American Amber Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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This classic beer brings together brisk hop flavor and a coppery golden color to make a refreshing pint that is still flavorful enough to enjoy year-round. Try pairing this ale with anything from pizza to seafood.

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One of the few styles that American brewers can legitimately call their own. This classic beer brings together brisk hop flavor and a coppery golden color to make a refreshing pint that is still flavorful enough to enjoy year-round. Our American Amber features a firm malty base supporting assertive American hops, a reddish-amber hue and a lingering off-white head of foam. Not quite a pale ale and not quite a brown, this well-balanced beer has a smooth and versatile flavor that you'll want to come back to again and again. Try pairing this ale with anything from pizza to seafood.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Amber Ale
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1047
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Easy Drinker Review by Aaron
This is not typically one of my favorite styles but the recipe is well balanced and pleases most who have tried it. (Posted on 7/16/13)
Best session beer that I have ever made! Review by James
This kit is the best session beer kit that I have ever made. It has a really nice flavor profile and a little more hop kick than you would expect. I brew very often, and I make a lot of really big(giant) beers. I have made this kit twice and I plan to always keep a keg on tap and another ready to go. Keeping a really enjoyable session beer on hand is imperative when having people over of differing tastes, or when you want to drink more than two big beers and function the next day. I have tried many of NB's session type beers and although there is not a bad kit in the lot, I can lose interest in it if it can't grab my taste bud's attention. Every person, craft beer drinker or not has raved about this beer. It will be popular and it will go fast! (Posted on 7/12/13)
Awesome Amber! Review by Steve D.
This is an easy , simple recipe, with just two hop additions (all Cascade) and the US-05 yeast and it makes a beautiful example of this style. I did just 1 week in the primary, 1 week in the secondary, and after 2 weeks in the bottle I tried it out this past weekend; it's my best brew yet! Some of the comments here say it's too hoppy, but I didn't find that at all. I don't like overly-hopped beers (read IPAs) either, but this beer is well-balanced, with enough malt sweetness to standup to the bitterness. Nice head retention and lacing in the glass too, and oh that beautiful citrus aroma. Another 2 weeks or so in the bottle and I'll be knocking my friends' socks off with this beer. My first kit from Northern Brewer, and I will definitely brew this one again. (Posted on 5/13/13)
OK Flavor Review by Stephen
This was my first brew...It is a little too 'hoppy' for my taste. Would like to figure out how to make it less 'hoppy' and do this again. My friends who have tried it love the flavor. This one is going to stay on my list of beers that I will brew. I will brew it again after I gain little more experience on playing with flavors. (Posted on 1/26/13)
First Brew Review by Alex
This was my first brew, done using the basic starter kit and wyeast. It turned out alright, but was far too hoppy for my tastes. My father liked it, however. I did let it condition in the bottle for a week or two beyond the recipe to try and let it mellow some more. I may come back around and try this brew again but not use all the hop pellets called for at some point in the future. (Posted on 1/23/13)
First attempt turned out great! Review by Kris
This was my first attempt at homebrewing and turned out great! After 2 weeks in the bottle, I was a bit concernced b/c I had no carbonation. At the advice of other homebrewers, I gave the bottles a little shake and moved to a warmer location. After the 3rd week, I tried the beer again and voila - carbonation! My Ale made it's debut at a bbqwith friends to rave reviews. This is a great beer that I will make again. (Posted on 5/30/12)
not a bad Amber Review by J
I love amber Ale and this one was pretty good. Good flavor but a little too much carmel flavoring. I will try to increase the abount of brew water up to 3.5 gallons and watch the bottom of the pot as it tends to cook some of the malt syrup and leave a burner ring on bottom. One of the draw backs of an electric stove. Will brew again (Posted on 5/3/12)
Flavorful But Not Overpowering Review by Lee
I brewed this kit as my second attempt in the realm of home brewing; my first attempt was a Kolsch recipe I got from a friend and I made some mistakes in the process and ended up pouring out most of it. With this batch I utilized that which I had learned and this came out fantastic.

I find it has a flavor that is hoppy (but not too much) and smooth with a slight malt note. I've given out several bottles to friends and family and the unanimous verdict is that this recipe is a winner. I'll definately be making more of this in the future but for now, my next batch is the Un-Kolsch limited edition kit.

