This might be the biggest, strongest beer you'll ever brew! Deep copper color, with very full body and intense malt flavor. The maltiness is balanced with plenty of imported British hops. This recipe comes with 14 pounds of malt extract and 7 ounces of hops! A beer this strong may taste a bit rough around the edges when it's young, but it's fantastic after some bottle aging time. We suggest aging this beer in bottles at room or basement temperature for at least 4-6 months for best flavor. It will continue to improve for over 2 years!
Style: English-style Barleywine
Color: Dark Copper Brown
Bitter (English Ordinary)
Despite the name, this is not a bitter-tasting beer. The "ordinary" style is the everyday drinking beer in Great Britain. The word bitter actually refers to the use of hops; in the distant past before hops were commonly used, most beers were sweet. There are stronger, hoppier British ales, such as ESB (Extra Special Bitter) Pale Ale, and IPA (India Pale Ale.) But ordinary bitter is an easy beer to like. Its modest maltiness and modest bitterness, medium body and a lower carbonation level make for easy drinking. This recipe is made from imported British malt, hops, and grains.
Style: English-style Ordinary Bitter
Color: Deep Amber
Brown Ale (English)
Do you like Newcastle Brown Ale? Always one of our most popular recipes. Our version of the famous British ale has the same beautiful reddish-brown color. The beer is medium-bodied but rich in malt flavor. This recipe is made with 5 different British grains, plus British malt extract, British hops, and raw Demerara sugar for authenticity. This recipe's popularity comes from the satisfying blend of toasted-malt, caramel, and toffee flavors. Hops are present as a balancing influence without any aggressive bitterness or strong hop flavors.
Style: English Brown Ale
ESB (English Extra Special Bitter)
Extra Special Bitter is a traditional English ale which is stronger than the Ordinary Bitter, but less strong than Pale Ale. You could consider E.S.B. to be the beer on which American microbreweries have based many of their Amber Ales. E.S.B. is medium-full bodied, with a deep amber color and fantastic head retention. This beer has enough hops for nice aroma and flavor, but hop bitterness isn't as powerful as in Pale Ale or IPA. Imported British malt, hops, yeast and grains are used exclusively in this recipe.
Style: English-style Extra Special Bitter
Irish Red Ale/Pub Ale
Do you like Smithwick's Irish Ale? We had a lot of requests for this beer style, and since it's a favorite around here, we spent extra time working on this before it was released. The secret to the style is to achieve full, creamy body without undue sweetness. All too often, "clone" recipes are loaded with sweetness and just don't get it right. We think that the best brewing method involves the use of unmalted barley and a touch of dark roasted barley to build a lovely, smooth beer with low carbonation and very moderate hop levels. The beauty of the style is in the mouthfeel.
Style: Irish Pub Ale
Color: Golden Red
Mild Ale (English Dark Mild)
This is the classic British version of "lite" beer. In England, these are often referred to as "session" beers because they're particularly suited to long public drinking sessions, or for having a beer or two at lunch before returning to work. Mild ale is relatively low in alcohol and body, but it still has plenty of flavor. The color is brown, with a nice blend of hop and malt flavors. You'll taste a hint of caramel malt and chocolate malt. This is a great beer for everyday drinking, you won't find a low calorie, low carbohydrate beer with more character
Style: English Dark Mild Ale
Old Ale (British Strong Ale)
Old ale is probably the strongest beer style that doesn't need long aging in order to taste good. That's because it's well-balanced to avoid harshness when young. Like all strong beers, however, it does improve with age. Our "Thomas Nonsense!" recipe kit is very strong and medium-full bodied. The color is deep copper to brown. Malt characteristics are quite strong, and balanced by generous hop additions. As it ages, these flavors marry... they blend and mellow each other. Thomas Nonsense! contains not only British yeast strain, British hops, and British malt extract, but also two different British sugars. The special sugars give Thomas Nonsense! the characteristic vinous (sherry or cognac-like) flavor of old ales.
Style: English Old Ale / Strong Ale
Pale Ale (Rockfish)
Do you like Bass Ale? Our "Rockfish Ale" was designed for fans of this popular British import, but Rockfish is a little bolder, a little stronger. One of our top 10 best-selling recipes. It's a very British pale ale, containing 3 British grains, British malt extract, British yeast strain, and 3 different British hops. The result is a medium-bodied, amber-colored beer with nice aroma and head retention. Hops for this recipe come in 5 separate additions! Fortunately, there's plenty of malt flavor and caramel sweetness to balance the hops. We've heard quite a few reports that Rockfish Ale has been used to change the opinions of people who don't like "homebrew" or "bitter beers" or "dark beers." That's probably because although Pale Ales are very different than the big commercial beers they're accustomed to, a well-designed Pale Ale should make almost anybody happy.
Style: English Pale Ale
Pale Ale (our Pepperpot pale ale)
We're offering a second British Pale Ale, "Pepperpot Pale Ale," to satisfy popular demand. Back in 1999 we had a promotional Pale Ale recipe kit that was such a huge success that our customers demanded more after the coupon ran out, so here it is! Compared to Rockfish Ale, It features a little more caramel and toffee flavors, and cuts back a bit on the hops. You'll enjoy the deep amber color, moderately full body, and clean flavor profile. The "fruity" ester flavors (one person's wonderful fruity flavor is another person's dirty fermentation profile) which predominate so many microbrewed Pale Ales are very subdued in this recipe, due to the clean-tasting yeast strain used. This is what makes the flavor of Pepperpot Ale so clean. The effect is emphasized even more if you can ferment it at a slightly cooler temperature, in the range of 60-68 degrees, but normal room temperature also gives good results.
Style: English Pale Ale
Scotch Ale is a strong beer with the predominant flavor of malt. Our "Angus' Kilt" recipe is a rich brown color and is dominated by sweet malty character, including caramel malt, chocolate malt, and a hint of smoked malt. Hop bitterness is low; there is little hop flavor and nearly no hop aroma. The beer is quite full bodies and forms a tight, lacy head when poured.
Style: Scotch Ale
Color: Copper Brown