The number 3 pops up a lot around our brewery and in our company. In keeping with this we are releasing two new versions of our house pale ale to complete the trifecta this Friday, September 4th! Our Extra Pale is 6.6% abv and 75 IBU’s and our Imperial Pale is 8.6% abv and 95 IBU’s and we use the exact same hops malt. The yeast I used is a 2nd generation pitch from our house pale ale. For the Extra pale I just increased the hop and malt bill by 50% to get the alcohol and intense hop character into this beer. This was the first time I maxed out our grist case with so much grain! This beer also receives a bittering charge in the kettle that our pale does not for balance. Then we massively hop it the whirlpool and dry hop with Cryo-mosaic and Cryo-citra! The result is an intense ride of dank hop character on top of a beautiful malt base but with that extra kick that just exemplifies everything! The Imperial Pale is essentially a double version of our house pale ale. This beer was created with two full mashes the size of our pale and to get the gravity I wanted I took a full run off with a small sparge to get the volume I needed for the next mash. Then I mashed into the wort and did a regular runoff with a small sparge and voila, gravity nailed! I also kept the mash temp low and did no mash out, this increased the fermentability of the wort. This beer did receive a large bittering charge late in the boil then double the hops in the whirlpool and dry hop! This beer was then fermented at lower temperatures to reduce esters and fusel alcohols. The result is a big rich, intensely hoppy monster pale ale that is well attenuated and deceptively smooth going down!
– Brewmaster Jeremy Gross