The Innkeeper Extract Kit

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Spicy, herbal, and English biscuits. Flashes of clean citrus and chewy minerals blend into a complex finish that is refreshingly bitter and remarkably dry.

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Thirty six major awards. Four-time Brewers International Champion. Four-time CAMRA Beer of the Year. Simply put, the muse for this kit has won more awards than any other English beer, period. From very simple ingredients comes a wonderfully well-balanced dram. Spicy, herbal, and English biscuits. Flashes of clean citrus and chewy minerals blend into a complex finish that is refreshingly bitter and remarkably dry. The way a pint was meant to taste. Truly spot on! For a limited time, this kit is available with the original Wyeast 1469 Yorkshire Ale Limited Edition Yeast Strain.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style British Pale Ale/Bitter
Color Light
Original Gravity 1043
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Refreshing Review by Adam M.
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Brewed on 8/2/14, bottled on 8/16/14.

Couldn't help but crack one open a teeny bit early. I don't typically drink ESB's, so I'm not real familiar with the style. But I like how this one came out. It's got a nice biscuity & light floral aroma. Taste starts with some spicy floral notes that becomes moderately bitter and finishes dry. Actually a bit more hoppy than I expected but fades quickly. Very refreshing brew that will have you grabbing more on a hot day. This one definitely gets better as it warms too -- the chill mutes the floral notes.

Will brew this one again for sure! (Posted on 8/27/14)
Excellent Beer Review by Erick
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This beer is the BEST beer I have made, although I have only made like a 14 or so from kits. I am drinking it now at 5 days, and I can only imagine how awesome it will be next week. Smoothest, hint of malt, the smell is like an exotic flower. Maybe I am a beer virgin but this is going down way too easy. All my brewing friends can't believe its a homebrew, Northern Brewer fresh ingredients may be the reason. Absolutely a definite one to remake. Love this! Highly recommend
(Posted on 7/11/14)
Good enough I'm gonna brew it again! Review by Ben
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This was the third recipe I've made. When I transferred from primary to the bottling bucket, my siphon sort of malfunctioned and I ended up stirring up the sediment quite a bit. A good amount of it ended up in my bottles. Despite this, I enjoyed every last drop of it. Malt/hop balance was perfect with plenty of flavor without overdoing it. I moved to Korea and shipping to here is ridiculous but I'm gonna try this one again! (Posted on 7/8/14)
Excellent Review by Aaron
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I've never had an English Pale Ale - they just aren't that popular in the midwest. I brewed this to learn what they are, and came away very impressed. Great flavor, nicely hopped, slightly fruity and very refreshing. My friends that had visited England said it was identical in style to some of the beer they had. (Posted on 6/20/14)
Very good beer Review by Brady
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This came out excellent, easy to make, great flavor, definitely will make this one again. (Posted on 5/10/14)
Innkeeper is my favorite beer that I have ever made. Review by Bruce
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To begin with, let me say that if you are not interested in making a session ale, no need to read this post. A session ale, as served in English pubs, is a relatively low-alcohol beer intended to see you through the evening. Meaning you can have a few pints and still get on the tube (mind the gap).

As research, my grown son and I went to London last year to visit pubs and drink real ale. We managed to visit 26 pubs in a week. We also liked the pub grub.

I have been brewing off and on since 1970, mostly without any great success. Lately I have been interested in brewing session ales like the English bitters we had in London. So, I decided to try the Innkeeper kit from Northern Brewer. It is a Timothy Taylor Landlord clone.
My latest batch of Innkeeper is the best beer I have ever made. It a classic English bitter; it could be served in any London pub. But it didn't start out that way. I have made eight batches of Innkeeper.

The first four did not turn out well because I made some yeast mistakes (Don't mail-order liquid yeast in the summer, and don't try to make Innkeeper with dry yeast)

But the fifth batch of Innkeeper was a very good bitter. I made it with WY-1469 West Yorkshire yeast. I shared a liter with my son who thought it was perfect.

