American Imperial India Pale Ale is one of my favorite styles of American craft beer. It only took me 27 batches of beer before I brewed one of my own. I really don’t know what I was waiting for but I am glad the day has finally come.
I brewed 203 about seven weeks ago as I let it sit in primary for four weeks, then dry hopped for a week, and two weeks bottle conditioning. I shared a bomber with Chuck who happened to be over to pick up grains from today’s brew day, which I will comment on tomorrow. 203 is dry hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy hops.
The beer came out as I imagined and was quite drinkable in spite of a high ABV and IBU values. Chuck liked it which also makes me happy to hear a fellow home brewer appreciates my hard work.
Close to the finish of this beer I brought up the fact that I had also aged a gallon of this beer on an oak spiral. Chuck was game. In spite of the beer being cellar temperature, this beer turned out fantastic. Better than I expected. Darker in color and actually smoother in the finish than the non-oak version, Oaked 203 is my new favorite home brew. Enjoy!
Useless Fact: Stage bows were originally devised as a way for actors to thank the audience. The audience would or would not acknowledge each of the actors in turn, depending on how much they enjoyed the performances.