DetailsThe flavor of our Castle Brown Ale is slightly nutty and sweet. The off-white head is finished with a mild dry aftertaste.
Our ingredients for this recipe include 6 lb. of Golden Light Dried Malt extract, 13 oz. Crystal 50-60L, 3 oz. Chocolate malt, 1 oz. Challenger, 1 oz. Kent Goldings pellet hops, grain bag, priming sugar and yeast.
- Details & Instructions
4.9 / 5.053 ReviewsExcellentFollowed the recipe exactly except boiled for 90 minutes instead of 60. It really does closely resemble Newcastle. Friends compared it in a blind taste test and preferred the clone over the original. Personally, I prefer something with just a bit more hop character, so the next time I make a batch (and I do intend to order another kit) I will likely hop it up just a little bit.October 19, 2011Amazingly Smooth BeerThis beer kit is my favorite kit. My first batch I made turned out 10 times better than anticipated and tasted much better than Newcastle out of the bottle. Already bottling by second my today. If you like Newcastle, you will like this beer even more.March 31, 2012Excellent TasteFairly new to brewing, not to drinking beer - lol._x000D_Like the smoothness of New Castle, this is also smooth, but I think a bit more taste. Anyone that loves parent of this clone, will surely like Midwests version. I will continue to brew this kit._x000D_May 14, 2012Great Taste. Gets better with age.This was only my second brew. I followed the instructions pretty much to the letter, letting it go one week in the primary and two weeks in secondary. I tried it at four weeks after bottling. It tasted pretty good and got favorable reviews from some friends. But I stepped back and let it keep conditioning for a few more weeks. By seven weeks the flavors were really coming together. At eight weeks I did a blind taste test with New Castle. In my opinion, this is not a New Castle clone. It's definitely a lot hoppier than the orginal. But that's necessarily a bad thing, it just depends on what you're looking for. I preferred the New Castle because I'm not big on hops. But my wife, who likes IPAs and heavily hopped beers, thought my brew was better. Overall, I'd have to say I'm pretty happy with it. It's got plenty of depth and flavor and I'd probably brew it again. Just be aware that it is quite a bit hoppier than Newcastle.June 27, 2012close to NewCastleVery close to NewCastle, slightly hoppier but very similar. I even bottled some NewCastle bottles and visually it is right on except for my chill haze. For my personal taste I may try to add some different malts to get a little more carmel flavor.July 14, 2012Gets much better over timeThis is actually my second review of the same batch of Oldcastle. The first time around I reviewed it after about 7 or 8 weeks in the bottle and gave it a fairly low rating because it was just too hoppy for a Newcastle clone. But after 12 weeks in the bottle the flavors have really mellowed out. I haven't done another side-by-side taste test, but I think this is now very close to the original. The flavor is quite complex and I'm excited that there are still 30 more bottles of it in the basement for me to enjoy. This is an excellent brew if you allow it enough time to age.August 9, 2012Made it again!This is my standard beer kit. _x000D__x000D_I have made numerous Midwest beer kits over the years, but this is a favorite among family/friends._x000D__x000D_TOO HOPPY? _x000D_Many reviewers think this beer is too hoppy to be a Newcastle clone._x000D__x000D_Make sure you PRE-READ the instructions CAREFULLY and compare them to the amount of hops provided in the kit._x000D__x000D_The instructions say: "Add 1?2 oz. Kent Goldings aroma hops for the last 10 minutes, then remove the pot from the burner."_x000D__x000D_The hop packets in Midwest kits contain ONE FULL OUNCE of hops! ONLY add HALF the packet and your Newcastle clone will be closer to the real thing._x000D__x000D_Wonderful kit!September 26, 2012Great For The KegThis one is a really good clone. Tastes just like the original. Filled a keg and put it in my keezer. Great one to have on hand cold and ready to go.November 23, 2012Great kit, will do againThis was my first brown ale after trying several red ale kits. My friends that like Newcastle like this very much and I prefer it to Newcastle (I think Newcastle is too sweet)._x000D__x000D_I had it primary for 5 days (very rapid fermentation!) and then kegged after 2 weeks total. It tasted pretty good right away but nothing like a Newcastle. Now that it's been chilling for another week it's getting much smoother. Overall I'm impressed and plan on doing this regularly.January 31, 2013close to orginalMade this because I am a pretty big fan of Newcastle. Used the liquid yeast and fermented it low. Came out pretty clean, pretty close to the originalFebruary 16, 2013
- Customer Q&A