Dead Ringer™ IPA All-Grain Kit

SKU: U1534

Dead Ringer is an homage to a benchmark of the American IPA style that’s brewed in Michigan. American base malt and crystal malt create the big body and supporting grainy sweetness, while charge after charge of 100% Centennial hops deliver pronounced bitterness with a dominant citrus aroma and flavor. In the glass you get a pale amber color, hop intensity and malt density - substance with the soul of a session beer.
Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Dead Ringer IPA All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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Dead Ringer is a larger-than-life American IPA with a hop aroma so thick you can almost see it. American base malt and crystal malt create the big body and supporting grainy sweetness, while charge after charge of 100% Centennial hops deliver pronounced bitterness with a dominant citrus aroma and flavor. In the glass you get a pale amber color, hop intensity and malt density - substance with the soul of a session beer. April 2011: Same recipe, new name - Dead Ringer is an homage to a benchmark of the American IPA style that’s brewed in Michigan. This kit has been a customer favorite for a decade, but this spring we had to change the name after receiving a letter from a lawyer representing the brewery. While the name may be new to our customers, the recipe is exactly the same and is still the same kit that’s close to your hearts. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style IPA
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1064
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Amazing - true clone of Two Hearted Review by Ivan
It is amazing how close it is to the Bell's original recipe. I tried both side by side, you can barely tell the difference.
I think grains a slightly different and the yeast
Next time I will try using leaf hops instead of pellets and Notty yeast.
Excellent kit! (Posted on 2/18/15)
great beer Review by Will
We drank all 5 gallons on football Sunday. big hit ! (Posted on 10/27/14)
Crazy good. Review by Mark
This was my first all grain attempt. I had the 5 gal all grain kit and due to simple math, was far too small for this kit. I ran up to my local HB store and got talked into BIAB for this one. My efficiency was pretty low, however you can't argue with how fantastic this beer is (I just call it one-hearted). What I ended up with is a sessionable Two Hearted! Unreal. I've since upgraded to the 10gal FF all grain kit. I'm going to do it right next time! Five million stars. (Posted on 8/4/14)
excellent brew Review by abel
tasted IPA after five weeks, really good results will brew this IPA again. (Posted on 6/8/14)
Great single hop IPA Review by Jared
Just tasted this beer after only 1 week in the bottle. Was a little low on my OG it came in at 1.056 but that is just a mash tun problem on my part. It finished at 1.008 with a 1 liter yeast starter. I love this IPA it is very drinkable and makes you want more. My favorite IPA's are ones with centennial hops and this one highlights them. I did do 1 oz of centennial hops at the beginning of the boil, but I like a little more bitterness and dry hopped with 2 oz. other than that I went right with the recipe. You will be pleased with this purchase. I highly recommend!!! (Posted on 5/8/14)
It actually is a dead ringer! Review by Jimmy
Having never tasted the beer this kit is cloning I went ahead and took a chance and brewed this because I love me some IPAs and the reviews were great. I found it to be my favorite ipa right away, great tasting, strong hop nose and flavor and very citrusy. About half way through drinking the batch I was out of town at a concert venue that carried bells 2 hearted and so I had to try it and see how close it was, I can honestly say I couldn't tell the difference! I am brewing it for the 2nd time tomorrow and it's going to be a long 6 weeks before I can drink this again! (Posted on 4/8/14)
Amazing Review by John
I brewed this a couple months back and have finally gotten around to tapping the keg. This is the best IPA that I've brewed to date. Color and nose are beautiful. Most importantly, the taste is out of this world. I'll definitely be brewing this again in the future... (Posted on 2/16/14)
WOW Review by robert
This is one of my all time favorites. I have some beer snob friends and they are all in love with this one. (Posted on 2/14/14)
This brew deserves it's reputation Review by Old Raspy
