 Kolsch II
I’ve made this beer a few times. After a few iterations a while ago, I honed it in to be where I wanted it, hence the name. This particular batch I tried a slight process variation on the dry hops, and it didn’t give me as great of a hop aroma as before. So this one isn’t truly perfect…
Brown head of foam. Decent hop aroma. First drink gives a bite of dark malt, but is immediately backed up by bright hop flavor. That then transitions out to a blended mix of hops and malt, with a mild dark malt aftertaste. Still enjoyable.
Brewed: 11/4/2020. Distributed: 12/10/2020.
ABV: 5.9%, IBU: 58
Malts: Golden Promise, Brewer’s 2-row malt, Carafa III, Munich, Carafa I.
Hops: Magnum, Citra, Simcoe
Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale
This was a new/unique yeast for me, and I didn’t realize until after I bought it that it would have this tangy side to it. It makes for a unique taste twist, but won’t be one of my regular yeasts.
The aroma is bright and floral, full of hops. Taste is bright and citrusy-tangy. Finishes with a clean, mellow malt flavor, and bit of lingering hop citrus.
Brewed: 10/23/2020. Distributed: 11/24/2020.
ABV: 7.2%, IBU: 46
Malts: Brewer’s 2-row malt, Maris Otter, Flaked wheat, White wheat, Vienna.
Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Galaxy, CTZ
Yeast: Omega OYL-200 Tropical IPA
First off, this name is lame. It was a placeholder until I could come up with something better to play off the Galaxy Hop name. But I stopped thinking about it, and I got stuck with it. Oh well.
There’s a sweet aroma, and an initial twang of hops. It initially has a bit of a raw edge to it, that mellows out as it transitions to a mild fruitty hop taste mixed with some mellow malts. Overall a “bright” Pale Ale I guess is how I’d describe it.
Brewed: 10/13/2020. Distributed: 11/15/2020.
ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 47
Malts: Brewer’s 2-row malt, White wheat, Flaked wheat, Crystal 20L.
Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Galaxy, Chinook, Citra
Yeast: Omega OYL-004 West Coast Ale
This recipe is a child of my Red Rye IPA recipe, Barbarossa IPA. I wanted to make a version with less caramel sweetness and a lower alcohol bite. Thus was born Little Barbarossa.
This beer has a nice fresh hop aroma, and a tastebud twinge from the malt, followed by characteristic rye malt slickness on the mouth. Full flavor of hops with a rye twist.
Brewed: 10/9/2020. Distributed: 10/30/2020.
ABV: 4.9%, IBU: 69
Malts: Brewer’s 2-row malt, Red X, Rye, Carafoam, Crystal 20L.
Hops: Columbus, Perle, Amarillo, Cascade
Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale
This name is lame, I never was able to work it into something good. But is based on the hops it uses. Azacca is apparently some god of agriculture, and Centennial is obviously 100.
Strong sweet aroma. Crisp bite of hops bitterness that then fades into a smooth malt/yeast taste that mellows nicely. Overall very dry, crisp, and refreshing.
Brewed: 7/30/2020. Distributed: 9/8/2020.
ABV: 8.0% IBU: 50
Malts: Xtra Pale Ale, Maris Otter, Flaked Wheat, White Wheat, Caramel 20L
Hops: Centennial, Azacca
Yeast: White Labs WLP067- Coastal Haze Ale Yeast Blend