Of the three we had on tap, this was the big hit at our 4th of July party. Hopheads should love it.
I based it on searches of the web that all suggested Crystal hops for a Brutal Bitter clone. Well I only had a half pound of Crystal on hand because I had never used it and just wanted to try it out. So I had to improvise a bit.
For those of you unfamiliar with Brutal Bitter, it's an IPA, not a Bitter.
12 gallon or so batch.
calculated stats (from Suds software):
SRM - 10.6
OG - 1.084 (no, I didn't measure it
IBUs - 73.4
23 lbs 2-row
2 lbs 40L Crystal
2 lbs 10L Crystal
2 lbs invert sugar
1.5 oz Columbus (15% aa) - 90 minutes
1.5 oz Columbus (15% aa) - 60 minutes
1.25 oz Northern Brewer (7.5%) - 60 minutes
4 oz Crystal (4.4%) - 15 minutes
4 oz Crystal (4.4%) - end of boil
I also dry hopped half of it with a couple ounces of Cascade. Haven't drunk that half yet.
White Labs California Ale yeast
This one will take a while to finish up, but it may even top the Humboldt Hop Rod recipe as an all time favorite. Fun stuff!