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June 26, 2018

Single Hop: Lemon Drop - Homebrew Recipe

Single hop beers are all the rage nowadays, and the kegerator at Clawhammer's HQ has been running low lately. With Summer just around the corner, we need a tasty summertime beer that we can start drinking immediately. That's why we brewed a Session IPA with Lemondrop hops using Clawhammer's 10.5 gallon Electric Brewing System. It's our first crack at making a single hop beer using this variety. Will it be good? Read on or watch the video to find out.

Session IPA Style Guidelines

  • Golden or copper color
  • OG - 1.038 - 1.052
  • Low ABV - 3% - 4% - Beers exceeding 5% ABV are not considered Session IPAs
  • Medium Bitterness - 40 - 55 IBUs

Single Hop Lemon Drop - Homebrew Recipe Video

Here's the video, in case you aren't the readin' type. However, if you're interested in brewing this beer, scroll down for full recipe details.


Beginning water volume: 7.04 gallons, with chemistry adjusted to produce the following profile:

  • Calcium: 100ppm
  • Chloride: 136ppm
  • Sulfates: 75ppm
  • Sodium: 14ppm
  • Magnesium: 6ppm
  • Bicarbonates: 25ppm

Note: we also added half a campden tablet at the start of the brew day.


  • Pilsner (2 row) Ger (2.0 SRM) - 6lbs. (70.6%)
  • Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) - 1lbs. (11.8%)
  • Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) - 1lbs. 8oz. (17.6%)


We mashed at 152F for 60 minutes then did a mashout for 10 minutes at 170F.


We added our Lemondrop hops after our 60 minute boil. We cooled the wort down to 165F and did a whirlpool addition using 4 oz. of hops.

This is our first time using Lemondrop hops and we're hoping it gives our beer a nice citrus, lemon flavor. Although, others who have used this hop tell us the lemon flavor it yields is fairly subtle.


We used Imperial A24 Dry Hop Yeast at the end of the brew day. This yeast will make our final hop aroma excellent. We fermented for 13 days at 68F.

Dry Hops

We dry hopped this beer with 2 oz of Lemondrop hops for 3 days


  • Post boil volume - 6.04 gallons 
  • Post-boil gravity - Actual: 1.034
  • Volume into the fermenter - 6.04 gallons
  • Final Gravity 1.010
  • Final keg volume: 5.0 gallons
  • ABV - 4.20%

Tasting Notes

This one finished with a nice golden color and a little bit of haze. When we tasted it, we could immediately tell why they're called Lemondrop hops. There were a lot of lemon and citrus notes we could smell and taste and no perceivable off flavors, making it a really refreshing and light beer. With an ABV of 4.20%, this should be your go to summertime beer to brew.

  • Hey,

    my questions are: When did you put the hops into the beer? Before ending or before? Primary or secondary?

    Posted by Norbert on April 04, 2019
  • I’m a newbie with a silly question. Do you dry hop the lemon drop hops in the secondary fermentation phase or the primary fermentation phase? Thanks in advance.

    Posted by Ernie on March 15, 2019
  • If no hops are added during the boil do you need to boil for 60 min?

    Posted by Nick on March 15, 2019
  • Sound awsome, I live in Lincolnshire England,, can you get the lemon drop hops over here and could any of you guys convert the all grain recipe into a dry extract recipe with steeped grains for me, would really appreciate it if could, ain’t gone all grain yet 👍

    Posted by ALan on August 17, 2018
  • I made this a few weeks back. Followed the recipe exactly and it came out great! made it on my old all grain, gravity fed system. everyone that has tried it has loved it. I actually made a shandy out of it by adding 1/4 to 1/3 parts “simply lemonade” to a glass and then filling the rest with this brew. tastes awesome on a hot summer day! I’ve since bought clawhammers biab system and I’m brewing a oktoberfest with it. so far, I’m extremely happy with this system! keep up the great work clawhammer team!!

    Posted by Craig on August 13, 2018
  • Just made this in the Clawhammer and yep it’s awesome! Thanks for the recipe! I added an extra pound of Pilsner to bump up the abv to 5.1.

    Posted by Robert on August 03, 2018

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