115th Dream Hopbursted IPA Extract Kit

SKU: U1930

An Imperial IPA with a pound of hops; a sip can yield a waking dream; a full glass, a more somnolent state. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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History has known this terrifying ale by many names: Darth Humulus, One Pound Johnny, the Green Monster, Cerveza del Diablo, Lord of the Fly Sparge, Harvester of Cones. There's no need for us to gild the lily, so how about some data followed by some facts: one pound of hops (yeah, a pound of hops), 9.2% abv, IBUs in the neighborhood of 120, BU:GU ratio of 1.2:1. Hopbursting is a technique that contributes a significant percentage of a beer's total bitterness through late additions, which as a byproduct creates a psychedelic amount of hop aroma and flavor. This kit uses enough ingredients to brew at least four session beers. If you serve this beer to a Michelob Ultra drinker, he or she will cry. If life were a 1950s horror flick, this I2PA would climb out of the fermenter and turn on its master. Your dentist does not want you to brew or drink this beer. Sorry in advance about your tooth enamel. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style IPA
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1087
Total Time to Make 2 months

Customer Reviews

not sure what happened Review by CarboyT
Each bottle i crack is hit or miss. The color came out much darker than the picture and it came out very sweet. I was hoping it was going to be more like the 90 minute IPA from DFH but it was not. My abv came out around 9.5. The hops were almost too much for me so I wouldn't get it again especially after finding out that the Dead Ringer is a Bell's Two Hearted Clone. (Posted on 3/26/15)
Great beer, slow to carb though Review by Kevin
This review is a long time in the making, I brewed this one now last summer and am only now getting around to reviewing this one.

This is a wonderful IPA, and most likely one I'll be leaving in my brewing recipe book. With all the hops that go into this one I was expecting a much bigger hop note when drinking, but it is well balanced with the malt in this one, still, as is stated in the directions and marketing for this one, this beer isn't for the feint of heart or Miller Light drinkers in the world. Only issue I had with this one is it took a LONG time, and I mean a LONG time to carb up in the bottle. I added additional yeast before bottling and it still took close to two months for bottles to come out and not be flat. Next time I brew this one I may try using Prime Dose instead of priming sugar and see if I get any better results. I'm down to just under my last case, and it's going to go fast, even though I only limit this to my close beer drinking friends. (Posted on 3/8/15)
Good, but too sweet for my taste Review by Blake
Good if you like sweet IPAs. I prefer them drier. I like the Dead Ringer much better. Turned out fairly cloudy. Nevertheless, this was gone in a few weeks, and my friends liked it a lot. (Posted on 2/22/14)
Bold and Beautiful! Review by Gary
This beer turned out great, but you must be patient. Two weeks, primary, 4 secondary, plus 8 weeks for bottle conditioning. Mine topped out at 10.1 ABV, and I was warned about carbonation problems. I put an extra pack of Safale 05 in the bottling bucket. At 2 weeks no carb, 4 weeks no carb, 6 weeks I got some and it tasted really good. Finally after 8 weeks this beer is just delicious, bold, complex, and easy to drink. Almost too easy!
So FYI: bottle conditioning did happen but very slow, balanced out very nicely. (Posted on 1/27/14)
Great beer! Review by Hunter
My uncle bought this for me, this is the first imperial ipa i ever tasted! Great beer, it was a sad day when it was all gone! Tried copying the kit buying locally and it was just never the same. Just bought another kit so I will making it again! highly recommended! (Posted on 12/4/13)
Just a question... Review by Robert
...why no grains in this recipe? (Posted on 11/30/13)
not bad, but a bit disappointing- considering the ingredients Review by Christoph
With tons of hops I had expected more hoppiness. if I brew it again I might dry-hop.
(Posted on 10/6/13)
I was blown away! Review by Larry
This was my first IPA. I usually do stouts and porters. I bottled it and stuck it in the closet and forgot about it for four months! I really forgot! After a couple days in the fridge I opened one up and was blown away! Will definitely be brewing this one again. Malty, bitter, fragrant. What's not to like? (Posted on 9/18/13)
My favorite Review by Serge
My wife and I have tasted almost a dozen different brews from Northern Brewer, which resulted in numerous moments of joy and satisfaction, as well as the unanimous agreement that the 115th Dream Hopbursted IPA is a clear winner. Its bold hoppy character combined with higher than average alcohol content is so far unmatched! Also, it doesn't take long from start to finish, compared to Belgians, for example. (Posted on 9/16/13)
Oh, yeah! Review by James
Words don't do this justice. I wept for joy when trying it for the first time, and I'm getting all emotional again just typing this....... (Posted on 9/6/13)
I love this beer. Dry hop with cascade hops definitely adds to the flavor. Overall very great beer! (Posted on 8/30/13)
Outstanding and worth the effort Review by Jeff
I have been making beer for close to 2 years now, and this is my 4th ipa. First time making this one, and definately will not be my last. I followed the directions to a t, but be warned, you will lose A LOT of wort volume during the boil. The amount of sludge at the bottom of the kettle is astonishing. Most in any beer I have ever done. I did full 6 gallon boil and after straining into primary fermenter, I ended up with only 4.25 gallons of wort.

