So I won an award...
Posted Aug 09th 2011 | By:
I have been brewing like crazy for the past 1.5 years. before that it was like brew a batch, drink, then maybe brew another batch. I think I finally had enough crappy beer, and decided that paying $50 for a case of beer that I liked wasn't good enough. I wanted to brew beer that I loved! When I brewed Alexander the Hop, my first Imperial IPA, I had no idea how good it would be. I just loved hop aroma and flavors when done right. And it did, winning 610 WIP's Beer Brawl was an honor and a motivating experience. Now I want to be able to recreate this beer and keep it at that high quality. How did it come out so great? Well many late hop additions I believe are the key to a good hoppy beer. I took at shot with most of the IBUs come from first-wort hops. In my opinion it worked well, the bitterness was there and strong, but not overwhelming and it didn't bite. It also gave the beer an amazing aroma of citrus/grapefruit and slightly piney. Crisp and dry in the mouth made these hop explode. I would have to say that Columbus and Simcoe were the key hops for making this beer what it is...Batch 2, though lower in alcohol was also a big hit, but I could tell some subtle differences. I hope batch 3 is up to the quality standards expected of Alexander the Hop the only worry I have is the higher temps for fermentation. Right around 70 degrees for the whole thing. I really need some temperature control soon.