Imperial IPA OR Barley Wine???

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Jan 28, 2007
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Santa Clarita, CA
I've made this recipe on a smaller 3 gallon scale and it was my BEST ever,
but I'm not sure of its classification.

I could ramp it up for a definite Barley Wine or leave it where it is and just call
it a dark Imperial IPA. What do you all think? (I have the yeast starter ready to go today, wife and kids willing.)

Type: Extract
Date: 12/21/2007
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Brewer: Blake
Boil Size: 2.43 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot (3 Gallon)
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: -
Taste Notes:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
4 lbs 8.0 oz Light Dry Extract (10.0 SRM) Dry Extract 36.00 %
6 lbs Pale Liquid Extract (10.0 SRM) Extract 48.00 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 8.00 %
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 4.00 %
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 4.00 %
4.00 oz Chinook [12.20 %] (60 min) Hops 55.2 IBU
1.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.90 %] (30 min) Hops 11.6 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.90 %] (10 min) Hops 3.7 IBU
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [Starter 70 ml] Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.084 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.019 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.62 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.65 %
Bitterness: 70.5 IBU Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 16.0 SRM Color: Color
43 cal/pint? Something is broken. I'd believe 43/Kcal an ounce.

This a barley wine. It's right at the low end for the style, but you might actually be able to drink a bit this Winter. Kick it any higher & it's next Fall or later.
Thanks for the suggestion - I'll keep the alcohol content a bit lower in order to drink it this winter.

Not sure about the calories/pint yhing - that is just the calculations that BeerSmith gave me. It might need some tweaking.
david_42 said:
43 cal/pint? Something is broken. I'd believe 43/Kcal an ounce.
He hasn't entered the actual OG and FG into the recipe yet which is why Beersmith reports 0.65% actual ABV and 43 cal/pint using the default values in those fields.

Looks like a small Barleywine or a malty IIPA. I think you could call it either way. It should be drinkable in a couple months. Nothing wrong with going a little darker than style, especially with most big beers. It is almost expected to happen to some due to the large amount of ingredients.

Thanks for the reassurance, Craig. I'm a BIG Stone Brewery Fan and I tend to brew on the darker side.

Well, today I brew!!! Than I'll add my OG than FG in about 5-7 days. I'll repost all the info later.