I gave this batch 2 wks in primary and 4 wks in secondary, the last 2 with the Citra. Then 3 wks in bottle. Let me say, this is very balanced beer, not the hop bomb I expected. You taste the sweet malt, and the great variety of hops makes this beer a seriously complex ipa. You get the pine, grapefruit tastes in waves and the malt is prominant as well. The lingering aftertaste is amazing.

It is a 9% beast so be warned. More than 2 of these in one sitting is dangerous.

I am a huge Dogfish 90 and 120 ipa fan. To me, this is kind of like a marriage of the 2. You get the maltiness of the 120 and the hoppiness of the 90.

This is intimidating when you open the box and see 14 oz of hops. But after making a Belgian Quad 1 wk before, I was up for the challenge. Just make sure to strain the wort multiple times. From pot to fermenter, from fermenter to secondary, and secondary to bottling bucket. Despite 14oz + 2 Citra Dry Hop, I have zero sediment in my beer. Although 36 bottles is a lot less than I am used to yielding.

Dont hesitate. Purchase and Brew (Posted on 5/3/13)
Good, but not a Pacific Northwest IPA Review by BrewRaider
I am really enjoying this beer, but wanted to note that this is not a Pacific Northwest style IPA (e.g., Summit Saga, Pliny the Elder, Surly Furious)--its not citrusy at all. This is a maltier, raison-like IPA. Very complex, though, and quite tasty. The beer also packs a heckuva wallop at over 9% ABV. (Posted on 4/8/13)
Way beyond expectations!!! Review by Adam
Extremely hoppy just like i like them. Turned out almost too perfect! Would brew again in a heartbeat. (Posted on 2/24/13)
Awesome. Full bodied, hoppy and strong. Review by 82Cabby
Just popped the top on the first bottle from this batch and WOW. It's good. Sweet, malty and hoppy at the same time. High alcohol content. Nice color and head. Sweet on the initial taste, smooth malty feel, hoppy finish without being overly bitter. I'll definitely brew this again soon! (Posted on 2/18/13)
Worth the Money Review by Larry
This is the best IPA reciepe I have made. I doubled the dry hop additions and then added fresh hops on top of that (I can't get enough hops). I cold crashed it for 24 hours and then added geliten and let sit for another 2 days. Once kegged and carbed I wouldn't help myself. This beer was gone in 2 weeks. (Posted on 10/11/12)
Bit of a soup to make, but well worth it. Review by Christian
With the amount of hops in the boil, it was a challenge transferring it. Went with a yeast starter and fermentation was very vigorous. Really enjoyed the hop perfume on this one, and just the right amount of malt and alcohol. (Posted on 9/27/12)
wow Review by dirty basement brewery
brewed this monster last night. used a 7 gallon brew kettle, would not recommend anything less. also, do not even think about putting this into primary without straining first. the amount of solids that you will collect in your strainer is unbelievable. shooting for 10 days in primary and 12 weeks in secondary. (Posted on 9/9/12)
Excellent Review by Jeep Lord
My friend and I love strong IPA's and have brewed a few and this is one of the best. Nice and strong definite aging this one for awhile. (Posted on 8/2/12)
Wow! Review by Thomas
What a wonderful beer! This beer has a huge malt backbone with out coming across as too sweet. I will definitely be brewing this one again. So many wonderful beers to choose from. Thanks NB! Cheers! (Posted on 7/5/12)
undershot the final volume, not sure by how much Review by llewdis
Not sure how this one is going to end up, but tasted it when I took the OG reading and it was fantastic. Measured the OG @ 1.103 and it has been churning away now for 4 days and my cellar smells HEAVENLY! Doubled the yeast for pitching. (Posted on 5/29/12)
Intense!! Review by NEPat
Very intense hop flavor. Stays with you a long time. 2 weeks primary / 10 weeks secondary / kegged and waited a week to try. came out great. About 9.7% abv. Don't think the keg will last too long. Will probably be emptied by Memorial Day. (Posted on 5/11/12)
Need to try again! Review by Greg
This was brew #10 or so for me, used a doubled up starter and pitched tons of happy yeast. The initial fermentation was out of control, krausen and hop pellet volcano. Extended primary and secondary. I used a small amount of gelatin and cold crashed it for 5days before bottling.

