A brew as intense as a back-to-back session of the shot-per-minute pastime. Boasting almost a pound of hops, the super-bitter but smartly balanced flavor will help you power through to the 120th minute.
Given this beer’s inspiration, I knew I needed something strong. Like, really strong. Something that could equate to drinking more than 10 beers in 2 hours.
I hadn’t brewed an IPA before, and with summer right around the corner, now was the perfect time. But I didn’t want to brew just any IPA – I wanted something hop heads would love. I did some research, and I started eyeing up More Beer’s Pliny the Elder clone. I mean, if you’re looking for a big beer, you might as well go with the former top-rated beer on Beer Advocate, right?
Then I remember Pliny official categorized as a Double/Imperial IPA. The story of our back-to-back power hour came to mind, and the Double Power Hour Double IPA was born.
This recipe packs almost a pound of Centennial, Magnum, and Cascade hops on top of almost double digit poundage of malt extract, with some corn sugar for a little extra kick. It combines the first wort hopping technique with an extended boil and an aggressive dry hop. It’s a hop-lover’s dream, and has a big 8% ABV kick. It’s perfect for what I wanted, and really represents the Double Power Hour story.
The beer itself turned out as you would expect from the recipe and procedure above – super bitter but has a nice malt body to back it up. The hops leap from the glass in a pleasant piney bouquet. The taste follows the nose – piney hops mix with a nice citrus note at first, with a hint of the malt backbone showing through. The hops reemerge on the back end, leaving a great hop floralness long after the beer has gone.
This beer’s exactly what I wanted it to be, and fits with the name perfectly. I look forward to sharing it and enjoying it through the hot summer months.