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Hop Diggity is an IPA we brewed in April of 2010. We wanted a very hoppy beer with tons of hop flavor that came in at about 6.5% abv. In our minds, 6.5% abv is a solid IPA but not overwhelmingly alcoholic or heavy for the summer. We wanted it dry and bitter, but to still have some malt behind it... we didn't want bitter hop juice. This recipe was somewhat inspired by Bell's Brewing Company's Two Hearted Ale, which uses all Centennial hops. The result is a very tasty beer that feels like a blend of Bell's Two Hearted and Sierra Nevada Torpedo. While there's no doubt that at 94 IBUs this is a bitter beer it doesn't crush your pallet right away. The addition of much of the hops later in the boil gives a great depth of flavor that any hop head will appreciate.

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Home Brew Recipe: Hop Diggity - Flameout HopsCentennial hops are known for their citrusy aroma (they're basically Cascade, the preeminent US hop, on steroids), which we love. We wanted to expand upon the Centennial a little bit and get some more grapefruit and orange flavors from the hops, which explains the use of Amarillo and Chinook late in the boil, which is where hop aroma and flavor comes from. Chinook is know to provide some pine, as well, but we've found the particular flowers we use (grown in Jeff's backyard) are especially grapefruity.

We used Maris Otter for a base malt as it provides a little more character than simple 2-row. It's an English malt and is great for IPAs, Pale Ales and any English style, really. It gives just a bit more malt body with some mild nuttiness. We like it a lot and think it makes a great IPA! We also added a little Vienna malt to get some biscuity malt flavor and to darken the brew a little. Lastly, the Crystal malt was used to balance the hop bitterness with residual sweet, caramelly flavor.

Stats:

  • Target Original Gravity: 1.066
  • Target Final Gravity: 1.015-1.020
  • 94 IBUs

Recipe:

  • Mash at 146-148 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes
  • Collect 6-6.5 gallons of wort so that you end up with 5 gallons after boiling
  • Prime with 4 oz of table sugar when bottling

For a tutorial on how to brew, and to see the methods we used for this article, check out our How to Home Brew Guide.

Grain:

  • 10 lbs Maris Otter Malt
  • 2 lbs Vienna Malt
  • 1 lb Crystal Malt (20L)

Hops Schedule (All times are time until the boil ends, i.e. the 60 minute addition is done when you still have 60 minutes of boil time to go. Hops are pellets unless otherwise noted.):

  • 1.5 oz Centennial - 60 minutes
  • 0.5 oz Centennial - 30 minutes
  • 0.5 oz Cascade - 10 minutes
  • 0.5 oz Amarillo - 10 minutes
  • 0.25 oz Cascade - Flameout (aka 0 minutes)
  • 1 oz Whole Flower Chinook - Flameout
  • 1.25 oz Cascade - Dry Hops - 1 week of contact time

Yeast:

Review

Appearance: A hazy orange body in the light, this beer is a murky burnt sienna/rust color without direct illumination. It's got a cream to off-white head that is big and clingy! A few minutes after pouring it's still going quite strong. It started at four fingers, and now it's down to one and doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

Smell: Hops. Tons of grapefruit and pineapple up front. There isn't much malt in the aroma, just hops. It's fairly dry smelling and you really can't smell the 6.5% abv at all.

Taste: Now this is the most important part of any beer, especially homebrew. Your friends will put up with an ugly beer that doesn't smell like much if it's delicious. And this one is! Up front there's a ton of bitterness with the Maris Otter malt there just enough to hold it together. There's just enough breadiness to give the hops a great canvas to display on. After a second in your mouth, this beer really shines (and it was good right away). There's tons of hop flavor, a lot of citrus from the American hops. There's pineapple from the Amarillo and grapefruit from the Chinook with the general citrusyness of Cascade rounding the whole thing out. The hops lend this beer a juicy quality, and it's just a great flavor to go on top of a mild sweetness from the malt. It ends on a fruity citrus hop note then, after you swallow, the bitterness persists for a few minutes. You can bet we'll make this one again!