Hazelnut Brown IPA
ABV: 7.8% IBU: 45 SRM: 25
A complex mixture of oak, wheat, rye, barley and rice fermentables that
results in a round, hoppy medium body and strength beer suitable for all seasons.
Hoppy, bitter, and moderately strong like an American IPA, but with some caramel, chocolate, toffee, and/or dark fruit malt character as in an American Brown Ale.
Retains the dryish finish and lean body that makes IPAs so drinkable,
more flavorful and malty than an American IPA without being sweet or heavy.
Recipe Goals: To create a brown IPA that would feature a complex mixture of oak, wheat, rye, barley and rice fermentables that would result in a round but medium-hop, medium strength beer suitable for all seasons.
Background: American Brown IPAs are generally hoppy, bitter, moderately strong and with some caramel, chocolate, toffee, and/or dark fruit malt character. They retain the dryish finish and lean body that makes IPAs so drinkable, a Brown IPA is a little more flavorful and malty than an American IPA without being sweet or heavy. This version maintains drinkability by avoiding sweet flavors or a heavy body, hop or finish. The hops and malt combine to produce a stronger, more bitter version of an American Brown Ale, with the balance of an American IPA and a hazelnut accent. Name is a reference to the Alesmith’s love of Baseball.
Tasting Notes: A moderately strong fresh hop aroma featuring tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus, floral, spicy, berry, melon, pine, resinous, etc. Medium malty-sweet aroma mixes in well with the hop selection, and often features chocolate, nuts, dark caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and/or dark fruit character. Fruitiness from yeast. Color reddish-brown, hazy. Medium cream-colored to tan head, good persistence. Hop flavor is medium to high, malty-sweet up front with milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, nutty, biscuity, dark caramel, toasted bread and/or dark fruit malt flavors. Dry to medium finish; residual sweetness should be medium-low. The bitterness and hop flavor may linger. A very light, clean alcohol flavor may be noted in stronger versions. No roasted, burnt, or harsh-bitter malt character. Medium body, with a smooth texture. Medium-high carbonation.
History: American Brown IPA is a hoppier American Brown Ale also called Texas Brown Ale (despite origins in California). Around 1800, brewers stopped producing these as they moved away from brown malt as a base. Pale malt, was cheaper because of its higher yield, was used as a base for all beers, including Porter and Stout.
Ingredients: Similar to an American IPA, but with medium or dark crystal malts, lightly roasted chocolate-type malts, and color character malts. Includes rye, wheat, oats, caramel and chocolate malts. American hops with tropical, fruity, citrusy, piney, berry, or melon aspects; Mosaic, Simcoe, Liberty hops. Safbrew Ale yeast (S-33).
Food Pair: Hearty foods go well with any brown beer – roast pork, smoked sausage, grilled salmon. An aged Dutch Gouda cheese is an ideal match, as the cocoa powder notes and caramel sweetness in American Brown Ales contrast the nuttiness and saltiness of the cheese. The light caramel sweetness of the beer complements and brings out the savory flavors of the meat. And the cocoa and chocolate notes in the beer? They add interesting complexity to a spice rubbed pork tenderloin or steak (think coffee rub!). Almond, walnut, cashew deserts are a good choice with the Brown IPA.
Vital Statistics: BJCP Specialty IPA (21B) With American IPA, White, Red, Black, Rye, Belgian IPA
For Style ABV: 5.5 – 7.5% IBU: 40 – 70 SRM: 11 – 19
Sunday Hop ABV: 7.8% IBU: 45 SRM: 25
ABV is Alcohol by Volume. Listed as a percentage volume. Average commercial beer ABV = 4.2%
IBU is International Bitterness Units. Measures bittering chemicals ranges from 0-120, but most beers are from 15-80.
SRM is Standard Reference Method. Measure of color. Scale of 0-40. From yellow, to amber/gold, to brown, to black.
Commercial Examples: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, Grand Teton Bitch Creek, Harpoon Brown IPA, Russian River Janet’s Brown Ale