I followed the recipe directions exactly and used the Wyeast for this batch. Fermented at a constant 68'. Table sugar as the primer at bottling time. It spent 9 days in the primary, 2 weeks in the secondary and a month before I tried the first bottle. OG measured at 1.047, FG came in at 1.010 which Beer Smith tells me is 4.8% ABV. (Posted on 4/29/12)
A mainstay in my beer inventory Review by Carlsbad Jeff
This is a great amber ale and is very drinkable. I tweaked it a little by taking out one ounce of Cascade in the boil and dry hopping with an ounce of Amarillo. The Amarillo dry hop was a great addition, but I think the next time I make this, I will leave both ounces of Cascade in at the beginning of the boil for a little more bitterness. I will have to keep this in stock at all times. (Posted on 4/17/12)
Great kit Review by William
This was my first home brew attempt. Very simple brewing day. I used the dry yeast. 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, and then bottled. First taste was 2 weeks in the bottle and I found the Cascade hops a little strong and too bitter for my taste. Now that it has been conditioning for 1 month the bitterness mellowed out and it is much more enjoyable. This is a great beer kit and I recommend giving it a little extra time in the bottle to condition (1 month). If I was to brew this kit again, I would probably not add the full 2oz of Cascade h ops. (Posted on 3/25/12)
Great brew Review by J
This is a great simple brew. Very clean and easy to drink. The malt and hops balance is perfect. This is one I will brew again since it's not going to last long. (Posted on 3/25/12)
Great Review by Rand
This was my 7th and best batch. the hop and malt play well off of each other. This is what I had in mind when I started home brewing. I used liquid yeast (Wyeast) instead of dry for the first time and I think it helped a lot, definately worth the extra couple of bucks. It was flavorful enough that next time I'll put a little more water in the primary so I get a few more bottles out of it. (Posted on 3/14/12)
My best brew so far Review by Randmo
This was my best brew of the seven I've made since getting my deluxe starter kit. I think, in part, it had to do with the fact that I used liquid yeast for the first time. No more dry yeast for me . I will definitely get this kit again. (Posted on 3/3/12)
Perfect Kit for Beginners Review by Boozehound
This is a really easy kit to brew, and it produces a very smooth, popular session ale. Because of its mild & generic flavor profile, it will run out fast if you offer it to friends. Everyone at my parties asks for this. If you have a 6+ gallon kettle, consider making two batches at once.

Another classic, elegantly simple kit from NB. (Posted on 1/28/12)
My first batch Review by Steve
This recipe was my virgin attempt at home brewing. With all the things I did that could have spoiled this beer I was more than pleased with the way it turned out. I kept it in the primary fermenter for 3 weeks, no secondary, then bottled it. One week-good, two weeks-better. It has great taste, color, and head retention. Will do this one again after trying some others. Thanks for the help from my brother Mike who has done 30+ batches. (Posted on 12/26/11)
decent Review by ben
A decent brew but nothing too special. Bursts with cascade hop flavor and is modestly bitter. I'm the type of brewer who tests for carbonation after a week but this one takes a while so that was disapointing for me. It was only ready after 4 weeks in the bottle. It's a kit certainly worth trying. No brew is better than the one you brew yourself. (Posted on 11/28/11)
Excellent Amber Review by Tim
This has been the favorite brew for me and my friends. Great copper color, nice malt flavor, great level of bitterness and fantastic hop aroma from the cascade hops. I've made four NB kits this year, they have all been excellent, and this one came out on top for me. Tastes like a great brewpub beer. I can't say enough good things about this one. (Posted on 11/11/11)
loved it Review by kevin
My first home brew and i thought it was awesome.A great pale ale . Will do i again for sure. (Posted on 9/25/11)
A great surprise Review by KDG Brewer
My first Amber Ale style of beer and 15th batch overall. Brewed 4-30-11, Racked to secondary 5-14-11, kegged 6-20-11 and finally co2'd and tapped 9-8-11. Since I have so many other kegs going it was easy to wait for this beer to fully condition and age in a lager converted freezer for nearly 3 months. Needless to say this came out superb. Most of my friends who are very critical rated this a "home run!" and a beer they could sit and drink all day. I was not only flattered but impressed with the overall flavor myself. Looking to do a full 10gal boil this next time and possibly a little dry hop action to see if I can improve this recipe at all. Great job on this kit N.B.!! I will be buying some more. (Posted on 9/17/11)
An Excellent Choice for New Brewers . . .At Least It Was For Us! Review by Chris Montgomery
We brewed this Amber Ale twice. Despite our best efforts to spoil the first batch by failing to get a good cold break and losing lots of our ale to spillage (trust me, it's a GREAT first-time-brewer story) - we just let this beer condition in the bottle a few more weeks, and it came out fine.

