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IPA : Griz Tears IPA V2

I’d recently decided to set off on a quest to make IPA’s until I hit one that I could be happy calling a house batch.  My Bent Nail Clone was a miss, so I decided to refer back to an older recipe.  My original Grizzly Tears IPA turned out pretty great, so I used it as a starting point for my recipe.

I’ve always been a fan of Citra, and thought that Amarillo & Cascade would play nice with it, so I chose those hops, too.  I like to focus on the hop flavor way more than extreme bitterness, so I really didn’t use that many ounces of hops for the final recipe.  I also don’t care for dry hopping, though I will probably play with it again down the line.

brew pot and chiller

All-Grain Recipe: Griz Tears IPA V2 Clone



  • 11 lb. – Golden Promise Pale
  • .25 lb. – American Munich
  • .25 lb. – Crystal 40L – Great Western
  • .50 lb. – Crystal 15L – Great Western

Hop Additions / Boil Additions:

  • .5 oz. – Warrior (15%) – added during boil, boiled 60 min
  • .3 oz. – Amarillo (8.7%) – added during boil, boiled 30 min
  • .4 oz. – Warrior (15%) – added during boil, boiled 30 min
  • .75 oz. – Amarillo (8.7%) – added during boil, boiled 30 min
  • 1 Whirlfloc Tablet & Wort Chiller – added during boil, boiled 10 min
  • .5 oz. – Citra (14.1%) – added during boil, boiled 5 min
  • .5 oz. – Citra (14.1%) – added during boil, boiled 1 min
  • 1.0 oz. – Cascade (7.3%) – added at flame out



  • Wyeast 1056 American Ale & Safale US-05

Additional Details / Notes

  • Style based on 14B – American IPA
  • OG 1.050 / TG 1.006
  • 5.8% ABV | Color: 7.7 SRM | ~67 IBU’s
  • Brewed: 10/13/2013, Secondary: n/a, Bottled/Kegged: 11/03/13
  • Mash Temp: ~150°, Thickness: 1.35 qt/g, Efficiency 59%, Attenuation 88%

Brewing the Griz Tears IPA V2

The Mash. Mash temp 150.5, dropped to 147ish after 1 hour.  Nice loose mash.  Stirred before a triple vorlauf.

griz-tears-IPA-V2-05The Boil. Drained about 6.5 gallons off.  Ended boil with just under 5 gallons.  30 minutes to reach boil, 90 minute boil.
Super bad efficiency.  Not sure why.

Fermenting. Planned to reuse saved yeast from an older batch, but I wasn’t happy with the zombie yeast.  I added an old frozen packet i’ve had forever (rolled the dice…).  Smells fine and the new stuff was frothy and seemed healthy.  Pitched entire amount.  
Pitched yeast at 68°.  Fermented right about 68°, with 64° ambient temp.

Racking to Secondary & Bottling. Kegged 3 weeks later, no secondary.

Drinking the Grizzly Tears IPA V2


In my quest to make an IPA to my liking, I only had to endure to rounds of battle.   Freaking nailed it!

The Citra is stands out in a great way, with the Amarillo and Cascade rounding it out in a great way.  Really nice balance between the hops.  Lots of citrus on a really light body.  Not too sweet, not too dry.  Has a nice amount of bitterness.  Could probably up the gravity that next time if body ends up too thin.

For sure a recipe I’ll continue to refine, but this batch was almost exactly what I wanted to create.


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