Amarillo es Bueno!

Posted on 02.17.09 9:46PM under All-Grain, Brewing, Hops, IPA, Tasting

Of course, I’m not talking about the color yellow, but rather the hop named Amarillo. This is an American hop that I don’t know too much about other than that it’s really tasty. It’s billed as citrusy and flowery. It really reminds me of juice. I like to refer to my beer that’s heavily late hopped with Amarillo as “hop juice”. I just love it. Almost as much as the kids love juice boxes. Or maybe even more, in fact. I mean, their juice boxes probably shouldn’t contain 6.5% alcohol by volume.

I made a beer that was meant to educate me on the bittering effects of Colombus. But I also happened to dose it with several ounces of hops late in the boil. So I guess Colombus makes a fine minty assertive yet not harsh bittering hop, but all I can say for sure is that I love Amarillo. Me gusto mucho los Amarillos!!

Admittedly, the intensity of hop flavor may be too much for some wussies (who shall go unnamed) to handle. But I trust that the real IPA fan, the hop loving beer drinker, will drop to their knees much as I do every time I sip the sacred citrus beery nectar, upon tasting the latest revision of my IPA.

So here it is:
BeerSmith Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Careful With That Hops, Eugene
Brewer: Keith Brainard
Style: American IPA
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Estimated OG: 1.061 SG
Estimated Color: 10.0 SRM
Estimated IBU: 61.5 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 68.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount    Item                              Type        % or IBU
1.50 lb   Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 12.00 %
7.50 lb   Base Malt (2.0 SRM)               Grain       60.00 %
1.25 lb   Crystal 40 (40.0 SRM)             Grain       10.00 %
1.00 lb   Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)             Grain       8.00 %
0.75 lb   Carahell (11.0 SRM)               Grain       6.00 %
0.50 lb   Wheat Malt (1.4 SRM)              Grain       4.00 %
1.00 oz   Columbus 12.2 [12.20 %] (45 min)  Hops        34.0 IBU
2.00 oz   Centennial 9.1 [9.10 %] (15 min)  Hops        27.4 IBU
1.00 oz   Columbus 12.2 [12.20 %] (0 min)   Hops        -
2.00 oz   Amarillo 8.0 [8.00 %] (0 min)     Hops        -
1.00 tsp  Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min)        Misc
1.00 tsp  Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 min)    Misc
1.50 Pkgs Fermentis #US-05                  Yeast-Ale

Mash Schedule:
Total Grain Weight: 11.00 lb
Step Time  Name         Description                       Step Temp
60 min     Mash In 3:1  Add 15.84 qt of water at 167.6 F  155.0 F

Regarding the grain bill, I am trying to expand from all Crystal malts for color and character, but I can’t really say what effect the Munich had, because the late hops are so in control here.

It is my opinion that having hops boiled for no more than 45 minutes helps smooth the bitterness. Though I may skip the high alpha hops at flameout next time. In fact, I might just use one ounce of Amarillo next time, in the interest of the common man’s (er…person’s) palate.

And the only reason I’m using Dried Malt Extract is because my mash tun is too small to make a beer of this gravity. I’d recommend adding base malt to top off the gravity if you could.

Finally, use Mr. Malty’s pitching calculator to tell you how much yeast to use. It’s really cool.

In summary, I like Colombus for bittering to this IBU, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Amarillo for flavor at any level. If you like a West Coast IPA, then make this one, and you won’t be disappointed.

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