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Imperial IPA used to essentially mean a “doubling” of everything in a recipe — dating from the time when kings and emperors would receive a brewer’s best efforts as tribute. In modern times, early efforts at west coast brewing powerhouses such as Stone, Rogue, and Blind Pig often did take that simple of an approach — start with a basic IPA, and make it times two. Over time, themes and variations came about that tweaked the formula. Preference shifted away from malt-dominators, towards a leaner, crisper, less sweet-finishing beer. The hopping regime also shifted from simply “more hops at more times” to later and later in the boil, spilling over heavily into the dry hop. The end result is a hop-dominated, high-alcohol beer that threatens yearly hop supplies with it’s obsession over the richest oils and aromatics.
Packed with 10 ounces of hops, this IIPA recipe kit will push the limits of your senses, while a generous dose of sugar helps to dry out the finish for a deceptively easy drinking beer.
Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Cascade Mountains West Coast Imperial IPA Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1086 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.7 / 5.055 ReviewsSeriously big ipaFirst off, I love ipa's. I don't think anyone buying this Kit doesn't love ipa's. I used the newer fermentis abbaye yeast and this beast came out to 10.9 abv. It has the hop flavor you expect plus a very alcohol forward warmth. Two pints is about all you need! Great color and head retention. Just think through your yeast choice. It has enough fuel to make an 11%March 22, 2015Simply The Best IPA I Have Ever TastedI just tapped a Corny keg prepared from an extract kit and I can say that to my taste, this is the best IPA available! I have been to Stone and Surly and Sierra Nevada and had their beers at the brewery, and I must say that this beer tastes better than all the rest! Your taste may vary, but I love the full body, not too dark amber color, malty tone but big, aromatic hop taste in the front of the mouth.I prepared the kit using the ingredients as provided. I used the Safale dry yeast with a 2 liter starter for about 4 days, did a full 5-gallon boil, and used an O2 tank and diffusion stone to oxygenate before pitching the yeast. Very lively fermentation at about 68 degrees, with a large amount of blowoff developing within 8 hours. Primary for 2 weeks in a 6.5 gallon glass carboy, then in to secondary for another 3 weeks before the final dry hopping, which I did for another week. Straight to the keg from dry hopping, and carbonated under 30psi forced CO2 for 48 hours, then CO2 backed off to serving pressure (8 psi) - this is an outstanding beer which I can only imagine will get better for as long as this 5 gallon lasts in the Kegerator. I have already ordered another kit and will try the liquid yeast option this time, but it will be hard to improve on perfection.April 27, 2013A Real ReviewI get tired of people writing reviews for a recipe kit and they didn't follow the recipe or they just throw out a vague note like "It was amazing, brewing it again." Here is a real review because...1) I followed the recipe verbatim2) I'll tell you what the recipe becameThis was my 2nd batch ever.12oz bottle to tulip glass. Pours clouded deep blood orange-red, tan frothy head. Aroma of roasted malts, grass, booze, lemon zest, earth, oak, pine. Taste is dark roasted malts, biscuit, chocolate, dried fruit, spices, peppercorn. Malty and fruity sweetness across palette. Heated bittersweet finish with cocoa, spice and booze.9.4 ABV 70 IBU (estimated)September 2, 2015Great BeerI have used other suppliers and this was my first beer from Northern, what a difference! Recipe was easy and turned out great. Much like Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster but I think better. Hidden punch without the alcohol burn and all those great hops! Thank you I will be backAugust 28, 2013Potent Brew!I was highly impressed by this IPA. Very hoppy, and not particularly heavy with a more than adequate alcohol content. Definitely a lot of hop particles in suspension, so perhaps filtration or cold crashing would reduce some of this, but not a significant issue. I would brew this again for sure.May 18, 2014West Coast PerfectionI brewed this specifically for brother's birthday gift. Beer is a flavor bomb with great taste. Be patient, this is one that gets better with age. Hate to say I gave most of it away. Will be a regular in my fermentor.January 20, 2014Wonderful and turns out as expected so far...I loved the kit. I am just added the dry hops last night and tasted for the first time. The brew turned out especially clear thanks to also using the Mad Brewers Upgrade Kit (Whirlfloc tablets) and specific gravity ended up a little higher than the target so slightly higher ABV (no complaints here). If the carbonated tastes as good as the uncarbonated I will be throughly satisfied and will be buying this one again soon.July 12, 2016Amazing brewI've become a big fan of rich double and Imperial IPA's - but not those that are over the top. Despite the massive amount of ingredients and hops used, it's not overpowering in any way. Patience is the key - I let it sit for a while. It's a very well balanced, full bodied and rich brew - reminds me of Heady Topper. Probably the best IPA I've brewed.January 13, 2014Dangerous!Just tried the first bottle. Will do another batch next week! Dry hopped for 7 days.April 13, 2013EXCELLENT!My highest gravity brew to date. Initially had a slow fermentation, then became stuck, I re-pitched with Muntons and it took off. The stall was completely my fault due to poor aeration on my behalf. For me the beer was nicely balanced, hoppy, boozy, citrus-y all my favorites, oh and beautiful in the glass. Went far to quickly, and I will brew again! Thanks NB...September 3, 2013
Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 9 answersIs it necessary to rehydrate the Danstar BRY-97 ? Only my second brew and the first one I pitched the yeast dry.BEST ANSWER: You could pitch the yeast as is, but you may not achieve the results that are published with the recipe (and what made you decide on this recipe) and your primary fermentation will not reach it's potential with a lowered cell count. It seems like an extra step to propagate the yeast, but now is a good time to
learn the importance of a good cell count, especially with the work out those yeast cells are going to get with the huge amount of malts in this "Double IPA".
Cheers!This extract recipe calls for steeping/boiling with 2.5 gal water. Any issue if I start with 4 gallons water?BEST ANSWER: Hello
I don't see an issue with boiling with 4 gallons. The reason for the reduced volume at the start is to allow some brewers to use a smaller pot
and to help get the boil going quicker. I've done quite a few of these kits at full volume with no problem.Can I just use 2 packs of dry yeast instead of using a starter?BEST ANSWER: It's a "Double" IPA, so why not double the Yeast!
You will need to prepare for a possible blowoff during high krausen and you will definitely end up at the boosey end of this already high alcohol Beer.I love how this turned out! I'm going to brew again but leave out the 5 lbs of sugar. In some bottles the alcohol flavor dominates. I am curious to see how this recipe turns out without the additional alcohol. Anyone tried this yet?BEST ANSWER: I love the dominant alcohol flavor.
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