Kilted Hop's Beers for the HANK BBQ 2012

Jelly Doughnut Raspberry Cream Ale - 4.6% ABV

This beer was my first real experiment with creating a Fruit beer and it was also my first original recipe Cream Ale. Two and a half pounds of fresh raspberries added to a Cream Ale base provided this beer with a cool pink tint, tart flavor, and a rich raspberry earthiness.

The Cream Ale itself was brewed as both a lager and an ale and blended to produce the final product.
(29th batch - BJCP 20a Style - Fruit Beer; All-grain recipe)





Apple Jacked Hard Cider - 6% ABV

This cider was brewed from cider acquired in September 2011. It consists of 3 gallons of Cortland apple cider and 2 gallons of blended apple cider fermented with brown sugar and cinnamon using an ale yeast. It was backsweetened with honey.

Everything about this recipe and the ABV are estimated as a computer crash caused all exact gravity readings to be lost. Now, the resulting cider is pleasantly sweet with a definitive spiciness and kick. Hence, this cider is truly "Jacked".
(BJCP 28d Style - Other Specialty Cider)





HANK's Hefe - Hefeweizen with Lemon and Spice - 5.5% ABV

Up until 2010, the annual HANK BBQ served a Hefeweizen style ale from the local Ram Brewery. This year, I've brewed my own version. A Hefeweizen is a South German style of wheat beer (Weissbier) made predominantly with wheat malt. The yeast used produces unique flavors of banana and cloves with an often dry and tart edge, some spiciness, bubblegum or notes of apples. There is little hop bitterness, and a moderate level of alcohol. The "Hefe" prefix means "with yeast", hence the beers unfiltered and cloudy appearance.

This recipe began as an extract recipe from High Octane Brewing . It has been converted to All-grain and tweaked to make a new beer.
(Blend of 34th and 35th batches - BJCP 15a Style - Weizen/Weissbier; a blend of an All-grain and Extract recipe)



Klausner's Kölsch - 5.9% ABV

A German style Kölsch is warm fermented and aged at cold temperatures. Kölsch is characterized by a golden to straw color and a slightly dry, subtly sweet softness on the palate, yet crisp. The body is light to medium-light. This beer has low hop flavor and aroma with medium bitterness. This beer is often called a "Lawnmower Ale" because it is an easy drinker after working in the sun.

This beer is called Klausner's Kölsch because it was a co-brewed 10-gallon batch of beer with Matt Klausner using his recipe as the base. Matt is an award winning brewer with over 50 ribbons and medals to his name. We split the batch and each fermented our share differently with different yeasts.
(31th batch - BJCP 6c Style - Kölsch; All-grain recipe)



American Valor Amber Ale - 5.5% ABV

American Amber Ale is primarily a catch-all for any beer less than a Dark Ale in color, ranging from amber to deep red hues. This style of beer tends to focus on the malts (sweet), but hop character can range from low to high. Expect a balanced beer, with toasted malt characters and a light fruitiness in most examples.

This recipe began as an extract recipe from High Octane Brewing. It has been converted to All-grain and tweaked to make a new beer.
(28th batch - BJCP 10b Style; All-grain recipe)




Iron Horse Black Imperial IPA - 8.8% ABV

This is the biggest beer we are serving today from a keg. The Iron Horse was produced from AHA Big Brew Day wort from Two Brothers Brewery that began as their Prairie Path beer. I added black malts and changed the Prairie Path which is a very light ale into a big black monster. The Black India Pale Ale (IPA) is a new beer style being produced by homebrewers and really has no definite style guidelines. A Black IPA is also called a Cascadian Dark Ale. I've stepped it up and create a Black Imperial IPA for this event.

An Imperial IPA is defined as having a hop flavor that is strong and complex. High to absurdly high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will generally support the strong hop character and provide the best balance... a showcase for the hops.

This IPA was brewed with the remaining 2010 and some of the 2011 crop of homegrown hops (Chinook and Cascade) mixed with purchased hops of the same varieties and some Citra hops added for good measure.
(32nd batch - BJCP 14c Style; All-grain recipe)


Honey Do Me Honey Orange Pale Ale - 5.4% ABV

The Honey Do Me started off as 1.75 gallons of the same wort used to brew the Iron Horse. I kept this 1.75 gallons aside from my share of wort from Two Brothers to do something different with later. So, this wort was kept chilled for 1 week before being brewed to this sexy brew. My final batch size was three gallons and all of it was bottled.

This brew was brewed to give us a beer that is at the other end of the spectrum from the Iron Horse. Where the Iron Horse is heavy, black, and bold, this beer is lighter, brighter, and unique. These two beers are my Yin and Yang brews from the same base.

An American Pale Ale is refreshing and hoppy, yet with sufficient supporting malt. An American adaptation of English pale ale, reflecting indigenous ingredients (hops, malt, yeast, and water).

My version is brewed with honey malts to provide sweetness and sweet orange peel to give it bitter orange background flavors. Citrus hops combine with the orange peels to bring forth the citrus notes.
(33rd batch - BJCP 10a Style; All-grain recipe)




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