New England IPA brewed with Artic Hops Blend by MAH

Most homebrewers and brewers are intrigued and fascinated by New England IPA (also known as NEIPA). Basically A New England IPA is a style of American IPA that features an intense hop flavor and aroma. It’s heavily dry hopped to the point of being hazy and has a fuller body, smoother flavor, and less perceived bitterness than typical IPAs. NEIPAs differ from other IPAs also for the use of particular yeast strains, which are not very flocculating and very low attenuating. NEIPAs are characterized by an intense aroma of tropical fruit and citrus. In appearance it is cloudy and looks like a juice. 
NEIPAs are characterized by innovative hop techniques. Often these beers are not very bitter and the IBU value is low, but they contain large quantities of hops that are added from the end of boiling until the moment of bottling. Dry hopping is a must and brewers usually choose to make several hop additions lasting a couple of days so that the aroma obtained is strong and pungent. 
In this recipe we tested the hop blend called Artic by Mighty Ax Hops. Artic is a hop blend with high geraniol plus high linalool. By adding Artic during the most active phase of fermentation, it will release high concentrations of Citranellol into the beer resulting in a strong citrus flavor.

INFORMATION

  • Style: New England IPA
  • Liters: 70
  • Original Gravity: 1.064
  • Final Gravity: 1.012
  • ABV: 6.9%
  • IBU: 36
  • SRM: 3.5

INGREDIENTS

  • 10.00 kg (52.6%) of Pilsner Malt
  • 7.00 kg (36.8%) of Heidelberg Wheat Malt
  • 2.00 kg (10.5%) of Flaked Oats

MASH STEPS

  • 68°C/154.5°F for 60 mins
  • 77°C/170°F for 15 mins

HOPS ADDITIONS

  • 200 grams of Artic Hops Blend for 5 mins
  • 250 grams of Artic Hops Blend for 20 mins during the Whirlpool
  • 150 grams of Artic Hops Blend in Dry Hopping for 3 days from day 1
  • 150 grams of Artic Hops Blend in Dry Hopping for 3 days from day 4
  • 150 grams of Artic Hops Blend in Dry Hopping for 3 days from day 7

YEAST

Fermentation Process

Ferment for 10 days at 19 C degrees, raise the temperature for the diacetyl rest for 48 hours and then lower the temperature to 12 C degrees for a week of conditioning. Then transfer the beer into keg and force carbonating. Let the beer rest for at least 7/10 days. Now you can drink it!
 

Final Impressions

Cloudy, just like a juice, with a strong lemon aroma that can be felt throughout the room. From the first sip a strong citric taste is perceived with a slight sweet touch on the finish. Very good! The body of this beer is velvety, this is the result of the yeast strain used and the addition of flaked oats. The Artic Hops Blend is spectacular. It imparts a unique and delicious citrus aroma into the beer. It's strong and pungent but always so clean! If you like the citrus aroma in your IPA then you have to try Artic!

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