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Foothills India Pale Ale

Brewed: 04/26/2020   Kegged: 05/08/2020

Early in 2020 ... I started seeing a lot of traffic to my "Colorado 6 Pack" post on the blog, and I decided that it would be fun to take that list and homebrew batches that matched up with the list. 

My first batch for this was my World-Famous Stone Soup IDA, which was inspired by the great TommyKnocker's Hop Strike Black IPA. 

My second beer on the list was Odell Brewing Company's IPA, which has always been one of my favorite American IPA's. 

I didn't really have an existing recipe to fit with this beer, but I was able to borrow from the AHA's Zymurgy Clone recipe to use as a starting point for my version.

So, I used lots of Horizon, Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe, and Columbus hops along with Marris Otter and Vienna Malts.

It came out close to Odell's IPA, but not exact.

Foothills has similar hop flavor to Odell, but is more fruity and less bitter. 

The color is just about a perfect match. The clarity isn't quite as brilliant, but pretty good.

Foothills malt flavor is a bit more complex and delicious with a little more of the Vienna coming through. It isn't as dry. 

I'm really happy with the way these beers compare. 

Delicious beer. Success.

If you'd like to follow along with the rest of the beers I brew as part of this project, see Sheppy's Blog: 6 Pack Project.

For most information about this I.P.A, see Sheppy's Blog: Foothills IPA

Foothills IPA --- Batch 1 (253)

Style American IPA Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.23 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.067 SG Estimated FG 1.015 SG
Recipe Bitterness 63.6 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.8 %
BU : GU   0.955        
Recipe Color 7.6 SRM
Measured OG:   1.062    Measured FG:   1.012 
ADF:   80    Measured ABV:   6.6 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 1 - -
6 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 2 41.9 % 0.51 gal
6 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 38.7 % 0.47 gal
2 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 4 12.9 % 0.16 gal
1 lbs Caramalt (Simpsons) (35.0 SRM) Grain 5 6.5 % 0.08 gal
0.500 oz Horizon [12.80 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 6 24.9 IBUs -
0.500 oz Horizon [12.80 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 7 20.3 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 9 - -
1.000 oz Amarillo [8.10 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 10 3.9 IBUs -
1.000 oz Chinook [12.10 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 11 5.8 IBUs -
1.000 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 10.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 12 8.7 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 13 - -
1.000 oz Amarillo [8.10 %] - Dry Hop 4.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs -
1.000 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 4.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs -
1.000 oz Simcoe [12.50 %] - Dry Hop 4.0 Days Hop 16 0.0 IBUs -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 19.38 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 5.25gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes 
Began with AHA's Odell IPA recipe:
12g gypsum results in:
Boil adding ingredients as directed in recipe.
Cool to low 60's
5 days into fermentation, add half the dry hops.
Keg added the rest of the dry hops.
Drink quickly. Enjoy.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.055 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
04/20/2020 esheppy
Placed Brew Hut order. Should be brewing this weekend.
04/24/2020 esheppy
Picked up the ingredients today. Brew day Sunday!
04/26/2020 esheppy
Brew day today. Really low og at 1.062, but that's ok.
04/27/2020 esheppy
Fermentation going pretty good. Tilt says 1.052, 61 degrees.
04/28/2020 esheppy
Blew out the airlock. Should have put in blow off tube. Luckily, not too much of a mess. Tilt says 1.020, 73 degrees.
04/29/2020 esheppy
Has really calmed down, but still bubbling away and still very cloudy. 1.017 70.
04/30/2020 esheppy
Put air lock back in. 1.015 69. Should probably dry hop soon.
05/01/2020 esheppy
Added in about half the dry hops in my dry hopping sleeve. Tilt says 1.015, 70 degrees. The yeast has not cleared up, but I think fermentation is about done. 1.015 was the estimated FG, and the tilt gravity doesn't seem to be going down.
05/03/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.012 today. I guess it was not done afterall. Beer isn't particularly clear either. I have a free keg, but I'll wait for now.
05/05/2020 esheppy
Made sure I had some gelatin. Tilt 1.012. 69. Hoping to keg soon.
05/07/2020 esheppy
Kegged. FG right at 1.012. Compared sample with Odell ipa. Of course Foothills was warm while Odells was cold, but they don't taste the same right now. Foothills is not as bitter and also doesn't quite match the hop flavor. The malt backbone is drier and has a biscuit flavor that I prefer. The hop presence is not quite there, but I have another round of dry hop to add. My color looks like it will be a bit lighter once it clarifies. Going to chill and then add geletin. After geletin, I'll add the last of the dry hops.
05/08/2020 esheppy
Added gelatin to beer. Shot of CO2.
05/10/2020 esheppy
Probably should have been more patient, but I've been drinking. Yummy, but needs carbonation. The gelatin has not cleared it up completely. Putting in kegerator. Adding 2nd group of dry hops in the keg.
05/15/2020 esheppy
Compared to Odell. My beer has similar hop flavor to Odell, but more fruity and less bitter. Color about the same, but not as clear (yet). My malt flavor is a bit more delicious, but not as dry. Happy with this beer.
05/16/2020 esheppy
Another comparison. Foothills clarified a lot over the past couple days. Visually almost exact. My flavor notes are still accurate.
06/05/2020 esheppy
Another side by side. Foothills is actually clearer than Odell IPA now. Color is really close, although foothills might be just a touch darker. Flavor is closer now than I remember last time I tasted them side by side. Carbonation on Odell IPA is higher, and head is bigger and longer lasting. I think the Foothills keg is close to empty.
06/05/2020 esheppy
Killed the keg.
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