IPA Frostbite Recipe

A winter seasonal style that emerged from IPA, the most popular craft beer style in the US. It uses a combination that takes the grain bill of Belgian Witbier, but utilizes American hops. The wheat base stands up well against the citrus hops.

Type: Ale

Style: India Pale Ale

Batch Size: 5 gallons

Recipe Type: Extract with grain

Recipe Contributed By: Briess Technical Services Team


QuantityIngredientCommentMalt Style
3 lbsCBW® Pilsen Light DME60 min boil 
3 lbsCBW® Bavarian Wheat DME0 min boil 
1 lbWheat Malt, WhiteSteeping Grain 
0.5 lbBriess Insta Grains® Oat FlakesSteeping Grain 
0.5 lbCaramel Vienne Malt 20LSteeping Grain 
1 ozSimcoe® Hops (13% AAU)60 min boil 
1 ozCitraTM (12% AAU)10 min boil 
2 ozCitraTM (12% AAU)5 min boil 
2 ozCitraTM (12% AAU)0 min boil 
2 packsWLP051 California Ale V YeastFermenter 
1 capsuleServomyces Yeast Nutrient10 min boil 


  1. Bring 2.5 gallons of water to 154ºF and steep grains for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove grains, and stir in 3 lbs CBW® Pilsen Light DME.
  3. Bring water to a boil, add 1 oz of Simcoe hops.
  4. After 50 minutes, add 1 oz of Citra hops and yeast nutrient.
  5. Boil 5 more minutes and add 2 oz Citra hops.
  6. Turn heat off and add 2 oz Citra hops.
  7. Stir to dissolve 3 lbs Briess CBW® Bavarian Wheat Dry Malt Extract.
  8. Cool beer to 70ºF. Transfer to fermenter, Fill to 5 gallons with water.
  9. Pitch two packs of White Labs WLP051 California V yeast.

Primary Fermentation: 1 week at 66ºF – 70ºF

Secondary Fermentation: 2 weeks at 66ºF – 70ºF.

Fermentation Notes: Force carbonate or bottle condition with ¾ cup dissolved priming sugar, and ¼ packet WLP051 yeast for 3-4 weeks.

Original Gravity: 1.061

Final Gravity: 1.015

Alcohol by Weight:

Alcohol by Volume: 6%

IBU: 87

Color: 8.5