Mild Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1050
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Mild ales are very light-bodied with low bitterness but dark in color and full of malty flavor, striking a nice balance between quaffability and character. A special blend of malts imparts a nutty dryness with roasty undertones and a rich deep-ruby color, with subtle fruitiness from the yeast. A great session beer (which means you can have a few pints instead of one) that tastes best at cellar temperature.

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As advertised Review by MattN
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I think this is a very decent beer, as advertised by NB. Fabulous for beginners as it's hard to mess up. Plenty of flavor to keep you interested, not so much your taste buds get over whelmed, and low enough alcohol to have 2 or 3 and be just fine. In other words, a great session beer. I brewed this on the 10th, bottled on the 17th and opened one up to see how it was on the 22nd. Just five days in the bottle and it was well more than enough carbonated. I'm sure the taste will develop even more with time, but less than 2 weeks from brew day, you too can be enjoying this beer. (Posted on 12/23/11)
So-so Review by onipar
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I gave this kit a 3, but really if there were half-stars, I would have given it a 3 1/2. It's a good beer. A *solid* beer. But I've had better, and I've had worse.

I think the thing to keep in mind here is that it is a mild ale. In that respect, I thought the body was something to be admired: a medium body, not watery as you might expect from something with such a low ABV. The specialty grains really save this brew from obscurity.

It had what I thought of as a "coffee ice cream" aroma. It has nice roast, coffee, and malt flavors as the up front, with very low bitterness (but it's there). The back end starts with a seltzer-like flavor and dissipates rather quickly, with no lingering taste.

It's a guzzler if I ever had one, and really, quite refreshing on hot days. You can session this one with no problem, and in those respects, it does linger closer to 4 stars.

In the end, it's a natter of taste. I've simply come to expect more (flavor-wise and complexity-wise) from my beer, though it remains that I probably shouldn't expect that from this particular brew.

Give it a shot. A good summer beer. (Posted on 9/4/11)
Booooring Review by JP
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The ONLY kit I've ever been dissatisfied with taste wise ..... Maybe I'm spoiled rotten by how great the other 30+ brews have turned out .... Conditioning and carbonation fine but just too tame ... I will say that a little lime brought it to life a bit but that was more of a rescue job than anything .... won't make this one again unless a friend shares a "good" one and convinces me I screwed something up .... (Posted on 8/23/11)
Good easy drinking beer Review by Slacker
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Made a batch of this for my summer time beers this year. I generally do Cream Ales and Bitters for the hot weather. I thought this while a bit light for drinking all the time it sure went down great after a couple of hours of yard work.

Easy brew to make and has some light traces of a brown ales character. (Posted on 7/21/11)
Good Base Beer Review by G-WaCK
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I used this beer as a base for making a chile beer. It made a great malty base that allowed for the chile peppers to really shine through. I used a tablespoon of ground Ancho in the primary then in the secondary about 3 New Mexico and Chipotle peppers each. Ended up with a smoky and chile flavor with a hint of spice. Very good. Also added a pound of corn sugar to up the abv a tad. At the price it makes for a very economical base for using for your mad scientist brews! Cheers. (Posted on 2/27/11)
Simple and delicious Review by Yankee Brewer
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The NB description is perfect for this session beer. Malty taste, nice dark color, and a great yeast profile with the NeoBritannia. Used this as a first step for my next batch of Nut Brown Ale and then Oatmeal Stout PM, reusing the yeast each time. Added Whirlfloc and the clarity is great, too. Very easy to drink a few of these session beers. (Posted on 11/6/10)
Great Session Beer Review by Christopher
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This is an easy beer to brew, and even easier to drink! Lots and lots of flavor with a small alcohol footprint. This is a beer that will land on our session tap more often than not. (Posted on 10/27/10)

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