This brew blows away many commercial IPA's I've paid money for, and I can say that with confidence. I still can't believe that this beer was made by me. My 2nd AG brew, but I'm already planning on making this my 3rd. The hop aroma is awesome, my wife who knows nothing about beer said it smelled "fruity". If you are a fan of centennial hops, then you'll love this beer. My advice to anyone considering this beer.... Go for it! Tastes amazing any is quite a bargain. (Posted on 1/25/14)
Excellent IPA!! Review by Matthew
I've been brewing on and off for about 8 years and this is the best IPA i've made so far. I did a 1 week primary, 2 week secondary, and then let it sit in the keg for about 3 weeks. This is a really good beer after about 6 weeks (but drinkable even sooner if you want), but still getting better everyday. Fast shipping, and everything was packaged nicely. I will definitely be buying this kit again! (Posted on 12/23/13)
Great Clone Review by Nathan
This is an solid basic IPA. Much better than other clones. I upped the centennial dry hopping from one to two ounces of pellets and a half ounce of whole leaf that I had kicking around. (Posted on 12/16/13)
My Go-To IPA. Try adding Munich malt Review by DanS
This is such a great beer. I always have it on tap. After many batches, I have taken to adding a pound of Munich malt to give it a just a little more balance. (Posted on 12/9/13)
Hoppy Review by Dennis
Nice finish smooth going down,brewed it first shared it with a friend, he loved it ,brewing it again.nice to know that this is so close to the commercial brew. Technical support is always happy to assist with questions. (Posted on 10/4/13)
One of my favorites Review by jjunior887
If you like IPAs this is the one to try. It's one of the few beers I like to keep on tap at all times. It is very much like a Bell's two hearted Ale since that's what it's modeled after. Try it, you won't regret it. It's one of the best selling kits for a reason. (Posted on 9/2/13)
Great Session IPA Review by Sean
Just got done carbonating in the keg and this is really good. Not too much of a hop punch to the face but just enough. A fantastic session IPA. (Posted on 8/22/13)
Just what it should be. Review by Ian
It in fact is a dead ringer. Tastes exactly as it should. (Posted on 8/17/13)
Exceeds expectations Review by Bob
I'm not a big fan of over the top hops that is often the case with IPAs. This recipe has a great balance of malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and dry hop mouth feel. Better than any commercial IPA that I've tasted. I'll definitely brew this one again. (Posted on 8/10/13)
damn good beer Review by josh
I brewed this in april. just blew my keg in july. this beer is awesome. my gravity was a tad high, ended up with a 7.5% beer (not gonna complain about that). this beer has great hop nose and taste. i lost a little bit of the nose towards the end of my keg, but it still tasted dam good. just buy the kit, you wont be dissapointed. (Posted on 7/26/13)
Bullseye! Review by Chris
The color is slightly darker than the real thing, but in terms of taste, it is spot on. I've done a couple blind taste tests and most have said they prefer the clone over the real thing. (Posted on 7/15/13)
Tasty! Review by Sean
I really enjoy this beer. Nice flavor and simple to make. I did a yeast starter with the Wyeast 1056. Turned out great! Brewed it 3 times in a row now. Gets better every time. (Posted on 5/15/13)
Amazing beer and fast turn around Review by Matthew
I let this primary for a little over 3 weeks then kegged it. started drinking after 2 days in keg ...let me tell you this beer is awesome..I had a few popular excellent store bought beers in my fridge and after having this its hard to drink those store bought ones cause this beer just destroys them in every way..the freshness of the hops the malts all come together amazing that i brewed this..i feel like a brew master..Be prepared to brew more cause this one will not last long..epic beer..dont hesitate to pick up this me (Posted on 4/14/13)
Great Easy IPA Review by Corey
This is my first IPA I've made. I am a Stout/Porter/Brown Ale drinker and rarely come away from those except for an occasional Cream Ale so I'm trying to learn to appreciate the taste of hops as much as I enjoy malty brews. I brewed this up per instruction and let it ferment away. Fermented a little on the high side, but nothing crazy. Once finished, I kegged it and carbed for 5 days before sampling it. I was really confused by this brew at first. It had amazing taste (for my first IPA) but was thin like water. I had forgotton that I hadn't drank a reg non-thick beer in awhile. After drinking a few then a few more I decided I liked it. Since then everyday it has gotton better. I'm actually writing this review because I came in to order another AG kit of the stuff because I know it's going to go fast. Highly recommend the stuff, it's great.

