Tasty-ish APA - American Pale Ale. 39.something/50. Silver medal and Best in Class.
3.15kg Maris Otter
1.25kg Pilsner malt
0.18kg Crystal 60L
0.18kg Wheat malt
10g Chinook mash hop
Mash at 67 degrees for 60 mins
Then we go multi-layered with the US hops:
6g Warrior @ 60
7g Simcoe @ 20
7g Columbus @ 10
7g Northern Brewer @ 10
7g Simcoe @ 1
9g Centennial @ 1
25g Cascade @ 0
Yeast is Wyeast 1056 American Ale. Ferment at 19 degrees.
Water was burtonised.
OG 1.056 and 39.5 IBUs, so not too bitter but loads of hop aroma.
Based very closely on American homebrewing legend Mike "Tasty" McDole's APA recipe. This is the beer that turned me on to US hops in a big way. It also proved to me that it is possible to get tons of hop flavour and aroma without bucketloads of hops. It's now one of my stock standard beers.
It was the original batch. You never got any of it did you? I'm going to re-brew it in time for Christmas. Absolutely amazing beer, the layered hops really work well. Bitterness is not overpowering, just lashings of hop flavour.
You're right Stu. Four bad batches in a row and I was about ready to throw in the mash paddle. If it wasn't for the your wise words at the time and the enthusiasm of everyone on this forum I probably would have stopped brewing (at least for a while).