Wish I went through these reviews first though. Mine finished on the high side of 9%, and is PERFECTLY clear.......but has barely carbonated after 9 weeks.

Like others have said it tastes really good, for being sweet and flat. I'm going to leave it alone for 6 months or so before trying it again. Might be a good candidate for kegging, or re-pitch some yeast @ bottling.

(Posted on 5/9/12)
Excellent IPA Review by Brandon
This is one of the best IPA's I've done. One massive hop bomb. I brewed this one over a year ago, but I still have plenty as I drink these on special occasions.
This batch came out at around 8%, finished out cloudy, and gets better as it warms to room temp. I would brew this one again. (Posted on 5/8/12)
A+ kit, worth the cash Review by Tommy B
I'm fairly new to homebrewing (7 batches) but this is easily the best beer I've brewed yet. Super hoppy & sweet with citrus/tropical fruits. Long finish.

ABV came out to about 9.5% and it's masked real well. I let it sit in secondary for 8 weeks and it carbed up after 3 weeks in the bottle. I used a yeast starter & didn't have to add any more at bottling. The only thing I would do differently is dry hop the next batch as the aroma is slightly lacking.

Highly recommended, I'll definitely brew this again in the future. (Posted on 4/22/12)
Awesome sour, too! Review by Hidden Fish Kim
I'm drinking the year-old version of this, which sadly got infected via racking cane by some bugs from Dawson's Kriek. That, however, was not enough to make this beer undrinkable. Low carbonation, fine bubbles, and a sour tinge on an intense beer indeed. Lots of hop character a year ago, but it's certainly fading now.

Bottom Line: Would brew it again. (Posted on 3/8/12)
Aging this brew... Review by Al_DogWV
I brewed this kit on 09/24/2011, racked to secondary 10/16/2011, and it's been conditioning in the carboy since. Today, I will bottle this beast.

I will be bottling in Belgian bottles with cork and cage, and giving this to my groomsmen as a gift on my wedding day this coming May.

I followed the recipe exactly and ended up with a gravity of 1.089, which attenuated to 1.014 after primary fermentation. I used whirlfloc as well. I added a 1 liter starter of 1056 AND a smackpack of 1056 when I pitched the yeast.

For the last week, I have cold crashed it at around 38 degrees, just to help further clean it up. Knowing that the this, as well as the higher abv and extended conditioning could kill the existing yeast, I will re-yeast while bottling today with champagne yeast. The champagne yeast will tolerate a higher abv with ease.