(Posted on 4/11/13)
Best ever Review by 80over80
This is the best beer i have brewed, hands down. Friends say I should bottle this stuff and sell it (but I won't, of course).

I've made this beer two ways: 1056 starter and kegged, and US05 into bottles. The bottled version was too estery for my taste, but the 1056 batch was out of this world, and was gone in an embarrassingly short time. This is an easy first all-grain recipe, and I highly recommend it. If you try it once, you'll want more. (Posted on 2/2/13)
make a barley wine Review by mark
This is a great kit I have made it several times and its tasty. The last time I added 3 pounds dme and 1.5 bounds brown sugar and this made a great barley wine that I would say is better than sierrra nevada bigfoot (Posted on 1/19/13)
You will Brew This One Again Review by hdgypsyman
I just ordered my third kit in 2 years for this beer from Northern. My only complaint is that it just does not seem to last very long....
It's just a beer that is so good that I don't want to be out of it ever! (Posted on 12/18/12)
Tools some time.... Review by Trevor
There is a reason this kit has 5 stars! I generally sample my brews after 2 weeks in the bottle and let sit in primary and/or secondary longer than the generic recipes call for. At 2 weeks in the bottle, I wasn't a big fan. It was good, but not great. Had I rated it at that time, I would give it 3 stars. After closer to 6 weeks in the bottle, this beer has carbed up perfect, has amazing head retention, great aroma, and such a smooth flavor you can't have just one. Will be brewing this one again very soon. This also appeals to the "hop head" as well as the bud drinker. A must try! (Posted on 11/26/12)
A must for the IPA Lover Review by Brian
Outstanding recipe. Side by side with its commercial equivalent (two-hearted ale) it is very hard to tell which is which. The grapefruit/citrus aroma is very inviting, coupled by a perfect balance of bitterness that is not too overpowering but just right, ending with a definite citrus blast and crisp finish. I have received nothing but rave reviews. A definite must for the IPA lover. Brewing another batch this Friday. (Posted on 11/4/12)
Excellent First All-Grain Experience Review by Tom F.
This kit was my first attempt at an all grain beer. The results far surpassed my expectations. If you are looking for an opportunity to test the AG waters, this kit is a very, very easy one to recommend. Thank you Northern Brewer. (Posted on 10/21/12)
If this beer ever spilled I would lick it up from anywhere Review by KCole
Its that good! (Posted on 9/20/12)
Amazing Review by Nevada
This is the best ipa I have drank let alone made the hop aroma is amazingly strong but the flavor is not overpowering bitter just has good hop flaver I bought the kit with the poster and glass but now I will be brewing this as a reguler (Posted on 9/16/12)
Just plain good! Review by Beerman
Until a few months ago, I had never tried the 'real' deal but a friend on a trip brought some home. It's my kind of beer so I knew I wanted to brew it. Found all kinds of recipes on the net but settled on NB's AG recipe. They've done me well so why mess with it?
I brewed this as per instructions and fermented in a primary for exactly 3 weeks then into a keg at room temp for a week. Popped it in the kegerator and 5 days later, my first taste. ......very, very nice!
I'm expecting another bottle of the 'real deal' next week and am going to do a side by side but I don't care if it turns out not even close as this is still my kind of brew.
Definitely will brew this one again on rotation. (Posted on 8/17/12)
Great beer Review by Rick
Great IPA. It has a great malty sweetness and very well balanced with the hops. It is a little spicy in its early stages of life, but it won't make it past this weekend because I am taking the keg to a party. I won't be able to see how it ages, but IPAs are supposed to be consumed quickly. I suck at writing. If I changed anything I would add a little more dry hops to improve the hop aroma. (Posted on 8/4/12)
dead ringer Review by nchomebrew
Oh yeah, this is good beer. Very close to two hearted. Little more alcohol and hops and it would be even better. One of my staple/go to beers. (Posted on 7/25/12)
Dead On! Review by Wally
My favorite beer is one that happens to be from Michigan. I am a novice when it comes to brewing but sure nailed it with this recipe. The only problem it that I am going to have to brew again soon because the brew is about gone. (Posted on 7/7/12)
Really Great IPA Review by Jason
This was my first AG batch and it came out fantastic. The crush was perfect and I did this kit using BIAB (Brew in a Bag). The body was not too malty but enough to feel full and the hops were well balanced and kind of on the floral side. I did up the dry hop to 2oz of Centennial and 1oz of Columbus. I also added the remaining .25oz of Centennial from the kit at flameout. As a result I have a really good aroma but I think you could add another ounce to the dry hop and be fine. Overall I highly recommend this kit. It was very easy to do. (Posted on 6/9/12)
Spot on! Review by Tim
If you like the original...brew this up and put it on tap. Most clones fall short, this does not. It produced an IPA that was approchable for craft beer novices and loved by hop heads. (Posted on 5/17/12)
Keeping this on tap! Review by Hop Salad
This has been my best beer to date! My efficiency was 85% and it ended up being 8% ABV! It almost blew the top off my fermentation bucket. 10 days primary, 2 weeks secondary dry hopping, and 2 weeks force carb. Keg was gone the next day! I will definitely be brewing this again! (Posted on 4/9/12)
Amazing IPA Review by Scott
This is probably one of the best tasting kits I've ordered from NB. It really is a dead-ringer to the real deal, and a very simple grain/hop schedule for those just getting into AG. I can't keep this one around long enough and always end up wishing I had brewed more.