So, my conclusion is that it is well worth working on a style until you get it right. Batch eight of Innkeeper is now in the fermenter. (Posted on 4/21/14)
Lackluster (maybe major improvement w/age though) Review by Mark
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Carbed very well, perfect head, but not a lot of flavor in my opinion. My friend liked it better than I. I had one stray bottle lying around an extra 6-9 weeks after brewing and it seemed to have more character. I like the name, but prefer all the other varieties I've bought from NB. (Posted on 3/2/14)
Good Beer Review by Sean
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I found the beer complex and refreshing. With three kinds of hops the hop flavor is not overwhelming and enhances the beer. The reason I gave it a four was that I found that I have made better English Pale Ales. The bitter is great, but I found that the citrus and other flavors were not really there. I expected more malt flavor, but overall a great beer. Be careful if you keg this beer. It carbonates really fast and stays highly carbonated for over a week. (Posted on 2/10/14)
Perfection Review by Scott
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I fermented this for two weeks and then bottled it up. 5 days later I tried it. It was awesomely carbonated and tasted great. Thinking about keeping this on hand all the time for when I need a quick brew. (Posted on 1/30/14)
Can't Wait to Try This One Review by Jon
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Doing my first batch of this now, and just put in in for secondary fermentation this past weekend. Easy to brew, and it looks and smells like it is going to be great. I can't wait to give it a try in about 3 weeks! (Posted on 1/28/14)
Very good beer, and easy to brew Review by Michael
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I'm only on my sixth or seventh batch of homebrew (all with extract kits), but this turned out to be the best yet. Very easy to brew. We had some complications because a cold spell rendered our basement much colder than recommended for the yeast. It delayed the fermentation, but the flavor turned out great, with a very good carbonation as well. (Posted on 1/2/14)
Medal winner! Review by Daniel
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Brewed this at the end of July 2013. Kegged 1/2 for a party and bottled the rest. Keg was empty in no time! Entered in a competition in August and it scored well but no place. Last week (Dec) Entered another competition and it pulled a gold medal out of 14 category entries. This is really good with a little age on it. I have been asked to brew this for a super bowl party which I am happy to oblige! (Posted on 12/9/13)
Number One in My Rotation Review by Richard
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This isn't a beer that will knock your socks off. But for me, it strikes the perfect balance: between the malt & hops, the mouthfeel vs. light drinkability, sessionable but interesting. I always try to have a higher gravity style on-tap, as well as a lighter, session type. I've brewed over 100 kits in the past few years, and this one is the "lighter" style that I've repeated more than any other. I think this is an ale that is better at it's freshest - the first two weeks after kegging. Good thing, because it's so easy to drink it rarely lasts more than a couple of weeks. You can't go wrong with this one. (Posted on 12/8/13)
ok. nothing to jump up and down for Review by Becon
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I brewed this for friends and gf who are BMC drinkers and it didn't get reviews from them. It was a little to much flavor. My biggest gripe about this brew is the watery thin mouth feel. It is about two weeks in the bottle. I will sit on the rest and see what some more time will bring. It will be drunk, but not the beer to brag about. (Posted on 12/5/13)
Better and more flavorful than i anticiped. Review by John
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After The normal Waiting Period We Sampled The Innnkeeper. Nice color, good Flavor, Head, And body. DiD Not Expect Such Good Results From AN extract Kit.! (Posted on 12/3/13)
Terrific brew! Review by Andrew
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Got this during the "Royal Birth" sale a few months back. Turned out to be an excellent choice for an English ale. Tastes great, and not too bitter. So if you have some "What? No Bud Light?" friends, I suggest you give them this. It has a lot more flavor than that other stuff, (It being a real beer and all,) but it's not overpowering for their unrefined palate. (I kid, honestly.) A great beer to introduce your friends to what really good homebrew can taste like. Definitely on my list of stuff to brew again. (Posted on 11/25/13)
Nice base Review by Michael C.
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Ok, I dont really know how this ale is. I use it as a base minus the first addition of hops to make a strawberry/rhubarb ale. I follow all the other hop additions but exclude the 60min addition. I add half a lb of Belgian biscuit and half a lb of caramel 60L to the steeping grains. Once fermentation is mostly done, I add 9lbs of frozen (thawed) strawberries and 3lbs of frozen (thawed) rhubarb, wait 2 weeks (or until fermentation has stopped) and then bottle with a tiny bit of non-fermentable sugar and honey to carbonate. (Posted on 11/22/13)
Good Pale Ale Review by Dustin
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Good quick turnaround brew kit that turns into a standard pale ale. Very happy with this kit! (Posted on 11/10/13)
Great taste, lower gravity Review by RetiredEngineer
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I like "session" beers with lower alcohol, but many of these beers also too low in hops for my taste. Innkeeper adds enough hops to make it interesting. I've brewed it several times now and am pleased with it. (Posted on 10/25/13)
Great go to beer! Review by Matthew
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This is a very easy to brew beer that is light, yet full of flavor. I always keep a few bottles of this in my fridge, so when I have those guests who refuse to drink anything but Bud Light or Miller Lite come over, I hand them one of these. Every time they are impressed that a homebrew could taste better than what they normally drink. (Posted on 10/14/13)
Best Bitter Review by SNF
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Love this beer. I use a 5 gallon kit but brew it in 2.5 gallon batches so I can spread out the goodness. (Posted on 9/26/13)
A taste of the isles! Review by Thomas
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If your looking for a quick and awesome beer, Look no further! (Posted on 9/24/13)
My favourite English-style bitter Review by mlk
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This is a fabulous beer. I did a side by side comparison of Innkeeper to a similar NB recipe kit, Single Hop Best Bitter. Innkeeper is slightly lighter in color and has a more pronounced dry, minerally flavor that lingers longer on the palate than SHBB's. Innkeeper was our clear favorite, even with it being young (2 weeks in the bottle) and SHBB fully matured (a couple of months post-bottling). Don't get me wrong, SHBB is excellent (and quite similar), but Innkeeper is just more interesting. Use the West Yorkshire liquid yeast, you'll love it. (Posted on 9/8/13)
What's not to like Review by brewmizer
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I don't do many kits anymore, but there are a few NB has that peaked my curiosity Inn keeper being one. Damn fine job gentlemen I don,t discriminate against any style and enjoy most all beers, and this one is very worthy of it's style. I really enjoy new brewers and have the opportunity to share my knowledge of over 250 batches of beer and many more wines and mead's with them locally. So keep up the job of producing quality recipes with great ingredients, and thanks for incorporating beer kits from other breweries. (Posted on 9/5/13)
Pleasant Review by Brad
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This is a nice pale ale. Light in color, slightly hoppy, but not as much as many US pale ales. I found the flavor improved as it got warmer - it is an English style, after all. I tend to favor less hoppy beers, but this is a nice diversion and would probably work better as a summer beer for me. I did 2 weeks in a primary and then bottled it. OG: 1.040, FG: 1.009 for ABV of 4.2%. One friend said it reminded him of a Yards Pale Ale (Philadelphia). This one is still young, so I'm looking forward to tasting its evolution. (Posted on 9/3/13)
A very tasty session brew Review by linda
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This is just a good beer - clean, refreshing, beautiful color, and tastes great especially for a session brew. The family claims it is my best beer ever (but they tend to say that every time I brew a new beer). This is about my 15th extract kit and will definitely keep this in regular rotation. (Posted on 8/26/13)
Tasty! Review by Jim
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Very nice. Crisp. I had a little tasting over the weekend and this was a favorite of many. My best advice to brewing this beer or any is to follow the recommended wait times . . . and then wait a while longer. I usually wait at least one extra week on the lighter beers and 2 for darker beers. Tough to wait but always worth it! (Posted on 8/22/13)
Great beer! Review by phil
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For someone who isn't overly fond of IPA's, this kit is very nice. Not real hoppy, just mildly so at the end. Wonderful flavor and different from anything I have made. Recommend highly.

Phil (Posted on 8/16/13)
great beer Review by francheesh
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I don't want to get carried away but I love this beer and so does everyone who has tried it from my batch. This is my 5th beer brewed and it's probably the best. It is tart with maybe a grapefruit(?) taste but a nice change from the usual hoppy beer that I love.
I added one week to the fermenting and bottling - so 6 weeks before drinking...but worth it. I think I will keep doing that as a rule when brewing. Yay Beer!! (Posted on 7/16/13)
Great tasting, less hoppy Review by Andrew
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This is a great beer for the pale ale people that don't like it overly hoppy. Good taste with a great finish. If you like a smooth beer this is a fine choice. (Posted on 7/15/13)
Let it sit Review by thomas
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So wasn't to sure what to expect with this beer. I ordered this kit with the liquid yeast. Followed the instructions exactly.... I poured the first beer a few days earlier than I should. It was ok. It was bitter and had some different tastes to it.... It was a pretty clear beer considering there was only one fermentation to it. I waited a little longer and the taste did get better. After three weeks from bottling I was very happy with it. Actually it is so drinkable now that I drink them a little to fast. Enjoy! (Posted on 6/5/13)
My firstborn. Review by Jmgkenobi
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This was my first attempt at brewing, kept it in the primary for 2 weeks, then bottled. I got impatient and tested it after one week in, the bitterness was over powering and I my first impression was I had brewed 5 gallons of lovely smelling drano to wash out my sink with.
After two weeks it was pleasant and drinkable but still had a very discernible dryness and bitterness that coated the tongue. By three it was damned fine, easy going down, pleasantly flavored and a nice orange-brown in color. I had my last liter at a party for St. Patrick's day, I was asked if I wanted to put green dye in it and I promptly responded by pointing at their watery commercial brews and stating that the green dye was for their beer, but definitely not for mine.
(Posted on 3/18/13)
Perfect balance between quaffability and complexity Review by Alex
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I made three of these partial-boil extract beers in a row with WY1469 at 70F and bottle conditioned them. It has all the flavor and smoothness you want in a session beer, but with added complexity to make you wonder why everybody doesn't make this beer. There is firm hop presence and plenty of hop backbone. My favorite batch was carbonated to 1.5 volumes, and I though about selling my bike to buy a beer engine and cask. (Posted on 3/17/13)
Very good. But... Review by David
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This is pretty good, and I'm enjoying it. It is getting better with time. I followed the receipe, with 2 weeks primary and straight to bottles. If I am to do this again, I'd do a secondary, since there is a decent amount of hops,(sludge) making the bottling tricky. The extra step would definitly help. (Posted on 3/11/13)
Very drinkable Review by Rob
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Kegged an extract batch about a month ago. It is very drinkable and is a good session beer. It is also getting better with age. (Posted on 3/8/13)
Second only to Caribou Slobber Review by Robert
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This is another beer that is one of my favorites now. Great flavor. (Posted on 3/2/13)
Great tast,Great flavor Review by J Brzoza
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Truly a great session beer with great flavor and taste, I brewed this beer for our yearly beer tasting party and this beer everyone like it a lot, truly a 5 star will be brewed again. (Posted on 1/15/13)
An outstanding mild session brew Review by Squankdog
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I have brewed this kit twice so far, and will again. Don't be fooled by its fairly light body and subtle taste notes--it's not an IPA, but it's not meant to be. Taste it next to a watery commercial brew, and you'll appreciate how subtle and complex the flavor is, even without a palate-punching load of hops. A great kit that is fast and very easy to brew, and will be enjoyed by anyone you share it with. With it mild taste and fairly low ABV, it's a great session beer--it won't last long! (Posted on 12/27/12)
A solid mild pale Review by rainydays2020
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It's a good crisp mild ale with a touch of sweetness and a hint of hop aromas with nearly no lingering to the dry finish. I usually drink strong beers so this was a good change of pace at 4.9%. If I do this one again I'll add more hops to the boil to kick up the hop flavor (I'm pretty partial to very hoppy pales). I would also add less sugar when bottling, around 3.5-4g instead of the full 5g.

