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Old 07-16-2008, 06:00 PM   #1
Jun 2008
Austin, TX
Posts: 8

So I'm planning a couple brews or my brother's rehearsal dinner this fall and he says he'd like an IPA. I want to pattern something along the lines of two of my recent commercial favorites, Oskar Blues Gordon and Lagunitas Lucky 13. I haven't found much info on the composition of either so I'm kind of flying blind.

I'm looking for: red, complex malt, spicy, big time hop character without pallate-crushing bitterness. How does this look?

10 lbs American 2-row
3 lbs malted rye
1 lb crystal 120
.5 lb chocolate rye
.5 lb victory malt

90 minute boil
1 oz Simcoe FWH
1 oz Amarillo 60 min
1 oz Amarillo 10 min
1 oz Simcoe Flameout
1 oz Amarillo Dry hop, 2 weeks

WLP023 Burton Ale or WLP051 California Ale V

BeerTools gives me:
OG 1.073, FG 1.018, 7.21% ABV
67.19 IBU
21.4 SRM

I'm pretty sure there's no rye in Gordon but I taste a little in Lucky 13, and I'm digging rye brews lately. Amarillo is specifically mentioned in OB's description of Gordon and it definitely comes through, along with a nice piney character. I'm toning down the alcohol a bit to keep it more quaffable and hopefully have something that will hit its stride at 8-10 weeks of aging.

Any feedback?

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