DetailsThis is a pale ale more sweet than bitter with the malty flavors more accentuated than the hoppy flavors. It is mild, clean, and very drinkable. Hints of caramel and peppery spice in the nose.
Our ingredients for this recipe include: 6 lb. Gold liquid malt extract, 1 lb. British Crystal 50-60L malt, 12 oz. malted wheat specialty grains, 1 oz. Mt. Hood bittering hops, grain bag, priming sugar, and yeast.
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4.8 / 5.068 ReviewsExcellent starter beerBlack Dog Ale was the first LME beer kit we brewed and was a solid performer! Nice, even taste that was universally enjoyed, easy to brew, and one we'll likely brew again. If you're a first timer like we were, I wouldn't hesitate to try this one. If you're a seasoned pro, this will be an excellent addition to your fridge.October 29, 2013Solid tasty beerSolid beer, something everyone can enjoy, neither too hoppy nor too strong, it's just right. This is a beer to expose BMC drinkers to, to let them try other types of beer.January 4, 2014really nice beera nice, middle-weight ale - not to heavy, not too light; the carmel taste at the end is very pleasant; try this one - I really like it; very "drinkable"November 28, 2009SmoothAt first it doesn't taste like anything special but as the flavors sill your mouth and the smoothness hits you will really like it. Easy beer to drink, and if you like Ambers , this is the kit for you.February 14, 2014Easy to brewAn easy kit to make, and even easier to drink. Balanced and not too bitter. _x000D_Has a great ale flavor but a crisp finish. Not too heavy or filling._x000D_March 22, 2014Nice middle of the road beerIt's a very good right down the middle beer. If I was to add coffee to another brew I think this will be it.December 27, 2009Gets Better With AgeMy first impression was that it was good but not special. I believe the secret to this brew is to let it bottle condition for a long time. In fact I'm finding all the brews improve as they age. I have bottles of this that have been conditioning for over six months. To me, there is no comparison to when I first tasted it after a three week conditioning. This has turned out to be one of the best brews. This may turn into my go to brew.March 23, 2014greatsmooth easy drinking, mild, not assaulting on the taste buds. good beer. 1 week primary, 1 week sec, 1 week in bottles.May 21, 2014Good amber aleMost everyone thought it tasted like a Sam Adams Ale or a Saranac. Thought it was a bit maltier than those ... one of my first attempts at kegging and it turned out good. will probably brew this one again.March 27, 2010
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Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 11 answerssecondary in glass for this recipe?BEST ANSWER: I used glass carboy for secondary and it turned out great. I always extend the time in the secondary an extra week beyond the recommended time and allow extra time after bottling for better aging.I added 2 tsp of vanilla extract to the secondary, and now that I am bottling it, its cloudy... it was in the primary 7 days and secondary 7 days, should I have left it longer?BEST ANSWER: Just bottled mine two days ago... Mine sat in secondary for 16 days. I did have more sediment than usual. As I recall, it took that first week in the secondary to clear up. I also add a whirlflock tablet to every brew during the boil and have noticed a noticeable increase in clairity since.if you were to add more hops to this kit, what would it be?BEST ANSWER: Howdy Dave,
That all depends on what flavors you are attempting to achieve. If you are looking for bitterness, you will want to add the hops at the beginning of the boil, for aroma, at the end of the boil. What type of flavor and/or aroma would you like to add to this beer? Let me know and I will try and figure out the proper hop for your needs!