The Amarillo IPA

IPA is the new black, or at least it has been for long enough. Today we begin to celebrate the spring season of hoppy beers with an IPA recipe that I have developed over the past two years and continue to tweak to perfection. Amarillo hops may be one of the hardest to find, but if you can snag 3 ounces of those green nuggets, then this well balanced IPA is for you. With a wonderful dry hopped nose of a blooming pine forest and a light bodied and slightly roasted caramel backbone this IPA is a keeper, a quaffer and a get-you-drunker.

If you're not into overly hopped and unbalanced IPAs, give this one a go - it is a beer for hop lovers and hop newbies alike. - Absolutely Everything! for making your own beer at home.

Style & Targets
6.9% abv @ 5 gallons

11 lbs US 2-row
8 oz crystal 120 L
8 oz crystal 40 L
4 oz dextrine malt
1 oz amarillo hops (60 minutes)
.5 oz amarillo hops (30 minutes)
.25 oz amarillo hops (15 minutes)
.25 oz amarillo hops (5 minutes)
1 tsp Irish Moss (15 minutes - how to use properly)
Nottingham Yeast
Dry Hop 1 oz amarillo hops (7 days)
*Recipe calculated with BeerSmith 2.0 - The Best Brewing Software Around*

Mashed 17.5 qt at 148 F for 60 minutes
Sparged with 5 gal at 180 F (brings my mash up to 168 - 170 F very nicely)
Brought to boil, followed hop schedule, chilled, siphoned off to bucket and pitched yeast.
OG: 1.063 @ 5 gallons