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McDole's Pliny the Elder Clone

McDole's Pliny the Elder Clone

Imperial IPA : All Grain : 6.5 gal

Herbaljoe

Mike McDole's Pliny clone which won the Sam Adams long shot award. I scaled it down to a 6.5 gal. batch and further scaled it to my efficiency.

December 10, 2007 at 11:08am

5.0/5.0 1 rating

Ingredients (All Grain6.5 gal)

  • 19 lbs American 2-row

    American 2-row

    Yields a slightly higher extract than Six Rox brewers Malt. Tends to give a smoother, less grainy flavored beer. Some brewers claim they can detect a significant difference in flavor. Lower protein and will yield a lower color than Six-Row Brewers Malt

  • 1 lbs Belgian Cara-Pils

    Belgian Cara-Pils

    Significantly increases foam/head retention and body of the beer.

  • .45 lbs Crystal Malt 40°L

    Crystal Malt 40°L

    Sweet, mild caramel flavor and a golden color. Use in light lagers and light ales.

  • .45 lbs White Wheat Malt

    White Wheat Malt

    Weizens. Improves head retention in all beers. Contributes spicy flavor. Protein rest required.

  • 1.75 lbs White Table Sugar (Sucrose)

    White Table Sugar (Sucrose)

    Common household table/baking sugar. Lightens flavor and body of beer. Can contribute a cider-like flavor to the beer if not cold-fermented or used in large quantities.

  • 1.25 oz Chinook - 12.0 AA% pellets; boiled 90 min

    Chinook

    Spicy, Medium to Heavy.Very strong bittering ability used in all American ales and lagers. Aroma is very floral.

  • 2 oz Warrior® - 16.4 AA% pellets; boiled 90 min

    Warrior®

    New hop with much potential. Very stable.

  • 1.1 oz Simcoe® - 12.0 AA% pellets; boiled 45 min

    Simcoe®

    Used for aromatic, and especially bittering properties.

  • 1.25 oz Columbus - 12.3 AA% pellets; boiled 30 min

    Columbus

    Used mainly for bittering with some flavor qualities as well. Aroma is pleasant.

  • 1.1 oz Northern Brewer - 9.0 AA% pellets; boiled 15 min

    Northern Brewer

    Used for bittering with strong flavors and very fragrant in steam beers, dark English ales, and German lagers. Aroma is medium-strong with evergreen and mint overtones.

  • 1.65 oz Centennial - 10.4 AA% pellets; boiled 1 min

    Centennial

    Aromatic but acceptable for bittering. Medium aroma with floral and citrus tones. Good in medium to dark ales.

  • 1.1 oz Simcoe® - 12.0 AA% pellets; boiled 1 min

    Simcoe®

    Used for aromatic, and especially bittering properties.

  • 2.7 oz Columbus - 12.3 AA% pellets; added dry to primary fermenter

    Columbus

    Used mainly for bittering with some flavor qualities as well. Aroma is pleasant.

  • 1.65 oz Centennial - 10.4 AA% pellets; added dry to primary fermenter

    Centennial

    Aromatic but acceptable for bittering. Medium aroma with floral and citrus tones. Good in medium to dark ales.

  • 1.65 oz Sterling - 12.0 AA% pellets; added dry to primary fermenter

    Sterling

    Perceived to be similar to a Saaz and Mt. Hood combination. Finding favor as a Saaz replacement.

  • 1.1 oz Chinook added to the mash. - (omitted from calculations)

    Chinook added to the mash.

  • 2 oz Cascade added with hopback at end of the boil. - (omitted from calculations)

    Cascade added with hopback at end of the boil.

  • 3 oz Secret Ingredient added to the mash. - (omitted from calculations)

    Secret Ingredient added to the mash.

  • White Labs WLP001 California Ale

    White Labs WLP001 California Ale

    This yeast is famous for its clean flavors, balance and ability to be used in almost any style ale. It accentuates the hop flavors and is extremely versatile.

