• 1st place IPA at the 2013 Kansas City Bier Meisters Competition
• 1st place Imperial IPA at the 2013 Upper Mississippi Mashout
This was my first really big IPA. I went in on whole hop group buy and I wanted to use them while they were still fresh.
I did a longer boil and the whole hops absorbed some of the wort so I didn't have a full 5 gallons. It came in right around 4.75. Based on the grain bill it says it should be right around 7.6% ABV, but with the longer boil I came in right at 9.3%. It's definitely a sipper. Pound back a few and you'll have to cover one eye just to see straight...The color is also a little lighter than most IPA's. You could always add some darker grains to increase the malt complexity and the color.
I found that this beer really shines when its served in a snifter at 55-66 degrees.
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