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Psychotically Dark and Bitter IDA

Brewed: 08/25/2011   Kegged: 09/10/2011 physco-732366.jpg

Well, I still had Mr. Beer ingredients that Peter had given me after the 2010 GABF. I decided that it had been way too long since I had made something hoppy and dark. I wanted an IDA (see Stone Soup IDA). As luck would have it, part of Peter's care package had been some Creamy Brown UME and some Bewitched Red Ale HME, which would come out pretty close in color to Stone Soup. I also had plenty of Columbus hops sitting in my freezer.

Of course, India Dark Ale (IDA) is what I like to call the Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / American-Style India Black Ale / whatever-else-people-call-it. I don't really like the Cascadian Dark Ale name simply because it implies that is a regional beer style exclusively created in and for the Pacific Northwest. I like (and have used) the name "Black IPA", but calling a beer "Black" and "Pale Ale" just seems too oxymoronish. I like "American-Style India Black Ale", but it seems a bit long for the name of a style. Here are some of the articles in my  blog in which I have mentioned the style: "Black IPA / IDA", "Cascadian Dark Ale", "Stone Soup IDA".

Regardless of what you call it, the IDA style is one of my favorites. Psychotically Dark and Bitter IDA is dark in color with lots of chocolate notes masking lots of alcohol. It should finish pretty dry, but the maltiness should still come through. The ridiculous amount of Columbus flavoring hops provide lots of citrusy hop flavor and a decent amount of bitterness to balance out the malty and alcohol sweetness. I ended up dry-hopping this beer with .5oz columbus hops a couple days before bottling. 


The label is similar to that of Stone Soup with some computer generated art-work that the boys did instead of pictures of them. Not my best work, but it does its job for this (most likely) one-time beer.

Here is a blog entry about the first time (maybe to be the only time) I brewed this:

Psychotically Dark and Bitter IDA --- $32.11

India Dark Ale
Batch Size
2.40 gal
Boil Size   1.22 gal
Mash Efficiency   N/A
  Boil Time   15 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.064 SG
Estimated FG
1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness
48.5 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
7.2 %
BU : GU   0.760        
Recipe Color
22.5 SRM
Measured OG:    1.068   Measured FG:    1.018
ADF:    73.5%   Measured ABV:    6.6%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
1 lbs 3.4 oz Mr. Beer Bewitched Red HME (17.0 SRM) Extract 7 28.6 %
1 lbs 3.4 oz Mr. Beer Creamy Brown UME (95.0 SRM) Extract 1 28.6 %
13.0 oz Mr. Beer Booster (0.0 SRM) Sugar 3 19.1 %
1.75 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 4 37.1 IBUs
0.50 oz
Columbus Dry Hop for a couple days

1 lbs Briess Wheat LME (3.0 SRM) Extract 2 23.6 %
3.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15 mins) Other 6 -
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 5 -
Recipe Notes
Dissolve booster for a few minutes in warmish water while bringing one gallon of water to boil in brew pot. When the water is boiling, add LME, UME and booster to the pot and let it go through hot break. After the hot break, add hops and yeast nutrient and start 15 minute timer.
After 15 minute boil, remove from heat and add HME.
Cool in ice bath.
Pour in fermenter and add water to 2.4 gallon mark.
Add dry yeast, aerate.
Ferment at 60 to 65 for a couple days and then let temperature rise to wherever it wants to go. Ferment 2 weeks. Batch prime with 2.2 oz table sugar. Carb for two weeks. Chill, drink, enjoy.

Brewing Notes:
08/26/2011 Brew Day (last night) esheppy
Another simple recipe and another quick brew night. Used a hop-sack for the ridiculous amount of Columbus hops at the 10 minute addition. I pitched at about 70 and cooled in my fermentation cooler last night. This morning, the temp was at about 65. There were signs that fermentation was getting started this morning. Hope to see it going crazy tonight.
08/28/2011 Fermentation esheppy
The fermentation has been going strong and is still going pretty well. Has been up to 70 or 72. Currently at about 68. Getting pretty strong hop aroma in the fermentation cooler.
09/07/2011 Dry Hop esheppy
Added .5oz of Columbus for dry hop.
09/10/2011 Bottled esheppy
Bottled up in 13 12oz bottles, 4 22oz bombers, and 2 1 liter bottles. Batch primed with 2.25oz cane sugar. This is certainly not dark enough to be called a black-ipa. Might be more of an American Brown, although I've never tasted a brown that is this hoppy. Sample was good. Not as much hop aroma as I expected.
09/20/2011 esheppy
Labeled the bottles and put some in the fridge.
09/23/2011 First taste esheppy
Had the LB. Very hoppy and pretty dark as advertised. Certainly not a black IPA, but a beautiful dark brown. Somewhat citrusy, but sort of an earthy pungency from the hops really play nicely with the dark chocolate malts. Great IDA!
03/09/2012 esheppy
Had one. Still nice hop aroma and flavor. Only one more left.
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