Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Clone

American barleywine is similar to its British relatives, but like most things “American,” the American barleywine is bigger and hoppier. This homebrew beer recipe is a clone of the famous Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine.

Full of hop goodness, it is also dry-hopped for added citrus aroma. Weighing in at a whopping 85 IBU’s and 9.7% abv, this is not a beer to drink when you want to mow the lawn, at least if you want the lawn to be mowed straight!

Even though this is an extract homebrew recipe the high alcohol and dry-hopping make for a more complicated beer than your normal homebrew would be. Don’t try this as your first homebrew recipe, you will need a little experience.


Make sure you follow the extract instruction sheet or you will not get the hop bitterness you need.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 gal 120 min 84.9 IBUs 11.9 SRM 1.085 SG 1.020 SG 8.6 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Barleywine 19 C 1.08 - 1.125 1.02 - 1.035 50 - 100 10 - 22 1.8 - 2.5 8 - 13 %


Name Amount %
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 1.5 lbs 12.5
Light Dry Extract 10.5 lbs 87.5


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Cascade 1 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Chinook 1 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 13
Centennial 1 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 10
Cascade 1 oz 20 min Boil Pellet 5.5
Cascade 1 oz 7 days Dry Hop Pellet 5.5


Name Amount Time Use Type
Yeast Nutrient 1.00 tsp 3 days Primary Other


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
California Ale (WLP001) White Labs 77% 68°F - 73°F
Recipe Type
Experience Level