My process:
Followed brew directions exactly and used a wort chiller prior to adding yeast. I used the wyeast 1469 Yorkshire ale yeast. I let it sit in the primary for three weeks at 68 degrees and cold-crashed for the last 3 days. Bottled at 50 degrees with the 5g priming sugar that came with the kit and enjoyed the first bottle 1 week later. (Posted on 12/9/12)
Just a good beer Review by William
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Brewing third batch this year. First one was on my taps opposite a black IPA and was supposed to be the "B" side, but turned out to be a fav. Brewing now for the family holiday party in January. Hope its ready on time... (Posted on 12/7/12)
My favorite Review by Beer Farmer
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I used to like the Extra Pale Ale kit but this is now my favorite. Brew it now! (Posted on 12/3/12)
Fantastic session Beer Review by Maj
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This, has been such a delightful session beer on my keg system. easy to carbonate lightly in the style of a English brew. This has been a crowd pleaser, with nice, subtle flavours and easy palatability. Very happy with this one! (Posted on 11/27/12)
Great brew...and easy! Review by Nick
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This was the first beer I had brewed in years. It's an easy, straight forward kit. At first I felt like the beer was a little mild or light. Not what I was expecting. But, after a little time in the bottle, this stuff turned out to be great! I really like this beer now and wish I had drank less earlier on. Can;t wait to brew another batch of this! (Posted on 11/9/12)
Great Base Beer Review by Andrew
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I used the Innkeeper for one of my favorite creations; Chipotlergeist! I brewed up this extract batch and added 1 home made chipotle pepper to the last 15 of the boil + 2 more in the secondary. This beer has massive chili/smokey aroma with a light heat on the tongue. Its English Biscuits on fire. (Posted on 10/19/12)
Pint in the Paw right now! Review by Otis & Eddie's (home) Brewery
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Brewed with Nottingham yeast. This is my 3rd try at this kit, and my first with the Nottingham yeast (have used NeoB and Yorkshire previously) - all kegged and slow forced at 10psi. It really improves with age - when I try early, I've been disappointed. Hold this in the keg a min 3weeks and the malt front steps up, but still too dry finish for my taste. I would cut the bitter hops back 25% and make it less dry, or pump up the malt slightly. It is good one, but not my favorite homebrew (yet). It does not taste like a real pub ale in the UK to me, much to bitter finish. (Posted on 9/30/12)
Very Nice Session Beer Review by Michael
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Not the insipid, tasteless beer some reviewers would have you believe. This is a fairly complex, low alcohol session beer. Better than a lawnmower type-it holds up well to many genuine draft ales from Britain. Not like Coors or Bud in any way. (Posted on 9/17/12)
Great beer Review by Bike4Beer
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Turned out great, just a nice light and refreshing beer. I kept in primary about 3 weeks and then bottled. After about a week it tasted pretty good, but seemed to really hit the spot around 3 weeks after bottling. Additionally I used the Wyeast 1469 and about the normal 4ish oz of priming sugar. Serve cold out of fridge, it drinks extremely well. I will absolutely brew again. (Posted on 8/23/12)
Bad Beer Review by Brewer Bill
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Been brewing beer all year long about 11 batches under my belt everything from Kolsch to EPA's to Stouts. Everything I have brewed so far has been fantastic. I figured let's try the Innkeeper, it's won 36 major awards, this is going to be great! ... boy was I wrong... I would describe it as bland, with an off putting "chemical" alcohol taste. Pretty sure I didn't make ethanol, when it was fermenting it never went over 70 degrees. I gave it 1 star because it was technically beer after fermenting. (Posted on 8/9/12)
a staple, like buying groceries Review by Tim
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It was a quick easy boil. Three weeks from boil to pumping from the keg. Great fresh, dry beer that everybody likes. There will be a keg of this around all the time if I can keep up with the demand. And this kit/recipe begs for tweaks, it seems to be a good base for modifying into all kinds of tasty Brit style beers. Is it the sugar that gives it the refreshing dry mouth? (Posted on 6/25/12)
OK..............needs help................. Review by 787Brewer
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Good flavor...low carbonation....used Coopers carb tabs and Coopers PET bottles...maybe this is why there is low carbonation....gonna go with glass next time...did the USS Minnow with the same set up and it turned out fantastic...could be me but the Stars were aligned so it should be better!!...that's the beauty of home brewing...it's a learning process all the way...don't ever give up...keep trying...the proverbial light bulb will eventually go on...stay thirsty mi amigos!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Posted on 6/23/12)
Perfect for house guests Review by Bethieboo
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We have made about 20 kits so far, and this is the first one we did twice. Everyone loves this beer! We took several types of beer home to family and this one was the crowd favorite. It is well balanced, and goes down easy. It also mellows nicely in the keg. When we decided to brew a beer for our wedding toast this was our obvious choice. (Posted on 6/19/12)
Excellent Review by MattN
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There is a reason this is one of the top sellers. I will say though, don't judge this beer until the taste fully develops. Needs at least 2-3 weeks in a bottle to get there. After 1 week in the bottle, I was underwhelmed. After 2 more weeks, I am very pleased. This stuff goes down like Cola. Classic English pale ale flavor. DO NOT expect Americanized pale, India pale, Imperial or anything else. This is a true-to-style English pale. It is not very hoppy, which is why they had to make an India version for export. If you expect big hops, look elsewhere. If you are looking for classic pale malty goodness, look no further. This is probably in my top 5 best brews. Will do again. Hand one to your Bud-drinking buddies. They'll lose their mind... (Posted on 6/12/12)
GREAT BEER Review by phillyBrewer
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This beer drinks soo easy and tastes great. Nice dry finish and great malt flavor. This was supposed to be the "B" side of my keg system with a big Black IPA being the "A" side. Both are great beers but this one just disappeared so fast. Did not have time to get another batch in the pipeline... Won't let that happen again. Just ordered double batch... :) (Posted on 5/31/12)
Great Easy Drinking beer Review by PhillyBrewer
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I have this and the Black IPA on my taps, and what a perfect combo. One dark and dangerous and the other light and friendly. This will be great for hot afternoons after some yard work. Have a Blackberry Wheat that I just bottled and has to condition for another week. Will be looking forward to trying it too. (Posted on 4/21/12)
A smooth, complex, sessionable brew Review by Gus
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This may become my standard, always in stock house beer. Low in ABV but high in taste and complex flavors. I usually use liquid yeast but as a test, used dry this time, the Danstar Nottingham Ale yeast. Fermeted at a consistent 67 degrees, 2 weeks in primary and bottled. After two weeks, this beer is super drinkable, with a firm white head. At first, it had a slight lemony tang, wondering where that came from, but it lends to the flavor. I reach for this one after work before dinner, it doesn't fill you up, but it's also good for sipping while on the back deck grilling. Love this beer! (Posted on 4/6/12)
Fabulous, not in-your-face Review by mlk
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This is not an in-your-face American-style pale ale. It is subtle, balanced, and very tasty. It is what I imagine a pint from a well-kept cask in an English pub would be like (and some reviewers who know agree!).
I've brewed this 3 times, twice with the Yorkshire yeast, and loved it every time. Mine comes out more a clear amber color than the picture here, probably more like the original. Light but subtle, very drinkable, lots of "more-ishness" (as in, I want one more). (Posted on 4/5/12)
Light, easy drinking Review by D Nicholas
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I brewed this with the recommended dry yeast and carbed it very subtly with 2.5 oz of corn sugar per the style. Taste was very light, but nicely balanced. I was caught off guard by how light it turned out, but it is nice once I accepted it for what it is. Nice inexpensive lawnmower beer. (Posted on 3/20/12)
Great beer Review by aae115
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Very good beer. This was my 2nd batch ever. Very easy. Quick ferment. Great taste. All of my friends and wife love it. (Posted on 3/10/12)
"Tastes like PBR" Review by Markus
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"This tastes like fresh PBR" my daughter said after she tried it. That may be a bit harsh, but not completely untrue. (Posted on 2/25/12)
Wonderful English Pale Ale Review by Jerry
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Brewed with Nottingham yeast on 12/20/2011 and kegged it on 12/28/2011. Pretty fast to the glass.
O.G. 1043 F.G. 1010 4.42% ABV Everybody loves this ale. Very smooth and easy drinking session ale with a slight bisquit flavor that is very inexpensive and easy to brew. Nice contrast to an American Pale Ale as the Innkeeper has a very low hop content. In my opinion none will be offended by this ale. Brew it. (Posted on 2/22/12)
Taste great, used danstar yeast Review by Aaron
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This is my third brew I have ever made, bit of a citrus taste with a buttery biscuit flavor. Very mild, makes for a good session beer. I can see these being nice in the summer. 4 weeks primary 4 days in bottle and its ready. (Posted on 2/22/12)
Very nice brew. True to style. Review by Scott mc
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This batch came out very nice. I'm a fan of bigger beers, so this one is not something I would usually make. But I do enjoy it. The family likes it a lot. Worth the time. (Posted on 2/20/12)
Very nice brew. True to style. Review by Scott mc
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This batch came out very nice. I'm a fan of bigger beers, so this one is not something I would usually make. But I do enjoy it. The family likes it a lot. Worth the time. (Posted on 2/20/12)
Very Good Session Beer Review by TJ
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Used the 1469 West Yorkshire for this, fermented mid 60's for 10 days, three day secondary over gelatin. Primed with 2oz of corn sugar to stay close to style and after only a week of bottle conditioning, this beer is almost crystal clear and excellent. Doesnt have a huge hoppy bite, but they're definitely there. Citrusy notes from the yeast and a nice, creamy head. This will be in regular rotation during the warm weather. (Posted on 2/19/12)
very good! Review by Brad
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Very good! Light in body, and color. Has a nice citrusy taste to it. Mine came out at about 4.2%. I wouldn't mind a 4.9 in a beer this good, NB! And in reference to the below comment, it tastes NOTHING like a hefeweizen (at least mine doesn't). I will be brewing this again. Great summer beer!
(Posted on 2/19/12)
Not impressed Review by nick
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Brewing for several years and this kit just not up to all the good reviews. A light beer but just needs some taste. Carbed very low as well. Drinkable so I'll just hold on to it till summer time and make it a lawnmower beer. Time may help a bit. (Posted on 2/16/12)
Pale or Hefe? Review by Jorge
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Good beer, but it taste and looks like a Hefe. I followed the recipe that came with the kit and used WYEAST 1469 west yorkshire ale yeast. I drank it in a weissbier vase with a lemon, delicious. Got a 3 because I wanted a pale ale. I say "its a good hefe". (Posted on 2/14/12)
Good stuff Review by Mike
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Cheap, simple, and good. I let it in primary for 2 weeks and then 3 weeks in the bottle. Malty with good head, a nice hop bitterness to balance it, and a slightly bitter finish. Although it was good right away, it definitely got better after about 4-5 weeks in the bottle. I would brew this again. (Posted on 1/21/12)
try something else Review by Chris in Brooklyn
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This was my first kit after a 6 year hiatus from brewing (I had previously brewed for 6 years), and I brewed it with a friend who has been brewing for the past 2 years.

