Lupulin Lager – India Pale Lager (IPL)

beer-label-lupulin-lager-3inchLast year I had the best beer I’ve had in a long time. It was Claudie’s India Pale Lager from Pizza Port San Clemente, and it was phenomenal. Really easy drinking, not too bitter, super dank and fruity hop aromas, citrus hop flavors, and the smoothest finish. I was shocked by how great the combo of an IPA with a lager yeast worked. I wanted to make my own.

Mine wasn’t nearly as good as Claudie’s, but it was my favorite hoppy beer I’ve brewed so far. I used 94% 2-row, 5% Carapils, and 1% Victory malt. Hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe in the boil, then dry-hopped with Amarillo, Columbus, and Mosaic. It turned out a little to resinous for me which left a bit of a sweet sensation on the palate and lingered a little too long. I’ll scale back on the dry-hops the next time. The color was almost light straw and it went down really smoothly.

The yellowish powder found on hop plants is called Lupulin. It was once used as a sedative, and that’s exactly what you can expect from this beer. The high lupulin contents contributes fruity aromas and resinous flavor to this relaxing lager. This one is going to land in my regular rotation.

Brew Date: March 3, 2013
Kegged On: April 11, 2013
O.G.: 1.045
F.G.: 1.010
ABV: 4.6%

Recipe Details

Batch SizeBoil TimeIBUSRMEst. OGEst. FGABV
5 gal60 min40.5513367.0664871.0561.0135.730505


US 2-Row Malt10 lbs86.96
US Victory Malt1 lbs8.7
US Munich 10L Malt8 oz4.35


NameAmountTimeUseFormAlpha %
US Magnum0.2 oz60 minFirst WortPellet11
US Amarillo1.5 oz15 minBoilPellet5
US Centennial1.5 oz15 minBoilPellet8.5
US Amarillo0.8 oz0 minBoilPellet5
US Centennial0.8 oz0 minBoilPellet8.5
US Simcoe0.8 oz0 minBoilPellet13
US Citra0.8 oz0 minBoilPellet13.9
US Sterling0.8 oz0 minBoilPellet7
US Amarillo0.8 oz0 minDry HopPellet5
US Centennial0.8 oz0 minDry HopPellet8.5
US Simcoe0.8 oz0 minDry HopPellet13
US Citra0.8 oz0 minDry HopPellet13.9
US Sterling0.8 oz0 minDry HopPellet7


Irish Moss0.07 oz60 minMashOther


White Labs WLP830-German Lager77%32°F – 32°F


Rest at152.6°F60 min


Aging0 days32°F

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