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Recipe: San Diego Pale Ale (by way of Bend)

Time for another recipe. This one doesn’t actually have a name yet, but I brewed in the style of an Imperial IPA—also informally known as a San Diego Pale Ale—for my brother, who lives in San Diego and whom we’re visiting later this month. (And taking most of it with us.)

So, here’s my take on a San Diego Pale Ale style. Extract-based recipe with a few grains, brewed to a five gallon batch.


The grains were steeped in the water as it heated to a boil, and removed before adding malts and sugars. The boil was for 60 minutes, and the hop schedule looked like this:

In sat in the primary for 14 days, then in the secondary for 27 days. I bottled with ¾ cup of corn sugar for priming.

Original gravity was 1.084, final gravity 1.014—giving an estimated alcohol by volume of 9.19%(!). A rough estimate of IBUs is 126.

I tasted it at bottling time (of course!) and I really liked it. I’m anxious to see how a finished bottle turns out, and get my brother’s Professional San Diego Drinker’s opinion of it. Not to be too self-congratulatory, but based on the preliminary tasting I think it’s a big winner.