IPA homebrew

November 8, 2010

Brewed: October 9, 2010
Dry Hopped: October 26, 2010 in secondary
Bottled: November 1, 2010

OG: 1.052 (or more… things got a bit blurry toward the end of this brew day)
FG: 1.018
ABV: 4.7%
IBU: 86


  • 6 lbs gold DME
  • 3.3 lbs amber LME
  • 4 oz Galena (13.2%a)
  • 3 oz Perle (7.5%a)
  • Nottingham dry yeast


  1. 1 oz Galena at 60
  2. 1 oz Perle at 20
  3. 1 oz Galena at 10
  4. 1 oz Perle and 1 oz Galena at 0
  5. 1 oz Perle and 1 oz Galena dry in secondary

Nottingham yeast pitched dry, not reconstituted or in starter.

We kegged this one. I haven’t had a chance to taste it yet, though Angelos (below) says it’s good. 🙂


Smuttynose Big A IPA

September 9, 2010

Style: American Double IPA
Smuttynose Brewing Company
ABV: 9.6%
Grade: D

Appearance: Hazy light tan color, weak head but solid lacing.

Smell: Spicy hops and lots of sugar on the nose.

Taste: Very sweet (like artificial sweetener), strong hop spicy bite, some booziness. Not a lot of character, just big malt and big bitter payload.

Mouthfeel: Heavy at first, finishes dry. Strong spicy burn from hops.

Drinkability: Poor. For me, it’s not balanced well. Very strong sweetness and hop characters clash more than play off each other. Hop burn all down my throat. And it all builds repeatedly with every sip. Unenjoyable.

Overall: A disappointment, to be sure. I was expecting much better out of this one. I think more than anything else it was the sweetness that killed this beer for me. I can tolerate strong hops (hell, I recently brewed a 100+ IBU cascadian dark ale). I won’t be getting this one again.