Something old and Something New – Taa Dow


If you give me 10 hops then I use all 10!

Double IPAs are just fabulous. I just can’t get enough of them. I’m a huge fan of the Stone Enjoy-by series. As far as I’m concerned it’s a win-win-win situation. Stone makes an incredible hoppy, fresh beer that needs to be distributed, served and drunk in the span of months. I’ve never tasted a fresher IPA than one I’ve brewed myself.

On that path, even though I just brewed an Imperial IPA, ff3k, there’s nothing wrong with following up with another one.  This recipe caught my eye after appearing on a list of beers that *must* be tried passed to me by a friend.  The first beer, Heady Topper caught my eye as I didn’t know it was an Imperial IPA and I had seen a huge thread on  where many homebrewers had been working to clone the beer.

One can never be completely sure if the recipe isn’t shared from the brewery; and even if it is, the differences in equipment and process can definitely affect the final beer.  That means it’s a bit of a gamble if you’ll actually clone the beer.

None of that concerns me though as I know a good IPA recipe when I see one.  Thanks to a dedicated group on and Signpost Craft Brewing, we’ve got something close to Heady Topper.

Here’s my take, note I couldn’t find the Pearl malt in large enough quantities, so I’m using Marris Otter.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
6 gal 90 min 188.2 IBUs 7.3 SRM 1.077 1.013 8.5 %
Actuals 1.073 1.01 8.3 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Imperial IPA 14 C 1.07 - 1.09 1.01 - 1.02 60 - 120 8 - 15 2.2 - 2.7 7.5 - 10 %


Name Amount %
Maris Otter (Thomas Fawcett) 15.022 lbs 88
White Wheat Malt 15.57 oz 5.7
CaraMalt 8.19 oz 3
Turbinado 9.01 oz 3.3


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Hopshot 12.02 oz 90 min Boil Pellet 3.5
Columbus (Tomahawk) 1.2 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 14.7
Apollo 0.6 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 18
Columbus (Tomahawk) 2.4 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 14
Columbus (Tomahawk) 1.2 oz 30 min Aroma Pellet 14
Simcoe 1.2 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 13
Simcoe 1.2 oz 30 min Aroma Pellet 13
Amarillo Gold 0.9 oz 30 min Aroma Pellet 8.5
Apollo 0.6 oz 30 min Aroma Pellet 12.5
Centennial 0.6 oz 30 min Aroma Pellet 10.5
Simcoe 2.4 oz 8 days Dry Hop Pellet 13
Columbus (Tomahawk) 1.8 oz 8 days Dry Hop Pellet 14
Amarillo Gold 1.2 oz 8 days Dry Hop Pellet 8.5
Centennial 1.2 oz 8 days Dry Hop Pellet 10.5
Apollo 0.6 oz 8 days Dry Hop Pellet 17


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
American Ale (1056) Wyeast Labs 75% 60°F - 72°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 150°F 60 min

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