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Denny Conn, co-author of Experimental Homebrewing doesn't use the word "clone" when replicating a commercial beer, he uses the word "homage." So, when Amahl Turczyn, assistant editor of Zymurgy magazine, set out to clone Deschutes Brewery's Fresh Squeezed IPA, he did so with the idea of homage in mind.
The name Fresh Squeezed IPA gives you an idea of what's in store when you brew this clone. First and foremost, you should drink this beer fresh. This hop-centric IPA has big, piney hop aroma that's full of fruit and peppery notes. It drips with juicy citrus and grapefruit flavor thanks to the Citra hops, while the Mosaic hops present soft, fruit flavors like honeydew. A mild malt profile of pale, Munich and crystal take a back seat to the hops, making this easy to drink IPA. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
The name of the game when brewing this Trappist-style ale from Spencer Brewery is balance. Brewed in Spencer, Mass., this beer is so perfectly put together that the final product is layered, complex, and keeps you wanting more. Focus on quality and precision when brewing this recipe and you won’t be disappointed!
Scott Jackson, member of Keg Ran Out Club (KROC) and Foam on the Range homebrew clubs in Colorado, shares his split-batch pumpkin ale recipes in the 2013 Sept/Oct Zymurgy, a recipe he's been brewing for over 15 years and has a few medals to show for it.
Jackson says you don't need to harvest fresh pumpkins to make pumpkin beer. Although baking fresh pumpkins works, you don't get the same consistency as you do with a can of 100 percent pure pumpkin. Use the pumpkin in the mash, which although tricky, gives you a beautiful orange color and a little sugar from the starches in the pumpkin.
The protein rest reduces the gumminess of the pumpkin, and the rice hulls help with the sparge and wort collection. He also suggests using one clean high alpha hop addition at the beginning of the boil so you don't disrupt the pumpkin and spice flavors.
Once your beers are finally ready, a fun, tasty way to serve the Pocahontas Pumpkin Ale is in a glass rimmed with brown sugar and to pair it with pumpkin-based desserts.
Amahl Turczyn, assistant editor of Zymurgy magazine, takes a stab at Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye in the July/August 2012 Zymurgy, which makes use of proprietary experimental hops in the aroma and dry hop charges. Reliable sources have said the brewery's mystery hops are similar to a blend of Columbus and Amarillo, so those have been used as stand-ins.
With a name like Ruthless Rye, you're certainly in for something hearty and rustic. You'll experience strong hop flavors due to dry hopping, which allows the aromatic oils and resins to be absorbed into the beer without an overpowering bitterness. When you add in rye's spicy, black pepper flavor and dryness with the complex fruity, floral and herbal hop profile, you'll end up with a balanced beer with incredible flavor, bringing the rye and hops to life finished with a ruthless, hoppy kiss.
Needless to say, even the boldest hop heads will be inspired and impressed. Check it out below and give it a shot!
Frederick "Fritz" W. Rahr, Jr., founder and president of Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, shared this Ugly Pug schwarzbier clone recipe in the 2010 July/August Zymurgy.
Schwarzbier, or "black beer," is a dark lager from Germany. However, unlike most dark beers that are usually described as "heavy," this schwarzbier is light bodied and refreshing that can be enjoyed on the hottest summer days. While sipping it down, you'll find flavor notes of coffee and chocolate, but nothing too overpowering to take away from the beer's drinkability.
This beer may have been named after Fritz saw his mother-in-law's pug, Oscar, and shouted, "What an ugly pug!" while they were drinking a test batch, but don't let that deter you from trying it. This beer pairs beautifully with everything from roast beef, BBQ, and fried chicken to the richest, most delicious chocolate desserts.
Based off of Dogfish Head's Raison D'Etre, this is a big, extreme Belgian ale brewed with raisins and beet sugar to give it an alcohol boost and tons of complex flavor. Milton, Del.’s Dogfish Head suggests pairing this Belgian bad boy with steak, duck, game, wine reduction sauces, ham, or mussels.
Chris Wane shared his "Oh My Eye! Grapefruit Hefeweizen" in the 2008 January/February Zymurgy. Whether he knew grapefruit would go so well with hefeweizen's clove, banana profile and zesty carbonation is irrelevant, because this beer is sure to leave you wanting more.
This citrusy, fruit beer is complex and refreshing with a rather low alcohol content. With just a little over an ounce of hops used throughout the brewing process, this beer has minimal bitterness and subtle aromas of flower and spice fragrances. This hefeweizen will make your head spin with it's snappy and effervescent, citrusy and spicy complexity. Add in the grapefruit, and you're sure to create something unique and surprising that you might not be so willing to share.
Keith Ciani of Olympia, WA, member of the South Sound Suds Society, won a gold medal in Category #2: Pilsner during the 2015 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Ciani’s Pilsner was chosen as the best among 193 final round entries in the category.
Isaac Trowbridge of Zeeland, MI, member of the Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers Homebrew Club, won a gold medal in Category #1: Light Lager during the 2015 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Trowbridge’s Light Lager was chosen as the best among 174 final round entries in the category. Read More
Andy Weigel of Munhall, PA, member of the Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers, won a gold medal in Category #3: European Amber Lager during the 2015 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Weigel’s European Amber Lager was chosen as the best among 166 final round entries in the category. Read More
Randy Scorby of Bend, OR, member of the Central Oregon Homebrewing Organization (COHO), won a gold medal in Category #4: Dark Lager during the 2015 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Scorby’s Dark Lager was chosen as the best among 148 final round entries in the category. Read More
Jeff Lampman of Morro Bay, CA, member of the San Luis Obispo Brewers (SLOB), won a gold medal in Category #5: Bock during the 2015 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Lampman’s Bock was chosen as the best among 170 final round entries in the category. Read More