Beer suggestions for IPA
I am having a hard time getting into IPA's. Where I live there's not a whole lot of great places to buy beer. It's just not huge here. The craft brewing section of our liquor stores is a joke and mostly made up of local breweries which there aren't many of.
However there's one beer store that is the king of all stores. I'm having a hard time getting into IPA's because a lot of the ones I try taste like burning hair. Maybe they're just not for me, but I feel like with some good solid suggestions I might be able to find some that I could get into.
I've had a few that I really really enjoyed and others that I just find awful. Their IBU's aren't even that high but the after taste they're leaving is just really dank and the only way to avoid it is to shovel more down haha. Most of what I tried I feel lack balance.
Bell's Two Hearted
...or brew your own:
There is a link in the second post of my thread to a very popular clone recipe. It's an easy recipe too.
Well, some of my favorite IPAs, which it sounds unfortunately you may not be able to get are: Troeg's Nugget Nectar, Lagunita's Sucks, Deschutes Inversion, Jai Lai, Ithaca Flower Power, Evolution #3, Founder's All Day IPA (great lower ABV for summer), Founder's Centennial, Heavy Handed, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Lagunita's Little Sumpin' Sumpin, Racer Five, Firestone Union Jack, Terrapin Hopsecutioner. All very good! Oh, and my one almost hard and fast rule, I don't like almost any IPA w/ABV >8%. Lose flavor, taste alcohol, imo.
Now, I am brewing a Lagunita's Clone(ish), and its in the fermenter now. My next IPAs will be the All Day IPA by early May, and there was a recipe (below) that was posted on a thread here by Yooper that won 2 American Homebrew awards. Its a long thread, and lots have made this and loved it. I plan on trying that soon too. Here it is:
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: White Labs California ale
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: 2 vials
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.012
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7days @ 68f
Additional Fermentation: 7 days keg conditioned while force carbing
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14days @ 68f
Tasting Notes: not the hop bomb you normally expect from an american IPA, but damn it's tasty
Mash at 154 for 60min. I had 70%eff
American Rahr (2 row) Pale: 11.50lbs
American Briess Crystal 20 1.00lbs
American Briess Light Munich 0.75lbs
American Briess Carapils 0.75lbs
American Briess Torrified Wheat 0.25lbs
Chinook (Pellet) 1oz 30min
Cascade (Pellet) 1.5oz 30min
Williamette (Pellet) 0.5oz 15min
Cascade (Pellet) 1.5oz 15min
Williamette (Pellet) 1oz 5min
Cascade (Pellet) 2oz Dry in secondary
Don't worry about the lack of a 60minute hop addition. The bitterness is spot on.
This IPA won gold in the IBU challenge at the IBU Open in Iowa earlier this year and gold at 8 Seconds of Froth a few months ago.
I would suggest finding a brewpub that does tasting flights. Most good brewpubs or good bars will usually have an IPA flight. This will give you a chance to taste many varieties. I have found that IPA's can be all over the place. Some taste great and others seem to stick to my tongue. The other thing to remember is that European IPA's will have earthy hops and American IPA's will have citrusy or floral hops. See if you can do some research before buying a particular type.
You could also try Pale Ales and American Pale Ales which have good hop flavor but are not too over powering.
I would also try IPA's or brew your own that just use a single hop. This gives you an idea of the flavor to help you decide if you like that type of hops and can move on from there.
Do you have a store nearby that let's you "mix your six" like total wine or bevmo? Get 6 different ones and try em out.
I would say a Green Flash IPA if you can get your hands on it. It was one of the first IPA's that I actually enjoyed. After that maybe a Stone Enjoy by. Both of those beers are worth a taste
Can you provide us a list of IPA's that you have tried, and what state you live in?
+1 to the Bells Two Hearted. Also Founders Centennial IPA is really good. What you should really do though is brew some one gallon batches of your own. Start with low IBU and work your way up. Don't worry, you'll soon be wanting more and more IPAs I promise. :)
Start with Sierra Nevada pale ale then move to Founders All Day IPA...mellow bitterness and not as sticky to your tongue.
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