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