Like many brewers and beer lovers, IPAs have become my favorite style to brew and to drink. Decisive IPA is the result of wanting a more sessionable (lower alcohol) hop-forward beer. Coming in at 5.5% ABV and packed with four kinds of hops, it certainly fits the bill.
11 lb American 2-row
1 lb Wheat Malt
.5 lb Cara-Pils® Malt
.25 lb Crystal 60
.25 lb Crystal 15
1.0 oz Galena (13.0%) boiled 60.0 min
1.0 oz Cluster (7.0%) boiled 10.0 min
0.5 oz Citra (11.0%) boiled 5.0 min
0.5 oz Citra (11.0%) - dry hop
0.5 oz Amarillo (8.5%) - dry hop
Decisive was fermented with California Ale yeast (WLP001), a well-loved West Coast strain that lends a fruity taste and hop-centric profile.
Crack open a bottle and you're immediately hit with citrusy hop aroma. Decisive pours a deep amber with an off-white, fluffy head that lasts. Aroma in the glass is that of floral, tropical fruit. Tasting yields a malty, slightly sweet front end followed by grapefruit, passionfruit, and soapy notes (in a good way). The oily hops linger into the finish and leave you wanting another sip.
The name comes from the trouble I had, well, choosing a name. But after much deliberation, I decided it was time to be Decisive.