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The deck is stacked with a whole lotta hops. Four of a kind, in fact – Magnum, Chinook, Centennial and Citra. And get ready for the bluff, because this session brew drinks lighter than it appears. You won’t find roasted coffee or bittersweet chocolate here, just smooth malty caramel with a touch of toast, and an intense hop presence with pine, citrus and fruity notes that stand no chance of getting lost in the shuffle. Play your cards right? There’s no way to play them wrong with this kit. Any way you brew it, you’ll be coming up aces.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Ace of Spades Black IPA Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1068 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.9 / 5.080 ReviewsAWESOME Brew!This is not a traditional IPA, but several of my friends (who love IPAs) list their as their favorite without hesitation. I keep it on all the time. If you like IPAs and want something a little different that has a a great piney hops finish, you will love this beer!June 23, 2016Always Amazing!I've brewed this kit 4 times and love it every time! I add an ounce of hops here and there to suit my preferences. This is my #1 brew of choice.September 11, 2016Excellent Black IPABrewed this as my 3rd batch. Was very happy with the results!
Was in primary for 2 weeks and in secondary for 2.5 more with dry hops added a week before the end. Racked into a keg and used "set it and forget it" method on 10 PSI for a week. Tried one and it was good but was so much better a few days to a week after!
The dry hops give an excellent piney citrus nose. Then you taste it and you get that malty roasted Carmel flavor with a touch of black licorice for complexity. That stays with you until the piney bitterness of the finish! A very well balanced beer!
In summary, was going to give 4 stars as I'm more of a citrusy IPA kind of guy, but as a Black IPA, this beer really hits the mark! Well done NB!!!Added May 4, 2017May 4, 2017A Five Star Beauty!I've had this on tap for over a week now and it's nothing short of outstanding. I'm somewhat critical of microbrewery beers, so even more so of my own. I used the WL San Diego super yeast with 1,000 ml starter, fermenter in SS Brewtech chronical w/ FTSS, pressure kegged straight from chronical and carbonated in fridge for two weeks.
Result: NB description was pretty much spot on. Nice thick head w/ lacing on glass that lasts throughout the pint. But you can't drink only one pint per session.... Will be in my regular selection. Will do all grain next just for comparison.April 9, 2017Purchased
10 months agoVery good and smoothThis is a very good and surprisingly smooth Black IPA.February 23, 2017PerfectThank you for fixing the problem with the last order! This order shipped fast and I will be as returning customer. Thanks again!August 12, 2016SurprisingI was a little hesitant about brewing this one as I am not a dark beer drinker. The description of this was right on point. With just a hint of toast flavor and a huge hop presence this really drinks like a light color IPA. Everyone who has tried it has raved about this one and have come back for more. Needless to say I will be brewing this again soon. Great job as usual NB!May 29, 2015Believe the hype!This kit has had some amazing reviews and I'm here to tell you it's worthy of all the praise. This was my second ever brew and first full volume boil. I didn't adjust anything as the Brewmasters at NB assured me it would come out fine going by the directions at full volume. 2 week primary, 3 week secondary, dry hop last two weeks of secondary, and two weeks in the bottle. This beer is fantastic. I will definitely be brewing it again. Don't wait to try this kit!July 13, 2015Great BIPA1 week primary. 4+ weeks secondary. Dry hopped the last 2+ weeks in secondary. Bottle conditioned for 6 days and couldn't wait. Glad I didn't. This is a smooth drinking IPA. Hops hit but the balance is remarkable. I think it will get better but not sure how long it's gonna last.August 13, 2014Better than expected2 weeks in primary, 1 week dry hop (in primary) then kegged for a week. I can't believe how good it is 4 weeks from brew day. Great hop flavor and aroma and color is great. Only thing I would like is a little more roast flavor but that may come with conditioning. Really great brew, surprised an extract is this good.February 14, 2015
Browse 8 questions Browse 8 questions and 21 answersI dry hopped this brew and forgot about it. Been sitting in secondary for about 4 months after dry hopping. Should I add another round of hops before bottling? Has too much time passed for the flavor to be right?BEST ANSWER: Tara-- don't know what might have happened to the flavor over 4 months....seems like a long time to let it sit on the yeast, but I'm no expert there. I brewed this a while back (and have another kit coming up soon) and really liked it. Made per the directions, it isn't overly hoppy. You get the hops in the nose, but they don't dominate the flavor like some of the lighter IPAs do. So part of your decision might be based on that-- if you want it to be pretty hoppy, then add some dry hops.
Do you have a (sanitized) way to pull a small sample and taste it first? That might be your best guide.
Sorry I can't be more helpful...good luck!Dry hopped and forgot about this brew. Been sitting in secondary for about 4 months after dry hopping. Should I dry hop again before bottling or has this sat around too long?BEST ANSWER: I would go ahead and keg/bottle. Then I would get a designated calendar that you keep for brewing. Keep your notes for when to dry hop/bottle/secondary etc. Then you can glance at this from time to time. If you have not already put numbers on your brewing bottles buckets or whatever. Then you do not get them mixed if you have multiple batches going. Ace of Spades is always a great brew and crowd pleaser.What should the FG of this recipe be? I ended up around 1.02 after four weeks, which seemed a bit high.BEST ANSWER: My OG was 1.076 abd FG was 1.016, which is about what I would expect. Taste was great, just finished the keg. My fermentation is usually done in a few days. Only thing I can think of is maybe you boiled down below 5 gallons. That will make the wort thicker.Would I overwhelm the flavors if I add a hazelnut extract? I want to get that hazelnut coffee flavor mixed with the piney flavor of the hops but I don't want the flavors to outshine one another, I want them to marry wellBEST ANSWER: Suppose you could give it a try. I will say this though, this is a solid Black IPA with excellent hopping and flavor. I have brewed it twice already and it is by far my favorite. That being said, perhaps adding the hazelnut might deepen it up a little, but it would probably taste more like a hazelnut porter with a punch of hoppyness. Suggestion, maybe buy yourself a bottle if black IPA and add a touch of hazelnut just to give yourself an idea of how the flavors might mingle. Just a thought. Again, I am a huge fan of Ace, so I personally wouldn't alter this recipe too much. Hope this is helpful!How much water should I start in a full boil - 8 gallon pot - to end up with 5 gallons at the end of te boil?BEST ANSWER: This will vary based on the burner you are using, but a good rule of thumb is 1 gallon of evaporation per hour. You would likely want to start with 6 gallons.I am wondering what the differences are between this kit and the Black IPA kit. They seem like they would almost be the same beer.BEST ANSWER: Hi Kelly,
Good question. Both kits are in the same style, so there are a lot of similarities. However the differences are:
(a) type of malt and other fermentables used
(b) types of hops used
(c) hopping schedule
Here are the recipes and instructions for each:
Charlesmy og was only 1.060 and it says it should be 1.068 trying to figure out where I went wrong?BEST ANSWER: Could have been your post boil volume or temperature of reading? Did you rinse the LME containers?What should the schedule be if you want to keg. Beer has been in primary for a week & bubbling is at 1/minute. Should I transfer to 2ndary soon? Then I was planning on leaving it in 2ndary for 2-3wks, w/ dry hopping during that time. Cold crashing, gelatin & then force carbonating. So is 4-5wks total a reasonable schedule? : ) Thanks - AngieBEST ANSWER: You should give that beer, like most beers 2 weeks in primary. Then secondary for 2-3 weeks, cold crash, and carbonate. 4-5 weeks is definitely a good time frame for that beer. I hope that this helps!
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