Guillotine IPA (Terrapin's Hopsecutioner Clone)
I plan on brewing this on Saturday. Please let me know what you think. I only tried this beer once and I can't get it in NJ so this is why I wanted to clone it. All ingredients are from Terrapin's website.
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 6.30 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00%
OG : 1.067
FG : 1.012
14 lbs 8 oz - 2 Row Pale
1lb - Munich
1 lb - Crystal 20 (The brewery lists Crystal 24)
8 oz - Victory
1 oz - Warrior (FWH)
1 oz - Chinook (15)
1 oz - Centennial (10)
1 oz - Simcoe (5)
1 oz - Amarillo (Flameout)
2 oz Cascade (dry hop)
2 - SAFALE US-05 American Ale
Mash 150 - Batch Sparge
I think you are a new hero of mine...They sell hopsecutioner down here on draft...it is really one of my favorite hoppy beers.
If they call for crystal 24 (never really seen that), think it would be possible to mix 20 with a pinch of 40? of do you think that would throw off the flavor?
Please let us know how it goes...this could very well be a NEAR future project.
I'll only be the hero if it turns out good..lol..I really don't know what crystal 24 is but I assume it would be slightly darker than 20. From what I remember the beer had a nice maltiness to go with the huge hop bitterness. Hopefully 20 will be ok but I'll let you know.
FWIW, Honey Malt is a crystal malt at about 25L... I remember Spike saying on the CYBI Terrapin Rye Pale Ale podcast they use honey malt in quite a few of their beers since he likes it so much. Might be worth considering.
Otherwise, you could email the brewery to see if they can give you any insight.
terrapin in nj
I don't know where you are in Jersey but I stumbled upon it in the Freehold Shoprite Liquors around Rt9 and Rt79
The only other beer I enjoy more is Troegs Nugget Nectar, which by the way I found in my local Wegman's liquor store. Who knew ?
I'm not sure how up to date www.ratebeer.com is but it has locations where u can purchase certain beers.
Another place which has a huge selection of beers in jersey is Canal's Liqours who have several locations.
Hope this helps,
I tried to clone the IBA and was off on my hops the first go around. I emailed them about my clone and they never emailed me back :( But i still buy and drink terrapin beers.
I racked the beer to the keg and tried a little bit of it. Obviously its over the top bitter for now but I will probably tap it in about 3 weeks or so. The aroma from the dry hopping was excellent. I wound up using 2 ounces to dry hop because I got a nice fresh 2009 cascade and simcoe order in. I will post a pic in a few weeks along with tasting notes.
I just got an e-mail from my local beer distributor and found out that they now carry Terrapin in New Jersey :rockin:
I definitely need to pick up from Hopsecutioner so I can see how much I messed it up the clone..lol
Here is a visual comparison of the clone and the original. The original is darker in color. Here are my thoughts on the clone.
Appearance: The clone came out a little lighter in color. This may to due to the fact that I used crystal 20 as opposed to Honey Malt which ranges from 20-30 °L
Smell: The dry hopping gave it a nice aroma although I think the commercial version had a slightly stronger aroma.
Taste: Overall I was really impressed with this recipe. I think the bitterness was very close. I did notice that the original has a stronger grapefruit taste to it. Also, the original is sweeter which is probably due to their use of honey malt as nealf alluded to. If I make it again I may use a pound of honey malt instead of the crystal 20. I was really surprised that the beer was ready to drink after only 6 weeks. At 7.2% abv there was no alcohol hotness detected.
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