Yes, I am a hater of the New England Patriots.
Not really like I hate the Red Wings or Packers. More like I dislike the Cowboys or the Raiders.
I'm a Patriots Disliker.
Lately if you're a craft beer geek like me, you've almost certainly noticed an alarming influx of "New England Style" IPA's.
I'm fine with a hazy IPA, but if there is yeast clouding up the beer, it is visually unappealing to me, and usually I don't find them all that great to drink.
I don't hate them like the Red Wings or Packers. I dislike them like the Patriots.
At the same time, there are some beers labeled "New England Style IPA" that I quite enjoy. As long as it is hazy rather than cloudy.
|Early Morning Mash|
Around the time of the Superbowl, I thought brewing a "Patriots Hater" IPA would be fun. I would try some techniques used by proponents of the NE IPA lovers, but make it different enough that I would like the beer.
A little after that time, I was listening to some Basic Brewing Radio podcasts where James and Steve were talking about 15 minute boils. I thought I would like to experiment with a lower boil time.
I figured that would play into increasing haze in a beer.
I decided to go lower in alcohol than an IPA. In fact I decided to design a beer on the very lower edge of a Pale Ale. But add lots of late hops.
It was designed to be around 4 to 4.5% alcohol, and uses a late hop and dry hop additions of citra and centennial hops.
The dry hops were added in "primary" fermentation before it calmed down.
I did use a 30 minute boil. And I left out any fining agent.
|Collecting for the boil|
We'll see how it turns out.
|Wind drove me into the garage for the boil|
Currently, the beer is done fermenting soaking up dry hop flavor. It is still hazy. I think I'll be kegging the beer tomorrow.
I have tasted a sample, and I do like how it is tasting right now.
|about 6 gallons into the fermentor|
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