Switch 61 Cranked and Clamped IPA

More Beer Experimental IPA Recipe Kit

As my second homebrew, with a pale ale now behind, I wanted more hop flavor in my next batch. While at More Beer, I was looking at a clone beer, but decided to go with their experimental IPA. This would allow me to select the hops and yeast to be used in the beer. I decide to brew it as 100%, all Mosaic hopped IPA, which wwas double dry hopped and using Imperial Yeast A01. This homebrew has been called Switch 61. Cranked and clamped, in honor of those train operators who testing trains at the Hayward Test Track.

Name: Switch 61 Cranked and Clamped
Brewed: June 17, 2018
Bottled: June 23, 2018
Enjoyed: July 6, 2018

Fermentables: 8 lbs. Ultralight Male Extract
Specialty Grains: Crystal 15L
Boiling/Bittering Hops:  0.5 oz. Magnum
Flavor Hops: 2 oz. Mosaic
Aroma Hops: 1 oz. Mosaic
Yeast:  Imperial Yeast A01

Original Gravity (OG): 1.054
Finishing Gravity (FG): 1.013
ABV%: 5.5

On Friday, July 6 when I walked in from work I had put two bottles of Switch 61 Cranked and Clamped in the refrigerator to chill. Just eight days after bottling, I wanted to take that first sip and see how this homebrew turned out. Anticipation was running high for this beer, more than the pale ale I brewed a month earlier.

This time around I was looking for more flavor from the hops. However, I feel I missed the boat, so to speak, as the decision to use Mosaic in this single hopped IPA didn’t create the sort of juicy fruit flavor I was intending. All was not lost, as the smell was excellent when the cap was popped. The flavor was good, which I was pleased with, but it will be my friends, avid beer drinkers who love a good craft beer to be the real voice behind this beer.

From JC, “Here we go: pine, winter melon, dough, caramel smell. Perfect carbonation with the slightest of slight fizz on the tongue. Soft toasted malt flavors with slight sweetness from malt. Balanced hop bitterness with a little spice and herbs going down. I agree, not juicy at all but compares to a Sierra Nevada style IPA. I think it’s excellent. I’d drink it again…I’m impressed. Hidden talent you have. Totally honest review.

I take JC’s reviews at face value, since he’s an avid wine, as well as beer aficionado, I look forward to his reviews on my homebrew. He does agree there is an absence of fruit, which was somewhat unexpected.  Decided to post a thread over on Homebrew Talk Forums and here was how the replies went. Received some excellent information and will look at integrating these the next time I try this recipe.

You can read about the boiling day and bottling day. As the Four Brewers would say, “brew the shit out of it!” Cheers!