Like we mentioned in a recent tweet, we’ll be consolidating the recipe builds and their reviews into single posts now. For my first submission to that, I present my Earl Grey IPA recipe. Let’s take a look!
- 6 lbs 2 Row
- 1 lb Honey malt
- 3 lb light DME
- 1 oz Galena at 60
- 1 oz Lemondrop at 10
- Clarity Ferm
- 25g Earl Grey Loose Leaf from Fortnum and Mason at 15 mins
- West Coast Ale I – Omega #OYL-004
Carbonation Schedule (PSI in days):
- 30 – 20 – 20 – 12
This was a super fun one for me to brew and it got me out of my comfort zone. Unlike my co-brewer, I’m not all that adventurous in my brewing. However, the Earl Grey IPA forced me to try new things. For instance, I had very little idea how I should go about adding tea to the brew. I had to decide between making tea then adding it in secondary, or just throwing tea leaves in during the boil. Obviously, I went with the latter, which afford the opportunity for the photo below:
Honestly I was rather excited about this beer, and was pleasantly surprised by the results. Make no mistake, this is a weird beer, especially for one that’s meant to be an IPA.
Bergamot is the first scent on the nose, followed by a sort of sweet creaminess. That creaminess continues – It’s a very smooth beer to drink, potentially aided by the extra day conditioning at 20 psi. Sweet cream, black tea, lemon, and malt (almost like a biscuit) all make this feel more like a cup of Earl Grey tea, and less like an IPA. It lacks the bitterness I had hoped for, but the honey malt shines through supporting crisp fruitiness of lemondrop and bergamot.
It’s likely I’ll do variations of this style, perhaps in smaller batches, until I work out the kinks. I spoke to many brewers about this recipe and searched forums, where I heard differing – often conflicting – advice on brewing with tea. Keen to figure out the best way to make this style, I’ll keep tinkering with it.
Side note: I have no idea what the caffeine content is in this other than “non-zero” so that’ll be fun to learn about after a night working on the keg.