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This clone is based upon a homebrew recipe posted on the Sierra Nevada web site. The recipe is adapted from the original notebooks of Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. This is apparently the ancestor of the modern Sierra Nevada pale ale.

Unfortunately, the recipe lacks IBU information. The hop additions from the blog post would produce about 65 IBUs for a five gallon batch. This is much higher than the commercial version (38 IBUs), making it more like an American IPA. The present calculator is set to 60 IBUs and calculations yield weights similar to Sierra Nevada's recipe.

It is also worth noting that the recipe specifies using whole cone hops (not pellets).

The original gravity information is also lacking. Given 65 IBUs, an educated guess is an original gravity of 1.060. This value is at the high end of the American pale ale style (BJCP 18B; OG 1.045 to 1.060) but the lower end of the American IPA style (21A; 1.056 to 1.070). The recipe could be viewed as located in between the American pale ale and American IPA styles.

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