Notes

Mash at 153 for 90 minutes. Boil 120 minutes. Ferment at 67. Add dry hops to primary when airlock bubbles are 15 seconds apart. Note that due to not having enough slots in Beertools to add all the hops, I have added the mash hops and the final flameout (hopback) hops as uncalculated additions. Be sure to remember to include them when brewing this beer.

Style (BJCP)

Category: 14 - India Pale Ale (IPA)

Subcategory: C - Imperial IPA

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.099 1.075 - 1.090
Terminal Gravity: 1.018 1.010 - 1.020
Color: 9.4 SRM 8 - 15
Alcohol: 10.8% ABV 7.50% - 10.00%
Bitterness: 243.7 IBU 60.00 - 120.00

Discussion

Herbaljoe

Brewed 12/9/07

2007-12-10 11:12am

Brewed up this crazy monster yesterday. Began around 9:00AM and pitched a huge yeast starter (about 7 liters) at 6:00PM. At 6:30AM the next day fermentation had visibly started. The carboy is filled almost to the top and I installed a blow off tube. OG = 1.098 #33

Herbaljoe

Dry Hopped 12/13/07

2007-12-19 10:53am

Added a ton of freaking hops. The beer looks like churning pale green sludge right now.

etov2

Wow!

2008-01-12 8:37am

I sounds like hop soup! I love it! Please post with taste results, thanks.

Herbaljoe

Update 1/12/08

2008-01-12 7:27pm

Right, so... This beer turned out amazing! This thing is an enormous beast of hop madness and kick you in the nuts flavor that warms as it goes down and keeps you begging for more. There is one warning I will give: if you aren't a complete hop head, stay away from this beer. It turned out JUST as I hoped it would. Extremely fragrant and complex hop aroma that blends an intriguing bouquet of citrus and piny scents. These same flavors jump out as you take a sip and then the big, fat malt backbone hits and balances it all out perfectly. You're probably wondering how a beer with this many IBUs can possibly even be drinkable. Well, yeah... it is VERY bitter. However, the big kick of full-flavored bitterness is countered by the considerable malt sweetness and high amount of alcohol. It goes down smooth and warming, without a hint of hot alcohol or phenolic flavor. You are left with a fairly bitter aftertaste comprised by a complex assortment of hop characters which lingers for just the right amount of time. As it fades you are eager to repeat the whole experience. I kegged this on 12/20/07 and it is clearing up very nicely. I'm amazed that even with the amount of hops in the recipe that it is almost completely clear. The color turned out a really nice bright yellow-gold. Appearances are very deceiving with this one - it looks almost like a blond or even a wheat... but it sure doesn't taste like one!

etov2

Sounds good...

2008-01-13 6:32am

I love Stones "Arrogant Bastard" and "Stone Ruination IPA" check out: www.stonebrew.com/beers/ So yeah, I'm a hop head. I plan to make this one soon.

quichua007

Whats the secret?

2008-02-27 10:51pm

What am I missing here, what's the secret ingredient? Am I not supposed to know?

Herbaljoe

It's a secret

2008-02-28 1:45am

Don't worry, it's nothing that would make a noticeable difference in the beer, just a little something I threw in to make it "mine".

quichua007

Dry Hop??

2008-03-03 6:39pm

You dry hopped in the primary? or secondary?

Herbaljoe

Primary

2008-03-03 6:41pm

Primary. I rarely use a secondary fermenter unless I'm putting something down for a few months.

Brentron1982

Not a clone, but sounds tasty.

2011-02-02 3:06pm

Ok, I am a complete hop head, so please don't take this the wrong way as I think that this beer sounds amazing. People use the word clone WAY to loosely. I wouldn't call this a clone recipe, especially since you added a 'secret recipe' to make it your own. That alone makes this something other than a clone. Either way, sounds good!

Swanny

Dry Hop?

2012-05-17 11:51am

How long do I dry hop?

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