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Resilience IPA Clone(ish)

Brewed: 12/02/2018   Kegged: 12/11/2018

As a general rule, I don't brew clone beers. 
However, late in the year, the "Camp Fire" devastated Northern California and it hit close to home for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. While the brewery was spared, many of Sierra Nevada’s employees, patrons and neighbors lost everything as the Camp Fire ravaged northern Californian.

To help raise much needed support for the recovery efforts, Sierra Nevada created a beer called Resilience IPA. Sierra Nevada, along with many of its professional brewing peers, brewed and sold Resilience IPA with all proceeds donated to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund through Golden Valley Community Bank Foundation.

On the AHA Website, they posted a clone recipe for Sierra Nevada Resilience IPA, and wrote: 

"It is our hope that homebrewers will make a batch of Resilience IPA in solidarity with Sierra Nevada and pro breweries across the country. While we can’t sell our creations and donate the proceeds, please consider donating to the Golden Valley Community Bank Foundation if you are able."

I felt this was a pretty good reason to make an exception to my policy of not making clone beers.


The only modifications that I made to this beer were to adjust for my brewing system.

The beer is an old-school West-Coast IPA. Lots of cascade and centennial gragpefruit hops. Nice firm bitterness. Gold colored. Wonderful beer.

It does taste close to the versions I've had of Resilience from local breweries. 

I feel like this would be a great camping beer. Too bad I brewed it during the winter. Perhaps I'll brew it again during camping season. 

For more on this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Resilience

Resilience IPA --- Batch 1

Style American IPA Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.77 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.065 SG Estimated FG 1.014 SG
Recipe Bitterness 56.1 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.8 %
BU : GU   0.857        
Recipe Color 9.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.060    Measured FG:   1.012 
ADF:   80    Measured ABV:   6.3 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
11.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
1.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 2 -
12 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 90.6 %
1 lbs 4.0 oz Crystal, Medium (Simpsons) (55.0 SRM) Grain 4 9.4 %
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.40 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 5 30.5 IBUs
1.000 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 6 10.8 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 -
1.000 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 5.5 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 9 -
1.000 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 10 6.4 IBUs
0.500 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 min Hop 11 1.4 IBUs
0.500 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 min Hop 12 1.5 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 13 -
0.500 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
0.500 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 16.56 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 5.22gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Inspired by (and mostly copied from) AHA's Sierra Nevada Resilience IPA clone recipe
Brewing in solidarity with Sierra Nevada and pro breweries across the country in their goal to help raise much needed support for the recovery efforts of the Camp Fire ravaged northern Californians.
Final: Ca=114,Mg=11,Na=21,SO4=259,Cl=23,HCO3=104
For "whirl pool", simply turn off the burner, stir and let the hops steep for 10 minutes before the chill.
Pitch at about 60F. Ferment with ice blocks to keep below 65 for 1st few days, then remove and let it rise to room temp as long as it is less than 72. After the fermentation activity slows down (4 or 5 days), dry hop and leave in fermenter two weeks total.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  160 ... 154 down to 152
Pre-boil OG   1.052 (1.053 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   8 (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp   60 
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
12/02/2018 esheppy
Brew day today.
12/03/2018 esheppy
Brew day went well yesterday. OG low, but that is ok. Yeast is going today.
12/05/2018 esheppy
1.015 lots of kraussen. Dry hopped.
12/11/2018 esheppy
Tilt says 1.006. Probably not really that low, but regardless is done. Need to keg.
12/11/2018 esheppy
Took a gravity sample. Hydrometer reads this at 1.012. Need to figure out the tilt calibration. Flavor is great. Nice citrus hop flavor and aroma. Still planning on kegging tonight.
12/16/2018 esheppy
Tasting great but cloudy. Tastes close to Locavore's version.
12/21/2018 esheppy
Loving it. Cleared up some. Nice IPA.
01/03/2019 esheppy
I've been drinking a bunch of this. Still tasting great. Not sure it will last much longer.
01/03/2019 esheppy
Tried Dry Dock's version. Much clearer than mine. Similar taste.
01/11/2019 esheppy
#TGIF. This beer is tasting particularly delicious tonight 😋
01/18/2019 esheppy
Killed the keg. 🍺 Now I can keg my Saison!
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