Beer moves with the seasons. With spring upon us, you can expect more light-bodied beers with a floral or citrus flavor, like the American pale ale.
The APA, a close relative of the IPA, has become a big part of the craft beer scene. Tropical hop characteristics, along with pine aroma and low malt presence make this a flavorful and desirable beer as the weather warms.
So clear the fridge of those heavy, boozy beers and make room for some refreshing alternatives.
The Good Dr’s Pale Ale
By Brian & Robin Winnett, of Wanchese, N.C.
O.G. 1.079; F.G. 1.02; ABV 7.78%; IBU 49.68
- 5 gal. batch. O.G.: 1.056; F.G.: 1.014; ABV: 5.5%
- 9 lb 2 row
- ½ lb Vienna malts
- ½ lb white wheat malt
- ½ lb 20L crystal malt
- .6 oz nugget hops (60 min)
- 1 oz Cascade hops (5 min); .6 oz Citra hops (5 min)
- 1 oz Cascade hops; 1 oz Citra hops (dry-hop 7 days)
- Safeale US-05 ale yeast
Mash at 154 for 60 min. Sparge at 168. Bring to a boil for 60 min., adding hops as described above. Chill to 67, pitch yeast. After one week, add hops. Rack to secondary for additional 10 days, maintaining 68. Keg or bottle. Enjoy!