This is my 1st post, so please be civil. I began heavily homebrewing during this past spring (2013). I've always been a lover of craft beer, but it wasn't until my 1st can of Heady Topper that something changed. IPAs have always been my favorite style of beer, and once I tasted that beer, I knew it was time to try to create my own. Since May 2013, I have brew 13 beers (Mostly IPAs), and all of them have been in search of the flavors I found within that beer. I have brewed 5 attempted clone brews of the Heady, and all of them have been drastically similar:
1 Brew with Wyeast 1056 - Hops stand out, too clean tasting, no fruity flavor
2 Brewed with WLP001 - Hops stand out, more malty, little fruity flavor
2 Brewed with Wyeast 1968 - F&@$ing Awesome! Hops stand out, FRUITY!
Besides the yeast, the only difference was with an ounce or two or dry hopping hops. For example, I used 1oz. Ahtanum in place of 1oz. Amarillo in dry hopping. I know this can impart very different flavors, but with all of the other aromatically-pummeling hop additions, these alterations were negligible.
I've noticed that my hop additions don't make as much as a difference as the yeast. Also, I'm WELL AWARE that I should be using CONAN yeast to produce an authentic Heady Topper. However, I've brewed 5, and the London 1968 yeast has been far superior!!!
Are there any other yeasts that will produce an IPA like this, while still being able to produce such a wide range of other beers? I keep trying new yeasts in this same recipe, but none compare to the 1968...I've attached a crude version of the recipe. Please let me know your thoughts (Especially if you're an IPA enthusiast).