Shining Star Pale Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0750
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Bright and intrepid, great hops on a grassy backdrop, and superb interplay between all the elements. Wait, are we talking about the beer or the Stars Soccer team? The two converge in this tribute beer to The MN Stars FC, the 2011 North American Soccer League Champions. To support their worthy efforts we've developed a hop-forward pale ale of the American school. Palisade hops lend a smooth bitterness while Centennial and Columbus provide brisk citrus, pine, and grassy flavors. A measured contribution of crystal sweetness from Bairds Light Carastan rounds out the flavor and makes for a sessionable ale, perfect for watching the latest match or unwinding after a game. Northern Brewer is donating 10% of profits from this kit to the Sanneh Foundation, a charity that focuses on soccer as a way to make a difference in the lives of inner city kids.

Shining Star Pale Ale

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excellent summer brew! Review by Mike B
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I'm giving it 4 stars only because I think it's just not quite as good as two other NB pale ales I've brewed (the dry dock and extra pale ale)...that said, I did one ounce citra dry hop, so aroma was excellent. This beer is a bit more citrusy than the other two pale ales, not a negative, just an observation. Body is not quite what the other 2 pale ale's offer. Probably would be 5 stars if I hadn't done the other 2. I just think I would do those again, then this one. Overall, still an excellent brew. (Posted on 5/4/14)
Very tasty everyday session Review by Mike O
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This beer fermented very dry for me- used the safale dry yeast recommended as I am shipping to Texas and am nervous with hot weather at trying to mail order liquid yeast. Dry, clean palate with decent hop bitterness (not overly assertive) and nice hop aroma- hop flavor not so accentuated. Low alcohol content so I find I can drink several of these guys and am not faded. Over all a fun beer but not super out of the ordinary. (Posted on 4/28/14)
A Favorite Among Friends and Family Review by Dan
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I first brewed this beer for my wedding, and by popular demand, many times since then. It is a big favorite among our family and friends. Not quite as high in alcohol as a typical IPA, this pale ale is more suitable for sharing a few over family gatherings. Yes, this is a brew for hop fans, but it is most definitely not a one-note experience. It is well balanced with a pleasing malt introduction. (Posted on 12/10/13)
Good everyday drinking beer Review by Edward
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There are beers you enjoy relaxing with a cigar, or at the end of the day, this was a beer you could enjoy watching sports on TV or playing cards with the boys. Easy to brew. Wish I had the equipment to make bigger batches. (Posted on 12/9/13)
Easy Review by Richard
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I added Apricot extract to the bottling bucket, turned out excellent (Posted on 11/16/13)
Good Session Beer Review by josh
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Brewed this with my dad on Labor day, added extra .5 oz hops flavoring addition, just over 3 wks in fermenter. Added dry hop with 1oz of Citra for final week. Was really pleased at how drinkable this beer was. The dry hop with citra brought out a really good smell and taste to finish off this beer! (Posted on 11/5/13)
Super easy, super good! Review by Dug
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Brewed this kit for the first time about 4 weeks ago and added fresh Columbus hops from the garden on top of the kit hops. It fermented quickly and is now in the keg and tastes DELICIOUS! Already bought another kit :) (Posted on 11/5/13)
Solid Pale Review by Aaron
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Followed this recipe as instructed. It's a solid pale, a sharper hop bitterness than average. Makes for a great regular beer. Will brew again. (Posted on 10/26/13)
A Crowd Favorite Review by Z_Man
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Brewed this up as a quick fill-in for an IPA that didn't go quite like I expected. Basically followed the recipe to the letter using the Wyeast 1056 yeast (650ml starter 24 hrs in advance) except dry-hopped the last hop addition to the primary rather than adding to the boil kettle at flame-out. After bringing the primary up to volume I found the OG to be a little low at 1.036. Fermented in the primary for 5 days at 68-70 degrees - I had strong activity for 2 days after which the airlock was down. With the lower original gravity I decided to go for a slightly more highly carbonated final product so I upped the bottling sugar to around 4.0 oz (target of 2.6 volumes) and conditioned at room temp (70 degrees). Still tasted a little green after 1 week in the bottle but favor rounded out after 3 weeks. Brought it down to a pregame college football - the American version :) - tail-gate party in week 4 and the reception was very favorable. I had bottled into 24oz recycled Sierra Nevada bombers which proved perfect for splitting into a pair of 16 oz beer glasses given the extra carbonation. The beer seemed to pair well with all of the tail-gate staples as well as some delicious home-rolled sushi. Overall reviews were very favorable - I've been asked to brew a double batch for pregame festivities at next year's homecoming game. Some of the more knowledgeable samplers thought the hop nose might have been a little understated for a beer this bright - I might do a little heavier dry-hop on the next batch. My review notes from the tail-gate are below - Most of the overall comments I received were in line with my impressions.

Appearance - Color around 10-12 SRM. Pours slightly cloudy with a vigorous pale head. Head retention is pretty good.
Smell - Nice overall aroma/very balanced. Hop aroma seems less forward than I was detecting in week one.
Taste - Nice forward hop bitterness with not a lot of residual sweetness. This cleaned up in the last 1-2 weeks of bottle conditioning. Very clean/refreshing palate.
Mouthfeel - Best description is neutral but distinctly "beery". Not too thick - Not too thin.
Overall - Good flavor that pairs really well with a variety of foods and stands pretty well on its own - Particularly in a casual setting where the beer is supposed to enhance the overall experience. The flavor is hop-forward with a malty finish that is not too sweet. I noticed a distinct drop-off in hop aroma from week 1 to week 4 but this was offset by a mellowing of the malt finish (from sweet to balanced) and a disappearance of the rather distracting hop-bite (heavily grassy/funky note) that I was tasting at the finish after a week in the bottle. (Posted on 10/20/13)
Very nice pale alee Review by Mike
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This is my second time brewing this. The only change I made was dry hopping with 1 oz of Cascade hops. It was great the first time and I expect the same (Posted on 10/20/13)

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