I also realize that the extended conditioning might adversely affect the hop freshness, character, etc., but I have cellared DFH 90 and 120 before for over a year and you end up with an excellent treat. So far, this one looks and smells great. Can't wait to taste!! (Posted on 2/26/12)
The Shizzle Review by 22Tone
Holy smokes! I'm a big fan of the Dog Fish Head 90. This was pretty darn close! 10 days in primary, 6 weeks in secondary, kegged and let it carb for 9 days with out shaking the piss out of it. I wanted to leave it alone for another couple weeks but couldn't seem to do it. It was so hoppy I could still taste it the next morning! I will definitely have this on hand at all times! Thank you NB! (Posted on 2/11/12)
Awesome!!! Review by 10 Year Home Brewer
Favorite beers-IPAs. Brewed this beer, did not strain for the primary, but left the sludge out when transferring to the secondary. Sampled the beer at 4 weeks in the bottle and it was cloudy (like an unfiltered beer) and bold. Opened bottles at 8-10 weeks and the beer was clear, bold, and strong. Concur with all other reviews on the high alcohol content. Will brew this beer regularly. (Posted on 1/6/12)
Great choice, can't go wrong Review by Ed
This was the first big alcohol beer I brewed and would definitely use a yeast starter. The flavor is big and the hop character is very sweet citrus. I sampled it with friends with DFH90 and it held its own. If you like big IPAs this is it. You might as well save yourself the trouble and buy 2 kits at once, you know you're going to brew it again. (Posted on 10/17/11)
WAIT For it Review by azbellAle
strongest beer i ever made and tastiest. i try to drink this one a week after bottling and no CO2, silly me i kept drinking i was down to last 24 and wow bubbles, so just wait the full four weeks of bottle conditioning its so worth it. (Posted on 8/16/11)
Amazing flavor, no carbonation Review by Jake
I am now 11 weeks past the bottling date and still no carbonation. I don't know if the yeast ate itself or what, but my recommendation would be to add a bit of yeast before bottling. My ABV came out to 11.2%, not 9.2% as the recipe states, but I cannot complain. Of all the Imperial-style beers I have consumed, this little homebrew masks the alcohol better than any of them. I highly recommend the kit but as with many others who have commented, beware of the flat beer. Thankfully, it can be drank without carbonation because it is just that good. (Posted on 8/4/11)
Fantastic Review by charleseuk
My best homebrew yet and one I plan on repeating often. (Posted on 8/1/11)
Pretty Good Review by gdirobbio
I am still new to home brewing. I like strong beers and especially IPA. My batch does not have the punch in the face I was hoping for. It also does not have the floral notes I was expecting. The taste is muddy and kind of flat. I think I let it get too warm in the secondary and I could have done a better job straining the wart. I have a bit of an issue with carbonation. I would agree with the other reviewers that re-yeasting or forced carbonation would make a positive difference. I'll let it sit in the basement for awhile and try it again. (Posted on 7/31/11)
Very Good, Very strong Review by selby brewer
I bought this one looking for a strong IPA, this was it. The amount of hops was crazy (be prepared to use a strainer). I used a high gravity wyeast which seemed to work out well(ABV 9.7). I really didn't try any until after a month, and it had carbonated just fine. This beer was perfect after being bottled for about 3 months, but beware it was really, really strong. It didn't make me cry, but did put me to bed earlier than usual. (Posted on 7/21/11)
Don't brew this if you bottle Review by Yanman
Zero carbonation after 4 weeks in the bottle even after reyeasting in the bottling bucket. Regardless of what the specs say, this yeast gives up the ghost at 9.2% ABV.

