One of the most well known names in the craft brewing world, Lagunitas Brewing Company’s IPA has been many-a-brewer’s first taste of an IPA. Sometimes known as a “gateway” beer to the vast and hoppy world of the American favorite style, this brew has a long history in the craft beer industry, and now you can brew it yourself!
With a firm malty backbone and a flavor profile rich in caramel tones that offsets the heavy hop bitterness, this Petaluma, California-based brew is a smooth, drinkable ale that you can enjoy all year long. A classic combination of Centennial and Cascade aroma hops gives this beer a distinct citrus profile that many associate with their favorite IPAs.
The addition of Munich malt in this IPA provides more character to the beer, rather than just the classic caramel vs. hops battle that we see overplayed in many hastily made IPAs. The addition of the Munich malt creates Melanoidins, which give the beer a wonderful bready, biscuit-like character. Utilizing these compounds with either Munich malt or Vienna Malt is a great way to give your IPAs a whole new quality and uniqueness.
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Style Profile The India Pale Ale style (commonly referred to as "IPA") find their origins in the 18th century and were a practical solution to a major problem the sailors transporting the beers to India were experiencing. During their long voyage around the Cape of Good Hope to India, the beers would have a flat and sour taste. In a time before refrigeration, to combat this problem, they begin increasing the alcoholic content and used larger hop additions which would help their precious cargo survive the voyage.
Lagunitas IPA Clone - Extract Recipe Kit Instructions
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- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 152ºF
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.060 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 6.3%
- Bitterness:58 IBUs
- Estimated Color: 8.5 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Pale Ale
- Light Munich
- Caramel 10L
- Caramel 60L
- Horizon Hop Pellets
- Centennial Hop Pellets
- Willamette Hop Pellets
- Cascade Hop Pellets
I'm pretty new at homebrewing, but this one turned out pretty good. I wouldn't say it tastes like lagunitas IPA, but more like just a nice pale ale. Of course, that could be my inexperience. Either way it's a good beer. We've enjoyed drinking it and I'll brew it again. I will probably add a little more flavoring hops at flame out next time to see if that will get it more like an IPA.
I'm still relatively new to home brewing, this was my 4th and best batch so far. I really like a hoppy IPA and this one does not disappoint. Easy recipe to follow with great results. I will make this one, over and over. I can't say if this is perfect match of the Lagunitas IPA (i'd have to do a side by side), but can state it's great beer!