2018 Advent - December 20 - Chubby Unicorn's "Hoppy Christmas' (Brown IPA)

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2018 Advent - December 20 - Chubby Unicorn's "Hoppy Christmas' (Brown IPA)

Post by sgrhyno » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:53 am

Since I put the recipe on the exchange thread rather than the recipe board I figured I would re-post over here. This is a scaled up version of last years entry in the black box challenge.

Chubby Unicorn's Hoppy Christmas (Brown IPA)
10 gal batch split into 2 - 5's, one for the keg and one bottle conditioned for the exchange.

5.25kg - 2-row
4.45kg - Vienna
0.65kg - Crystal 80
0.50kg - Wheat malt
0.30kg - Munich
0.20kg - Crystal 40
0.20kg - Chocolate
25g - Magnum @ 40 min (14.8ibu)
30g - Masaic @ 20 min (11.4ibu)
65g -Cascade @ 15 min (9.8ibu)
65g - Mosaic @ 15 min (8.9ibu)
65g - Amarillo Gold @ 15 min (8.9ibu)
2 - Whirlfolc\irishmoss tablets @ 15 min
110g - Cascade @ flameout\steep 10 min
15g US-05 pitched per 5gal bucket (30g total)
125g - Cascasde - 5 day Dry hop
35g - Amarillo Gold - 5 day Dry hop
110g - Moasic - 5 day Dry hop

7 day Primary
14 day secondary - 6 days of sitting, 5 days dry hop, 3 day cold crash
Bottled 5 gal with 132g priming sugar dissolved in 500ml boiled water

Est OG - 1.064, Act OG - 1.054 (I think 1.064 was a little optimistic and i need to tweak my efficiencies)
Est FG - 10.15, Act FG - 1.004 (that or I need a new hydrometer)
Est ABV - 6.6%, Act ABV - 6.5
ESt IBU - 59.9, SRM 15.3

Brewed on Oct 28, bottled on Nov 18th. I was a little later than planned getting this batch brewed, so I hope it is carb'd well enough buy Dec 20. I wouldn't put it in the fridge before Dec 18th.

I tasted the sample from my thief last night while getting another FG. It was something akin to getting punched in the face with a pineapple...yum!! With a nice bitterness to finish. The roasted malt flavor isn't coming thru like the last time I made this one, but I'm hoping the carbonation brings it out a bit.

I have a couple extra bottles so I can check the carbonation a few days before...will let ya know. Hope everyone enjoys!

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Re: 2018 Advent - December 20 - Chubby Unicorn's "Hoppy Christmas' (Brown IPA)

Post by mumblecrunch » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:48 pm

I don't calendar so well so I drank this accidentally on the 19th 🤪

Pours with a lovely off-white head that lasts and lasts and lasts; perfectly carbed. Quite fruity nose with some malt character coming through. Palate is a little bit roasty and slightly malty sweet. Maybe a little bit of graham cracker there? (interesting that there's no biscuit malt present in the recipe) Nice level of bitterness, and I think the roast contributes a little to that and then the hops come through for me mostly on the finish with a fruity kick.

I'd have guessed some of the fruity flavors were from yeast given how well integrated they were, but not with US-05. A really well-done beer that I had to fight not to drink faster. I really enjoyed this one; it is legitimately one of the better Brown IPAs I've had. Thanks!

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Post by Halifax_Jeff » Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:59 pm

Very tasty. Its in balance and has a nice bitterness. Really enjoyed how you weren't afraid of the hops yet they aren't overpowering. I love Amarillo and Mosaic so maybe I'm partial

One of my favs so far. Thanks!





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Re: 2018 Advent - December 20 - Chubby Unicorn's "Hoppy Christmas' (Brown IPA)

Post by mdentremont » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:35 pm

Beautiful brown ale - nice colour along with a pleasant amount of hops (the cascade really shined through). This reminded me a lot of the Angry Leprechaun from last year which I really enjoyed. Thanks for sharing

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Re: 2018 Advent - December 20 - Chubby Unicorn's "Hoppy Christmas' (Brown IPA)

Post by LiverDance » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:39 pm

Great hops presence with a nice malt backbone to balance it out. Tasty stuff


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Re: 2018 Advent - December 20 - Chubby Unicorn's "Hoppy Christmas' (Brown IPA)

Post by jmacdonald » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:11 am

Nice hop hit in this beer. The cascade really stood out for me as well. Tried letting it warm up but it did not last long enough. Thanks!

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Post by sheppard107 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:07 pm

Agree with everyone else. Nice balance of hop and malt. Very much enjoyed.
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Post by PMackie » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:44 pm

I love Brown IPA’s and this was so good. I can’t add a ton but one of my favourites of the Calendar so far! Fantastic job.


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Post by CartoonCod » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:26 pm

Very nice beer, thanks for this. Social drinking tonight so I don't have time for detailed comments, but it was appreciated!

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Re: 2018 Advent - December 20 - Chubby Unicorn's "Hoppy Christmas' (Brown IPA)

Post by John G » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:05 pm

I'm behind on my tastings, catching up by skipping a few I'll get to over the holidays. This has great hop aromas - fruity and floral. Full hop resin flavour with a robust malt flavour to back it up. A hearty, hoppy brew. Thanks for sharing. :cheers2:

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Post by Buccaneer » Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:47 pm

Overall, I really liked this beer. My only complaint would be it didn't have quite enough of a brown ale character. Other than that, it was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks!

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Post by GCR » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:13 pm

Really enjoyed this one. Nice malt base, great hop presence in both aroma and taste. Shared with friends while brewing a double batch of IPA. Thanks for the share!Image

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Post by sgrhyno » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:17 pm

GCR wrote:Really enjoyed this one. Nice malt base, great hop presence in both aroma and taste. Shared with friends while brewing a double batch of IPA. Thanks for the share!Image

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Glad you enjoyed! Looks like it cleared up nicely aging. Make me wish I still had some kicking around! Have to get on that I guess...

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