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Orange Ales – Spring TX

New Zealand Inspired Northeastern IPA

I wanted to create a Christmas themed IPA like my friend Espen over at Westum Hjemmebryggeri with his Santa’s Pine Juice Northeastern IPA. What I ended up with was a recipe based on the new school American IPAs coming out of the northeast driven by hops that are completely from New Zealand.

Bittered with Southern Cross, and then flavored with Rakau, Pacifica, Waimea, & Motueka – this beer is loaded with fruity goodness. Very tropical, and definitely reminds me of sitting on a beach sipping something meant for a lazy day.

VITALS

  • ABV – 8.2%
  • IBU – 60
  • SRM – 4.7

WATER

  • Sulfates – 120PPM

  • Chloride – 120PPM

  • Starting pH – 5.29

GRAIN

  • Vienna

  • Pale Ale

  • Dextrine

  • Honey Malt

  • Dextrose

HOPS

  • Southern Cross

  • Rakau

  • Pacifica

  • Motueka

  • Waimea

Tasting Notes

Aroma – Nose is huge fresh stone fruits like apricot and peaches, dankness with a little pine, and loads of citrus. The citrus is of lime and pith, passion fruit, as well as, more peach and apricot.

Taste – follows the nose with loads of citrus up front. The citrus overloads you with lemon, lime, passionfruit, and a little pine. The peach and apricot notes stick around longer than the fruit juice.

Mouthfeel is soft and full typical of northeastern IPAs.

Pairing Notes

This beer pairs well with just about anything.

Fresh fish and seafood goes nicely to compliment the citrus flavors that dominate this IPA.

Marshall Bishop

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