I gave it one pint because I found a couple of other issues. First, there are a lot of hop particles in the beer even after after straining. This results in a cloudy beer and a hint of cooked vegetable flavor. Second, the hop blend is fairly weak. I've achieved better bitter character and hop aroma with 1/4 the hops. Don't waste your money. (Posted on 7/19/11)
Yum... Review by Brother Bob
I was excited to brew this recipe but after reading reviews, was worried about cabonation in the bottle. The results turned out to be excellent. Brewed like any other IPA. Made it using a yeast starter. Carbed within 2 weeks of brewing. Bottles lasted about 3 weeks (then they were gone). Very solid yet mild hop flavor! Very surprised!! Will be ordering this again once fall weather hits!! Thanks NB!! (Posted on 7/15/11)
Best Homebrew Yet Review by Cherry Street Brewery
I wanted to brew something special for my 10th batch and this was my best yet. After reading some of the other comments; Strain before putting in the primary, will definitely help clarity of flavor. Also I think a yeast starter is a must. I force carbonated in kegs so I didn't have any carbonation issues. Everyone who had mine said it was hands down the best homebrew they've ever had and some people set best beer ever, including commercial beers, so that about sums it up. If you want a beer to kick ass and take names, this is it. (Posted on 7/4/11)
STRONG but indistinct Review by hoovdizzle
firstly, it's good. secondly, it's STRONG in both flavor and ethanol content.

the flavors are definitely there but not quite distinct. it's like getting slapped in the face but not knowing who did it. i'm only deducting 1 pint because i have a sneaking suspicion this may have been due to poor brewing technique as much as anything else. i would also recommend (as other reviewers have) some straining/filtering from your kettle to primary to get rid of some of those hops.

i'll definitely be trying this one again. (Posted on 6/12/11)
This is the best IIPA kit I have ever seen, great bitterness and hop flavor. I will dry hop with a couple ounces next time to add even a little more hop insanity to my new favorite brew. (Posted on 5/31/11)
Dont put 6 gallons! Review by bottle bomb 79er
I just brewed this, and am sitting here watching it as I type. DO NOT add the 6 gallons of water recommended in the instructions. I did, brought my 6 gallons carboy up so close to the top I barely had room to piitch my 2L starter, had to siphon some out, and still have probably 20 ounces in my kettle. In shorrt, the 1 galllon xtra that NB thinks you will need for hop absorption etc is more like a quart. I checked my OG and it was 1.078. Luckily I had an xtra pound of corn sugar and brought it up to 1.085. Other than that I think this is an excellent kit, but as always the instructions are not excellent. P.S. visit Homebrewtalk.com it will change the way you make beer. P.S.S. in case you didn't go to homebrewtalk NEVER add you extract when they say, add all of it at flameout. Don't worry, it will be sterilized, but the extra carmelization of boiling your extract for an hour will give you a muddy tasting and looking beer. Great kit though :) (Posted on 5/7/11)
You Get What You Pay For... Review by Xcorpia
...and in a good way! Yes, this kit is pricey, but the results are absolutely awesome! This is my favorite brew yet! It's got high ABU's and it is well balanced with the malt back-bone. It's got a mango flavor mixed in with flowers. I followed other people's advice and repitched at bottling. It was fully carbed at 2 weeks.

If you like Port Brewery's Mongo IIPA and Firestone Double-Jack, then this kit is a must-have. (Posted on 4/27/11)
MAKE THIS BEER... Review by Taylor
...if you like hops and want to try something intense. I have made 22 extract batches (used 12 NB kits) and this is my favorite. It's in a world of its own... however, this is a tricky brew. Few recommendations: Use a collander to try and strain out some hops as you transfer to the primary (helps clean the beer up). Make sure you pitch enough yeast and control your temperature. I brewed a pale ale first with Wyeast 1056, then I piched this beer onto that batch's primary yeast cake. I did 10 days in primary, then racked it off the trub. 4 weeks in seconday and I dry hopped with 2 oz cascade for the last 10 days. RE YEAST AT BOTTLING (or it may never carbonate).

