Shining Star Pale Ale Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0750

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.

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Shining Star Pale Ale

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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.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style American Pale Ale/Cream Ale
Color Light
Original Gravity 1044
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Go to pale Review by William
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4th time brewing it. Always awesome and popular with friends. This time brewing it with water taken out of Whitefish Bay. Can't wait!!!!! (Posted on 9/13/14)
Awesome Pale Ale Review by kennyk2104
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This was my first ever homebrew and it came out perfect. Super easy, and ready to drink in 3 weeks! (kegged) Will definitely brew this again! (Posted on 8/18/14)
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)
Tasty & complex, works well with fruit extracts Review by Roy
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I finally got around to adding fruit extract to a batch. I added a 4 oz. bottle of apricot extract to this batch at bottling, and tried it after two weeks in the bottle. I was very pleased with the result, and I think this recipe lends itself to use with fruit. I have served it to several homebrewing friends, and it was very well received. BTW, it just keeps getting better - (probably should have waited a month). (Posted on 9/10/13)
great every day drink Review by Matt
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This beer turned out great and I didn't have to wait too long after bottling to really enjoy it. You can taste the hops but they are not overbearing. This is an instant go to in the fridge. (Posted on 9/9/13)
Crisp and Refreshing Review by Mike
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This was the first beer I've brewed and it proved to be pretty simple with good, easy to follow instructions. I'm not usually a fan of hoppy IPAs, but this brew turned out really well. It's crisp and refreshing with (in my opinion) subtle citrus and grassy flavors. I'm eager to try another recipe, but wouldn't hesitate to brew this recipe again! (Posted on 8/25/13)
OMG! Chuggaliciousness! Review by Brett
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I've done quite a few NB kits, and I've loved them all to varying degrees, but this one is by far my favorite. I couldn't wait to order 2 more kits. Brewed up 1 kit immediately, in fermentor now, and am going to get the 2nd brewed up as quick as possible. Just in time for football season. Delicious beer. Crisp, citrusy, slightly hoppy, extremely drinkable. I find myself craving the taste throughout the workday. This might be the only beer I ever brew again. (Posted on 8/7/13)
Good, flavorful beer for the summer Review by Paw Paw
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Brewed this beer for my wife, it is very smooth with a good hop profile, she loved it and ranked on her list for me to Brew again. i personnally think it is very good also as I like a more flavorful lawnmower beer. Will be serving it at a company BBQ for my american beer drinker friends. (Posted on 7/12/13)
Excellent EPA Review by Ben
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This beer is everything that I love in hops. Great aroma, smooth, and slightly bitter finish. I haven't read it in other reviews but it's very similar to summit EPA. This might be slightly drier in the finish. I used a 1 stage process, next time I will use the secondary. I have been around the world with NB EPA's ( and most other styles) and this one is as good as they come and exemplifies why I am always drawn back to homebrewing. (Posted on 6/30/13)
FANTASTIC PALE ALE Review by Brendon
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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is my absolute go to beer, anytime, anywhere. That being said, this brew equals or even EXCEEDS Sierra Nevada! The flavor is crisp, incredibly refreshing, and just hoppy enough to be interesting and tasty. I also tackle IPA's from time to time, and this is just a great go to brew to enjoy while relaxing. Let me say this: this beer was made for summer! Nothing beats a couple ice cold pints of this on a warm summer evening! (Posted on 6/20/13)
My go-to beer Review by Smokin-Joe
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I had been brewing the Extra Pale ale regularly as it was easy to make until I brewed a batch of this beer. I was impressed with my first batch of Shining Star so now have this in my rotation to brew every forth beer. I especially like the finishing hops as they produce an awesome aroma. (Posted on 5/24/13)
Great summer brew Review by Kevin
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I can't wait to fire up more of this for the summer (if summer ever arrives). I made this two or three different times last year following its release. It's a great quick beer (less than 2 weeks from brew to keg) and appeals to a wide audience. I will definitely keep one keg of this on tap at all times this summer! (Posted on 4/21/13)
Good Stuff Review by Jeremy
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I was a bit skeptical about this one, but I thought I'd give it a try....and am glad I did. Very smooth.... (Posted on 4/7/13)
Amazing beer Review by Medic53
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I was getting discouraged with homebrew attempts. My first batch was great. The next 5 were far from great. I was about to give up when I decided to try this kit. It was my first from Northern Brewer.
I am glad I didn't give up. This kit was easy to do and turned out great. Followed the directions exactly as written. Cracked the first bottle at only 1 week and was as giddy as a schoolgirl with it. Amazing hop flavor already. Waited another week and was just as happy with the beer. All my friends fell in love with it too. Will be brewing this beer again soon. I have brewed two more beers from Northern Brewer and they have all been great. I will not buy my kits from anyone else from now on! (Posted on 4/1/13)
Best Batch I've Brewed Review by Ryan
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Probably don't need to say much more about this one, but amazing beer! Especially for the price and time involved you get a great pale ale in 4 weeks. I am a huge Pale Ale and IPA drinker and not only me but all my hop head pals really enjoyed this brew. Definitely pick this one up. (Posted on 3/4/13)
Crisp, refreshing, easy to brew Review by Stephen
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I've brewed this twice now. Two weeks in the primary, a week or two in the bottles. It's quick, it's easy, and it's really tasty. This is a very crisp, hoppy (but not too bold) pale ale that any pale ale fan would enjoy. Highly recommended. (Posted on 11/22/12)
Great Beer Review by MicK
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Just got into homebrewing about 4 months ago and this was my second batch. The gist - for someone short on experience, but knowledgeable (enough) about sanitation/fermentation, this kit produces one great pale ale! 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks in the bottle and now have myself a highly drinkable pale that friends and family alike have raved about (... couldn't agree more)! (Posted on 11/22/12)
Highly recommended Review by Bob
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This beer has average alcohol content, lots of citrus hop flavor and a delicious, almost "bready" maltiness. Reminiscent of Brooklyn Summer Ale. An added benefit is that I was able to go from brew kettle to drinking in 3 weeks (1 week primary, 2 weeks in bottles). Highly recommended and not just for summer (Posted on 10/19/12)
Great base PA to tweak. Review by hightechlofi
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Just brewed this for a family get together on a very condensed timeframe: primary for 9 days, cold crash for 4, the to the keg for force carbing. Sipping on it now after just two weeks from brew day and it is really good. A previous reviewer stated it is light, and I second this. The hop flavor comes through really nicely, but the malt backing seems a little watery for my taste. Gonn add maybe another pound of extract or some more crystal next time to give it just a little bump. Doesn't need to much though, this is a really good beer; especially for the impatient :) (Posted on 10/5/12)
Awesome american Pale ale Review by Andrew
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I have only been homebrewing for less than a year and just starting to find my preferred tastes. Recently i have been leaning more towards more hop flavor and less malt. I had been looking at this kit for a while and figured it was worth a try. I am almost finished drinking my second batch and will be making more for sure.