This brew was lacking in body, flavor, and character. My batch just needs more of everything. It's not bad, just not good. (Posted on 1/5/12)
Make this often! Review by Bulldog Brit
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This is around my 80th kit brew. Mostly opting for heavier beers I took a chance on this one based on the reviews here, and I have to say - this is by far one of the best I have ever brewed. It is remarkably easy drinking, professional 'like its just been pulled from the cask by hand' quality taste, and a very traditional British mild flavor (think pint of Deuchars and you wont be far wrong). In fact its like being in my local back home in Blighty. This brew will not let you down and should most certainly be drunk early. (Posted on 12/27/11)
Not a bad ale for a session brew. Review by jifigz
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This beer is what it should be. Light body, easy drinking, light flavor with enough biscuit flavor that is nicely balanced by a light hoppy flavor. I have brewed quite a few of NB's kits, and I am quite happy with this beer. It isn't my favorite kit from them but it's one I'll brew again. (Posted on 12/16/11)
Just ok.. Review by Kirby
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Maybe my hopes were too high, but I was not impressed. The presence of the hops were barely noticeable and the body was mild at best. The finished product was not bad just not as flavorful as I hoped. It was a clean crisp beer it just was lack-luster. (Posted on 11/25/11)
Great Beer better with age Review by Shark
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First time with this kit, 2 weeks primary 1 week secondary with gelatin finings, then to the keg. Perfectly clear, holds a nice head. One thing I noticed was that after about 2 weeks in the keg the flavor became much smoother and some of the bitter/sour began to subside. Wife loves it and so does everyone else. I am ordering another kit right now. (Posted on 11/21/11)
excellent beer Review by brewforall
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first time to make this one and its really great..light and refreshing .. easy to make..used dry yeast and feremented for 2 weeks ; . kegged mine and still a bit cloudy after 3 days ..hoping this clears up but nonetheless a super beer .. (Posted on 11/1/11)
Brother in law will drink nothing else! Review by Steve
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OK, Normally I won't go for a brew with corn sugar added but I did this based upon others reviews. Now I have to order 2 kits at a time. 1/2 a kit for me and 1.5 kits for my brother in law. A great English Ale that is easy and quick, inexpensive and tastes fantastic. Use the Wyeast for best flavor. Primary 2 weeks, 1-2 bottle conditioning. Cheers! (Posted on 10/22/11)
1st 5 Star Review by ben
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I've brewed caribiou(multiple X's), trappist, honey brown, cal common, german alt, am amber, irish red.....This one is head and shoulders my favorite. It was my 1st, one stage brew too and uncertain how different it would be but the yeast packs on the bottom and isn't an issue. My wife even likes it so there's your ringing endorsement. Not as bitter as i expected (no expert here on british ales) but clean, smooth, citrus.... Your loss if you dont try it! It's my new favorite. Good carbonation fast, no shortcut taken here in only needing 4 weeks from start to finish. Mine stayed in fermenter 3 weeks instead of 2. Maybe it was a fluke but i left the yeast on the counter overnight and it was an excellent, quick fermentation. (Posted on 10/20/11)
tasty Review by flytyer
Batch # 17 in 2011. Brewed as per instructions. 3rd batch to keg. Color is perfect, aroma is a little malty which I like. It holds a very nice head, and offers a very subtle hop bite at the end. This to me will go into the rotation with Cream Ale, Honey koelsch, and Speckled Heifer on the one tap with a seasonal or experiment on the other tap. Dang it, I may need more than two taps. (Posted on 10/12/11)
wow! Review by djfake
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Amazingly simple brew. Used dry yeast, two weeks in the primary and two weeks in the bottle, just cracked one open yesterday and what a surprise. Delicious, malty beer, more like a bitter than a pale ale! And amazingly clear, used one whirlfloc tablet towards the end of the boil. Wow! (Posted on 10/1/11)
Big hit with the guests Review by Rrusselltx
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This was my second batch ever. I brewed it several weeks ago and nursed it along so that most of it was still left for our party this past weekend. The flavor improved quite a bit over the last 2 weeks. 1 week in the primary 2 weeks in secondary and 3 weeks in the keg. I bought several cases of some fairly nice beers but at the end of the night this keg was floating and only 3 beers from the store were missing... My wife now approves of my new hobby! (Posted on 9/27/11)
A fun beer to drink! Review by Dylantrack9
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My first English ale brew and by far one of my favorite beers to drink. The color, aroma, and flavor it all just matches and is very pleasing. This is one beer you'll want to brew a double batch. It just disappears so fast. (Posted on 9/26/11)
Just OK, weakish middle Review by sauderkraut
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This was my first extract kit, and didn't know to upgrade from the dry yeast...so maybe could have been better. Also didn't do a secondary. Just 2 weeks primary, then 2 weeks bottle. I do get a pleasant citrusy aroma and flavor at the beginning, then it's a bit weak in the middle and ends with a mild hop dry bitterness. The closest comparable beer I've tried is a Shipyard IPA (but with less hops)—it's actually very similar. I like it OK, but not a favorite, and won't make this one again. (Posted on 9/24/11)
InnKeeper Fan! Review by Big Tasty
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This is really fantastic! I brewed this with the Nottingham dry yeast. The only thing I changed was I used a pound of clear candi sugar instead of the corn sugar. Primary 2 weeks. Bottle 3 weeks. WOW! It is great. My wife who only likes wheat beers loved it. I was unsure about it when I tasted it at bottling. I will be buying this again! Nice kit! (Posted on 9/22/11)
Wonderful Review by Zeke
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As a fan of English Ales this takes the cake. Zero complaints. (Posted on 9/21/11)
Give it time Review by Brewdaddy
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My keg was running low and I needed a recipe fast. Four weeks from kettle to keg sounded great. I wasn't impressed initially. The beer was cloudy and tasted green. I let it sit for an additional week and it has continued to improve. I used US-05 and kept it in primary for 2 weeks then moved it to the keg. I think you'll be happier if you bottle condition for 4 weeks instead of two. Why rush a good thing?

