Mr. Beer American Devil IPA
77 Blade Chainsaw
Mr. Beer’s American Devil IPA is a premium refill that recipe for the Mr Beer kit, and premium refills start with the upgraded Mr Beer 20629 Brewmaster’s Select Home Beer-Making KitBeer Brewing) and up. The American Devil IPA recipe is of course inspired by the American India Pale Ale style and if done to the letter, produces a dry hoppy finish with an SRM Color 8, an ambitious International Bitterness Unit count of 58 IBUs and an alcohol content of 4.6% ABV.
This is my second attempt at homebrewing altogether, and my second with Mr. Beer kit. If I were to do it over I would definitely purchase an upgraded kit which includes the premium kits. The standard refills come with a corn starch pack to boost alcohol, while the premium recipes do away with the corn starch and instead double up on the malt base for that extra kick.
For this recipe I decided to add some small personal touches to elevate the alcohol content, and followed all the directions with the addition of an African Navel orange during the wort and 1/2 cup of mixed brown and white sugar during conditioning. I let the wort brew for three full weeks at an unfortunately high 78 to 82 degree Fahrenheit. I further bottle conditioned the brew for four weeks, and finally cold conditioned for an extra four weeks.
The amount of time is far longer than the recommended, or even what any starting homebrewer would care to wait, but I wanted every bit of fermentable material to turn into sweet alcohol while I enjoyed my store bought stuff.
Onto The Method
7.5/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – The welcoming sound of the Mr. Beer carbonation popping through the initial bottle untwisting is a nice reminder of how well the brew works, and commences the experience. American Devil IPA pours an attractive deep bronze with good carbonation and forms a rich, thick foamy head.
1.5 – Aroma – The added orange provides a citrusy aroma to an already familiar bitter air. If you think beyond the standard IPA, somewhat of a deep musk and wavy hop scent you can recognize its approach.
1.5 – Taste – A good bitterness with a heavy malt base from the original formula carries itself well. The added orange and high heat during brewing adds a mildly unpleasant sour edge that makes me think my addition went a little wrong, but the overall taste improves as the serve melts into the experience of the night.
1.5 – Palate – A simultaneous smoothness and sharpness bounce around the senses as they struggle to understand its souring guest.
1.5 – Overall – American Devil IPA is successful as a home brew if you go just a bit beyond what you’re used to as an IPA. The bitterness is there, but the scent loses its identity. Nevertheless, its rich and deep malt foundation sets the tone for a well composed beer, compromised only by my amateurish attempt to get creative.
9.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – Once I decided to alter the alcohol content of the original formula, I took some chances in making a bad brew, which I almost succeeded in brewing. But I did raise it to the point where the easiness of its drink inspired continued pounding, and the strong glow of the brew presented itself.
7.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – The heaviness of the malt base at first claims American Devil IPA to be a heavy beer, but it is surprisingly smooth and easy to drink, leaving no bloated feelings and a powerful desire to continue imbibation.
8.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –While the first goes down smooth and unnoticed, the second and third bring on a rise that sends the mind into a wild frenzy of vivid colors and mild hallucinations. Maybe it’s a bit of the orange gone bad, but the brew appeared to have some powerful hallucinogenic properties which were enjoyable in every way.
5.5/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? –American Devil IPA makes for an easy and tasty beer that’s smooth to go down. But because of its ease and my experience with the much lighter West Coast Pale Ale, I underestimated this brew and was sent for a wild ride. Not entirely uncontrollable, just surprisingly strong.
40/50 Blades – The Buzz – American Devil IPA is my second homebrewing experience with Mr Beer, and it is by far the superior selection. It’s well composed flavor is both deep and rich while easy to drink and not heavy or weighed down.
The addition of some orange and sugars certainly gave it an extra kick with all the fermentable material, but the brew started off well and did a good job at offsetting my inexperience as a homebrewer.
As far as the experience is concerned, the good flavors and ease of drink inspired my to throw back a few of these back to back, and I was surprised to find myself in an altered state of consciousness – deeply enriched with wild visions of spiraling ancient lifeforms. And I mean this in a way that is as far as any beer can take you; it’s still beer, just gravely underestimated.