2019-07-15

Session IPA

Style: Brewer's Association - Session IPA

This is one of the few on my list that is not in BJCP, but I've been wanting to make for some time. One of my go-to beers in the style is Firestone Walker's Easy Jack and I've tried to use that beer as a template for this recipe, though the hops will be different.

Since I just had 2 IPA kegs kick and there's still some time before Oktoberfest, I chose to brew up a double batch (22L x 2) and do a dry-hop comparison.

2019-7-30 (+17) Update/tasting notes: This came out far better than expected. And may become the "house IPA" - there is very little indication in the taste, character, mouthfeel that this is a "session" IPA. The Motueka/Loral dry hop is more grassy and tropical while the Citra is well... we all know what that smells and tastes like. Clarity is right where it should be which is surprising for only a couple of days after kegging.

Full Recipe is on BrewersFriend but here's the TL;DR:
  • Brew day: 2019-7-14
  • Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Honey
  • Hops: [Magnum] (Loral) 
  • Dry hops: batch 1: {Loral/Motueka} - batch 2: {Citra}
  • Yeast: Wyeast 1318/London III - Generation 3
  • OG: 11.2°P; FG: 2.8; ABV: 4.7%
  • Kegged: 2019-7-26
Getting started with grains: Pilsner, Munich, Honey malts:

Crushed

Heating up for the mash

Mash temp

Brew session beer: Tettnanger Pils (house German pils with Tettnanger hops)

Hops! Magnum at FWH and Loral (4g/L) at 5 min left in the boil

Floor Manager Steve

Away we go. 22L in each Speidel. These will get different dry-hops and go in 2 separate kegs for comparison (for science). 

2019-7-23 (+10): dry hops! Batch 1 (left) got Motueka + Loral; Batch 2 got 100% Citra.


2019-7-27 (+14): in the kegs with labels

2019-7-28 (+15): sample pour

2017-7-28 (+15): Full pour. already mostly clear and rather easy drinking. The bitterness is firm but not overpowering, there is a slight sweetness to the malt which rounds it out. Hops are prominent and noticeably different between the Motueka/Loral and Citra batches. I'm liking this so much it might become the House IPA.