This brew is ideal if you are looking for a lighter, low alcohol beer that isn't very hoppy. If you expect to be knocked over with a huge malt flavor and hop aroma then this isn't the beer for you. It is more appropriate to enjoy this beer on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn as you relax by the pool. (Posted on 8/13/11)
Excellent ! Review by Patrickmilw
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Read all the great reviews and decided to try this one. It's obvious why it's a winner! Easy to brew, inexpensive, quick and the flavor is complex and highly satisfying.
(Posted on 7/17/11)
Nice Review by Dennis
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I just tapped this so only giving it 4 out of 5..Perhaps 5 is coming but this one is dead on....Very, very simple and has a nice citrus taste to it..Its very "bright" and is just dead on..I'm looking fwd to this beer aging just a little bit more....nice kit (Posted on 7/14/11)
great! Review by Shane Dog
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who ever made this kit, did it right. righteous flavor without going to overboard..perfect session beer! i feel like the biscuit malt flavor and the hops have great lingering taste together.. very smooth very sessionable!
SPot on....
And you know the fellas at brewing tv got me ordering from here!
dawson keeler and walton(sorry if i spelled your names wrong)
a great trio...keep up the good work you guys..
next order i put in ill have the shirt in there for you guys to sign! (Posted on 6/22/11)
I want some more! Review by Matt
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I brewed this back to back. First batch I bottled, using the NeoBrittania. Second batch was my first attempt at reusing my yeast, using a starter, and kegging. Beer turned out great both times! This has to be my favorite kit I have made. Great flavor and easy drinking. Perfect for having a few! Cheers! (Posted on 6/22/11)
A bright, crisp beer with a clean slightly hoppy finish, recommended! Review by Julian
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If you taste the innkeeper when you rack it to secondary, don't be fooled by it's thin middle body. I was disappointed at this point, but after two weeks in secondary, and then a good carbonation level in the keg, this beer is deliciously drinkable. Why are you still reading this? Go brew a batch! (Posted on 6/18/11)
Verry rich flavor without being over powering! Review by Shane Dog
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this is probably my 18th batch of beer ive made....this kit is great! the ale taste malty with a subtle tase of hops.. verry great session beer .. the only thing that is diffrent is that the color i got was a richers amber.. idk if its becuase maybe i steeped the grains to long..idk but its awesome! if its your first time brewing this is a great kit to start on... im excited to see how my st. puals porter, and carabou slobber turned out! (Posted on 6/14/11)
excellent beer Review by The Dave
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Was pleasently surprised with the results of the beer. Thought I may have oxidized the beer in the kegging process, but to my surprise and my pleasure the results of the keg were on par to the bottled beer after a month of priming and finishing. Very dry, but not overly dry. Biscuit heaven to say the least. Would certainly purchase again. It spent 9 days primary, 3 weeks secondary and 3 weeks priming. (Posted on 6/13/11)
Another Fan Review by Billy5077
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Exactly as the description stated....biscuits and citrus. Its lighter than its appearance and surprisingly bright. I really like this one. I used the Wyeast 1945 Neobrittania, 2 weeks primary and 2 weeks secondary with 3 days cold crash during the secondary. My only complaint is it needs a new name.....Innkeeper suggests ordinary or standard when this ale is anything but. I'm gonna label mine simply EBA English Biscuit Ale Cheers! (Posted on 6/1/11)
The best Ale I have ever brewed Review by cr-magnum
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I started out with a Mr Beer kit 3 years ago and in the last year I upgraded to 2 -7.5 gallon fermenting buckets. I was making 3 batches at a time, for a total of 6 gallon batch, life was good. I have brewed 148 gallons of beer with Mr Beer, But no more. I brewed up my first batch of Inn Keeper Ale from NB and WOW what a great ale.This will be my house ale ( with a little tweek or two) from now on. Try it you will love it.
(Posted on 5/30/11)
Happy with the brew Review by Joe
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Used dry yeast. Friends all have enjoyed this beer. Malty and delicious. Good affordable session beer. Would brew this again if there weren't so many kits to try. (Posted on 5/28/11)
Drink fast or age. Review by Benjamin
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So after 2 weeks in the bottle it had carbed well and tasted great. Citrusy, biscuity, just all around tasty. Then at 1 month in bottles the biscuit flavor subsided and the resulting beer was drinkable and refreshing but a bit bland. Set it aside for another month for 2 months bottled total and it has mellowed out and gained some good malt character to fit the hops. This is the beer I wanted! So order this beer and either drink it quick (which is easy cause it's so good) or give it some time to develop. Highly Recommend. (Posted on 5/27/11)
this will fill your house with a lovely smell! Review by Shane Dog
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ive only brewed it so far, i will ad a taste reveiw as well. it seems to be alot darker amber color than in the picture above. but i dont care ! a good 4 pints. thus far i cant give a five till i taste it! i love northern brewer you guys blow away our local brew shop prices in Saint Louis, and i appreciate that alot.. nothing like driving 18 miles to the brew shop then getting charged an arm and leg for everything. (Posted on 5/25/11)
Terrific! Review by Thirsty moose
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I greatly enjoyed making this. It is a perfect beer for the summer. Has some geat character and depth without being overpowering. Very balanced. Couldn't
be happier. (Posted on 5/17/11)
Wunderbar! Review by chefwood
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A wonderful beer. Brewed with the dry yeast alternative, will definitely brew again w/ suggested liquid yeast. Throughout the entire process, from first boil through bottling this beer was drinkable. First as a heavenly bread broth and then as an actual ale. As per style suggestions, this beer preforms far better at cellar temp rather than cooler fridge temps. Brewed 2-13-11 (Posted on 5/10/11)
MUST TRY Review by balzern
Citrusy nose, very crisp refreshing nose perhaps a little orange. Bready taste, dry, light mouth feel. Think a citrusy almost champagne feel. Amazing for the summertime and think about adding an orange slice to it to accentuate the flavor profile. Definitely will have this at the pool. (Posted on 5/10/11)
every that I have let try it likes it Review by jjtrogdon
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very, very drinkable. It's very light with a little bitter bite on the very end. (Posted on 5/9/11)
Outstanding! Review by balzern
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I brewed this beer to get ready for Spring/Summer. Great move. The slightly bready aroma accompanied by the citrusy/biscuity aroma given off by the hops and yeast make this awesome! Really great addition to my homebrew stockpile which will be even better when the sun comes out and I can hang out by my pool. (Posted on 4/20/11)
Great beer, I recommend it to anyone Review by Ryan
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This was my second beer from Northern Brewer and it turned out great. I can't wait to try it again and play around with some ingredients. I wrote up a small review about it on my blog: http://www.how-to-make-beer.info/review-innkeeper-extract-kit/ (Posted on 4/15/11)
Not a bad knock-off Review by jeremyh
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I've brewed this twice and had good results. I found that leaving it in the primary for the duration was the way to go. The brew that was racked to a secondary after 2 weeks was not as rich in body and flavor. A little thin.
Comparing directly to TImothy Taylor's Landlord I think the recipe in "Beer Captured" is closer. All batches used Wyeast 1469. (Posted on 4/15/11)
Great Ale for the New Brewer to the Advanced Review by Jon Permen
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As with many new brewers, I tested the limits of alcohol, IBUs and everything in between. Looking back, I realize that more is not always better. I think that you should develop a solid brewing methodology (learn from the Brewing Network!) before you try to push the limits. I have already brewed this beer twice, and I am very pleased with the results. I think that this is a great inexpensive recipe to work on your process. It also results in a great beer in little time. (Posted on 4/12/11)
great, solid bitter Review by jm
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I used the Wyeast Neobritannia, kept the beer in primary for 2 weeks, bottled, and tried the first one two weeks later. Yum! Subtle citrus, some toast, smooth drinking and perfect bitterness without being overhopped. I would recommend this kit to anyone looking for an easy drinking beer or a classic english bitter. And all this for less than $30!

