I'm planning on brewing my first IIPA in the next couple of months. I want to have it ready in mid-November, ideally at peak flavor/aroma. My available brew days are mid-August, mid-September or I can request a day off sometime in the last 2 weeks of September (yes, I will take a day off to brew this beer - my obsession has finally reached that level). I don't have an exact recipe nailed down yet, but I'm aiming for around ~1.085 OG, probably using WLP001 or 007. Grain bill will probably be based on Tasty McDole's Pliny clone with a massive fruit-bomb hop selection/schedule (Citra, plus several NZ hops and possibly some Galaxy or Cascade).
My thought is that mid-September is probably the way to go. That gives me 2 weeks for fermentation, about 2 weeks for my dry-hopping regime, then about a month to bottle condition. Does that sound right? I haven't brewed anything this big yet, so I'm not sure how long to count on for bottle conditioning. Should I plan on pitching a half-pack of US-05 at bottling as a safety net to be sure it carbs in time, or will I be fine if I give it a month to carb up?