This is not an Old Ale

I found a recipe for an English Old Ale online. Let's just say the result is most definitely an IPA. More specifically, a high-end American IPA, bordering on Imperial.

I'm not complaining, mind you, but I don't really fancy myself a "hop head", and I was quite taken aback when I first sampled these. It's my own fault, though; the 6 ounces of hops should have tipped me off.


Initial 1.076
Transfer 1.016
Final 1.016
7.88% ABV How is this calculated?


2 lbs light DME
7 lbs pale LME
0.5 lb. crystal malt, (60)
0.5 lb. Cara-Pils (2)
2 oz. Cascade hops (4.8%) (two 1-ounce segments)
2 oz. Tettnanger hops (4.0%) (1.5 and 0.5 oz segments)
2 oz. Challenger hops (10% (1.5 and 0.5 oz segments)
1 tsp irish moss White Labs #WLP029 (German Ale) yeast


Heat 5.5 gallons water to 150
Steep grains for 45 minutes
Add DME and LME and bring to a boil
Add 1 oz Cascade hops and boil 45 minutes
Add .5 oz Tettnanger hops and boil 10 minutes more
Add Irish Moss and .5 oz Challenger hops. Continue boil 5 more minutes
Cool to 80 and pitch yeast
Ferment 1 week, then rack into secondary
Dry hop with 1 oz Cascade, 1.5 oz Tettnanger, and 1.5 oz Challenger for 3 weeks
Store for 2 weeks before chilling

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