American Rye Ale Extract Kit

SKU: U0600

American Rye: expect a medium-light body, modest bitterness, and high drinkability. With NB’s exclusive rye malt syrup taking the stage you get the slick texture and the spicy taste of rye.

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American Rye Ale Extract Kit

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American Rye: as with its very popular sister kit (our American Wheat), expect a medium-light body, modest bitterness, and high drinkability. But with NB’s exclusive rye malt syrup taking the stage, gone is the pillowy, bread-dough character of wheat - what you get instead, dear enjoyer of beer, is the slick texture and the spicy taste of rye. Reinforce the grainy-spicy note with a late addition of Cascade hops, ferment it with a clean-finishing ale yeast to let the other flavors dominate, drink it fresh, and what we have here is a multipurpose, all-season winner of a homebrew.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style American Pale Ale/Cream Ale, Hybrid Beers
Color Light
Original Gravity 1042
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Great alternate for a barley-based session beer Review by TRJY
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This was my first NB extract kit I made. I used the 1056 yeast. I also skimped a little on the water in the primary, so the OG was at 1.047. Kept it at about 64F the whole time and it finished at 1.012.

This is an extremely tasty beverage! I wanted to try to make something I couldn't buy at the store, and while I've had RyePAs before, I always felt the hops dominated so much of the flavor that it was hard to pick out the rye characteristics. Not with this beer! You get a decent amount of bitterness from the Liberty hops, but the citrusy Cascade flavoring hops complements the slick, spicy (and discernible!) rye flavor. It also is great to have it be not too high on the ABV, so you can enjoy one on a warm summer day and not feel light-headed afterwards! This kit also lends itself to the possibilities of many experiments (akin to an American wheat beer... adding fruit, citrus peel, and/or other spices...).

Will buy again!!! (Posted on 7/8/14)
Rye flavor and mouth comes through Review by David
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I am an intermediate home brewer, and buy kits to experiment with something other than my recipe list of tried and trues. I frequently modify kits on the second or third go around before formulating my own recipes. The Rye Ale appealed to me so I tried it. I like it, but my son in law LOVES it. So this batch is a repeat for him. It has a nice rye flavor and a bit of an oily rye mouth feel. It is a little light on rye in the nose, but still there. I would like a bit more hop, but this was a request so I went by the recipe. The only change I made was I cut down the sugar a little for the bottle priming from 3/4 to 2/3 cup. First batch was a little over carbonated, IMHO. Second batch is just about right. Very nice change of pace for a session beer. (Posted on 12/12/13)
Rye, Rye and Rye Review by LK
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I was hoping for a nice rye ale, but this was a little disappointing. Fermented 2 weeks with US-05 at 70-72 F, hit the OG and ended with a FG of 1.010. Bottle conditioned 3 weeks. The rye flavor is present and enjoyable, but that is all this beer has going for it. It needs a little more, possibly a good base recipe to experiment with other hop varieties. If I brew again I will definitely add more hops, maybe try to turn it into a Rye IPA. (Posted on 8/17/13)
Amazing beer Review by norman
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We have a pretty diverse group of beer drinkers at work. One guy really only wants porters or stouts, the darker the better. One is a hop head, IPA's all the way. I'm more in the middle with scotch ales being my favorite. Everyone loves this beer! Very drinkable, it is amazing how fast the glass ends up empty. Already have another kit on the shelf waiting for a fermenter to open up. Nice job guys! (Posted on 7/10/13)
Good for Pure Rye Flavor, Easy to drink with fully body Review by Eric
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RyePA kit I made had to much rye flavor and bitterness so I got this kit after.

It is easy to drink but does has a full body. No hop aroma or flavor, just rye taste throughout and after. Nothing extraordinary about the beer and does not have me wanting another. Good beer for getting a grasp of rye flavor in beer. (Posted on 5/21/13)
Perfect balance Review by Mr Roboto
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This was my first and forth batches (only on batch six) and they both turned out great. I was looking to brew something unique that I couldn't find at a bar but easy enough for my first batch. I have had Rye in pales and IPA that are hard to notice any rye at all. It was great to see a simple american ale that would really allow me to taste the rye and what it does for a beer.

First batch turned out amazing considering I cooled it in my bathtub. Extremely drinkable! I would suggest everyone brewing this once so they can really enjoy what rye can do.

