I used to like India Pale Ales so much I used to decide if a brewery was any good based on their IPA, though that’s no longer the case.
Ever since I learned that hops were highly estrogenic, I started exploring more beer styles that were less hop focused to brew (and drink), and one that just kept coming up is the California Common Beer or Steam Beer.
I just brewed one of my favorite recipes:
Traditionally this beer is brewed using Northern Brewer hops which have a bit of a woody somewhat minty flavor and aroma… it’s the choice if you want to clone Anchor Steam Brewing’s beer…
For me I wanted a twist to this beer and came up with the following recipe:
9 lbs 2-Row pale malt
1/2 lb Crystal 60 °L
1/4 lb Victory malt
1/4 lb Carapils
1 oz Northern Brewer Hops (60 min)
1 oz Simcoe Hops (0 min)
WLP 810 San Fransisco Lager Yeast
Single Infusion mash at 154 °F
Ferment starting at 55 °F and finish at 58 °F
The twist? Simcoe Hops.
If you haven’t brewed with Simcoe hops I highly recommend them… they have a very unique pine-like aroma that is perfect for just about any beer style resembling the Pacific Northwest – great place to visit and drink beer with a 90% chance of rain everyday…
Anyways… what I’ve found with this mix is that the yeast character shows up very nicely and it gives the beer a magical twist similar to Magic Hat #9…
Not that the beer tastes anything like Magic Hat, but it gets flavors you don’t really know where they come from, and they are amazingly good…
I’m brewing this beer for my sister’s wedding so I’m not quite positive I’ll get a chance to do a video beer review, but I will update regardless…