This beer is something to behold (Posted on 3/20/11)
Lost Hop Characteristics Review by albey
I had high hops for this one! I love my IPA, I love my IBU's but this beer had no distinct characteristics. It definitely was hoppy, but the flavor combination of the hops made it to floral and got lost in the high ABV. (Posted on 2/17/11)
Yeow! Review by Stephen
Tasty and strong. I did about 10 days in the primary and 2 weeks in secondary, then I force carbonated. I figure it's about 9%. Very tasty and it would probably be better if I had waited - but I won't find out on this batch! I'm going to do it again, for certain. (Posted on 1/23/11)
A bit muddy Tasting. Review by Kathan
Taste a bit muddy. Followed the instructions. May have gotten a bit to warm in 2nd fermentation. Will try a different one next time and dry hop. The hop taste was not crisp. (Posted on 12/13/10)
kicksass! Review by mthrt
I reyeasted with t-58 at bottling. Turned out excellent! DELICIOUS BEER! Mmmmmm... beer.

Highly recommend this kit. Worth the x-dough.

Thanks to folks who posted re: low or no carb. Reyeasting was a great success.

Enjoy! (Posted on 11/11/10)
had to force carb, but worth the wait Review by Lucas
Tried to carbonate in bottles, but didn't take after 2 months. Cleaned out a keg, force carbonated it, and turned out wonderful. Finished around 9.5%. I would agree with others about it being similar to Dogfish 90 minute IPA!!! (Posted on 9/1/10)
Very Tasty...But Make A Starter! Review by RiceCube
Overall a great beer but a little too sweet for my liking. I think a big part of that is 1smack pack wasn't enough to finish it off. My batch came in at 8.5% ABV. I think if it finished at 10% as some stated it would have tasted much cleaner. So i'd recommend 2 smack packs or make a starter if i were to do this one again.

A few of the reviews compared it to Dogfish Head which i never tried so i tracked some down so i could compare it. I grabbed the 90 and it totally falls right into that category and easily holds it own.

If your looking for a BIG IPA this is the one for you. (Posted on 8/23/10)
Be warned.... Review by Oly884
This beer is a man's beer! Everything about it is over the top, and in fact, it actually laughs at you after the first sip!

The beer turned out great, it's a one or two beer night with this stuff, my batch came out in the neighborhood of 10%. Slightly sweet, very malty, and that hop punch is more like a hop-roundhouse-kick-to-the-face, from Chuck Norris. All my buddies, who happen to be huge IPA fans, absolutely love this beer and want to make their own next time I do a batch. I force carbonated the beer and used the 'beer gun' to bottle and I had zero issues, carbonation is perfect, and it only took a couple days!

I will, without a doubt, be doing this recipe again.

If you're on the fence, I'll say this: If you like a big, high gravity IPA (think Dogfish head) then you will not be disappointed! (Posted on 8/11/10)
You'll love it or hate it Review by Scott N
I am a big fan of hops so this is my favorite beer. I have brewed it three times and have had no problems. I have had friends who actually hated this beer but they are light beer drinkers so they don't count :) (Posted on 8/4/10)
The One Review by Barry
I found The One. 3 months in primary and secondary. 3 weeks in a keg with slow forced carbonation (no sense rushing this one). Calculated at 9.1%abv. When I started home brewing, I went through all sorts of recipes looking for that IPA that I'd always keep around. This is it. I'll brew it again and again...maybe play with some ingredients, but this IS the baseline for the perfect STRONG IPA. (Posted on 7/2/10)
Too good Review by CO brewer
I brewed this beer with the intentions of christening a new kegerator. Unfortunately this beer was too good, and my friends and I finished it in 3 days... Definitely will be making this again. (Posted on 5/25/10)
I agree, Yikes! Review by Sammy
First glass: Nice malty backbone. The combination of hops are creating differing types of bitterness. I wish I could describe that better.

I re-yeasted at bottling so no carb problems at nine days after bottling. Four months in primary and secondary have started to meld this into something special. I can't wait to try it in a year. (Posted on 4/21/10)
soooo good... Review by Porterlacka
Three weeks in the primary and the flavor, I must tell you, is already out of this world (yes, of course, I'm drinking from the test jar after checking its gravity). What a special brew - and very strong. (Posted on 4/3/10)

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