My friend Mike Riddle, well known for his award-winning Russian imperial stout, does use a lower attenuating Irish ale strain. He counters this with very high levels of roast malt and hops to try to balance out the residual sweetness. He also keeps the amount of crystal malts to one modest addition of dark crystal.
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Even though this was at one time a British beer for a Russian court, the resurrection of its popularity in the United States means that a brewer has a number of fermentation choices. The only real must do is avoiding hot, fusel alcohols and an overly sweet finish.
One evening after a scrumptious lemon-rosemary chicken meal prepared by my wife, Raven, we got to talking about what kind of beer would go with lemon and rosemary and this recipe was the result. The original version of this recipe appeared in the JAN/FEB 2006 issue of Brew Your Own.
This recipe combines the grain bill of my schwarzbier recipe with the yeast and hop bill of my Pilsner recipe.
This was my first attempt at an American black IPA and I figured I should go big with the hops. I love this particular hop combo, but whatever your favorite is would work as well.
Trappist ales are as complex as they are sought-after. Get tips to brew your own Trappist-style ales from the homebrewers who won gold in the Trappist ale category of the 2017 National Homebrew Competition.
A Burton ale is a rich, malty, bitter, warming beer that has a comforting feel about it, which does make it a good winter beer. However, it traditionally was served year-round when tastes differed.This recipe was based on Burton Ales being brewed during the pre-WWI era.
The initial aromas are all herb, with a low floral and fruity hops aroma underneath. I didn’t perceive much in the way of grist aromatics until I took my first sip, and then it all really came together. The rich malts lingered on the tongue and the savory herbs filled the nose, with peppery phenols accenting everything beautifully.
A sub-style of the International Pale Lager, Gordon Strong provides a nice example of the way a Mexican Lager could and should be brewed.
Columbus hops provide an earlthy, citrus hop profile for this amber ale. Melanoidin and light crystal malt provide a solid malty backbone.