This is a beer I made because the name of the hops just caught my imagination — some very good marketing by the hop growers there. The beer I envisaged was something between an amber ale and an IPA, so I used a malt bill with some carared, and added a good amount of hops well into the boil. I didn’t want it to turn out too bitter with a hint of sweetness, so I calculated accordingly.
The first tasting was a bit disappointing — far too bitter and almost adstringent. I left the beer in the cask, intending to drink it over the coming weeks, and promptly forgot about it after I brewed the next batch. The month of extra maturing in the kegs turned it into a very nicely balanced ale, which was gone all too quickly. The next batch is already brewed though…
|Pale Ale Malt||5 kg|
|Acidulated Malt||50 g|
Lauter and sparge with 9 litres at 78°C.
Boil for 65 minutes
|Pacific Gem (15.8 - %)||20 g||55 minutes before flameout (10 minutes into boil)|
|Lemondrop ( - 4.6 %)||30 g||20 minutes before flameout (45 minutes into boil)|
|Lemondrop ( - 4.6 %)||30 g||Dry hopping (fermenter)|
Cool wort and add Safale S-04 to fermenter.