Just put together a recipe for this weekend. It's a (wait for it)...WCIPA! Who's surprised?
that grainfather link requires a login for me, but i was listening to some WCIPA episode of your show and took a few pointers.
my next beer (not too soon) is going to be
88% golden promise (i dont have access to MG and other craft)
9% crystal 40
3% acid malt
then a mix of cascade and cryopop cascade 60, 20, 10, 5 for OG 1.055 and 55 IBU.
im using voss kveik (~81% est. atten so will hit 6% ABV), because it will be hot here and i thought i'd try it, but other than that it's a denny inspired (i think), light WCIPA.
I have had dreadful examples of helles from American craft breweries. I have also had excellent examples. It makes it hard because I want to try them and if I get a bad example I say "Why? Why would I order a helles from an American Craft brewer?". I think that even having a German Helles like Weihenstephan or Paulaner here in the US could be dicey unless you went to a place that featured German beer on draft. They're not always in the best shape. A well-made helles tastes like beer heaven in it's careful balance and overall drinkability and it's one of my favorite styles when it's done right. It may also just not be your style.
yeah, i wasnt saying that all
american helles are bad at all, in fact really im talking about canadian/ontario microbreweries which generally all either have a helles or cream ale filling this role. im in canada, which imho in general is many, many years behind in terms of skill/seriousness of craft beer and a few years behind in styles, but again it would be very easy for me to taste some very lame, full of flaws "helles" beers here.
we dont get american craft brew here basically at all. i hope to travel to the states though within the next year i imagine.