DetailsThe philosophy behind this inspired ale is simple: a slew of iconic floral, citrusy and piney American hops is showcased by a simple yet speculative embodiment of malt. Compelling bitterness is provided by a potent addition of pure hop oil extract, and buttressed with a rigorous doctrine of kettle additions and an ascendant dry hopping axiom. This stately stature of hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma will escalate you to a contemplative frame of mind.
Aroma Massive hop aroma overwhelms the subtle malt character. Citrus, pine, slightly floral. Appearance Light copper color with fair clarity. Firm brilliant white head forms well with moderate retention. Flavor Clean malt profile with very slight hints of caramel. Hop flavor is dominant with gripping bitterness and loads of citrusy, piney, dank and floral hop flavors. Solidly balanced towards the hops. Clean fermentation, very minimal esters. Long bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel Medium body with medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth with moderate creaminess. Overall Impression A real showcase for American west coast hops. Hop aroma is evident well before the pint reaches your lips. Complex hop flavors with firm bitterness.
- Details & Instructions
4.6 / 5.07 ReviewsAwesome!I used sanitized stainless steel hop balls suspended from the finger loop of a sanitized plastic drink bottle for the dry hopping in my Fast Ferment vessel. After the recommended secondary ferment time I pulled this out, removed the sediment flask from the bottom, stirred in dissolved & boiled priming sugar, and bottled. Within a week it had a little carbonation with very little sediment in the bottles, and from then until around 6 weeks the citrus hop character just blows you away, as attested by the fellow brewer I do tasting exchanges with. With more age, the citrus character gets toned down and a little more pine character starts to come through.August 28, 2016This is the Best Beer I Have Brewed Yet!This DIPA rivals anything you can buy in a store. I boosted the octane over 8% by adding 1lb of honey. It was two weeks in the primary and two weeks in the secondary. There is a lot of sludge but I filter by putting a muslin bag with ties on the outlet tube when transferring to secondary and from secondary to bottling bucket. I only have about 12 bottles of this left and I am savoring every one! I'll definitely buy this kit again.September 8, 2016Good, but watch for sludgeThe beer turned out better than I was expecting. The only thing I had to deal with was the amount of hop material going in. It left a good bit of sludge even after transferring to a secondary. We put it in the keg but it clogged immediately. We had to transfer it again and filter it to get a decent keg-able beer.July 30, 2016Use hop bagsI have found the nylon hop bags marvelous for reducing the sludge from the hops. $5-ish each.July 30, 2016Amazing Beer - better with bottle agingThis beer was substantially better after aging for a few more weeks in the bottles. Doesn't take too many for it to hit you, either.December 6, 2016Purchased
over 2 years agoSuper Big IPAHmm. My previous 3 star review never appeared on the site - I wonder what happened to it. Anyway, I'm bumping it up to 4. This is not a cheap recipe, but it makes a very good big IPA, with loads of resinous hop flavor to savor. I was a little concerned about the freshness of the hops (It is all pellet and a hopshot), but I'm happy with how it turned out.April 10, 2017Purchased
1 year agoFeedbackStill in the fermenter, wish I could give feedback after drinking. Couldn’t feature out your feedback system, wanted to give feedback on dark star and the big mouth.April 8, 2018Purchased
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- Customer Q&A
Browse 8 questions Browse 8 questions and 22 answersIt's been 16 days in the primary my FG is sitting around 1.020. What's the recommendation, leave it till it lowers to 1.014 or go ahead and move to secondary?BEST ANSWER: I never go more than 7 days in the primary for any beer I make. I do track the rate of fermentation by counting bubbles/min each day. The normal pattern is a rapid rate the first day (although occasionally it may take a bit more than 24 hours to really get going), followed by a fairly steep decline in rate over the next 2-3 days. Usually by 7th day, it's 1 or less bubbles/min. It's ready to transfer. Reading the S.G. is a little crude also. Getting within 0.04 is pretty much the same as the target, as far as error in measurement. If your volume is less than 5 gallons, that could make for a higher SG also. I'd move it.what's the ABV%?BEST ANSWER: It was 7.6% when I brewed it.I've dry hopped before, but never with two additions. Should the first addition remain in the beer after the second addition?
The hops in this recipe are ridiculous! I can't wait to try it!BEST ANSWER: Yes, the first addition of dry hops would remain in the beer when the second addition is put into the carboy. It is an amazing amount of hops for a single batch of beer! - Mike W, Midwest SuppliesHow many gallons is this kit for?BEST ANSWER: 5. Unless otherwise stated, all kits are designed to brew the 5 gals max that most buckets and carboys can hold.Can you tell me, why 3 gal of water was called in the recipe, as starting amount ? I think it is a mistake and need to be corrected!BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I don't see where you are seeing 3 gallons. Instructions say". Steeping Grains:
Place your crushed
grains in the muslin
bag and steep in at
least 1½ - 2 gallons
of water (or your full
boil volume, up to 6
gallons) at 155ºF for
so, yes, you would want 5 to 6 gallons for the full boil.can you use carbonation tablets instead of a priming sugar mix?BEST ANSWER: Yes, a person can use a by-the-bottle priming method like carbonation tablets or Fizz Drops when bottling beer, instead of regular priming sugar. -Mike W, Midwest SuppliesDoes this kit include liquid or dry malt extract?BEST ANSWER: This kit includes both liquid and dry malt extracts.What specialty grains and amounts come with the extract kit?BEST ANSWER: 10 oz. Briess Carapils; 6 oz. Bairds Carastan.