Brewed, fermented, dry hopped, cold crashed, kegged and served all within two weeks. No notes of green beer here. I followed everything by the book and this beer turned around like a champ. However, some problems:
Well first off, LHBS didn't have Cascade (I know, right?!), so I chose Amarillo instead and the Centenniarillo combo is pretty good. Doesn't smell like Lagu IPA, but it's good. Then again, Lagu IPA to me doesn't smell like much of anything too extremely dry-hopped either. The local liquor store says our local distributor is a big fan of holding fresh stuff on their own shelves, so maybe I'll never try a fresh commercial example with that Cascennial nose, either.
OK, the big problem: 35 IBUs isn't nearly as close to what Lagunitas IPA really is. At all. Nope, nope nope nopenopenope. This beer misses the bitterness index by at least 20 IBUs, and I can't at all call this cloned. Something needs to be done... I think double-down on the 60m addition. I like this beer because of the balance, bitter but not typical IPA bitter. This beer I have here isn't any of that. Almost -- but so far away from actual Lagu IPA.
This grain bill is spot-the-hell-on. Wow, through the not-so-bitter taste above it this grain bill is exactly how Lagu IPA is, and that's really exciting. When I come back to this beer, I know the grains are 100%. But man, that bitterness is just way off, way too low.
Pitched two packs of S04 at 64F, free rise to 66F where it fermented 7d. Rise to 70F for 7d for the dryhop. Cooled beer and racked into keg. Force carbed and served that night. I know a lot of you would call someone a coward serving their beer that early, but I've had success before and I had success here. Some beers can get away with it, and Lagunitas did so. If I did this one again though, other than hopping it more, I'd dryhop 10-14d, however.