I definitely agree with some of the other reviews - don't over carbonate this beer. I used 5/8 cup of cane sugar, and next time (oh yes, there will be a next time!) will reduce to 1/2 cup. (Posted on 4/10/11)
Plan on brewing again! Review by brainfrz
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I used the wyeast special release and made a starter. I let the beer sit in the bucket for roughly 17 days, racked to keg, let it cool overnight, crank and shaked and just took a sip. I would usually never do the above but my house is dry- I needed something on tap pronto! Anyway, getting down to the brass tacks...it's still green (cause I rushed it) but WOWEE! The nose is still off a bit but the description is spot on! This lil' guy has a great citrus after taste. I took a couple more sips while reading this review and decided I will be going to my LHBS tonight to pick up ingredients for the seconds batch. (Posted on 3/30/11)
A Solid Beer Review by Bob
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First batch though I am handy around the kitchen. This beer improves substantially with age. At four weeks not especially good. At seven weeks this beer has turned into a solid bitter. Not overwhelming but a 7.5 to 8.0 session beer. Bitter flavor just right. Would like a little more malt profile. Head is good. Body is light to medium. (Posted on 3/30/11)
all gone Review by CHEEbrew
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Delicious beer. Keg was tapped on thursday, empty on saturday. I did primary for 3 weeks, then kegged and carbed for a week. Even insanely picky girlfriend liked it, with a slice of orange. This beer earned a place in one of my 3 kegs forever. Drinks well in the afternoon shade in louisiana. (Posted on 3/26/11)
Top Notch Review by Carrol County Brewer
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Truely the finest homebrew I've ever had! Very dry, with a clean finsh. I've reccomended it to all my homebrewer buddies. Get the Wyeast upgrade you won't be disappointed! (Posted on 3/23/11)
best so far Review by NixBrew
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this is my third extract kit, and by far has been the best! first time kegging beer also, personally seems like a great summer beer. easy, smooth and has a nice subtle citrus flavor. highly recommended and hope to do it again (Posted on 3/6/11)
Excellent Review by Magnum
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This is by far the best british bitter i have tasted outside of london. Made it a month ago and it is just now in its prime. I have almost killed a keg in the last week and can not wait to make again. I got it with the specaility yeast offered by wyeast this winter and i saved the yeast and man am i glad i did because i want to replicate this over and over. DO NOT HESITATE TO BUY THIS ONE YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! (Posted on 3/1/11)
Beautiful Little Brew Review by Len
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While this beer won't blow you away with IBUs or ABV, it is very tasty and refreshing. Only 2 six-packs left and I am already missing it. I hope the limited edition strain of yeast is back again next year so I can brew again. (Posted on 3/1/11)
Very refreshing Review by JG
I liked this so much I made it my first beer that I did a second batch of. Both batches were using the 1469 Yorkshire yeast. The first batch was in primary for 3 weeks, carbed for ~3 weeks and then kept at cellar temps for ~2 weeks before consuming.

