SMASH American Session Ale Extract Kit

SKU: UB10030
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SMASH is about taking things back - way back, to when American pale ale was edgy and new. The thing is, time travel is hard, and we’re thinking there’s enough Cascade-only pale stuff out there, so we’re going to use a decidedly new-school single hop: Simcoe. The pine and jungle stinker herself, Simcoe is boastful and bombastic, packing tons of hop flavor and aroma into a neat little package. SMASH takes a clean, dry malt base, with a low gravity for extra drinkability, and piles on a healthy dose of delicious hoppiness. Think of it as a way to deliver a metric hogshead of hop flavor and aroma in a tidy 4.5%ABV package.

SMASH American Session Ale

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Delicious Session Pale Review by Trey
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This american pale ale pours slightly more copper than the picture (typical for extracts to be darker than intended without adjusting for it). Clear, probably the clearest beer I've ever made. Head is thick with large bubbles, though head retention is lackluster. The nose is amazing. The addition of the dry hopping creates a beautifully aromatic brew. The taste is superb. Light, crisp, slight malty taste followed by moderated hop bitterness, and it finishes with delicious hop notes.

This kit is amazing. If you've been looking for something to help you get through summer, this is it.

Also, if you have the ability to get some green tea, cold brew it and add that concentrate. I did this with 2 gallons of this kit, and it is the best beer I've ever made. Delicious. I used about 3 oz for the cold-brewed green tea concentrate on two gallons. About 7 oz for a 5-gallon batch. Delicious brew! (Posted on 4/13/15)
Tweaked it a little with great results Review by Joe
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I wanted to make a little bigger, more complex beer. I added some light DME to up the OG closer to IPA level. Bittered with a little magnum so I could use more Simcoe for flavor/aroma. I added some Cascade with the Simcoe for flavor/aroma additions and dry hop. The result was a danky, grapefruity IPA that everyone who tried it loved. Just ordered another kit and will brew it the same way. (Posted on 3/30/15)
SMASH A flavor that grows on you Review by Steve
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Easy to brew. I have made this one twice now is better after a month of bottle age. Has a pungent aroma that that I like with bitterness that lingers for a short time. a gentle acidic bite. mouth feel and taste is some what of a light stinker of the aroma You smell . Not heavy. light yellow greenish color. Egg white head nice lace
OG1044 FG1008 4.73%abv. This one and American wheat modified are my main stays. while I always brew two other unknown brews that I have never tried as I wont to try them all. I always have at least one batch waiting for bottles and four to five beers to choose from in my cabinet but Smash and wheat are almost always present. (Posted on 3/30/15)
Not My Kind Of Beer, but I'm told it's Good Review by Nick
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I don't like IPA's, they are too hoppy and bitter for my tastes, so why did I give this 4 stars? The stars are based on my friends reactions. I didn't brew this for myself, I made it for a friend who loves Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Since he is kind enough to save me his empty bottles and even gives them a little rinse when they are empty, I figured a good way to show my gratitude was to make an IPA for him.

Well..he now has an IPA to drink whenever he visits or brings me empty bottles, and I have a steady supply of rinsed bottles! Not a bad trade. So, if you have a friend who likes Sierra Nevada or Lagunitas IPA and you want him to save you all his empties, make him a batch of this stuff!!

(Posted on 2/23/15)
Fast, easy and fun! Review by EJCole
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This kit was my second attempt at homebrewing and the results were greasy! I didn't believe it would be only four weeks from package to finished product, but following the recipe yielded perfect results. I priced this out similar combinations from my local homebrew shops and they couldn't compare to the price and quality of this kits ingredients. I plan on buying this kit more often as the hops really stood out for such an easily drinkable beer. I used the dry yeast option and all aspects of the fermentation process were right on target. Will buy again! (Posted on 2/8/15)
Smashing Baby Review by 2LTim
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I love the Smash American Ale. A true session ale, I could drink this all night. Being an experienced brewer, I do look for quality extract kits with a signature flavor. This was the first time I brewed with Simcoe hops, so I wasn't quite sure what I was getting there, but I knew that the NB malt would be as good as always. Turns out, I love the Simcoe. I dry hopped for a week with one ounce, bringing out this beautiful flowery, citrus aroma and flavor. Very refreshing. Someone else suggested that there isn't much malt character. True, but this flavorful, easy to drink session ale is on the less filling spectrum, and tastes great too! Yes, I'll have another, please. (Posted on 2/6/15)
OK, a little boring Review by Jonathan
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I thought this recipe was just OK. It's likely that I prefer more complex malt flavor. It's likely I would have a higher opinion of this beer in the summer after mowing the grass. As it is during winter it leaves a little something to desire. I love SIMCOE hops and this beer does a really good job of showcasing the flavor. Unfortunately, that's all it's got going for it. (Posted on 12/15/14)
great tasting Review by Chuck
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Just opened a bottle two weeks after bottling. Great taste!!! One of the best that I have brewed. (Posted on 11/29/14)
Excellent Beer Review by Michael
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Excellent brew! Nice balance of hops. My wife liked it and she doesn't like "hoppy" beers. I kegged it about a week ago and it was good. After a week in the keg, it is fantastic! I am loving it. I made it for T-Day but it may not last that long! (Posted on 11/21/14)
Really nice session beer Review by Darren
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I kegged this beer, which is what I do with all my beers. This was a relatively easy and fun brew to do and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Pretty low gravity on mine, came out to 4.1% ABV, and had a nice light and clear color, especially for an extract brew. This is what I would call a "summer IPA" or a "party IPA". While it's not technically an IPA, it has hoppy characteristics without the heaviness of an IPA. You just want to keep drinking and drinking and drinking... I will make this one again for sure. (Posted on 11/16/14)

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