Brewed specifically for the BBBB 2012, this was my first attempt at a Black IPA. I normally avoid hoppy beers, so I really have no idea how to describe this one except that it's hoppy. There is a hoppy aroma, followed by hops on the front, back, and sides of the tongue. Aftertaste is...hoppy. There might be some maltiness in there, but it's overpowered by the hops.
Transfer: 1.014 (3/8/12)
6.43% ABV How is this calculated?
10 lbs Pale 2-row
1 lb Crystal 40
8 oz Carafa II
4 oz Chocolate Malt
4 oz Special B
3 oz Columbus (13.9%) hop pellets
2 oz Nugget (12.2%) hop pellets
1 oz Columbus (13.9%) hop pellets (dryhop)
1 oz Nugget (12.2%) hop pellets (dryhop)
1 tsp Irish Moss
1 packet Safale US-05 yeast
Mash for 60 minutes at 153°
Sparge to obtain 6 gallons
Boil 30 minutes, then add 2 oz Columbus and 1 oz Nugget hops
Boil 20 minutes more, then add Irish Moss
After an additional 7 minutes, add 1oz Columbus and 1oz Nugget
Boil 2 minutes more, then cool to 70°
Pitch yeast and allow to ferment 3 weeks
Rack to secondary, and dryhop with 1oz Columbus and 1oz Nugget for 4 weeks.
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