Recipe: Wild Child

The family behind Alpine's Mcilhenney Brewing shares how to brew up their DIPA

As part of our third-annual Homebrew Summer program, several San Diego County breweries are generously allowing us to share homebrew-scaled versions of recipes for some of their most popular beers with our readers. Today, we are publishing the recipe for Wild Child, a double IPA from family-run Alpine operation, Mcilhenney Brewing. While charting a course to East County to get fresh pints of this legendary outfit’s hoppy and otherwise delicious beers has been a happy ritual among San Diego suds fans for decades, this recipe will allow amateur brewers to brew up five gallons of lupulin-laced liquid goodness without ever leaving the house.

We will be sharing more recipes from local breweries, including more than a dozen pro-am creations that will be released throughout the county throughout the summer. So check back with San Diego Beer News often (or subscribe to our free weekly email newsletter and we’ll send all the recipes and release information straight to your inbox). Cheers and happy homebrewing!

Shawn Mcilhenney

Head Brewer, Mcilhenney Brewing

Wild Child is a double West Coast IPA, a beer-style born and popularized right here in Southern California. It’s made with American and European malts and an extravagant amount of hops that are readily available to homebrewers. Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo varietals combine to create citrus-zest and tropical-fruit aromatics highlighted by an exceptionally clean, dry malt backbone.

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