This throwback recipe has a tad more malt backbone and sweetness than today’s leaner West Coast–style IPAs. (It tastes like America.)
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This take also is relatively low in ABV, which helps the hops come through brightly without a ton of dry hopping. Feel free to swap in your favorite newfangled or classic hops.
For more on brewing a great version of this style, see Make Your Best American IPA.
Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
9 lb (4.1 kg) two-row pale
1 lb (454 g) Munich
12 oz (340 g) caramel/crystal 20L
8 oz (227 g) British medium crystal 45L
1 oz (28 g) Nugget at 60 minutes [42 IBUs]
1 oz (28 g) Simcoe at 5 minutes [8.5 IBUs]
1 oz (28 g) Amarillo at flameout/whirlpool [7.5 IBUs]
1 oz (28 g) Citra at dry hop
Wyeast 1056 American Ale
Mill the grains and mash at 152°F (67°C) for 60 minutes. Recirculate until the runnings are clear, then run off into the kettle. Sparge and top up as necessary to get about 6.5 gallons (25 liters) of wort, depending on your evaporation rate. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops according to the schedule. After the boil, turn off the heat and conduct a whirlpool step: Stir to create a vortex, then add the whirlpool hops and steep for 15 minutes. Chill to about 65°F (18°C), aerate well, and pitch yeast. Ferment at 69°F (21°C) for 6 days, then add the dry hops and hold at 69°F (21°C) for 3–5 more days. Once the beer reaches terminal gravity, crash, package, and carbonate to about 2.5 volumes.