I just wanted to say thanks for your incredible inspiration on what my co-workers called (until now) the "vanilla" APA.
I toyed a bit and entered my take on this recipe into the 2012 Cascade Brewers Cup in the Everett/Seattle area and got a legitimate placement in american ales, losing to a brown ale (argh, but I know it has to be AMAZING). BJCP reviews came in with great scores. Comments noted a malt backbone which was well balanced, standing up to the hops. I know toasting the malt played a really strong role in the additional flavor; I appreciate that spin on this style.
For my setup, Beersmith spat out an OG of 1.056, IBU of 46.1, finished at 1.011, so I agree that this could be a borderline IPA.
Couldn't have done this on my own, and thanks again Dude.
Last edited by bgc; 04-04-2012 at 05:14 AM.