The second time we brewed it, we didn't make the same mistakes (we made other minor ones) and the beer turned out awesome.

After two experiences with this kit and drinking it at different stages of bottle conditioning, leave it in the bottle for about four to six weeks for peak taste and flavor. (Posted on 9/12/11)
Great Amber Ale Review by Kelly
This was my first home brew kit. It was easy and quite the learning process. The beer was good at 6 week mark, but really good at the 8 week mark. (Posted on 8/24/11)
A good beginner's brew Review by C and J
My friend and I brewed two separate batches of this kit. The first one was palatable, but had some bitter off-flavors (which was probably due to our own errors). The second batch came out much better, had a distinct hoppy taste, full body and a somewhat bitter aftertaste. It was enjoyed by many of our friends at the Memorial Day party. As with many beer brews, the longer it conditions, the more mellow and smooth it will taste. I would like to brew this beer again. (Posted on 6/27/11)
Better with age Review by agate lady
This was our first beer and bought it with our started kit. At first the beer was not carbonating, even after waiting the two weeks after bottling. We rolled the bottles around to wake up the yeast and moved it to a little warmer area. After waiting another 2 weeks the beer finally began to carbonate. The taste and carbonation got better the longer we waited. It has been a couple months now and it tastes great. I would make this beer again! (Posted on 5/23/11)
Great Beer Review by Terry
Love this Beer. Definitely needs a month in secondary to smooth out. (Posted on 5/3/11)
Patience will reward. Review by mtnfolk
Having not really had the time to commit to brewing 8 years ago. I decided to pick it up at the begining again. This first brew recipe was easy and after the six weeks I poped the top. The taste was good but carbonation was lacking (maybe too cold in the closet), but after 3 more weeks the head was full and the taste was so good I couldn't keep my wife out of it. Definitly got smoother with just another 2 weeks. Buying another AAA kit today, Cheers (Posted on 5/1/11)
First Brew, Fantastic! Review by Skeens
This was my first kit, so I wasn't expecting what I actually got. This beer has a great taste, but if you pop the top after 2 weeks of conditioning the hoppyness is strong but good. The longer you wait the more smooth it gets. This was a great starter beer that didn't require too much. (Posted on 3/21/11)
Very nice and getting better Review by kfields
I'm having a bottle now and this is one fine brew. A long time coming and the malt is really showing up in the finish now.

Clarity - Superb
Taste - Great

The one thing I didn't nail was the carbonation - but it was my first batch and have learned a thing or two since then.

Glad I ran the last oz of hops into the boil 10 minutes earlier than the recipe because they have faded a bit and the bitter is needed.

When I make this recipe again I'll add an oz to the late addition and dry hop some. I may use about 2 lbs of clear candi instead of the honey with US-05 instead of 1056 and see what happens.

(Posted on 3/6/11)
Nice Beer can't wait Review by kfields
Boil date 11/21/2010

1/2 lb of clover honey at boil
last 1oz of Cascade in at 15min left instead of 5 (I don't fear the hops but embrace them)
1056 yeast with starter 20hour rest.
Everything else at boil time was to the number. OG 1.053

Racked to secondary on 12/7, had a sample.. good but tangy. Gravity 1.010

Bottled on 1/04 and rest for a while in a warm place. (~65deg)

1/21 Started the cold crash to clear and mellow things out.

1/28 Had a bottle from the chiller and Hops were Hopping, very strong. At this point no clearing had occurred. 0 sediment layer - I mean nothing at the bottom of the bottle.

2/12 About 1inch clear and a nice sediment layer on the bottles. I'd say in about 3-4 weeks this will be a great brew. A little more than then the 4 weeks on the card but good things take time.

(Posted on 2/13/11)
Excellent Beer Review by Ricky
This kit is really good. I love the hop aroma, my head retention was good, the color and flavor very appealing. People of all drinking styles drank it for Thanksgiving and everybody was impressed by it. I think is a very good starting kit. I agree with people that this beer really improves with time in the bottle getting smoother. (Posted on 12/4/10)
a wonderfully balanced beer Review by JBMadtown
If you are new to brewing and craft beer then this beer will be more hoppy/bitter than you expect. However, this was no where near an IPA strength. This is coming from a guy who is more of a malty guy than a hoppy guy...

This recipe was just what I was looking for. It poured a great amber color. My head retention was lacking, but I think it's my system not the recipe. There was a nice floral hop aroma. The taste is bitter upfront, but then is followed by a nice malty aftertaste. As this beer ages those two come together is perfect harmony.

