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Tasted: Used IPA

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

used ipa

Used IPA was my initial attempt at an northeast india pale ale (NEIPA). Since brewing this beer, I have added two more NEIPA brew days to my repertoire: Smiles IPA and Baller IPA. Each iteration has been a better beer. This could be due to hops, malt and/or process, as I have changed them each time. I like variety.

When adding 14 ounces of hops to beer, especially Amarillo hops, I expect great things. The vast amount of Amarillo hops was driven by two things: needing to get rid of 2014 hops and Daisy Cutter.

Using up old hops is a no brainer. I don’t feel they lose much in terms of aroma and flavor, in spite of the alpha acid drop off. Keeping them in the freezer in vacuum sealed bags helps keep them fresh as possible.

Being inspired by Daisy Cutter has been on the short since 2009, the first time I tasted the beer. The floral power of Amarillo jumped out at me and ever since I have wanted to brew up a home brew worthy.

Look: Hazy but still able to see through the beer quite well. Pale gold to gold in color. Pure white, wispy looking foam covers. Great staying power. Sporadic lacing throughout.

Aroma: Strong lemon. One dimensional.

Taste: Lemon is strong again. Really the only characteristic that sticks out. Light, clean malt.

Drinkability: Dry finish. Light end of medium body, possibly bigger. Crisp. Low bitterness. Good balance.

Overall: There is nothing off on the base beer, just nothing exciting. The hops are subdued to the nth degree when they should be shining. Could this be a water issue? I know I have hard water. Nevertheless, I learned a bit on the NEIPA process and will revisit going forward.

It could be process. It could be the age of the hops. It could be the change in my palate and nose. No matter, I didn’t get the hop profile from this beer that I was attempting to achieve. After being let down with this beer, I tried the original Daisy Cutter. Not what I remembered. I will only use Amarillo in conjunction with other hops going froward. Enjoy!

Note: looking up Amarillo hops again, interestingly it seems that citrus is now described as the main aroma/flavor with most description not listing floral in the profile. Has the hop changed?

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Brewed: Used IPA

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Year old, 2014, Amarillo hops for the boil and whirlpool.

Year old, 2014, Amarillo hops for the boil and whirlpool.

Sometimes the hardest thing about brew day is coming up with a recipe. This time around I was focused on brewing up a second batch of Three Tooth Joe. The first batch had a fermentation issue: blew the air lock from a crazy ass hard fermentation. After bottling, Three Tooth Joe quickly reared it’s ugly contaminated head. I needed to see if the beer would turn out as good as I expected.

After printing out the recipe, I headed to the basement to check that I had the necessary supplies: malt, hops and yeast. The hop freezer had a cornucopia of 2014 Amarillo hops (sound of turn table needle racing across the record). I love Amarillo. Quick recipe switch to use up the hop residuals.

Three Tooth Joe had a solid base malt IPA recipe. But I wanted to tweak it, it was not needed. I had passed up Vienna malt many times. Vienna to replace Munich. Enough. K.I.S.S.

Now onto the name of the beer: Used. Growing up, I had a next door neighbor that was the same age that I was, school wise. We went to two different schools, making different friends outside of neighborly meetups as supposed friends. Once our worlds expanded, allowing us to go longer distances on our bikes, his friendship to me was that of opportunity. If he had nothing better to do, I was a friend. My parents knew it, they told me, but I didn’t want to hear it. This went on for a year or two before I woke up and moved on to much better friends that I still have today. Looking back to those days I realize that I had been used.

The third day of fermentation found me wandering into the basement to check progress. Floral Amarillo bouquet met the nose, making me thirst for a taste. Enjoy!


General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Lallemand BRY-97
Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: 1.014
IBU: 42.3
Color: 4.5 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.51%
Primary Fermentation: start @66*F

Grain Bill:
11.00# Pilsner
1.00# Vienna
8.0oz Oats
4.0oz Crystal 20L

Saccharification @151.4*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce Amarillo @20 minutes
1.00 ounce Amarillo @15 minutes
1.00 ounce Amarillo @10 minutes
1.00 ounce Amarillo @5 minutes
4.00 ounce Amarillo @whirlpool 20 minutes @145*
6.00 ounce Amarillo @dry hop 4 days

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


  • 2016-08-15: @66*F, slow fermentation.
  • 2016-08-16: @68*F, fermentation taking off.
  • 2016-08-17: @70*F, strong fermentation.
  • 2016-08-18: @71*F, strong fermentation.
  • 2016-08-19: @67*F, raised to 69*F.
  • 2016-08-20: Took off heat.
  • 2016-08-27: Dry hopped, 7.0 ounces 2014 Amarillo.
  • 2016-08-30: Bottled with 4.0 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 25, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: USED.
  • 2016-11-10: Tasted Used IPA.

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