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Old 05-06-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
BarefootFriar
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I was talking to my dad today and he mentioned that he likes IPAs, and then asked if I could make him one. I'd love to do that, but if I'm brewing him one, I'm brewing for me and my brothers in law, too. I'm fairly certain he's not a hop-head, so I'm starting to look for recipes that are a bit more reasonable when it comes to IBUs. I'm thinking an English IPA, or perhaps an ESB, that isn't too bitter. I don't know much about the styles, however (I prefer stouts, porters, and brown ales), so I don't know how many IBUs to look for.

Anyone have a good recipe to recommend? Something you'd maybe introduce your non-IPA-drinking friend to? Any recipes for a more "original" flavor, such as what you might have found originally when the style was being brewed for export to India?
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:04 PM   #2
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Ive found bells two hearted to be a great starter ipa. Not too bitter with some very pleasant hop character. Almost all the vendors have a clone brew.

Or edworts pale ale.

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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Swackattack (which I keep reading as Zack Attack) took the words out of my mouth. Two Hearted Ale has just the right amount of bitterness and a fantastic Centennial hop aroma. This was my gateway IPA. Dogfish 60 minute is also good.

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:20 PM   #4
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I would definitely look at doing more of a pale ale than an IPA if they're not the IPA drinkin crowd.

 
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:53 PM   #5
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Check recipes for Thornbridge - Jaipur and Fullers - Bengal Lancer. Neither one is as bitter as American IPAs, and yet have good aroma and body. I'm yet to find somebody who doesn't like Jaipur!

 
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:59 AM   #6
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Thanks, I'll look into those. I've found Two-Hearted, as well as several others, at my beer store; I may get a sampler and let them try them and tell me which ones they like best. I can then know better what to look for in a recipe. I did find a Two-Hearted clone recipe on the BeerSmith website. I'll check for those others, too, JKaranaka.

Thanks again, everyone. Very helpful.
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