The result was a nice refreshing english bitter, relatively light in body with nice hop aromas but not a ton of bitterness. The sort of thing you can drink a bunch of in one session, which I did multiple times.

Both batches I had a FG of 1.008 (Posted on 2/25/11)
Smooth and delicious pale ale Review by ClosetBeer
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I opened my first bottle a couple weeks ago and was immediately surprised how smooth it tasted. Great nose and head. Light hop nose and just enough bitterness to be a pale ale. I purchased it in December as a seasonal beer off the 'featured' beer page (i.e. yeast only available at certain times of the year or something like that). I'm glad to see it still offered in Feb. because I'll have to brew this one again. (Posted on 2/19/11)
talk about yeast activity... Review by captain crazy
blew the top off my primary TWICE, yeast is really active.
I have never tried an english beer so this first attempt is impressive,
i did late additions and dry hopped , the thick sticky stuff that rises up the primary is easy to clean off the walls if you catch it early.its been 7 days and im getting anxious to try 1 (Posted on 2/16/11)
Very weak Review by cpjensen
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I brewed this extract kit. It was my 12 brewing effort. I've brewed both extract kits and my own extract recipes. I love English ales, so I appreciate the various styles. Intrigued by the marketing of NB, I purchased this kit and brewed to the instructions. I had an OG of 1.042 and a FG 1.011...so I knew I was in the ballpark. I had excellent fermention with the Wyeast West Yorkshire yeast (1469) and I racked to secondary fermenter. My result was a very weak tasting beer with a very a poor malt profile. As mentioned above, I love English ales, so I can't chalk this up to a lack of understanding of what the bitter style is about. (Posted on 2/16/11)
Good refreshing beer Review by Bill
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This was an easy one to brew, probably my 7th or 8th batch overall. I think it is one of my better efforts, and especially for the price, at under $30 it's great compared to some of the pricier attempts I've made(A chocolate hazelnut porter and Belgian IPA cost much more and came out poorly). (Posted on 2/13/11)
Fantastic Review by Scuff101
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This is my 4th batch ever and I can't say enough good about it. This beer is refreshingly dry and only bitter in the mouthfeel. I am a lover of IPAs and anything hoppy. This is a great session beer. I will brew this again. (Posted on 2/12/11)
yum Review by York PA homebrewer
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very refreshing brew and easy to make. (Posted on 2/10/11)
Damned fine brew Review by quietlymakingnoise
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I was sold on this from the many reviews, and gotta say I was blown away. Rarely have I brewed the same beer twice, cause of all the delightful varieties in life. I stumbled upon this unassuming short-timer and will keep one of these on deck. Kegged after ~~ 16 days in primary, 20psi for 10 days, back down to 5psi there on. Now it pours clear rich gold with a dense, natural cotton white head that stays for days. It meets you up front with the spicey eastern herbals, and sweetens to a dry bitter without the pucker... like a rich walnut. And finally ends bready without the unpleasant "homebrew-y yeast-y" dominance. Truely a pleasure. Reason it gets 4/5 stars is b/c when I taste a 5star I'll know it. HEY!! there's not a damned thing wrong with 4 stars!! 4 is awesome! (Posted on 2/2/11)
Great English bitter Review by Dave
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It's a great pint with the original West Yorkshire yeast. I haven't brewed it with anything else so can't comment on how I would like it with the NB house yeast. Because of the subtlety of the ingredients and the low OG, this beer definitely benefits from a lower priming rate (1/2 cup corn sugar for 5 gallons) and higher serving temperature (50-60 degrees F). Too cold or too carbonated will overwhelm this restrained bitter. I'm so happy with the extract version of this beer that I'm going to do the all grain version as my first AG. (Posted on 2/1/11)
OK but not great Review by LCTitan
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I brewed this kit with great expectations given all the reviews I read. At first I thought the beer was still green and needed some more time for everything to blend together. To me the beer has a very weird after taste. I did ferment longer than the norm as I keep all my brews in the primary for a month but that never affected any of my beers to date and it only made them better. NB has great kits just not sure about this one. (Posted on 1/31/11)
Very good and it is true to the writeup Review by Wetzie
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I really like this beer with the three weeks in the bottle. It a nice hoppy flavor and is smooth with a citrus after taste. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 pints is becuase it is light with a low malt middle taste. Given the sudden drop off in reviews I wonder if something has changed with the ingredients? (Posted on 1/31/11)
not good Review by up2dogs
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My brother in law loves to try my new brews. I think he always does his best to smile and tell me that, "this is good ale." He has done this with the beers that I am proud of and the ones that really are not delicious.
He took a drink of the Innkeeper and said, "this one is off." He is right. I can drink this beer but to me it seems to be watery and has a bad after taste.
I read the reviews hear to help me decide what to brew next. I write this review to tell others that this is not the great beer it is advertised to be. My advice, pick another one. Sorry. (Posted on 1/28/11)
Very good, but... Review by Dave
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I picked this up when I heard that it was a clone of my all time favorite English bitter... one I cannot buy here in the states. I was so excited to brew it. While I really enjoy it and it tastes great, mine does not taste exactly like the ale I so love when I visit England. Still an excellent bitter and one I am likely to brew regularly. (Posted on 1/19/11)
Great Beer Review by Cole
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This was my second beer, but first to bottle and carb up. I was very pleased with the results, and the description was perfect to the taste. I am drinking one now while writing this, and will soon be ordering the ingredients to make it again. I love the style, and the hops used, and might try dry hopping for my own tastes. I recommend this beer to everyone. (Posted on 1/19/11)
Ehh Review by Matt
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I'm going to be the bad guy in this group and not give this beer a 5 pint rating. I was expecting sooooo much more out of this beer considering all the perfect scores on it, but when I put down my first beer of the batch I was left disappointed. This was my 8th extract batch made (some kits, some recipes in books) and this is only the second batch that I am not proud of besides an oktoberfest gone horribly wrong. The beer is not terrible at all, but it is waaaay too light (almost like a glorified water) with very little evidence that any hops were used at all. To be clear I read the instructions and executed to the T. I hate to say it and I know I will get a lot of criticism for saying this, but Budweiser has more taste than this beer and this is coming from a level 5 beer nerd...there I said... (Posted on 1/6/11)
Easy first batch Review by jlachowin
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As the title states, this is my first batch of home brew. I was able to borrow my brothers gear, and just buy a kit from norther brewer which is conveniently 7 minutes from my house!

