Last year I created a recipe for our Springfest beer based on my personal tastes and Eli brewed this beer for our party. It was a pale ale using citra hops which are my favourite hops. They give a grapefruity, zingy flavour and aroma to your beer and work really well in American style beers.
Well a lot has moved on since then, not just that my taste in beers has changed a little but also that I’ve had a try at actually making beer myself so I am making this year’s beer myself. Taste-wise, I like hoppy pale beers especially the beers we are seeing coming from the American craft scene. I guess it was a natural progression that the more hoppy beers I have had the chance to try, the more pronounced hop flavours I have been seeking in my beers.
That said, this year’s Springfest beer is what is being referred to as a double ipa, this means there are quite a lot more hops in this beer than a standard ipa but staying with tradition, it’s still citra hops as they just seem right for a beer that says spring time.
At the moment the beer is still bubbling away in the fermentor so you’ll have to wait until mid march before I can update you on how gorgeous it tastes but if you fancy having a go at making my Springfest beer yourself, the recipe is below.
Interesting related links
- Kate’s Springfest beer from 2013
- Buy all the ingredients ready to make this beer for yourself -brewuk
- The story of IPA