Max Smasher

Style: Fresh Hops IPA  /  ABV: 5.9%  /  IBU: 60  /  EBC: 10

Max Smasher is a SMASH (Single Malt And Single Hop) IPA brewed with fresh hops farmed and harvested by my homebrewer friend Max. The delicate and simple Maris Otter base together with a neutral yeast allow to enhance the aromas and flavors of the Centennial hops that characterizes this beer.

The color is somewhere between straw yellow and light gold very clear, with a white head not particularly abundant but that persists for a while. Aroma not particularly intense for the style but that releases a very good scent of mango with some pineapple, citrus and very very light notes of malt and honey. Unlike in the aroma, in the mouth the malt is well present coupled by a light grapefruit and some herbaceous notes. The sweet taste that accompanies the entire sip remains also in the aftertaste, not surmounted by the bitterness absolutely not intense but well present


MAX SMASHER (Recipe 2024)


Batch size : 25 liters
ABV 5.9%
EBC: 10.2
IBU: 62
OG: 1.055
FG: 1.010



  • 6.5 kg Maris Otter malt (6 EBC, 100%)


  • 60g fresh Centennial hops (AA 10%) at 15′
  • 60g fresh Centennial hops (AA 10%) at 5′
  • 300g fresh Centennial hops (AA 10%), 15′ hopstand at 75°C
  • 80g fresh Centennial hops (AA 10%) dry hop for 3 days


  • 3 packages (11,5g) of Fermentis SafAle US-05


  • Standard pale ale water profile

Brew Directions:

  1. Mash step at 65°C for 60 minutes
  2. Mash-out at 78°C for 15 minutes
  3. Fly sparge with hot water at 78°C
  4. 60′ Boil
  5. Hopstand at 75°C
  6. Chill wort to 25°C and add yeast


  1. Low Ale fermentation for 14 days at 18°C
  2. Cold Crash 3 days


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