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Old 06-21-2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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So, in a different thread, YooperBrew brought up the fact that low ABV IPA's can be challenging to brew.

I myself never considered low ABV IPA's until tasting Red Rock Brewing Company's (Salt Lake City, UT) Junior IPA that check in at about 3.2%. It was a really good brew.

My usual IPA's are ~6.5% and I tend to drink them like session beers

So, HBT collective, what can be told about session IPAs?

* disclaimer * - yes, I know that a session IPA violates the BJCP - cut me some slack



 
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:12 PM   #2
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Wouldn't that be a Pale Ale???



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Old 06-21-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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Wouldn't that be a Pale Ale???
I think they mean even less ABV than a Pale, yet with plenty of hops and enough body and malt to balance them.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:37 PM   #4
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I make a "unleaded version" of one of my IPA's that rings in at 3.5-4% ABV. I was always afraid to call it an IPA. It is 2-row, munich, C-60 and a touch of Melanodin. Hopped to Mid 50's IBU. All 30min on. Nice change of pace to the big alcohol monsters that I drink and brew. Sometimes I want a beer without the buzz. It seems I don't notice 4% anymore...LOL.

I think the key for it is the addition of big malt flavors (munich and melanodin) and the higher than usual mash temp.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:49 PM   #5
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New Glarus' new Moon Man Ale taste like an IPA but clocks in at just 5% abv that is more like an APA, but it doesn't taste like an APA, it tastes like an IPA. I think aiming for a "session" IPA is a great goal.
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:23 PM   #6
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i second the moon man comment... i really like that beer.

 
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i made an IPA that finished around session-ranges: 1.005 or so.

i cooler-mash and for whatever reason hit 146 at initial dough-in. scrambled for a bit, topped the cooler off with boiling water and it was still only 148. with no more room in the tun i pulled a few cups out, brought it to boiling, and added it back in....finally around 151....

anyway the beer turned out awesome! light, hoppy, crisp. unfortunately i didn't start in session-ranges so it's pretty strong, lol.

 
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I myself never considered low ABV IPA's until tasting Red Rock Brewing Company's (Salt Lake City, UT) Junior IPA that check in at about 3.2%. It was a really good brew.
keep in mind that's 3.2% ABW, which is 4.0% ABV.
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keep in mind that's 3.2% ABW, which is 4.0% ABV.
Ah yes, good point. Thanks. I had seen references to both 3.2 and 4 -

glad to have a local Utahite weigh in

 
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i made an IPA that finished around session-ranges: 1.005 or so.


anyway the beer turned out awesome! light, hoppy, crisp. unfortunately i didn't start in session-ranges so it's pretty strong, lol.



what does finishing gravity have to do with a session beer?


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