Blackberry Milkshake IPA Extract Recipe Kit

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A milkshake beer you ask? In another moment of brilliance from craft brewers, a deliciously fresh take on the New England IPA has emerged. Soft malt character with a luscious, smooth, creamy body and intricate tropical fruit flavors set the stage to recreate the characteristics of the beloved milkshake. Additions of lactose, vanilla, and blackberry construct this illusion and make this recipe truly one-of-a-kind. Milkshake flavored beer, what could be better?

Brewing Notes:

  • Style: Milkshake IPA
  • Fermentation Range: 64 - 72°F
  • Original Gravity: 1.067
  • SRM: 4.5
  • IBU: 38
  • ABV: 6.0%

Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma: Low, clean grainy malt aroma with tropical fruit hop character. Medium-low scents of blackberry and moderate vanilla undertones.
  • Appearance: Bright golden color with significant haze and a brilliantly white foam cap.
  • Flavor: Complex flavor profile of bready malts and a kaleidoscope of tropical fruit flavors consisting of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and bright citrus. Background notes of noticeable blackberry and a prominent vanilla character.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body with considerable creaminess thanks to the addition of lactose. Moderate carbonation and offers a long, smooth, lingering finish.

 

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Additional information

SKU

B11800

Beer Color Light
Original Gravity

1.067

Total Time to Make 6 weeks
Regional Style USA
Alcohol Content Medium
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style New England IPA, NEIPA, Milkshake IPA, Specialty IPA
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions

Notes from Brad, Northern Brewer Head Brewer:

A variant of the ever-popular New England style IPA, milkshake IPAs explode with flavors you would normally find as a desert in a diner. In this particular recipe, a healthy dose of crystallized blackberry powder and vanilla powder mingle with the luscious, creamy malt backbone of this beer and super-fruity hop flavors to create the impression of a milkshake, but in beer form. The real driving ingredient in this beer is an addition of lactose (milk sugar) to lend a robust body and creaminess that really prompt thoughts of the famous ice cream-based frosty treat.

The hop addition at the beginning of the boil may seem counterintuitive in a generally low IBU style but plays an important role in balancing out the flavor profile of this beer and keeps it from coming off as too sweet due to the lactose and semi-sweet vanilla additions. Then, after the boil is complete, we conduct a hop stand (whirlpool) at 170F to extract the lovely oils from the hops, but not cause the alpha acids in the hops to isomerize and create additional bitterness. These high oil content hops create a wonderfully pleasing tropical fruit flavor profile that is perfectly complemented by the addition of crystallized blackberry. Rounding it all off with gourmet vanilla flavoring really brings all of these flavors together in perfect harmony and provides an uncanny resemblance to the classic milkshake.

If you are brewing the all-grain version of this recipe, it is highly recommended to add ½ lb of rice hulls to the mash to help keep it from sticking. The large amounts of huskless ingredients in the grain bill lend themselves to easily clogging up a mash tun, and the rice hulls will really help to ensure the mash remains fluid and wort can flow through the grain bed unimpeded.

Customer Reviews

Based on 41 reviews
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Lyle W.
Delicious

I made a keg of this for my wife’s birthday party which was also an outdoor crawfish boil. It was a huge hit with EVERYONE. We had a dozen different popular store bought beers to try to suit everyone’s tastes. At the end of the day my keg was empty and only about four “other” beers were drank. I will definitely make this one again. I followed the instructions exactly and didn’t try to tweak anything. I don’t think it needs any adjustment.

M
Mark L.R.
Good, but disappointing

I had really anticipated trying this, the taste mash-up sounded so promising.
In the end - it is a good beer, a very nice IPA even.
But the citrus notes of the hops completely drowns out anything from the blackberry, vanilla or lactose - which was kind of the whole point.

C
Carleigh D.
DELICIOUS Beer, HIGHLY Recommend -- only two (minor) issues

I LOVE this beer, don't get me wrong. It is delicious, but it turned out SUPER over-carbonated. Like, I have opened one, taken a sip, put it down, and come back 2 minutes later to a hot mess of overflowed beer. I didn't knock a star off because it could have been me being a big dumbo as I am new to brewing (this is my second recipe). Just for reference, the yeast I used was one packet of LalBrew New England East Coast American Ale Dry Yeast, which is one of the recommended yeasts at checkout.

I also HIGHLY recommend you add the blackberry VERY SLOWLY as it wants to clump. Probably a quarter of my blackberry powder ended up solidified on the bottom of the pot, as well as on the spoon as I tried to do damage control (it didn't help much)..

TL;DR: End product is delicious, maybe a little over-excited..

J
Jim
Very Different and Good

This is a different flavor for sure. It's been in the keg for a few weeks now. It is mellowing and the flavor is improving. You get some blackberry flavor and then notice the hops. The ultimate test is...would I make this again? Yes!

K
Kristen B.
Sadly stolen.

Unfortunately the beer kit was stolen in a Christmas Eve car theft. Wish I could have tried it!!

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Customer Reviews

Based on 41 reviews
73%
(30)
17%
(7)
10%
(4)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
L
Lyle W.
Delicious

I made a keg of this for my wife’s birthday party which was also an outdoor crawfish boil. It was a huge hit with EVERYONE. We had a dozen different popular store bought beers to try to suit everyone’s tastes. At the end of the day my keg was empty and only about four “other” beers were drank. I will definitely make this one again. I followed the instructions exactly and didn’t try to tweak anything. I don’t think it needs any adjustment.

M
Mark L.R.
Good, but disappointing

I had really anticipated trying this, the taste mash-up sounded so promising.
In the end - it is a good beer, a very nice IPA even.
But the citrus notes of the hops completely drowns out anything from the blackberry, vanilla or lactose - which was kind of the whole point.

C
Carleigh D.
DELICIOUS Beer, HIGHLY Recommend -- only two (minor) issues

I LOVE this beer, don't get me wrong. It is delicious, but it turned out SUPER over-carbonated. Like, I have opened one, taken a sip, put it down, and come back 2 minutes later to a hot mess of overflowed beer. I didn't knock a star off because it could have been me being a big dumbo as I am new to brewing (this is my second recipe). Just for reference, the yeast I used was one packet of LalBrew New England East Coast American Ale Dry Yeast, which is one of the recommended yeasts at checkout.

I also HIGHLY recommend you add the blackberry VERY SLOWLY as it wants to clump. Probably a quarter of my blackberry powder ended up solidified on the bottom of the pot, as well as on the spoon as I tried to do damage control (it didn't help much)..

TL;DR: End product is delicious, maybe a little over-excited..

J
Jim
Very Different and Good

This is a different flavor for sure. It's been in the keg for a few weeks now. It is mellowing and the flavor is improving. You get some blackberry flavor and then notice the hops. The ultimate test is...would I make this again? Yes!

K
Kristen B.
Sadly stolen.

Unfortunately the beer kit was stolen in a Christmas Eve car theft. Wish I could have tried it!!