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American Pale Ale (Extract)

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American Pale Ale (Extract)

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Beer Style: American Pale Ale  (10A)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons

American Pale Ale


Somewhat in the style of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Anchor Liberty Ale.


  • 5 pounds, unhopped light dry malt extract
  • 1/2 pound, dark crystal malt
  • 1 ounce, Cascade hops (60 minute boil)
  • 1/2 ounce, Cascade (30 minute boil)
  • 1/2 ounce, Cascade (10 minute boil)
  • 1/2--1 ounce, Cascade (dry hop)
  • Wyeast American ale yeast

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"Dry hopping" consists of adding hops not to the boil but after boil and especially after fermentation. When your beer is done fermenting, you must rack it into a second sanitized vessel, preferably a glass carboy for which you have a fermentation lock. The beer and the hops are both added to that second vessel, and the beer is left from 1 to 3 weeks in the vessel. It isn't fermenting, but it's picking up flavors from the hops. If you don't want to do this, then instead of dry-hopping, add that last hop addition 2 minutes until end of boil. When you turn the flame off, let the beer sit with the lid on for 20 minutes before chilling it and racking it into the fermenter. But, I recommend that you try dry hopping sooner or later, as it adds flavor and aroma that is just right for this beer! English Pale Ale (previous recipe) also benefits from dry hopping.




review rating
 Reviewed by Jesse on Wed Mar 25 2015

I've only been brewing for less than a year, so I can only give my impressions as I see them now, from a somewhat ignorant standpoint. I like this beer. I've got to let it age a little more to know if it will change further. When I first opened a bottle after a week of conditioning, the dry hopping had added a very interesting scent and flavor to the beer. Somewhat grassy. I should also mention that I dry hopped with amarillo, not cascade.

After another two weeks in the bottle, that grassiness has subsided and now I'm getting an almost bitter flavor to it. I mean that in the best way possible. It's very tasty. Process was easy, results are good. If anything significant changes, I'll update.

Mine ended up at 4.6% and is much darker than I was expecting, somewhat coppery in appearance. Totally clear.