This year's annual Music City Brew Off was an opportunity to enter my first homebrew competition. Being a big fan of American pale ales I've been working on dialing in my own preferred recipe. It started out as a session APA, one that has plenty of American hop flavor and aroma but is lower in alcohol (~4%) so I can enjoy more than just one at a time. I boosted up the recipe to meet the proper BJCP guidelines of an APA which is more in the 5 to 5.5% range.
The scores weren't too shabby. One judge gave it a 34 and the other a 37. The comments were overall good. Both judges agreed that the body was a little thin and the maltiness was low so there's what I need to work on. It got high marks on the aroma, flavor and mouthfeel although one commented that the hop aroma was a little one dimensional (surprising since there is such a layer of different hops).
Adjustment have been made and hopefully I'll have time to brew the revision beer soon.
Here's the recipe for the competition beer:
Kirk's American Pale Ale
7.5 lbs Rahr 2-row malt
1.8 lbs Munton's Maris Otter
8 oz. Biscuit malt
8 oz. Carapils
8 oz. crystal 20
8 oz. light Munich malt
2 oz. crystal 40
.3 oz. Magnum (13.1% AA) @ 60 mins.
.5 oz. Centennial (8.4% AA) @ 15 mins.
.5 oz. Amarillo (9.8% AA) @ 15 mins.
.3 oz. Simcoe (13% Aa) @ 15 mins.
.5 oz. Centennial @ 0 mins.
.5 oz. Amarillo @ 0 mins.
.5 oz. Simcoe @ 0 mins.
1 oz. Amarillo dry - hop for 5 days @ 70*
1 oz. Centennial - dry hop for 5 days @ 70*
.5 oz. Simcoe - dry hop for 5 days @ 70*
1 oz. Amarillo - dry hop for 5 days @ 34*
1 oz. Centennial - dry hop for 5 days @ 34*
Mashed @ 150* for 60 mins
Yeast - WLP-001 (1500mL starter on stir plate)
Pitched @ 65*
Raised 1 degree per day for 5 days (65*-70*)
Cold crashed on day 7
Kegged on day 12