Monday, January 04, 2016

Oranges and lemons

My latest beer concoction became ready to drink whilst we were away and I was very excited to get back and give it a go. It's basically an IPA made with Maris Otter pale malt, some Pilsner malt for body and a couple of other more exotic malts for interest. The hops I used were Citra and Amarillo and for added zing I added freshly squeezed orange juice and zest to the end of the boil, with a big dollop of dry hopping for added flavour. The idea originally came from a beer made by Beavertown Brewery in London called "Bloody Ell IPA".

I'm really pleased with the result; the hops are bright and up front, the orange subtle but noticeable and the citrus flavours of the Citra hops really complement the actual juice well. Not too strong, coming in at around 4.5% ABV.

Interestingly I happened to have a few Christmas Liquorice Allsorts knocking around in my study while trying this beer and the combination of the liquorice flavour and the orange work spectacularly well together, I think I know what my next experiment will be.. now where can I get hold of some liquorice root?


A Heron's View said...

Steve, Try your local health shop for Liquorice root. I sold lots of it when I ran a health store and it was all imported from an English supplier.

Steve Borthwick said...

HV, v. good idea, thanks for the tip!