This recipe started from a clone recipe I found online for Founder’s Red’s Rye IPA, which was one of my original favorite Michigan craft beers, and was frequently in my beer fridge at home. I don’t think this beer lives up the hype in my memory of that beer from so many years ago, but I decided I liked it none the less. This is the third version of the recipe I created while trying to improve upon it.
The taste is bold with caramel malt sweetness, and a notable, but subtle effect of rye malt on the palate. Rye has an edginess to the taste and a unique “slick” mouthfeel. This is combined with flavorful hops that make this a full-flavored beer. Depending on my mood/taste buds, it seems to drift between a flavorful hoppy beer with unique malt in the background, or a full-force malty beer with hops in the background.
Brewed: 4/13/2020. Distributed: 5/12/2020.
ABV: 6.7%, IBU: 78
Malts: Brewer’s 2-row malt, Red X, Rye, Carafoam, Crystal 40L, Caramunich.
Hops: Columbus, Perle, Amarillo, Cascade
Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale
Super light golden color, with a hazy glow. A lot of hops in here make this hop-flavorful. A lot of fruity hops, but very little bitterness. The calculated IBUs sound very bitter, but most of the hops are added post-boil in, while whirlpooling. The yeast makes it very smooth with a mild sweetness.
I wasn’t sure how this one would turn out, so I made this as a “half batch”, 2.5 gallons.
Brewed: 4/25/2020. Distributed: 5/12/2020.
ABV: 5.0%, IBU: 130
Malts: Xtra Pale Ale, Flaked Wheat
Hops: Hallertauer, Columbus, Citra, Magnum
Yeast: GY054 Gigayeast Vermont IPA
This beer is a pale golden color, and fermented with lager yeast. It is slightly tart, with some light American hop fruitiness in the taste and aroma. The yeast gives it a clean finish, without aftertaste.
Using Mexican lager yeast, plus what I was thinking were American hops, I came up with this clever name. Turns out most of the hop flavor comes from New Zealand hops (Motueka), but I liked the name, so I didn’t change it.
Brewed: 3/6/2020. Distributed: 4/30/2020.
ABV: 5.3%, IBU: 19
Malts: Xtra Pale Ale
Hops: Hallertauer, Cascade, Motueka
Yeast: WLP940 Mexican Lager
This beer packs a huge mouthful of hop flavor, almost grapefruit-like. You do get hints of the wheat malt in the background, but not that notable. I bottled it at lower carbonation for this first round, simply because it was tasting ready. This beer was a variation of one my favorite recipes. Since the homebrew shop was out of the flaked wheat I usually use, I substituted flaked oats.
Brewed: 3/28/2020. Distributed: 4/18/2020.
ABV: 6.2%, IBU: 36
Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Oats, White Wheat, Caramel Malt
Hops: Hallertauer, Galaxy
Yeast: WLP008 East Coast Ale
Not much malt flavor, and a neutral yeast flavor. This one is all about the hops.
Brewed: 3/14/2020. Distributed: 4/10/2020.
ABV: 6.6%, IBU: 58
Malts: 2-Row Brewer’s Malt, Munich
Hops: Hallertau, Falconer’s Flight
Yeast: WLP001 California Ale
Moderate malt flavor, and moderate hop flavor. Full flavor of both, but not very bitter.
Brewed: 1/2/2020. Distributed: 4/4/2020.
ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 47
Malts: Maris Otter, Munich, Flaked Wheat
Hops: Magnum, Falconer’s Flight, Citra, Amarillo
Yeast: WLP001 California Ale
Nice complex aroma, taste is mild, with a sweet malt/yeast flavor. Lagered for 5.5 months to let flavors mellow.
Brewed: 10/5/2019. Distributed: 4/4/2020.
ABV: 4.9%, IBU: 22
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Aromatic, Carapils
Yeast: WLP833 German Bock Lager