Second batch I used Wyeast 1945 from a british bitter I just racked to secondary. It had alot of fruity esters and definitely did not fit into any style. Rye took a backseat but was still there.

Plan is to use this as my staple beer. I want to try one with a bit of oak, another with some orange peel and then another with a different finishing hop. The only bad thing is that it will be hard to hold onto these long enough to compare them side by side. (Posted on 12/21/12)
Great session beer Review by William
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This kit turned out great! Great malt backbone with nice rye notes. Used the recommended Wyeast strain. This is a really well done extract kit. Good job NB on the Rye LME. Really nice beer to have around, will definitely brew again. (Posted on 9/9/12)
Eh, I'm bored Review by Jeffrey H
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I definitely like the slick oiliness of the mouthfeel but there is just something missing with this ale. Not overly hopped (thankfully) and balanced carbonation, but the body is lacking with just the all rye malt. Needs some mid body punch.... too weak after the initial oil and bitterness (both welcome) and then a dropoff to a weak secondary. I'll give it more time in the bottle but it's already had 4 weeks, might need to move to a deeper cold conditioning. (Posted on 7/17/12)
First Brew - Nice Review by Mark N
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I had this beer at a friends and fell in love with it so I anted up and started brewing myself. This was part of my first ever brew day and it turned out great. I didn't let it sit in the primary for the full two weeks...I let it sit for 10 days, the force carb'd it in the corny keg. Other than that I stayed on the recipe 100%...taste amazing. So flavorful, great aroma, I love it. Try it, you'll like it! (Posted on 6/12/12)
Awesome, but with added hops Review by Nate
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I brewed this with an extra ounce of whole leaf cascade hops at 15 and 5, and an extra ounce of saaz at 15 and 5, and it's the bomb. Just got back from a party where the rye was the hit of the event. Everyone loved it.

The only reason I rate it at 4 stars is that I had to add the hops to get it to this point. Maybe it would have been great without, but with the additional hops it's near perfect. Therefore, I say "NB, add hops!" and make it a 5! (Posted on 5/13/12)
Rye not... Review by Brad
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was not expecting this to turn out as good as it did. The rye and the spiced hops go together really well. For something different and easy drinking this kit is worth a try. Won't be long until i brew this recipe again. good stuff (Posted on 4/21/12)
nice low ABV beer Review by JBmadtown
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after a 1 yr hiatus from brewing I was intrigued by the new rye LME and jumped in. I bottle and used the corn sugar suggested on the calculator for the wheat beer (4.3oz). It was over carbonated and at times tasted more like seltzer water than beer.

When the carbonation dies down I found a nicely balanced session beer. A good malty backbone with the rye character.

My suggestion would be to carbonate closer to the low end like an English bitter. (Posted on 4/11/12)
Tasteless Review by TK
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This beer is pretty disappointing. Reddish brown pretty color. However, even my wife who does not like hoppy or heavy beers, does not lie it because it is flavorless. Too bad. I was really looking forward to this beer. (Posted on 3/24/12)
big taste with low ABV Review by Scott
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brewed this over christmas break. had it in primary for about 13 days. bottled and tried first one about 2 weeks after. was pretty good for only being in bottle for 2 weeks. now after it has been in bottle for almost 2 months this beer is great! you cannot tell that it is low in ABV or calories. tastes like a much stronger beer. due to this i think that this beer is a true "session" beer that tastes like it is more! (Posted on 3/5/12)
Fantastic Brew Review by Locust Avenue Brew Works
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Great beer with spicy notes. I brewed this for the Thanksgiving holiday, and between an open house and my son's friends visiting, this batch lasted only 2 days. I had nothing but compliments for this brew. Nobody believed that this was home brewed beer. This kit is a winner, and will become a regular in my rotation. (Posted on 2/19/12)
Excellent Review by Bejesus
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I'm normally not a fan of low gravity beers, but this one is great. The description hits it dead on, spicy malt background paired with spicy hop favor, and slick mouthfeel. I was surprised at home much hop flavor came through. I will be brewing this again. (Posted on 2/12/12)
Great taste Review by Powercat52
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My wife and I tried a Rye ale at the local brew pub and liked it. She doesn't drink variety of beer - bud lite or a wheat. I do not like wheat beers at all. So after finding something we both liked, I started looking for good receipe for a Rye ale. It had to be easy on the hops an not too malty.

