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Old 09-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default Largest IPA you've ever brewed?

A while ago I set out to make a HUGE IPA....well, last attempt I ended up making a 12.5% barleywine. It's sitting nestled in a few 1 litre bottles because it's way too sweet and incredibly boozy.

Today, I just kegged my second attempt. It's a 10.5% Imperial IPA single-Hopped with Galaxy.

It's still a huge malt bomb but not overly sweet and not as malty as the barleywine. I took a photo of it:

http://adam-jackson.net/beer/my-firs...lacks-balance/

Anyway, it's pretty damn good. Wondering..how far can I take the IPA before it's a barleywine? I know IBU doesn't matter as far as classifications go but ABV is, right?


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Old 09-11-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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I guess it's pretty subjective but when the alcohol level is the same as typical wine--11% and up, say, it's fair to call it barley wine. I brew a beer I call Audacious Blackguard (inspired by but not cloned Arrogant Bastard) that is up around 10% but I call it a "double IPA."


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Old 09-11-2012, 10:20 PM   #3
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Once upon a time all beer that was over about 7% abv was called barley wine. Then people started making beer that was a specific style that was stronger than the standard style, they started to call this beer Imperial. IMHO there is no difference other than a barley wine is meant to age where most imperial beer is not but you can if you so choose to.


As for the largest IIPA I have ever made... was actually the last one I brewed. It was a party gyle that I mash hopped and whirl pool hopped as well as dry hopped. I think this may have been the hoppiest beer I have ever made. Fortunately with a 13%ish ABV it was well balanced! I am sure the theoretical IBU's were well over 200...

That saddest part is I only have a few bottles of it left...I seem to drink IPAs faster than any other style.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:27 PM   #4
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Would mind sharing your experience going single hop with Galaxy? What would you compare it to and how would you describe it?

I have a single hop (actually 1 90 minute magnum addition) IPA with Galaxy that should be finishing up soon.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:34 PM   #5
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I made a ~110 IBU 11%abv a few months back that got rave reviews from almost all of my friends.

6oz of hops in boil and 1 dry hop.
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The one in my recipes list. I have brewed it twice since I wrote the recipe.

12.1% on the first one
12.7% on the second, when I unexpectedly overshot my OG


I definitely wouldn't consider either one a barleywine, although the first time I brewed it, I considered that it might end up in that territory. Instead, it fermented out pretty well both times....1.010 and 1.014.
Not sure when I will be making it again, as I have a whole lot of beers already kegged.
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My last IPA was at 9.6% I think the IBU's were around 150, it was definitely on the hoppier side, it didn't last very long.. I think I need to brew that recipe again
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I just did a ipa with home grown galaxy 6 ounces of em its still in primary but smells damn good going to dry hop next week with 2oz of simcoe
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I just finished an 11% (FG 1.011) IIIPA

Hops:
15ml of HopShot 90min
2oz Warrior 90min
2oz Warrior 15min
1oz Centennial 10min

Just starting the 3 stage 1lb total dry hop with CTZ, Simcoe, Cent, Citra, and Amarillo.

It's dry and bitter. Will be a great beer (initial samples great).

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Would mind sharing your experience going single hop with Galaxy? What would you compare it to and how would you describe it?

I have a single hop (actually 1 90 minute magnum addition) IPA with Galaxy that should be finishing up soon.

Yeah.



As you can see, I overshot my OG but ended up fermenting down pretty well to end up with 10.5. I wish I had done just a bit more hop additions..maybe dry hopped with Galaxy & Citra instead.

The aroma is pretty weak and it's a big malt bomb but very drinkable and a single glass gets me pretty tipsy and I'm a big guy. It's an intense beer.;


I'm doing a lot of single-hop beers so I can learn the aroma and taste of each hop and then I feel it will make be a better brewer...It comes down to how much I can get of each..if the LHBS has a pound of something interesting, I'll make an IPA out of it and see what comes out.

Hope that helped...but I'm not an expert just messing around so don't trust anything I say.


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