I just tested some beers from a batch of Mr. Beer American Devil IPA I made. Turned out good. Not as much hop bitterness as commercial IPAs, but very hoppy compared to the Mr. Beer West Coast Pale Ale, which was the first one I brewed with my new Mr. Beer kit. Great balanced flavor, and great nose, after a few weeks of mellowing out in the bottle.
My final Mr. Beer American Devil IPA has a slightly lower ABV than the Mr. Beer instructions state it should, but results may vary, most likely due to fermenting temperature, too cold or too warm, or insufficient oxygenation prior to pitching the yeast. It should have been around 4.6%, but my batch only got to somewhere in the neighborhood of 3.5% ABV. The West Coast Pale Ale was about 1% lower than it should have been as well.
Next time I’ll plan a yeast starter and pour that into the fermenter first, making sure to pour aggressively when I transfer the wort from the brewpot. A little aggressive stirring will also help I’m sure. Too much oxygen is not a problem prior to fermentation.
That aside, the IPA pours a nice deep, nutty amber color (if it’s possible for a color to be “nutty”), and retains a nicer, creamier head than the West Coast Pale Ale, though the head was equally short lived in my experience.
The nose is a nice balance of malt and hops. The flavor is nicely hoppy and a bit nutty, no doubt from the darker roasted barley malt used to acheive the darker color. There is a nice hop bite and lingering, bitter tingle, which is nice. While reading the American Devil IPA flavor profile at the Mr. Beer website I learned that they used a lager malt in this brew. Interesting. Maybe that’s why the flavor was not as distinct as other IPAs I’ve tried.
In all this is a nice kit to try. A very rewarding brew. Post a comment and let me know about your experiences with Mr. Beer!
Here is a video I made demonstrating the “brewing” method and an idea for priming and bottling.