Regulars and lurkers on the Northern Brewer Forum know it's impossible to miss the sprawling behemoth that is the thread about this recipe, a souped-up American IPA brewed with almost 20% rye malt. A favorite of just about anyone who's tried it and adopted house beer of a heck of a lot of the many who've brewed it, Denny Conn has graciously worked with us to offer this signature recipe. Hefty in all respects, this IPA is full-bodied, hoppy, strong, and very unique. This kit uses Denny's own house strain, Wyeast 1450, Denny's Favorite 50.
Denny's notes: “Wry Smile Rye IPA was created for my wife’s yearly birthday party; my lovely wife prefers an IPA that lets you know it's got some hops. I started with a relatively straightforward American IPA recipe, and changed one thing at a time through 12-15 test batches until my wife and I agreed that the beer was perfect for our tastes. I’m happy that so many other people have found it perfect for their taste, too! When you pour the beer, the citrusy/floral aroma of the Columbus dry hops tickles your nose. When you take a sip, the beer opens with a bit of spicy hop flavor from the Mt. Hood first wort hops. The next thing that hits you is a slap in the face of bitterness from the Columbus. The flavor finishes with a back of the throat spiciness from the rye. The combination of rye and Wyeast 1450 Denny’s Favorite 50 gives the beer a nice full, silky smooth mouthfeel. I hope Wry Smile will be the hit at your house like it has at mine!”