M-80 IPA by Carlos Musques (All Grain Kit)

M-80 IPA by Carlos Musques (All Grain Kit)

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Remember your parents scaring you with "Be careful of firecrackers, they can explode in your hand!"  Well let us warn you right now... our new, juicy M-80 IPA is going to explode in your mouth. It's going to be crazy. Flavors going everywhere. Maybe your parents would tell you to use caution and not to make this beer. But you're grown up now, making adult decisions (most of the time), and we think you've earned the right to buy a beer kit with a fuse and a lighter. With a slight smile and a wink of the eye, we say "go ahead... have some fun".
Let us tell you about the inner workings of this bomb. Sure it has big IPA malt, but you want to know about the hops. It starts with an unreasonable amount of Simcoe®, Columbus, and Centennial hops. By themselves these are all explosive hops, but together they combine to bring true, huge IPA hop flavor.  Because of the similarity of hops, one MoreBeer! staffer dubbed it a mini "Pliny The Elder... but with orange". High praise indeed.
Did you just say Orange? Well done sir, good paying attention. What really sets this IPA apart from the masses is that the recipe calls for you to cut up and add three fresh oranges into the fermenter. Crazy? We thought so. But that is what we love about our Signature Series of Beer Kits, a selection of crazy, unique beers that really stand out. M-80 IPA was designed and created by your fellow homebrewer, Carlos Musquez. We do admit he went a little AWOL on this kit and into uncharted territory, but we love a rebel. Being a graphic designer he also designed the very cool matching bottle labels. Bring a labeled six pack to your next party and you might be dubbed "The Bomb".
You will need to supply the three fresh oranges... we'd ship them to you, but they would get a little squishy.
Estimated Original Gravity: 1.060
Estimated SRM: 7
Estimated IBU's: 75-80
Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6.5%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.

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ABV %6.5
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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good reviews, sounds like a taste profile I enjoy.
Diego C on Sep 30, 2020
"Mini Pliny" description caught my attention.
Dell Grunenberg on Apr 16, 2020
good reviews, sounds like a taste profile I enjoy.
Diego C on Sep 30, 2020
Made it before
Matt R on Apr 18, 2020
"Mini Pliny" description caught my attention.
Dell Grunenberg on Apr 16, 2020
Sounded tasty.
Matthew G on Apr 11, 2020
Good reviews
John F on Jan 8, 2020
Sounds amazing and I’ve never added fruit
Todd L on Dec 6, 2019
One of my favorite IPA kits.
Simon Frampton on Oct 26, 2019
Sounds flexible
douglas m on Aug 28, 2019
trying all grain first time
Ross B on May 27, 2019
liked the way it came out the first time i brewed it
brian s on Jan 21, 2019
havent tried - has great reviews
Dan R on Dec 28, 2018
i like ipa
brian s on Dec 12, 2018
Customer rating
Keith S on Nov 17, 2018
M43 has been my go to beer lately and this seems to be a close recipe
Todd Scheitz on Oct 29, 2018
Scott P h on Oct 5, 2018
My father ordered the same beer today. We're going to brew it at the same time. It's a competition! I'm going to win.
Dylan O on Aug 3, 2018
Great price and favorable reviews
Dave St. A on Jul 21, 2018
got good reviews
David B on Jul 3, 2018
I made a couple of months back and loved it!!
steve F on May 9, 2018
Made it before
Matt R on Apr 18, 2020
Sounded tasty.
Matthew G on Apr 11, 2020
I am growing some very nice little Calamondin oranges. They are perfect oranges but extremely tart/sour. Should I use them in this recipe? Is there a way to dial back the sour?
jeremy brown on Mar 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I found that the zest (citrus oils) from the peel contributes more orange "essence" than the meat of the fruit. Any sugars in your oranges or a sweeter orange will be consumed by yeast anyway. Be sure and remove / avoid as much of the white pith (rind) as possible to minimize any bitter contribution.

4.8 / 5.0
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Good brew, need to be more careful with zest.
This beer generated some great flavors with a malty backbone and citrus highlights, but I was left with a lot of bitterness on the backend. I had used some fresh zest from the oranges and perhaps went a little overboard here.

I'd make it again but cut back on the amount of zest I add.
August 19, 2020
3 months ago
My very favorite beer so far
This is by far the best beer I've try, so balanced and full bodied. I've brew it twice so far and planning to keep it always on stock
September 23, 2019
over 2 years ago
Just buy and try
Great beer I will be buying again , missed gravity target , but that's fine , easy drinking great tasting beer
January 10, 2019
1 year ago
Great IPA
Loved this kit.... All my friends said this was one of the tastiest IPAs I've ever made.
January 5, 2019
over 2 years ago
Well balanced with a nice citrus kick.
Well balanced with a nice citrus kick.
September 9, 2018
over 2 years ago
My favorite MB kit
I've brewed this a few time using the Grainfather and have had total success. I've dry hopped and added grapefruit , orange and lemon zest and without any fruit at all and it's always delicious. My favorite More Beer kit.
May 14, 2018
over 2 years ago
Well balanced and tasty...
Brewed M-80 IPA using Wyeast 1056 and used three oranges and zest exactly like directions dictated. I soaked the oranges and zest in vodka for an hour or so and added to secondary for two weeks. After bottling I waited a couple of weeks before tasting as directed and I truly love this beer.

The added sweetness of the oranges balances the bitterness of the hops and zest perfectly in my opinion. This is by far one of my favorite IPA's I have brewed.
February 22, 2018
over 2 years ago
Great kit
This is one of the best beer kit I've ever made, my friends loved it.
November 3, 2017
Amazing Beer!
I didn't expect too much from this kit due to the price but it turned out to be one of the best I've ever brewed or tasted. I used grapefruit and orange peel but only about an ounce of each. Will use more on the next two batches of M-80 currently fermenting. If you like hoppy IPA's, this is a great kit.
April 11, 2017
made it into a jalapeno ipa
this was awesome. i left the orange peel out of it, and decided to make it into a jalapeno ipa. i added 4 jalapenos sliced in half at flame out, and then added 4 more into the secondary after a couple weeks. this was amazing!! definitely will brew this one again. the jalapeno flavor was a nice smooth "green" jalapeno flavor and no heat at all. fantastic brew
March 31, 2016