Dawson's Multigrain Red Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0050

A combination of barley, wheat, and rye in the grist imparts deep caramel notes with edges of roast malt layered over complex grain flavors.

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When Beer Nerd and NB house wonk Michael Dawson wants a pint of something that's not sour and three years old, there's this on tap: a smooth, vaguely Irish-style, polyglot session beer that incorporates domestic and German malts, American hops, and British yeast. A combination of barley, wheat, and rye in the grist imparts deep caramel notes with edges of roast malt layered over complex grain flavors. Top it off with light stone-fruit notes from the yeast and a bitterness level that knows when to remain out of sight and when to be seen. Carbonate lightly, drink fresh, and serve in tankards over a game of darts or bocce, as the season dictates.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Amber Ale
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1044
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Likeable, Average Beer Review by Grant
Likeable, Average Beer. This is better than anything you can buy off the shelf at the grocery store, but not as good as others offered by Northern Brewer. If you're thinking this will be as good as the NB's starter kit's Irish Red Ale, you'd be better served by buying a second batch of Irish Red Ale. (Posted on 5/12/14)
Just hoppy enough Review by DANNY
Just hoppy enough for a non IPA drinker. I think it is good flavored beer. I am new (3rd batch) and have had trouble getting the beer to carbonate, but the Dawson did really well. Not sure if it was me on the others or the beer kit. This is the first kit I have purchased from Northern. (Posted on 2/12/14)
Very nice brew Review by Daniel
It was over a year since I brewed last so this was a quick get it done batch. Nice color and taste. I went from fermenter to keg so no second fermentation. For a budget brew, this isn't bad. Nice and moderately hoppy, this is a good buy. (Posted on 12/30/13)
Great Brew!! Review by David
This was my first foray into brewing and it was a great success. Loved the beer and will probably end up brewing this one again. (Posted on 11/1/13)
Great Basic Inventory Filler Review by Mark
I got this kit because I am the only person in my house that likes ipas. This was a great basic alternative for everyone else. I actually enjoyed this beer alot, and would recommend it for anyone. (Posted on 7/13/13)
One of my Mainstays Review by Mike in Morganton
This is one brew I need to keep on tap regularly as friends and family will tap it without question. Easy to brew and reasonably priced it does get better with age for sure. Always consistent, a great session beer for those spontaneous visitors who stop by. (Posted on 7/12/13)
Average Review by DennisP
A very average kit...Weak I'd say...Primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 3 more, and then Kegged....Gave it 2 weeks in the keg too before tapping so plenty of time on this baby...weak..just missing "something"....has a good first taste but no ending....Will not repeat on this one... (Posted on 7/8/12)
Bubble Central Review by Jordan
Its really a great beer as most say. Not aggressive and extremely friendly. Fizzy like a good Belgium but light taste. This would be really great kegged I bet. If I kegged. (Posted on 6/20/12)
First brew a winner Review by Anthony
Love this beer. Incredibly drinkable. Great reviews from those I've shared with. Will brew again as my process improves. (Posted on 3/28/12)
Good Potential Review by TJ
Made this kit for the holidays. This is a very nice balanced flavorful brew. If I did it again, I would definitely limit the hops to the end of the boil. Mine was too hoppy for the majority of the people who sampled it. (Posted on 3/10/12)
Excellent with a slight generic-ness Review by Bluebrewer
2.5 weeks in primary, 2 weeks in bottles... NOT READY! You definitely need to let this brew age and put in refrigeration at least 3 days before drinking. That being said, once it's conditioned its a very drinkable beer. A little generic, but grains do come through. A good solid brew. (Posted on 1/9/12)
Awsome Base Kit Review by Bier Man
I used this kit but made a few alterations which resulted in an excellent beer. I added 8 oz of carapils to the specialty grains and 1-3/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice at the very end of the boil. Used Wyeast American Ale II to make an 1800 ml starter. Pitched the yeast and let the magic happen. 1-1/2 weeks in the primary, 1 week in the secondary. Primed with 1-1/4 cups light malt dissolved and boiled for 10 minutes in 1000 ml water. (cool priming wort in ice bath before adding to bottling container). Bottled and let it rest at 66 degrees for 2 weeks. This turned out to be an excellent variation of a Pumpkin Ale with a beautiful color and balance of spice and malt. The Carapils added to a creamy head reminiscent of whipping cream on the pumpkin pie. If you like pumpkin ales, give this a try. (Posted on 11/11/11)
Awesome! Review by Sam
This is one of my favorite beers I have made yet. 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, 2 weeks bottle. I added 1/2# caramunich just because. It added to the flavor a little and probably made it just a little darker than the original. This beer gets better the longer I let it condition. Give it a try. (Posted on 5/8/11)
Great Balance, Okay Flavor Review by Lee
Wonderfully balanced beer that flew off my shelf as fast as anything I've brewed and was a big hit at an event with plenty of attendees who were not craft beer enthusiasts.

That being said, not much stands out about this beer. I expected to get a little bit more of the different grain bill flavors in the end product, but not so much. More hop variety, and maybe just a touch more hopping total, probably could have helped.

Still a good buy, definitely, and easy to brew. (Posted on 4/1/11)
Good aromas and mouth feel using the WYeast Review by Michael - Badger-Beer
This brew stayed in the primary for Two week, secondary for Two weeks and then conditioned for two weeks all at 65 degrees before being placed in 42 degree refrigeration. I used the WYeast for this brew and the aromas were great throughout the process. I enjoy a beer with good taste and aroma and the Multi-grain Red did not disappoint. (Posted on 3/16/11)
Big Grain Taste Review by Michelle in Parkton
Five weeks after brew day (two weeks in primary, two in secondary and a week kegged and carbonating) this is a really good beer. It tastes like a $10 a 6 pack micro-brew that we would have to go to the specialty store to buy. I think the name sums it up. This is a red with a big grain flavor. (Posted on 1/23/11)
Smooth with Good Aroma Review by BierMe
This turned out to be a very nice session brew. Primary for about two weeks, and cold conditioned for about a week before it really smoothed out. Has a good citrus aroma, good color. good feedback from friends. I have another kit waiting to be brewed. (Posted on 12/31/10)
Very Likeable Review by timothy
Great aroma(smells close to a Killian's but much stronger) and nice mouthfeel. This was my first batch I ever brewed. Wife bought me the starter kit and this Red from NB for Christmas, The flavor gets better the longer you let it condition. (recipe calls for 2 weeks I would go three or four) Not too heavy and good drinkability, Even my wife and her friends liked it who are not a regular beer drinkers. (Posted on 5/5/10)

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