Imperial IPA Recipe

This Imperial IPA recipe is perfect for beer enthusiasts who enjoy a strong, hoppy beer with a balanced bitterness and sweet malt flavors. With a deceptively high alcohol content and a fresh citrus aroma, this beer is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Follow the steps below to create your own batch of this delicious Imperial IPA.

Imperial IPA

This beer is deceptively strong as the high levels of alcohol are balanced by a hop bitterness, sweet malt flavours, and a fresh, citrus aroma.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time84 days 2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Larger
Servings: 40 pints
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Brew kettle (at least 10 gallons)
  • 1 Mash tun (insulated cooler or a kettle with a false bottom)
  • 1 Hot liquor tank (kettle or cooler to hold hot water)
  • 1 Immersion or counterflow wort chiller
  • 1 Fermenting vessel (glass carboy or plastic bucket)
  • 1 Airlock and stopper
  • 1 Hydrometer and test jar
  • 1 Racking cane and tubing
  • 1 Bottling bucket or kegging equipment
  • 1 Bottles or kegs
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Scale
  • 1 Measuring cups and spoons
  • 1 Long-handled stirring spoon
  • 1 Cleaner and sanitizer (such as PBW and Star San)
  • 1 Gas burner (if brewing outdoors)


For the Mash – Liquor 21 Litres (37 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°C (149°F)

  • 17 lb Pale malt Quantity 8.1 kg
  • 3 1/2 oz Light crystal malt (60L) Quantity 100 g
  • 2 3/4 oz Chocolate malt Quantity 80 g

For the Boil – 27 Litres (47 1/2 Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 10 mins

  • 2 oz (Hops ) Chinook 13.3% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 64.0)
  • 1 oz (Hops ) Simcoe 13% When to add – For last 10 mins of boil (IBU 11.0)
  • 1 3/4 oz (Hops ) Simcoe 13% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0 )
  • 1 3/4 oz (Hops ) Willamette 6.3% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0 )
  • 1 tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil

To Ferment – 20°C (68°F) – Conditioning 12 weeks at 12°C (54°F)

  • 1 White Labs WLP001 California Ale Yeast
  • 1 3/4 oz (Hops ) Willamette 6.3% When to add – Dry hop after 4 days


  • Heat 21 liters (37 pints) of water to 65°C (149°F) in your mash tun or large stockpot.
  • Add the Pale malt, Light crystal malt, and Chocolate malt to the water and stir well to combine. Allow the mixture to rest for one hour at 65°C (149°F).
  • While the mash is resting, bring 27 liters (47 1/2 pints) of water to a boil in a large pot or kettle. Once boiling, add the Chinook hops and start the one-hour boil.
  • At the end of the boil, add the Protofloc and stir well. Then add the Simcoe and Willamette hops and stir again.
  • Use a mesh strainer or colander to remove the spent hops from the wort. Cool the wort to 20°C (68°F).
  • Transfer the cooled wort to a fermenting bucket or carboy. Add the White Labs WLP001 California Ale Yeast and stir well.
  • Seal the fermenting bucket or carboy with an airlock and bung and let the beer ferment at 20°C (68°F) for about four days.
  • After four days, add the remaining 1 3/4 oz of Willamette hops to the fermenter to dry hop the beer. Let the beer condition for 12 weeks at 12°C (54°F).
  • Once the beer has conditioned for 12 weeks, transfer it to a bottling bucket or keg. If using bottles, prime with sugar and bottle. If using kegs, carbonate and serve.
  • Enjoy your homemade Imperial IPA beer!
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)13 Weeks8.6%75 IBU24 EBC

Strong and Balanced Flavor

This Imperial IPA recipe is perfect for those who crave a beer with a strong and bold flavor. The high alcohol content is balanced by the bitterness of the hops, sweet malt flavors, and a refreshing citrus aroma. It’s a great beer for sipping and enjoying the complex flavors.

Fun and Challenging

Brewing an Imperial IPA can be a fun and challenging experience for beer enthusiasts. The recipe requires attention to detail and patience throughout the brewing process, from the mash to the conditioning. However, the reward of a delicious and satisfying beer makes it worth the effort.

Impress Your Friends

If you’re looking to impress your beer-loving friends, this Imperial IPA recipe is sure to do the trick. Not only is it a strong and flavorful beer, but it also takes skill and knowledge to brew. Share your batch with your friends and let them marvel at your brewing abilities.


One of the great things about brewing your own beer is that you can customize it to your own taste. With this Imperial IPA recipe, you can adjust the hop bitterness or add different hops to create your own unique flavor profile. Make it your own and experiment with different ingredients to create a beer that you’ll love.

FAQ on Making this Imperial IPA Recipe

What is an Imperial IPA?

An Imperial IPA is a strong beer with a high alcohol content that is balanced by a hop bitterness, sweet malt flavors, and a citrus aroma.

What ingredients are needed to make this Imperial IPA?

The ingredients needed for this Imperial IPA include pale malt, light crystal malt, chocolate malt, Chinook and Simcoe hops, Protofloc, and California Ale Yeast.

How long does it take to make this Imperial IPA?

It takes a total of 84 days to make this Imperial IPA, with 1 hour for the mash, 1 hour and 10 minutes for the boil, and 12 weeks for conditioning.

What is the estimated ABV of this Imperial IPA?

The estimated ABV of this Imperial IPA is 8.6%.

How many pints does this recipe yield?

This recipe yields 40 pints or 23 liters of Imperial IPA.

What is the bitterness rating and color rating of this Imperial IPA?

This Imperial IPA has a bitterness rating of 75 IBU and a color rating of 24 EBC.

What is the role of California Ale Yeast in this recipe?

California Ale Yeast is used to ferment this Imperial IPA and contribute to its flavor profile.

Can this recipe be customized with different hops or malts?

This recipe can be customized by adjusting the hop bitterness or adding different hops and malts.

What is the recommended serving temperature and food pairing for this Imperial IPA?

The recommended serving temperature for this Imperial IPA is 20°C or 68°F and it pairs well with spicy foods or strong cheeses.

What is the recommended storage time for this Imperial IPA?

This Imperial IPA is best consumed within 13 weeks of brewing and should be stored in a cool, dark place.

Dan Smullen Beer is my life profile

Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.