Australian Sparkling Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0940

Patterned after a descendant of a descendant of Burton ale, this Australian ale shows its influences on the sleeve. There’s no consensus whether “sparkling” refers to effervescent carbonation or brilliant clarity - that’s for you to figure out (it’s okay if you don’t manage both, we won’t tell). A touch of simple sugar keeps the beer lean and crisp, as does the late addition of Pilsner LME. Hopped entirely with Pride of Ringwood, a bold, earthy, powerfully expressive hop descended from the best of the UK hops. It’s a bonnie pint of pale ale, whether paired with grilled shrimp or roasted leg of lamb.

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Australian Sparkling Ale

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Australia's most renowned contribution to the world of classic beer styles, as well as a style of beer almost entirely defined by one hop: Pride of Ringwood. With aroma and flavor akin to a cross of Chinook and Kent Goldings, it packs a real punch of character. Lots of citrus, resiny lime balm undertone, all washed over by a thick fog of herbal European-style earthiness. The malt and yeast character act together to support these rich tones, mostly staying out of the way, but still adding subtle hints that round-off and complement the characterful hops. A real stunner, this could be your next favorite "English"-style pale ale.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style British Pale Ale/Bitter
Color Light
Original Gravity 1055
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

My favorite kit from northern brewer Review by Kelly
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This kit is my favorite I've brewed from NB. It has a nice complex taste and I find the hop bitterness to be unique from other typical beers. After about two months the hop flavor mellowed out and the beer had a great balance of flavor. This brew is so drinkable I can't keep it around. Handed this one out to all my coworkers and many offered to buy some from me (which I wouldn't do as I was far too greedy and wanted to drink it myself). I plan on brewing this one every few months to keep around the house. An IPA snob friend of mine was really impressed with this beer even though the hop flavor is nowhere near an IPA it is complex enough to be interesting. (Posted on 7/28/14)
Excellent, Light, Yet Full Bodied Review by Grant
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This was an excellent brew and it's going fast. Brewed outdoors with a wort chiller, and started with 5.5 gallons to allow for some evaporation.

The flavor is full bodied, not very hoppy, with a full nose and mount feel, yet light enough to be a session beer (which it has been). Very satisfying ale.

It's going fast, and everyone that I've shared it with has loved it. (Posted on 6/25/14)
They like it! Review by Michael
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I don't have much to say about this one, I'm not that eloquent, but I brewed this per the instructions, let it sit a few months, and handed a few off to the owner of the local homebrew store.
He claims this is the best beer any customer had made for him. I didn't have the heart to tell him that I didn't buy it from him.
An easy and very satisfying beer for impressing others. (Posted on 5/12/14)
better with age Review by bill
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At 2 months I was not too impressed, now at 4+ I think this is great beer..good summer time drink, will brew some more before summer gets here

Good ale here (Posted on 3/11/14)
gets better with age Review by bill
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Brewed this looking for an aussie type beer...not sure I got it, but what I did get is very good beer. As it ages it gets better and better. This would make a very good summer time, lawn mower type of beer. Also thinking it would be great with a pit of boiled crawfish!! Will be brewing this soon for the spring season. Another good one Northern Brewer (Posted on 1/17/14)
Refreshing and very drinkable Review by Jeff
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I purchased this kit in a an effort mix up my brew selections as I had been brewing a lot of stouts and porters. I was looking for something to share around the holidays with family and friends. I brewed this per the recipe with no additions or changes using the dry yeast options. It turned out to be a light and refreshing beer and worked very well with the heavy holiday meals. The batch was basically gone in 3-4 days. I did find it crisp and refreshing but no lacking in flavor. I can see this being an excellent summer beer or also a nice compliment to the holiday culinary fare. I will definitely brew this again. It is quick (4 wks) and tasty. (Posted on 1/11/14)
Versatile Beer Review by Paul
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I've brewed this both as an extract and as an all-grain mash. It works better as an all-grain, I think. I second the comment on the solids in the primary -- for some reason, this beer just accumulates solids during fermentation. I've single-hopped this with Pride of Ringwood and Galaxy (proportions based on the recipe). Both methods have their bonuses.

