A few of my beer drinking buddies have shed a few tears because we can’t get Brew Dog’s Punk IPA here in Ontario anymore. It showed up briefly at local LCBO’s and then vanished just as quickly, never to be seen again.
I remember trying it, and at the time, I thought it fairly easy drinking, but really neither here nor there. I must be clear though, that is in no way a comment on Brew Dog’s brewing, it’s because I’m not the biggest fan of Nelsen Sauvin hops, which they use a lot of. I know, some of you out there are cursing me as I say that, but it’s just my personal taste, nothing more.
I must repeat, my personal taste is in no way a reflection of my opinion of Brew Dog itself. Brew Dogs’ story is extremely inspiring. The way they were able to grow as a result of thinking outside the box in both marketing approach, and financing, have most start-ups drooling. Not to mention their videos are a blast to watch! Check out their take on Punk IPA:
They seem like a bunch of very fun dudes. I seriously wish them nothing but a continuation of their already very successful trajectory.
So, back to our dilemma, since we have no Punk IPA in these parts, what to do? David Thompson, who was over a ways back to collaborate on a brew to clone Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, brought with him a clone he made of Punk IPA. If I remember correctly, it tasted pretty spot on to what I remember the original tasting like. The signature obviously being the hop profile. I asked him to send me the recipe he had for future reference, which he kindly did. I’ve had it tucked it away all this time, and thought now would be a good time to give it a go as I hate to see tears on my friends faces when hey can’t get a beer they want. (haha, just teasing you Brewtal Honesty!)
Looking to Brew Dog’s site for some verification, I tweaked the recipe slightly to match the information I was able to glean from it:
- ABV: 5.6%
- OG: 1053
- IBU’s: 45
- 100% Marris Otter Extra Pale Malt
- Chinook, Simcoe, Ahtanum, Nelson Sauvin
David’s recipe had no 60 min addition in it, which I found interesting, so I opted to toss a tiny bit of Chinook in at 60mins just for fun. Maybe omitting the 60 min addition is part of the magic? I guess we’ll have to wait and see…
One other thing I don’t know is what kind of yeast they use. I usually start off with my old standby of US-05 first to see if everything else is in line, and then play with the yeast after I’ve established the general idea.
A NOTE ON THE RECIPE: Having the last hop addition calculated at 1 minute puts the IBU’s high at 57, but having them at flameout drops them to 36, even though you’d still get some IBU’s while whirlpooling/standing to chill. I’m going by what David did originally, which was delicious, but to match the original, I may need to tweak this. Either way, the combo is going to provide that special Punk IPA profile.
Hoptomology’s Punk IPA clone
Post Boil Volume: 5.46 gal
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.054 SG
Estimated Color: 4.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 57.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
0.700 oz Chinook [11 %] – Boil 30.0 min
0.300 oz Chinook [11 %] – Boil 15.0 min
0.300 oz Nelson Sauvin [12 %] – Boil 15.0 min
0.300 oz Simcoe [13 %] – Boil 15.0 min
0.650 oz Ahtanum [6 %] – Boil 1.0 min
0.650 oz Chinook [11 %] – Boil 1.0 min
0.650 oz Nelson Sauvin [12 %] – Boil 1.0 min
0.650 oz Simcoe [13 %] – Boil 1.0 min
1 oz each Chinook/Nelson Sauvin/Simcoe – Dry Hop 5.0 Days
Single Infusion Mash 152.0 F 60 min Batch sparge with 168.0 F water