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Completion IIPA Review

Completion IIPA Review

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It's been awhile since I reviewed one of our own beers, as it turns out I'm well pleased with this Double IPA  we have - it turns 2 months old today and it is really coming along nicely. If you hate hops, you will HATE this beer. We did not skimp at all with the late kettle additions and dry hops on the Completion, and the result is a super flavorful, easy to drink big beer that I will be lament being out of. Using the RateBeer system, here are my thoughts - add yours if you've come over to try it...IMG_20121205_114819

This guy finished at 8.2%, 116 IBUs, 1.017 FG

Appearance (4/5): Pours a gorgeous light orange with some ruby hues, good white head on it.

Aroma (8.5/10): Big hop aroma: Grapefruit, Pine and Tropical Fruits all up in your nose

Taste (8/10): Definitely on the hop-focused side of balanced, bitter but not harsh. Citrus and fruit flavor picked up on the nose.

Palate (3.5/5): A little too bitter, but the taste doesn't linger, smooth for a IIPA, no alcohol 'heat'

Overall (17/20) I think it's pretty great, especially for a first attempt. It's a hop showcase, the Pacific Jade and Amarillo dominate, with the citrus and pine flavors filling in the gaps. Next version I suggest we take 15-20 IBUs off and leave everything else the same.

Hope I have some left for our Christmas party...

Imperial Brewing

Dan, Gregory and I held down the brewing fortress last night - whipping up a new recipe of an Imperial (or double) IPA. I'm super excited about this one, and I'm caring for its fermentation conditions like a baby bird. Specs:  OG: 1.082, 116 IBU, 7.2 SRM.

Ingredients:

Malts: Pale 2-Row, Maris Otter Pale, Caramel 40L, Carapils and straight Corn Sugar in the boil (stole that from the Pliny the Elder recipe).

Hops: Bittering - Pacific Jade.   Aroma & Flavor - Pacific Jade, Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, Columbus

Yeasties: One 5 gallon carboy with WLP090 (San Diego Super Yeast), the other with WLP001 slurry .

Mostly smooth and easy brewing despite another clog/subsequent burns during the chilling process. I slacked on pictures, so I'll give you a video I just took of these guys fermenting away. You must excuse the voiceover, I (probably like everyone?) can't understand why my voice sounds the way it does on video. Don't tell me that's what it actually sounds like, I won't hear it.

If you were ever wondering what homebrew fermentation looks like: this is the fun part, about 16 hours after adding yeast (sorry that I always seem to have my camera sideways? This is 2012, that should get auto-fixed).

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