My only suggestion with those willing to experiment is to order additional Cent hops for dry hopping. Bump it up an Oz or Two and stagger the dry hopping across three weeks. (Posted on 3/2/12)
Excellent Beer! Review by David
This was my first all grain batch. Sampled it this weekend for the first time and this might be the best beer that's ever graced my taste buds! Had some family over this weekend and it was a huge hit. Everyone raved about how good it was. I will definitely be brewing this one again. (Posted on 1/3/12)
Excellent IPA Review by cluwood
Probably the best beer I've brewed (Posted on 12/27/11)
Just like the original... Review by Rick
Just wanted to update my review from 8/12/ still tastes great, down to my last bottle and definitely going to brew another batch ASAP. Actually just tried the "original" Two Hearted Ale from Belle's...this recipe from NB is spot on...hard to tell the difference! Nice work NB! (Posted on 12/22/11)
Best IPA! Review by Brian
What can I say but, wow. Not only is the this the best homebrew I have ever made, but it is possibly one of the best IPA's I have ever had. You really need to brew this to prove to your friends how good of a beer you really can make. (Posted on 11/19/11)
great beer Review by shogun0660
I brewed the AG version a few batches ago. Unfortunately, missed the OG by about 10 points or so. So after 4-6 weeks it was pretty unbalanced in the bitter direction. Over another 4 weeks, however, it balanced out very nicely and was a fantastic IPA. Brewing it again this weekend with an additional ounce of dry hops and a touch of wheat to try and get better head formation/retention. Also, since brewing this have gotten my own grain mill, so hopefully will hit the OG. This will likely be my "house" IPA that i always have on tap. (Posted on 10/13/11)
Dorked up the Mash Review by Daniel
First time I've done an all grain int 15 years. I got a mash efficiency of 50%. The alcohol content was just gonna be too low, so I added two pounds of DME to the secondary. This is the best IPA I've had yet. Bitter, with nice malty backbone. I'm gonna try it again when I get my mash efficiencies up. Nice recipe.

Went with the Liquid yeast. This is the most active yeast I've ever seen. I'll be using more too. (Posted on 9/11/11)
A-W-E-S-O-M-E Review by Rick
This was only my second try at AG brewing...and WOW! This tastes better than most IPA's I've grown accustomed to buying at the store. Will DEFINITELY buy and brew this kit again...seriously AWESOME beer. (Posted on 8/12/11)
2nd Review Review by Lawrence
I already posted a review about 2 weeks ago but needed to add on. Yesterday I went to our Monthly Brew Club meeting where members tried, among others, my Dead Ringer Ale. The reviews were 100% positive. One member who is not an IPA fan liked it. Several people who have been brewing for years raved at how good it was. One person asked "Do you have more of this at home?". When I said yes he replied " When can we come over?". Seriously not one of the dozen people did not complement me and the beer. It is good! (Posted on 6/20/11)
Whole Heartedly A Great Recipe Review by Clonebrewer
Spot on! I added a couple more ounces of Centennial in the dry hop. (Posted on 6/17/11)
Oh My You Got To try Review by Lawrence
I had my first bottle of this today, a 5 Star for sure. I only had the Bell's 2 Heart once on tap and liked it so when I saw this kit and the great reviews I wanted to try it. Primary and Secondary were both about 10 days and it's been in the bottle 3 weeks, being an IPA I think in another 1-2 weeks it will be even better. It has got a very nice balance of hops, you know it's there but to me far from overwhelming. I am a big fan of Harpoon IPA because of this, to me it's a commercial IPA with just the right hop flavor. Try this, if you don't like it you won't have a hard time finding friends to finish it off for you. (Posted on 6/6/11)
Really, Really Good Review by hhs co
This is a pretty simple recipe....and goodness is it delicious. Too bad NB had to rename it, but I can't recommend this kit highly enough. (Posted on 5/8/11)
Hoppier than a Mo Fo Review by Eric
This beer is truely amazing. If you like American IPAs and want a really hoppy strong beer, this is it. I never write a review without having the brew in front of me. Sometimes the hops can be overwhelming but after a while, they tend to slightly wear off. I've only made this once and I dry hopped for the entire 2 weeks in the secondary fermenter. I say, brew this beer, you'll love it! Cheers! (Posted on 2/1/11)
Excellent clone Review by Jason
My go-to beer. Also tried a Two Hearted clone from a recipe I found online and this was much closer. Highly recommend. (Posted on 1/25/11)
My new fave Review by kegtoe
I did this beer as my first AG beer. I wound up missing my OG by several points so i added some extra light DME at time of boil.

I'm with a few other people as how close it was to Bell's. HOWEVER, this is without a doubt the best beer i've made yet. I have made a few AGs since this one and have refined my process to get better OGs. Also have many extracts before this but the 3HA is the best yet. Lots of floral aroma, some citisy flavors - almost grape fruit like. (Posted on 8/21/10)
great beer Review by brian
my three hearted ale spent 2 weeks in the primary, 2 weeks in secondary dry hopping, and six weeks aging in the bottle; and i am really enjoying this stuff. i love how the beer changes as it sits in the glass waiting to be consumed. it starts out a little spicy from the cent hops and gets smother closer to the bottom. dang, time for another. (Posted on 3/31/10)