Originally Posted by mro77102
I say set aside 2 12 oz bottles to try about 3 and 6 months down the road...
typically, i dont like IPA's aged (like most hopheads) and without knowing anything about your beer, i think it might be safe to say that this beer will be most enjoyable withing 2 months of bottling...
But, drinking your IPA at an aged state might help you to learn more about what specifically happens to the particular types of hops and malts you used. There are certainly some IIPAs that age well (Maharaja comes to mind...at least up to 18 months in my opinion), so i would not rule aging out completely. But, i would go into with an educational/experimental state of mind, so that you know for the next time what to/not to do.
Thats funny, I have a marharaja that I've been aging for abut the last 6 months, along with a few other stouts and a Mirror Mirror.
Thanks for the comments! I had a few more last night, and I noticed two things that I didn't necessarily like;
1. There was almost a hint of sourness, which I suspect is a product of drinking a very hoppy beer at such a young age.
2. Grain astringency, which I suspect is from over-steeping grains, or steeping at too high of a temp. This I am a little worried about, because As the hop character diminishes, this will become more prominent.
Based on these observations and you're comments, I will probably kill half of the batch over the next month or so, and let the other half sit around. I really don't plan on letting it condition for anymore than 3-4 months though (I'm starting to run out of space!)
Here is the recipe:
Amount Item Type % or IBU
3.00 lb Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 21.28 %
8.00 lb Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 56.74 %
1.40 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 9.93 %
0.50 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 3.55 %
0.20 lb Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 1.42 %
2.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 28.7 IBU
1.00 oz Citra [11.00 %] (Dry Hop 6 days) Hops -
1.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (Dry Hop 10 days) Hops -
2.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (15 min) Hops 11.0 IBU
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (15 min) Hops 6.0 IBU
1.00 oz Citra [11.00 %] (10 min) Hops 4.4 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] (10 min) Hops 4.0 IBU
1.00 lb Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 7.09 %
5.00 gal Portland OR Water
2 Pkgs SafAle American Ale (DCL Yeast #US-05) Yeast-Ale
Measured Original Gravity: 1.095 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.019 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 9.71 %
Bitterness: 84.4 IBU
Est Color: 13.2 SRM Color: Color
I have to say that the honey was a nice touch. I was a little worried about how this would effect the flavor, but it paid off. I will deffinetly brew this again, but I will probably change the bittering hops to either Challenger or Magnum, increase the IBU's a little, and sub .75 oz of the dry hops with Citra. I think that the grain bill and adjucts are money though.