DetailsAs if a certain West Coast beer were being brewed by you. Brew this up for a masterfully balanced malt and hop flavor experience with loads of caramel malt and accompanying floral/citrus hop flavor. This pale ale will not disappoint!
Our ingredients for this recipe include 3 lb. Gold dry malt extract, 3.15 lb. Gold liquid malt extract, 1.5 lb. Caramel 60L, 6 oz. Dark Crystal, 1/2 oz. Magnum bittering hops, 1 oz. Ahtanum flavor hops, grain bag, priming sugar, and yeast.
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4.9 / 5.020 ReviewsVery refreshingI usually brew the dark heavy beers, but I thought something paler would be more refreshing in the summer heat. And this sure is - a sharp flavor with a slight citrus aftertaste... that will be long-gone before the summer heat arrives. I have never had the Stone Ale, so I can not compare there. This one has a more full body and darker color than I was expecting in a pale ale. I did not use the extra half oz of hops that came with, and will leave them out again on the next batch, though I do think dry hopping would be a nice aroma addition. I did a full boil, oxygenated, then primary fermentation in a 61 degree fridge (1 week) and secondary in 63 degree fridge (3 weeks). I keep a computer fan on the carboy so the temp inside is usually only 3 or 4 degrees above the air temp even during very active fermentation. I was planning to naturally carb it in the keg, but after sampling it on the way out of the secondary I decided to force-carb so I could get at the finished product sooner - I force-carbed for a week at 63 degrees then chilled it and let it settle for another week. It is still a little cloudy but no green flavors that I notice. I have already ordered another extract kit of the Rocky on which I will try a late-extract addition to maybe lighten the color a little, and plan to do the all-grain Rocky kit as BIAB after that. It really is that good - and this is from a guy who usually stays with the dark and heavy.April 17, 2013rocky pale aleI am not sure if it's a clone kit...but it reminds me of Stone's Pale ale. I love it! Will brew again and it's so much cheaper than Stones!May 29, 2013This is one delicious Pale Ale!!I added some additional grains (1.5lb of Carapils). My hop schedule consisted of .5oz of Magnum's at 45mins, .5oz of Magnum's at 10mins, and 1oz of Ahtanum at 5mins. I used 1tsp of irish moss I used the Safale because liquid would never survive the trip to me with 15mins left in the boil. I brewed it on May 5th, sat in primary for 2 weeks and in secondary for another 2 weeks. I cold crashed at 40*F for 3 days and then kegged it. I set my pressure at 10psi @ 40*F and served my first glass on June 14th. Mine measured out to 5.6% ABV._x000D__x000D_Appearance: Medium amber color with a non-persistant off-white head. Lacing is minimal, at best, and appears more as individual spots rather than full lace. Hopville gives it an SRM rating of 17._x000D__x000D_Aroma: Slightly bitter aroma, similar to mix of lemon and spruce or juniper--not Lemon Pinesol, but more like the bitter white pith of lemon mixed with a shot of Gin. Hopville gives it an IBU rating of 35._x000D__x000D_Palate: Surprisingly smooth on the tongue with a light bite on the back of the tongue as you swallow. It's refreshing like an easy-drinking lager while still invigorating like an IPA. It's like a snare drum on your tongue._x000D__x000D_Flavor: It starts like a fresh tomato: slightly sweet with moderate acidity. It finishes drier as the sweetness gives way to strictly acidic._x000D__x000D_Overall: This was my first attempt at a Pale Ale and it makes me want to go farther into hop-forward beers. For someone that may be afraid of beers with strong hop characteristics, try using only .5oz of the Magnum's as the directions say. This isn't overwhelmingly "hoppy" but is a far cry from anything reminiscent of a buttered biscuit covered in maple syrup.July 4, 2013rocky pale alea great tasting beer! Not too bold and well balanced. easy to brew and was shipped very fast too.July 18, 2013rocky pale aleA good tasting beer. The color in mine turned out darker than I expected. The flavor from the hops were great! a nice fruity flavor behind the malts.September 27, 2013Great ExperienceVery fast shipping... which was free - I love when you guys do free shipping deals. Everything arrived intact and well packed. The liquid yeast is definitely viable. This ale would've blown the top off the fermenter if I hadn't used a blow-off tube... Crisis averted! I wish I could comment on the flavor, but alas, it's still bubbling away. The contents of the kit within the box were a little on the sticky side from the DME powder, but the DME bag didn't seem to have any holes, so no stars lost there. Did I mention I love free shipping deals? :) You guys are great, thank you!January 5, 2016WowThe fine brew has been described as the total meal. It's like A Thick Pork Chop, Home Made Mash Spuds with a rich gravey. Fresh picked buttered peas and fresh home made buttered rolls. Wow, What a full bodied brew. This is a keeper. I can't say enough about this one. Simply a must brew..........December 4, 2010I recommend this to everyone!I have made some good brews through midwest before, but man, this one tops them all. _x000D__x000D_The recipe itself calls for only 1/2oz of Magnum hops, but it came with a full oz (*maybe it was just me). I ended up doing 1/2oz Magnum for 60min, 1/2oz of Magnum for 30min, and the 1oz of Ahtanum for 15 minutes. I also bought an extra oz. of Cascade hops to add to secondary.... fantastic!! I added in just a bit more LME to the recipe as well (some residual left over from my last batch) to bump up the final abv to 6.1%_x000D__x000D_Very reminiscent of Stone Pale Ale. If any of you guys are looking for a solid Pale Ale.. look no further. Dark amber color. Medium bodied, Not overly sweet or malty. Very well-balanced with the modifications listed above. Solid brew. _x000D__x000D_The Wyeast London ESB in combination with the Irish Moss yields a super clean and clear brew. You will be surprised. Enjoy.September 6, 2011Solid BeerSimilar, but better/cleaner taste profile than Stone's beer. Well balanced Pale Ale flavor well matched with bitterness. 1 week primary, 1 week secondary. wyeast @ 68March 30, 2012It's a quality brewThis kit is stuffed with goodness. I made some tweaks, adding a half pound of brown sugar, a lot more hops and 2 oz. of oak chips in secondary. The result was a bit more like Oaked Arrogant Bastard. My friends tell me it's the best I've made, and I think I'm starting to believe them. _x000D__x000D_I will likely buy two more of these: one for a similar experiment and another to stay true to the recipe. As someone who calls Stone his neighborhood brewery, I can confirm that this recipe is a fine impression, my adjustments notwithstanding._x000D_June 4, 2012
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