I picked the innkeeper as it seemed like an easy extract kit to start off with. 15 days in the fermenter and I bottled with 3/4 cup of corn sugar. Very easy to do, except my electric stove sucks at boiling 2-3 gallons of water. I'm going to get a propane burner in 2011.

I cracked open bottle #1 after 8 days of conditioning, and it was still a little flat. Cracked open #2 day 13 and it's fully carbonated. Very light beer with tasty biscuit notes. You can put back 4-5 of these in less than 2 hours and feel perfectly fine. Definitely a good sessions beer in my opinion.

Batch #2 is fermenting, which is a nut brown. I wish I would have put a pound of honey in, but too late now. (Posted on 12/23/10)
Great brew Review by Donald
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This was my fifth batch of beer and although the others are good, this one is outstanding. The yeast is great - beer ends up with a nice bitterness at the end without being too hoppy. (Posted on 12/23/10)
As advertised Review by Mr. kuckoo
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Like many, I was expecting a good, not great, beer. This became one of my favorites on first sip. The description nails it. Citrus, herbal, and toasty notes combine perfectly for a well balanced session beer. So good, I ordered an additional kit before I poured my second pint. Highly recommended. (Posted on 12/22/10)
Delicious and easy to brew! Review by Matthew
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This beer is delicious and absolutely easy to brew. Well done guys! This was my third batch ever and the first batch that actually tasted good. Can't be happier with how it turned out, though, i wish the keg didn't empty so quickly! (Posted on 12/21/10)
Fantastic Review by Shipps
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We took a growler of this for some friends to drink. It was by far the favorite, it wasn't until it was gone that people started drinking other beers again. I ordered a second kit.

BTW we added 2 lbs of orange honey at the end of boil. The next batch we will add 3 lbs of Tupelo honey to it. (Posted on 12/13/10)
Great beer in two weeks time Review by Frank
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I was honestly shocked at what a good drinkable beer you get in such a short time from pitching your yeast to racking to the keg. I had been on a bit of a Big IPA kick and this one made me see how great a session beer could be. This bitter is very drinkable, definite yeast flavor (bready, not offensive), good mineral notes, and enough bitterness to be very refreshing and crisp (no residual sweetness at all). I am no english bitter expert but this is just a really good drinkable beer that is ready to drink in a few short weeks. (Posted on 12/10/10)
Perfect Review by Gosioux
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Please NB make this a year round offering!! (Posted on 12/9/10)
Simplicity at its finest Review by Axis
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Honestly, I didnt expect much from this recipe.. Its just too basic, too simple.
Adding corn sugar to my beer cannot possibly be good, right?- WRONG. After conditioning this ale has legs, nice lace, pleasant aroma, creamy mouthfeel, and a crisp even bitterness, definately a winning combination, and the Yorkshire ale yeast... I recommend it highly ! (Posted on 12/2/10)
A Great Recipe Review by Aaron
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I washed the yeast so I could brew this one again in the coming months. This may just become a house staple. It's perfectly hoppy, in the British style - which is my favorite. This should be a standard kit year round from NB. (Posted on 11/30/10)
Good, Solid Beer Review by Bob
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Let me start out by saying that I did enjoy this beer, and that it definitely grew on me; I wasn't impressed initially, but by the end of the keg, I had come to appreciate the bitter citrusy flavor of this beer.

Still, there is a change I'd make: the recipe called for hops at 45 minutes; I'm not sure what the rationale was, but I followed it, and with the results in front of me, I'd probably shift that to 15 minutes.

Overall, a good, solid beer that I'd probably make again (with minor tweaks). (Posted on 11/29/10)
Tasty Review by SLCBrewer
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Love this beer the longer it sits in my cold room the better it gets. Going to do another batch and keg it see if that makes it even better. (Posted on 11/25/10)
A great ale! Review by Dan
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Had a bit of a heat spell in CA and only took a week in primary. Just cracked a bottle last night and it was better than I expected. Girlfriend was very impressed. Might have to order one more before the West Yorkshire goes back in the vault. (Posted on 11/22/10)
Fantastic!! Review by Fobert Nutcomb
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Might be the best beer I have ever made. Smooth, clean and full body brew. Little bitterness at the end. Highly recommend and will make again. (Posted on 11/22/10)
Up to expectations Review by Greg
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I was expecting a good beer based on the accolades and I wasn't disappointed. Nice biscuit-citrusy combination. The only disappointment is that it's not available year round. Will buy another kit before it departs again. (Posted on 11/13/10)
This needs to be available year round! Review by Mike in FL
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This is definitely one of the best beers I have made. My wife and I couldn't stop drinking it. I gave a few bottles to friends and they kept coming to the house to mooch some more. They'd show up outside the door with a distant longing look...like a pack of filthy zombie raccoons! When I ran out they just shuffled off into the darkness, presumably to prowl the local dumpsters for Bud Light floaters until the Innkeeper returned.

I had pretty good luck making this recipe throughout the year with different yeasts, but we have been eagerly awaiting the return of the West Yorkshire Ale yeast. I will be buying plenty and SOLEMNLY PROMISE to keep on buying it if you add it to the regular stable. It will keep my (and the wife's) Innkeeper addiction under control and allow us to expand and control our legion of zombie raccoon friends! (Posted on 10/18/10)
Excellent brew! Review by Mark
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NB - Thank you for bringing back the Innkeeper. This is a fabulous brew! And the West Yorkshire yeast works perfectly with it. (Posted on 10/5/10)
Amazing! Review by Adam
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I purchased this back in 08 and it was instantly my favorite ale. When the West Yorkshire strain went back in the vault, I brewed this recipe over a dozen times with other English yeast strains, each with fantastic results! When they say this one is spot on, they truly mean it! Everyone absolutely loves this and pints are devoured quickly. It now has a resident tap in my kitchen as it amazingly goes great with all sorts of food! (Posted on 10/4/10)

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