My coworker / brew partner wanted to do a SMaSH IPA (single hop, single malt) as a straightforward brew that we could then substitute with in the future to gain experience with different hop and malt varieties. I was on board because science. Citra was an easy choice for both of us, and Maris Otter was the malt choice. I wasn’t sure that a full MO grain bill would work out, but this beer tasted excellent. No regrets.
The Details (5 gal batch):
6.50 kg Maris Otter
1.0 oz @ 20 min
1.0 oz @ 5 min
4.0 oz @ whirlpool (15 min, 200F)
4.0 oz dry hop for 4 days
Fermented with WYeast 1056 – American Ale @ 67F.
OG: 1.068 FG: 1.014 IBU: 70
Brewed: July 11, 2015
Bottled: July 29, 2015
[Aug 6, 2015] Juicy and lovely huge melon-forward citrus both on the nose and palate. Bit sweet. Not much bitterness.
[Aug 13, 2015] Bitterness picking up, balance is good. Straightforward, bit of a one note beer but very enjoyable.
[Sep 5, 2015] Starting to pick up a bit of grassiness and losing some steam, still enjoyable though