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Imperial IPA

Double White IPA

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

The following homebrew recipe comes courtesy of Jared Hatch. Hatch designed this IPA to make use of some of the citrus fruits native to Korea.

As an avid cook, Hatch enjoys applying things he learns from the culinary world to his brewing. To extract the citrus flavors from the fruit without adding unwanted astringency and vegetal matter, he peeled 20 green tangerines from Jeju (an island off the south coast of Korea), put them in a zip-top bag with dextrose, and removed the air to keep the peels in close contact with the sugar to produce an “oleo-saccharum.” The peels dissolve the sugar and lend their essential oils in the process to yield a syrup that can be added to the boil kettle at knockout.

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The Big Hopper Imperial IPA

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This recipe is featured in "Winners Circle: 2010 Wizard of SAAZ" by Amahl Turczyn in the May/June 2010 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.

Matt Huber wanted something big and hoppy; he definitely achieved that with this Imperial IPA recipe. As the winner of the 2010 Wizard of SAAZ homebrew competition, The Big Hopper has proven taste bud pleasing powers.

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Double IPA

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Randy Sauter of Rapid City, SD, member of the Ale Riders Homebrew Club, won a gold medal in Category #17: Double IPA during the 2017 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Minneapolis, MN. Sauter’s Double IPA was chosen as the best among 173 final in the category. Read More

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Double Black Imperial Black IPA

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Brewers Association board member Tony Simmons, of Pagosa Brewing in Colorado, was up for a challenge in 2012 when he was invited to Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines in Vail, Colo. They dared him to create a big beer that had not yet been produced commercially at that time, a double black imperial IPA. The most extreme yet deceptively quaffable IPA they've ever crafted, Double Black is not for the faint of heart. It isn't just dark in color, but it has both distinct hop sensations and black malt flavors. This beer was first featured during the opening reception of the Big Beers Festival in January 2012. It's said to pair well with pork empanadas. This recipe was originally featured in the July/August 2012 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Read More

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Roughtail Brewing Co. Hoptometrist Double IPA

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Hoptometrist Double IPA from Oklahoma City's Roughtail Brewing Co. weighs in at 100+ IBUs! They describe their delicious year-round offering as a crisp, dry and very drinkable with just enough malt to support the huge bitterness and intense piney, citrusy, dank hop presence.

This homebrew recipe is featured in Top 50 Commercial Clone Beer Recipes. Find out what recipe was featured for your state!

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Melvin Brewing Homebrewer’s Hop Bomb

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Here’s your opportunity to brew an IPA very closely modeled after Melvin IPA, one of the most sought-after IPAs produced in the U.S. Described by the Alpine, Wyo. brewery as fruity and intense, but not bitter, this is sure to become a go-to recipe in your IPA repertoire.

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Weathered Ground Brewery R.K. Double IPA

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This double IPA comes to you from Weathered Ground Brewery in Cool Ridge, W.V. and incorporates flaked wheat and flaked oats into the recipe. According to head brewer Sam Fonda, “It’s one of those IPAs that’s almost a Northeast IPA but not intentionally. We just want it to be super hoppy and the haze is a byproduct of that.”

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Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

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This extreme beer is boiled for a full two hours while being continually hopped with high-alpha American hops. At 21% ABV and 120 IBU, this is one of the biggest IPA ever brewed. This brew is generally unfiltered and abundantly hoppy, which is probably why Dogfish Head appropriately nicknamed it the Holy Grail for hop heads. Dogfish only brews this beer a couple of times of year, so it makes perfect sense to brew this one yourself so you have some of your own to sip and some to age.

This recipe was originally featured in "Big Beers, Small Sugars: Making Wort for Extreme Beers" by Jamil Zainasheff in the November/December 2005 issue of Zymurgy.

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Collective Hoppiness

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In 2011, Colorado's first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Company, teamed up with the American Homebrewers Association to create a dream collaboration beer appropriately named Collective Hoppiness. Quite literally a collective effort, Wynkoop hosted a rally in which the brew's hop additions were continuously added over a 90-minute period by local members of the AHA and 210 members who participated in the hopping of the beer.

Wynkoop describes the beer as “an unctuous imperial red ale made with premium two-row base malt, small amounts of rye, aromatic malts and flaked oats, and five kinds of hops (Summit, Cascade, Sorachi Ace, Amarillo, and Columbus). All fermented with an English ale yeast. Ultra hoppy from start to finish, the beer finished at 8% ABV and has approximately 100 IBUs.” We couldn't help but think that a bunch of hop-lovin' homebrewers would want the opportunity to brew this hoppy masterpiece, so we've scaled it down to a 5-gallon batch for our members' brewing enjoyment. This recipe was featured in the 2012 May/June Zymurgy courtesy of Brad Landman at Wynkoop Brewing.

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Czeslaw Dzielak’s Imperial IPA

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Homebrewers in Poland are making some incredibly high-quality, world-class beers and are turning heads all over the world. In June 2013, a five-judge panel from Austria, Belgium, England, Germany and the United States chose Czeslaw Dzielak's Imperial IPA as grand champion in Poland's largest homebrew contest, Konkurs Piw Domowych Birofilia.

When Czeslaw Dzielak's Imperial IPA won best of show at Birofilia 2013, none of the other homebrewers appeared surprised. Tomasz Rogaczewski, co-founder of Pracownia Piwa (Poland), explained that was because everybody expected Dzielak to have won already. He had brewed over 250 batches of beer and was an eminent figure in the homebrewing community. Later that year, Zywiec Brewery released Brackie Grand Champion Birofilia 2013 Imperial IPA, made using Dzielak's recipe. Talk about a great year! He then earned a second straight grand champion award at Birofilia 2014 with his dubbel.

The 32-year-old Dzielak teaches history and physical education at a secondary technical school. He's written a business plan and acquired some of the necessary licensing, but still needs investor financing if he is to open his own brewery. Should he succeed, we're sure the other competitors in Polish homebrew contests may well be as happy about it as he is. Now, as they say in Polish "Juz pora zaczynac warzenie domowe!"


Source: "Homebrewing in Poland" by Stan Hieronymus, March/April 2015 Zymurgy Read More

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Russian River Pliny the Elder Clone

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Pliny the Elder is one of the most coveted double IPAs in America. This recipe comes straight from Russian River (Santa Rosa, Calif.) brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and uses over three-quarters of a pound of hops, making for a bitter and fragrant double IPA experience.

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Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Clone

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Delaware is known for making some "off-centered" beers, but one of the styles they are still best known for is the IPA. 90 Minute IPA is an Imperial IPA that takes hop additions to the next level. Instead of having early, middle and late hop additions, the 90 Minute recipe, named for the length of the boil, has the brewer continuously add hops throughout the boil.

The result is a hop-forward imperial IPA with enough malt backbone to keep things balanced. Try your hand at brewing the clone and see how it stands up to the real thing!

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Hop-Fu! IPA

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Homebrewers Association

Kelsey McNair of San Diego, CA, member of the QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity), won a gold medal in Category #14: India Pale Ale (IPA) during the 2014 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Grand Rapids, MI. McNair’s India Pale Ale (IPA) was chosen as the best among 852 final round entries in the category. Read More

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Hop Hammer

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This Imperial IPA is based off of the ever-popular Pliny the Elder, brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company. Though this recipe makes a beer that is a tad bit "bigger" than Pliny the Elder, it is absolutely a direct descendant of it. Featured in Brewing Classic Styles, Cilurzo generously offered the recipe to authors Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer. Hop heads will not want to pass this one by, with one pound of hops going into a 6 gallon batch! Read More

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