Smelled awesome coming out of the fermenter. Took a taste - hoppy and a bit resiny, but with a good malt character. The FG took it into IPA territory, technically. No matter. It'll be a great late winter hopfest. Considering using the same recipe to showcase another hop, possibly Chinook, Sorachi Ace, or Simcoe in the future.
After a few months of contemplation, I believe this is one of the best pale ales I've ever brewed. Creamy and hoppy; nice citrus and pineapple flavors with a solid malt backbone. Pleasantly bitter without being harsh; persistent white head with, yes, lacing. Citra hops - especially late in the boil - can be effing amazing.
One experiment gone well.
|22.00 pounds||American Pale Malt (2-Row)||88%|
|0.50 pounds||Crystal Malt 60L||2%|
|0.50 pounds||Belgian Biscuit Malt||2%|
|2.00 pounds||American Vienna Malt||8%|
|25.00 pounds||Total Grain Weight||100%|
|0.25 ounces||Citra||110 min||14.2%|
|0.25 ounces||Citra||60 min||14.2%|
|0.25 ounces||Citra||45 min||14.2%|
|0.75 ounces||Citra||30 min||14.2%|
|1.50 ounces||Citra||15 min||14.2%|
|1.00 ounces||Citra||2 min||14.2%|
|2.00 ounces||Citra||0 min||14.2%|
|6.00 ounces||Total Hop Weight|
|California Ale||White Labs||WLP001||2000 ml|
Well suited for many American style where balance is desired.
"Sweet spot" infusion - balanced between Beta and Alpha Amalyse reactions.
|Strike Water Amount:||8.3|
|Strike Water Temperature:|
|Sparge Water Amount:||8|
|Sparge Water Temperature:|
|OG:||1.066 / 16.1° P|
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