I brewed up this one, bottled about half and kegged the rest. We tried the kegged beer last night - outstanding. Not quite what we had at the pub but she was happy with the result (me too). (Posted on 2/2/12)
Nice Discovery Review by Scott B.
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After 2 weeks of bottle conditioning I had to crack one open. I wasn't too pleased at first - too much bite. It was amazing how it transformed a few weeks later. It has a nice creaminess and spice character that is quite appealing. I paired this with a small glass of Jim Beam Whiskey on the side and I was very delighted! hmmm... a little Jim Beam added to secondary??? (Posted on 1/30/12)
Very Nice Review by Nate S.
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Was in a time crunch to get a beer ready for a party. Brewed on Sunday transfered to my keg on Saturday morning and had it for the party Saturday night. It was fantastic already. I cant wait to see how it is after a couple weeks in the keg. (Posted on 1/25/12)
interesting Review by miguel
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i took a risk and altered this kit a bit. i steeped a lb of red bulgar wheat, proir to boil of the wort water. really dont know if the wheat was malted or not, i got it for $1.29 in the grain isle of my grocery store. i crushed it by hand with a rolling pin and a large bowl. the water didnt take any color from the wheat, but took a lot of flavor for sure. followed the rest of the recipe to the "T", except for adding 1/4-1/2 cup of brown sugar, and about 2 tablespoons of molasses, just for shits and giggles..the rye syrup smelled like molasses so i thought what the hell...anyway i primaried this for 13 days, bottled on 12/17/11. being impatient i tried this 5 days into the bottle and it was surprisingly drinkable with a little head. today (christmas day) i tried it again and its amazingly good for being so young. 8 days in the bottle today, great carbonation, great head, slightly bitter, spicy, just all around a good beer. i would buy this beer. it is a different taste, dont know if thats attributed to the rye, molasses, red wheat or a combination of all. probably the latter, but this really is a great beer, and a fast one. i brewed the irish red kit previously and bottled the day before this one, and the red still isnt carbonated, still no head to speak of, and still tastes young. im giving this beer 4 pints at the moment, though that may not be fair, it could deserve the full 5. being that its only 3 weeks old today, with 1 week bottle conditioning and the other stuff i added, i think for the price this is a winner. i will definitely order this again. its christmas and im chilling a six pack to share with the family, to get some feedback. (Posted on 12/25/11)
Really good Review by aaron
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I really like this beer. It was easy to drink with a lot of flavor. Just enough light bitter hint to make it good but not over powering. (Posted on 12/12/11)
Nice, well rounded beer... Review by Joe
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I recently moved into an apartment, so all grain brewing had to be put on the back burner. This was my first extract brew since 2008. I couldn't believe that I could get such a well balanced beer out of 6lbs of extract and a couple ounces of hops! The initial taste is malty and a earthy, and the finish has a nice floral/citrus note from the sterling/liberty mix. Will definitely brew again! (Posted on 12/6/11)
Thank You NB! Review by ebevans
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I have not brewed an all-extract beer in at least 15 years. I primarily brew all-grain, but after trying this batch I'm sold on extract! This beer is as good as an all-grain batch and the best part is that it is in the carboy within 2 hours of starting! This is a great beer - Thank you NB! (Posted on 12/3/11)
Great Beer Review by Adam
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I've had this bottle conditioning for 12 days now and decided to taste it, very clean tasting beer with a spicy bite I will definitely brew again. (Posted on 12/2/11)
Hmmmm....Rye Review by Clint
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Brewed this one up for Thanksgiving. Cracked the first one tonight. Nice full taste without being overly bitter. Very drinkable and I think will go well with turkey. Looking forward to serving this one to my guests. Cheers! (Posted on 11/23/11)
Smooth, Sweet, with enough hops to notice Review by Adam Aleman
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I was reluctant to brew this becuase my favorite styles are heavy on the hops. I thought I'd give it a try since it was so cheap and seemed easy. I just popped my first cold one and I am very impressed with the smooth, spicy notes that compliment the medium body. It is a true Amber Ale and I actually did add my late addition of hops to the boil a little early but I don't know if it made a difference or not. Either way, it is a great smooth beer to share with your Amber Ale lovin friends.....or not. (Posted on 10/23/11)
Fantastic Review by Scott S.
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I've just finished bottle priming this batch, and I am very pleased with it. the spicy hop flavor is smooth and has a great mouth feel for a low-gravity beer. (Posted on 10/16/11)

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