Orange Ales – Spring TX
Trillium Headroom Clone
For the love of Trillium, a pinnacle in the northeastern beer game, I decided to try and clone some of their more hop loaded beers. Research from related beer forums led me to believe that most, if not all, of the flavor and aroma hops were in the dry hop additions. Which would probably mean forgoing the whirlpool additions completely. So I built the recipe to fit what little info I had.
What I ended up with was a crazy stellar fruit juice laden IPA with minimal bitterness and a heavy peach/guava/passionfruit nose and #hazefordays. All in all, I say I’m happy with the results.
- ABV – 8.5%
- IBU – 70
- SRM – 5.7
Sulfates – 120PPM
Chloride – 120PPM
Starting pH – 5.29
Crystal Malt (C-15)
Aroma – Nose is huge dank peach, passionfruit, and guava smoothie. Bready wheat malt.
Taste – follows the nose with loads of soft fruit up front. The passionfruit aroma overwhelms the flavor as well. Peaches, apricots, overripe pineapple, and huge amounts of passionfruit lead a light earthy bitterness over mild malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is soft and full typical of northeastern IPAs.
This beer was split into 2 5-gallon batches. One was dry hopped with Mosaic and Galaxy and the other dry hopped with Citra, Amarillo, and Galaxy. This beer was dry hopped with an obscene amount of hops. Over 47.5 ounces total in 11 gallons.
Find the other beer here: Trillium clone with Citra, Galaxy, and Amarillo added.
One of my favorite things to eat with this beer so far has been my wife’s grilled and homemade pizza with lump crab meat and chorizo chunks.