I have a friend who is about to brew the AG version so i am keen to try that one. He has said this was probably my best brew yet.
It is an easy kit to brew and the result both times have been great. Personally i prefer the 1056 yeast option, and I did a split addition of the extract.
If you like American pale ales try this one, i doubt you will be disappointed. (Posted on 9/22/12)
Terrific, As Is, then modifiy for an even better summer refresher Review by VRWESQ
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I purchased this kit as quick pale ale for the summer. Plus, the proceeds support a worthy cause. This is a terrific base line pale ale, as is. However, I made some modifications to it that sent this over the top, in my opinion. Anyone on the East Coast is familiar with a certain almost pale ale from the Green Mountains associated with the #9. Well, after having one of these and then having one of those, I found that this kit made a perfect base for cloning that other addictive taste sensation on a hot summer day. My modifications were simple: Add 1 lb. Pale DME to boost gravity and then at bottling, add 2 oz. of Northern Brewer Apricot Extract. You will not be disappointed with the refreshing results on a hot summer day. (Posted on 9/9/12)
Great First Brew Review by Andrew
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Great beer with fast turn around. First beer I brewed with my kit and was very easy to follow. You can easily pick out the hop flavor and has a nice creaminess mouth feel to it. It is a must try. Plus some of the money goes to a good cause. (Posted on 8/2/12)
Very Good but Very Light Review by Mike
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The recipe calls for a pound of grain but I only received a half pound. I didn't call to see if they'd changed the recipe or if it was a mix up. No matter, it still turned out VERY refreshing but very light for a pale ale, to me more like a slightly hoppier version of a Kolsch. We drank it last night with some slices of lime in it to go with Mexican food and I'll definitely do that again! I held back a star just because there are other recipes from Northern Brewer I like better.
(Posted on 7/12/12)
Awesome Review by Aaron
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This was amazing....I say was because it is gone now. Not to worry, I have another kit on the way. I couldn't stop drinking it. It has been 103+ degrees in Kansas for 3 weeks and this beer is a thirst quencher.....all this while only in the bottle for 8 days! (Posted on 7/6/12)
Awesome Pale Ale Review by Dustin
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I love trying different Pales and this was no disappointment. I will order again and again....cheers!! (Posted on 6/1/12)
very good Pale Ale Review by bogie52
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Very simple to make and very quick results. I wanted a cheap Pale Ale so I bought this. Turned out great love the taste. Would def. do again. (Posted on 6/1/12)
great PA! Review by Scott
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Easy PA to make. was great after only one week in bottle. from there just got better. was so good that this beer caused my pipeline to run dry because i couldnt couldnt help but have more and was always wanting to have a friend try it. will make again and again! (Posted on 5/27/12)
Good Pale Review by Otis & Eddie's Brewery - Potsdam NY (this is my house, don't come here please)
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This is a simple Pale Ale,... better than most bottled pales. I added an extra 1/2 Lb of Light DME to offset the primary fermentation volume of 5.5 gallons.

tweaked hop schedule to the following:

1/2 oz Palisade Pellets (alpha 5.6 ) - 60 min
1/2 oz Palisade Pellets (alpha 5.6 ) - 30 min
1/2 oz Columbus Pellet (alpha 13.9 - 5 min
1/2 oz Centennial Pellet (alpha 8.1) - 5 min
1/2 oz Columbus Pellet (alpha 13.9) - 0 min - into primary steeped with hot wort/cold h2o (50/50 mix)
1/2 oz Centennial Pellet (alpha 8.1) - 0 min into primary steeped with hot wort/cold h2o (Posted on 4/29/12)
Great so far Review by Mike
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I brewed this one about two weeks ago. Took a sample today when transferring from primary to secondary. Very pleased whithhop note. Gonna let it clear for a few days and keg it. Just ordered four more kits. I'm gonna keep this one around all summer! (Posted on 4/20/12)
Great beer! Review by Sean
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Wow! A nice simple beer the wife and I can have a few pints of and enjoy a nice spring evening. Great to have on draft after a long day (Posted on 4/20/12)
GREAT!!! Review by nick
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Awesome taste after just 1 week in bottle. Hop lovers will love this one. Palisade hops have a great taste. Can't wait for hot weather... This is a "when your having more than one" beer. (Posted on 4/10/12)
Great Review by Joe
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Brewed a couple batches of this one. Both have come out great. Easy to cook, and when kegging is ready in a little over 2 weeks. (Posted on 4/7/12)

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