Let this beer sit several weeks after bottling...initially, the hops can be overpowering (and...um...earthy...). This beer ages well, so after a month in the bottle, you'll be hollering "Crikey! This Amber's a ripper -- fair dinkum!" (Posted on 11/23/13)
OK Review by Rex
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this was only my second brew, so i'm assuming my lack of experience contributed to my lack of enthusiasm for this recipe. Not what I was expecting at all, pretty standard, and a little too fruity. and I don't know what made it 'sparkling'. I wouldn't brew it again, as a kit at least. giving it 4 stars because I probably messed it up a little and don't want to discourage people from trying it. Kegged it, but the aged bottles were much better. (Posted on 11/6/13)
Excellent crisp beer-Amazing Review by James
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Following the recipe, except added 2 lbs of belgian candy sugar at 20 minutes. 2 Stage Wyeast 1275 yeast starter, 90 sec 02. OG=1070 FG=1002. Kegged.
Very light, effervescent beer. Awesome warm weather ale-one of the best of my more than 30 batches. This one was a very nice surprise, since I didn't know what the ringwood hops would yield. The finish of this beer is really crisp and clean and dangerously drinkable.
I typically do not like to keg high gravity beers since you can get out of control if you are not paying attention(because paying attention is what we do best when drinking beer), but I will keep this one on hand at all times in warm weather.
I believe this recipe without the Belgian candy sugar would be equally as amazing, and a little more appropriate for kegging. I will keep my recipe as-is since I have tasted the Kool-aid. I will have to work on the attention span!
(Posted on 10/14/13)
Complements Food Well Review by Brent
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This beer pairs extremely well with a wide variety of foods – especially summer fare. The brightness of the Pride of Ringwood hops helps cut through the fattiness of pork barbecue the same way a vinegar sauce can. Yet it’s not so aggressively hopped that it dominates the palette. The Thames Valley yeast imparts a mild fruitiness that complements fresh fruit and veggies. It has a light body and is refreshing on its own, but also pairs well with everything from heavy meats to strictly vegetarian. It’s as versatile for a broad range of foods as you’ll find. (Posted on 7/21/13)
Complements Foods Well Review by Brent
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This beer pairs extremely well with a wide variety of foods – especially summer fare. The brightness of the Pride of Ringwood hops helps cut through the fattiness of pork barbecue the same way a vinegar sauce can. Yet it’s not so aggressively hopped that it dominates the palette. The Thames Valley yeast imparts a mild fruitiness that complements fresh fruit and veggies. It has a light body and is refreshing on its own, but also pairs well with everything from heavy meats to strictly vegetarian. It’s as versatile for a broad range of foods as you’ll find. (Posted on 7/21/13)
Tastes Great Review by Mark
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The beer tastes awesome. I brewed this per instructions (except I always cram as much volume as I can into the boil). The yeast took off. The reason it was not a 5 star was that there was a ton of sediment during bottling. This was my first time bottling straight from the primary. I would do a week of secondary fermentation to settle the solids more next time. (Posted on 7/12/13)
A light ale Review by Henry
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If you give this beer enough time to mellow out, it'll be a good light-tasting ale. There's not enough hops/malt/any flavor; it's just beer. Don't expect too much from it. Still, not bad; it'd be good for a hot summer day. (Posted on 7/3/13)
Pleasant Surprise Review by Douglas
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I was not sure what to think about this beer when I purchased the kit. I had never had the Cooper's Sparkling Ale but the description pulled me in. Brewday went off well. My OG was a little bit off since I do full boils and did not get as much boil off as predicted. Fermented at 63 degrees and it took off. After 3 weeks I bottled and product tasted ok. After 3 weeks in bottles this beer is really good. The Pride of Ringwood has a real nice flavor. I get a hint of fruitiness from the Thames Valley Yeast but overall a very fine pale ale for summer. Highly recommend! (Posted on 5/14/13)

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