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Tasted: Alpha Acid Aspirations – Chunk

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

alpha acid aspirations chunk

The second beer in the Alpha Acid Aspirations is ready for review: Chunk. Of course I have tasted the beer a half dozen times before brewing. I feel that it is best at this point, as it seems to be peaking.

Look: Pours cloudy (more like opaque) with a couple of fingers of tightly packed, small bubbled, off-white foam that has some quality staying powers. The top stiffens as it recedes, leaving sporadic bits in its’ wake. The beer is a deep amber color.

Aroma: A light malty backbone comes through from behind a shroud of hops. The hops are full of topical and citrus fruit aromas, some floral notes as well.

Taste: Lots of hops in the taste. More tropical and citrus hop flavor tap a tune. Malt is more than a usual for a DIPA. I like the “difference” that is normally not there in a DIPA. The finish is full of hop flavor and bitterness. Bitterness is actually complex: clean (Warrior), rough (Chinook) and some grapefruit (Cascade(?)).

Drinkability: Fuller body than a normal DIPA (seemingly 151*F mash temperature added enough difference to bring up the body). There is a stiff bitterness that doesn’t have much carbonation to hide behind, causing the bitterness to kill the palate.

Overall: Even though this is a DIPA, there isn’t much hiding from the bitterness. The Maris Otter does seem to give a bit more malt base but I don’t think it is enough for the price difference with 2-row. I would brew this beer again but would definitely tone down the bitterness, maybe even remove the Chinook.

This isn’t a beer for anyone who does’t like loads of hop bitterness. I will brew it again but only occasionally. Enjoy!

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Brewed: Alpha Acid Aspirations – Chunk

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

alpha acid aspirations chunk

Chunk, the second DIPA in the Alpha Acid Aspirations series of home brews I am cooking up. Blast, the first, received high accolades from my friends.

With Chunk I was trying to create a more robust DIPA that had an above average amount of malt backbone. I attempted this by using Maris Otter as part of the base malt (split it 50/50 between Maris Otter and 2-row). Mashed at 151, so I added a pound of table sugar to help dry it out.

This beer was loosely inspired by Furious by Surly Brewing Company. I took to 11 by making it into a DIPA as well as changing the hop profile. Enjoy!

General Information
Brew Date: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale U-05 (2)
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.073
IBU: 148.3
Color: 5.7 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 8.9%
Primary Fermentation: 21 days @68*F
Secondary Fermentation: 7 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
7.00# 2-Row
7.00# Maris Otter
1.00# Sugar
0.50# Caravienne (22.0 SRM)
0.15# Chocolate (350.0 SRM)

Saccharification Rest @ 151*F for 60 minutes.

Hop Bill:
1.00oz Cascade (5.50%) first wort hop
0.50oz Chinook (13.0%) first wort hop
0.50oz Galaxy (14.0%) first wort hop

2.00oz Warrior (15.0%) @90 min
0.50oz Cascade (5.50%) @90 min
0.50oz Chinook (13.0%) @90 min
1.00oz Galaxy (14.0%) @10 min
1.00oz Galaxy (14.0%) @1 min

2.00oz Cascade (5.50%) dry hop for 7 days
1.50oz Galaxy (14.0%) dry hop for 7 days
0.50oz Chinook (13.0%) dry hop for 7 days

1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 min.
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 min.

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