The recipe is simple and would be a great place to start for someone trying to develop their own recipe. The lack of complexity is why I give it 4 pints. (Posted on 11/30/10)
Easy Drinking, Not Controversial Review by Gr8tefloyd
Brewed this for my daughter's 1st bday party. Had people who drink only vodka, to people who love a pint of Guiness...also those who often choose the dreaded Bud Light. This beer catered to all the guests. All thumbs up...clean, not aggressive and smooth as expected. Try this if you want an all around beer that will please the masses. 55 bottles down in 2 hours, long live Norah Gail's Birthday Ale. (Posted on 11/18/10)
Great, given time Review by JeffM
I tried a bottle about 6 weeks after bottling and wrote this beer off as one of the worst I've made. Tried again about 2 months later and now think it's one of the best!

Make sure you give a few months of conditioning, the flavor changes drastically! (Posted on 8/12/10)
More hop than I anticipated, but delicious Review by Sparky
This was my first brew, I wanted to make something that everyone would drink, even though it is an excellent brew, it is not the beer that everyone would like. The hop kick from the Cascade really kicks. I am an IPA drink and love hops, so I think this is a great brew, just not what I expected. When I brew this again, I will probably change the hop variety, amount, and/or boil time. (Posted on 6/26/10)
More hop than I anticipated, but delicious Review by Sparky
This was my first brew, I wanted to make something that everyone would drink, even though it is an excellent brew, it is not the beer that everyone would like. The hop kick from the Cascade really kicks. I am an IPA drink and love hops, so I think this is a great brew, just not what I expected. When I brew this again, I will probably change the hop variety, amount, and/or boil time. (Posted on 6/26/10)
very enjoyable Review by docker
Have brewed many NB kits over the years - surprised it took so long to find this one. I think I found my new favorite NB kit. Very tasty, perfect amount of hoppiness. Will be ordering again soon. Mmmmmmmm :) (Posted on 4/21/10)
Great session beer Review by LiveFree
I wanted an easy drinking beer that has some complexity and moderate hoppiness; this fits the bill.

I forgot the short boil hops addition; there was just too much going on at the time. This may have avoided the "hop kick" that some people complain about. Instead, I dry hopped a bunch of whole hops, maybe 2 oz/ per 5 gal. The result is really nice. The hops are prominent in aroma and finish, but it is nowhere close to bitter.

If I made this again, I'd repeat this mistake because the results are great. Skip the 1 minute boil addition and dry hop it! (Posted on 4/16/10)
Good stuff Review by patmcqwi
Amber Ale's are my preferred beer of choice... I have had many. Naturally this would be my first choice for an NB kit. Introduced it family members at Easter to rave reviews.

I would tinker with the hops also. It seemed just a little overpowering to me. This kit will be great foundation for future exploration in the "Amber Ale" style. (Posted on 4/8/10)
Watch the strong Cascade Hops! Review by Rush Limbaugh
My buddy and I thought of giving this American Amber Ale a shot six weeks ago. Reading other reviews people stated it was a smooth tasting beer. However after brewing several batches and getting to know the different Hops, I found this to be very similar to a IPA. Which by the way I have a hard time choking down. This recipe needed the hops turned way back. Instead of putting the three oz. of Cascade Hops in at the boil I only put half of them in. Then the last oz of Cascade Hops where suppose to go in for a finishing Hop for 1 min at the end of the boil. Thank God I put them into a bag and only steeped them for around two minutes. Has a great aroma, but still pretty hoppy. If you like IPA's then you'll love this recipe. However if you are like me, follow recipe for a truly smoother brew. (Posted on 4/4/10)
An excellent kit Review by B
I made this kit as my first brew and realized that I should probably comment on it.

Considering I was brand new to brewing I found that this particular kit gave me a good intro to the process, and had the added bonus of creating a beer that came out tasting great (even though I made a few 'beginner' mistakes along the way). There are a couple of minor adjustments I would make now that I have a number of batches under my belt. However, I say this because I think in doing so it can only improve upon what was already a great tasting result.

I'll definitely be brewing this again soon. (Posted on 4/3/10)
Excellent ale Review by newbrew
This is an excellent spring/summer ale. It is very comparable to the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Has a nice hoppy bite to it without being overbearing. I added 1tbsp of irish moss with 10min of boil left and it gave a beautiful, crystal clear brew. Will definitely keep a case of this around. (Posted on 3/22/10)

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