Double your pleasure with five homebrew clones for five double or imperial beers — Odell’s Double Pilsner, Avery’s The Kaiser (Imperial Octoberfest), Left Hand’s Twin Sister Double IPA, Flying Dog’s Gonzo Porter and Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout.
West-coast IPAs are known for two things, huge hop character and a dry finish. Here is an extract-based recipe for those looking to create a big west-coast IPA without the hassle of an all-grain brewday. Pacific Brewing Co. may no longer be brewing beer, but the legacy of Megalodon lives on.
This was the first in New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Ranger series. This has since been replaced by the Voodoo Ranger line of IPAs. This is a smooth drinking IPA with a nice orange glow and strong hop character provided by Chinook, Simcoe and Cascade hops.
Columbus, Ohio based Barley Brewing Co. asks that homebrewers “Ride your bike to the local homebrew shop to get the supplies – it won’t turn out the same otherwise!” — Angelo Signorino
Chris Poel, Lead Brewer at Baird Brewing in Numazu, Japan says this beer relies on a light body and mild hop character, but features a spiciness and subtle esters from a Belgian yeast strain that adds “just enough complexity without becoming too over-the-top with phenolics.”
Close to a traditional English style Strong Ale, with earthy English East Kent Golding hops and roasted barley, pale and dark malts and some wheat malt for added body. “I would call ours a ‘Classic’ English Strong, because it isn’t as aggressive as the more modern examples out there,” says Stewart’s Head Brewer, Ric Hoffman.
According to Snake River Brewing Co. “This Strong Ale is sweet and fruity, balanced with a generous amount of hops. Fashioned after the “Old” ales of England this beer is intended to be heavy in alcohol. Ol’ Stinky’s has a small amount of Roasted Barley for color. In addition to a large amount of bittering hops, this beer is also dry hopped. The alcohol content is 8.2%”
Head Brewer Mark Purciel considers his beer a hybrid of all three styles. “It has the malt richness of the English without the high alpha acids from the hops in an American variety,” Purciel says. “It has the neutral yeast as an American, but candi sugar as an adjunct with a Belgian.”