Clone of Stone India Pale Ale

If it’s appropriate that we can create a beer with the sole purpose of emulating an already-existing beer, it should be entirely seemly that I lazily deftly copy-paste that beer’s description from it’s rightful owners:

An “India Pale Ale” by definition is highly hopped and high in alcohol – you’ll find our Stone India Pale Ale to be true to style with a huge hop aroma, flavor and bitterness throughout. If you’re a hop-head like us, then you’ll love our Stone India Pale Ale! Medium malt character with a heavy dose of over the top hops! Generous “dry hopping” gives this beer its abundant hop aroma and crisp hop flavor.

– http://www.stonebrew.com/ipa/

As they say, aim for the stars, and if you miss, you’ll still have 5 gallons of beer.

Ingredient list:

1.0 lbs. US 2-row
0.875 lbs. Crystal 10
3.3 lbs. CBW Golden Light LME
4 lbs. Light DME

0.5 oz Chinook
0.64 oz. Perle
3 oz. Centennial

Wyeast 1056 American Ale (Activator line)
4 oz Light DME (priming)

Hop and grain schedule:

90-60 mins – Steep 1.875 lbs grain ~180°F
60-50 mins – Gradually add 3.3 lbs. LME in boil
50-40 mins – Gradually add 3.75 lbs. DME in boil
60 mins – 0.5 oz Chinook
60 mins – 0.64 oz Perle
15 mins – 2 oz Centennial
After primary fermentation ends 1 oz Centennial

During bottling: Used leftover DME for better head/body, but regret to not have supplemented to greater than 4 oz since 23 oz bottles were used for this one.

Original Gravity: 1.064? *broken hydrometer*
Suspected Alcohol-by-Volume: 6.8%
Notes:
  • Our first clone!
  • Our third broken hydrometer!

All in all, a very solid IPA, but definitely missed the mark of a Stone IPA. Retains that “homebrew malt” taste despite being vastly more clear than #34 or the IFA. As for the hop profile, it’s in the ballpark with a very nice aroma and standard level of IPA bitterness, but leaving out the magnum pellets (at 60 min.) may have been a poor choice after all.

A good beer, and one that blows away IFA and #34, but the bar has certainly been raised since then, and I would like to take another swing at this one in a few weeks.

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