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Tasted: Clash of Hops

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

glass of clash of hops

Clash of Hops has been bottled for three weeks, it is finally coming into its’ own. For some reason it was slow carbonating. Flat beer just doesn’t do it for me.

Continuing with my last few beers, this beer is quite cloudy. I have a couple of theories but I have to look further into each. The first is the ridiculous amount of hops used throughout the process. The second, is the water. I recently purchased a ph meter to start testing mash ph, but this goes further.

I believe my local water has changed. Even the sanitary water comes up cloudy. I have asked the city for a water report. The 2014 report should be out shortly, while the 2013 is available online. Research on water comes next.

Look: Pours quite cloudy giving a dull orange, golden color. A solid inch of pure white, thick foam. Retention is solid with the foam frothing as it recedes, slowly. Lacing is outstanding, leaving thick remnants immediately.

Aroma: Juicy fruit. Light grain with a touch of sweetness. Fruity hops abound.

Taste: Light grain and sweetness carry the back. The sweetness doesn’t come from caramel, just a pleasant, balancing sweetness. There is touch of bitterness and heat in the finish. The hops linger longer than the alcohol.

Drinkability: Medium body: when the foam and beer hit the lips at the same time, there is a nice creaminess. Medium carbonation at best. Carbonation lends quite a bit to the body for this beer.

Overall: Bitterness and alcohol make this a tough beer in quantities. The hops are the grace of this beer.

Not my best offering. The hops carry this beer. The sugar adds to much straight up alcohol to the final beer. Enjoy By, the beer this originally started off as, has more alcohol aroma/flavor than I remember. I am looking more for balance and drinkability in beers anymore. Enjoy!

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Brewed: Clash of Hops

Monday, March 16th, 2015

clash of hops

I have been on a big hop kick lately. Instead of hitting of the local beer store for goodies, I have been able to keep myself in the black by brewing an IPA every 6 – 8 weeks. I have been using larger and larger amounts of hops but late in the boil, whirlpool and/or first wort hops. Heck, one of my recent brews, that isn’t’ on SIPS, had a pleasant and balancing bitterness in spite of the absence of hops in the boil.

I really like the Stone Enjoy By Imperial IPA. I have seen various clones on homebrewtalk.com for quite some time, each making my mouth water. Typically not being the one for clones, I decided to brew this beer as a clone but use the hop profile I wanted while leaving the simple malt profile intact. This also marked the first time of using a non-American (or Brett) yeast in an IIPA (or IPA). Enjoy!

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale S-04 (1.6 packets)
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 6.0
Original Gravity: 1.081
IBU: 95.2
Color: 5.3 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Mash Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 9.5%
Fermentation: 14 day @68*F

Grain Bill:
8.50# Two-Row
8.50# Maris Otter
1.00# Table Sugar

Mash:
Saccharification @148.2*F

Hop Bill:
3.00 ounces Amarillo @15 minutes
3.00 ounces Simcoe @15 minutes
1.00 ounces Cascade whirl pool (treated as 30 minute addition)
1.00 ounces Centennial whirl pool (treated as 30 minute addition)
1.00 ounces Citra whirl pool (treated as 30 minute addition)
1.50 ounces Galaxy dry hop (6 days)
1.50 ounces Simcoe dry hop (6 days)
1.50 ounces Galaxy dry hop (3 days)
1.50 ounces Simcoe dry hop (3 days)

Extras:
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Irish Moss

Update(s):

  • 2015-03-17: Fermentation beginning to slow, upped temperature to 70.0*F.
  • 2015-03-22: Took of heat. Left at ambient basement temperature.
  • 2015-03-27: Dry hopped. 3.0 ounces Galaxy, 3.0 ounces Simcoe.
  • 2015-04-02: Bottled with 4.2 ounces of priming sugar. Yield: 24, 22 ounce bottles. Unfortunately, initial taste had hints of alcohol.
  • 2015-04-23: Tasting.

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