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All of you out there currently enjoying that chocolate Bourbon-barrel-Brettanomyces continuously-wet-hopped Imperial black IPA, take a moment and say a silent “thank you” to the humble West Coast American Pale Ale. Sure, it might seem tame to your 21st century craft beer sensibilities and sensory-overloaded palate, but back when Northern Brewer was four dudes and a 20-foot storefront, this style was the “extreme” beer – and it's still going strong. More than any other, this widely-imitated ale is responsible for bringing craft beer into the national consciousness and re-introducing America to real beer. Now it's a classic. Decidedly clean, firmly hoppy, and drinkably bitter, this isn't an ale that feels the need to jump up and down and scream for your attention. From Chico, California to all points of the compass, whether you're pairing it with Mexican, burgers and fries, or just conversation, there's always a good time and a place for a good, basic pale ale.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Sierra Madre Pale Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1052 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.9 / 5.085 ReviewsAn Extract Kit that Rivals an All Grain!A buddy of mine and I bought this kit with the buy three for under $19.00 Summer's end sale. Mind you I usually brew All Grain since the only way to get the luscious cereal grain flavors and nuisances no other way. But not wanting to turn down a great sale $$$ and thinking it would be fun to do an extract kit like in the former days of our fledgling brewing adventures we went ahead and included Sierra Madre among the three kits. Simple to brew, not hassles, no nonsense; Brew, ferment, age, condition. So how did it turn out? I WAS IN UTTER SHOCK!!! Not only is this batch one of the best recipe kits I have ever brewed (see my review of NB's All Grain Roggenbier) this is one of the best Beers That I Have Ever Had PERIOD! I am in utter shock. There are other brew supply companies with a cheaper flat rate shipping or prices on inventory, but it is kits like this as to "WHY" people keep coming back to Northern Brewer. This extract kit rivals any all grain kit I have brewed including my own recipes.October 12, 2015Response from Northern BrewerHi Royster. Thank you for reviewing that kit. Glad to hear you liked it!
Aaron F.November 21, 2016Northern Brewer NAddition to my previous review of this kit....As I mentioned in my earlier review, I truly enjoyed this beer after the first week of bottle conditioning and really was looking forward to what happened after letting it condition for a few more weeks. Please heed the advice of others (and me....even if this was my first ever home-brew!) and let this bottle condition for as long as you can wait. I took this with me on a family vacation with my wife, kids, siblings (and their kids) and my parents on Aug 17th (after bottling on Sat. July 14th) and served the first bottles on the 19th. What an incredible beer this becomes after a few extra weeks in the bottle! Truly a magnificent beer and one that my family could not get enough of. When I make this again, I will take into account some extra bottle conditioning time, because it gets better with age!September 5, 2012Better then the originalBrewed this at 64 degrees with a two day rest at 74 then dropped back down to 64 for a total of 2 weeks then I kegged and two days later FANTASTIC. This will be donated to my buddies wedding along with others. Did blind tasting with several of my friends and all of them preferred this over the original pail ale from Sierra. Brew this beer you wont be disappointed. FG1.010June 15, 2012Great summer brewDid this one for July 4th. Was great as soon as it was carbed. Is only getting better by the day. Great aroma, malt, hop flavor - was a crowd pleaser.July 8, 2014FantasticEveryone has already said it all - great beer! I made no changes to the recipe or instructions, and it is a great tasting ale. I may try to dry hop next time.May 5, 2013Great Pale AleFantastic beer. Beers that feature a lot of hop character are always better the fresher they are in my opinion. This pale ale is refreshing with the perfect amount of bitterness. I started drinking this one while it was still young, which was actually very good. Usually I'm a big disappointed when I sample too soon. Left it in the keg another two weeks. With age this beer is also very good, with more of a hop presence as those young fruity flavors faded. I have made this 3 times now and it's definitely something everyone enjoys. A classic go-to for homebrewers as it mimics one of the original craft breweries, but still retains it's own uniqueness enough to make it that much more enjoyable. Definitely a recipe I might build off of on the future.February 11, 2014Great beer!!First time I brewed this beer. Several posts said it tasted like Sierra Nevada Pale, which was what I was looking for but it doesn't. It actually tastes like, and I would say almost exactly like Sam Adams' Latitude 48, which is a very tasty IPA. Sierra Madre tastes good after 2 weeks of conditioning but let it age about 5 to 6 weeks in the bottle.....Man is it good!!!September 3, 2010AmazingGreat beer and an easy recipe. I'll definitely be coming back and making more of this one.October 25, 2013Great beer!Great beer! My first and it's almost perfect!March 3, 2012
Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 8 answershow long do you leave the 2oz of hops in at the end of the boil?BEST ANSWER: Since the final hops are primarily for aroma I have gone between 1 and 2 minutes. Today I started dunking the hop bag at 1 1/2 minutes and dropped it in the brew kettle at 1 minute left. I do leave the bags in during the cold break and only take them out once I have transferred the wort into the fermenter.Just brewed this one for the first time. Hit my O.G. exactly and F.G. came out at 1.000. My question is after transferring to secondary I had close to an inch of Trub and ended up with what looks like less than 5 gallons. It came up to about 2 inches below the (topmost) shoulder ridge of the carboy. Comments?BEST ANSWER: Sounds right. Each time you transfer you will lose some volume. That is why going to a secondary fermenter is basically a thing of the past. With the quality of today's ingredients you can eliminate this step. With your readings you could have started with more than 5 gallons in your primary knowing you would lose some amount to trub.After adding 3 gallons of water to bring my primary volume to 5 gallons, my gravity reading was 1034. Will that just mean it will have a lower ABV or will that mean something else?BEST ANSWER: Obviously your ABV will be determined by your FG. But 1.034 seems a bit low for your OG. Did you warm up the LME before adding? Possibly by not getting all of that in the boil, you had less sugar to bring down the OG. I would finish it up, dry hop some more Cascade and give it extra time in the secondary.What will the IBUs come out to be on this kit?BEST ANSWER: According to the iBrew app, it will come in at 48.79During secondary fermentation what is the optimal temperature?BEST ANSWER: I'd keep it not-too-far from the primary fermentation temp, perhaps cooler. After the main fermentation is completed, the exact temperature is less critical. The yeast is still doing some work, so you don't want it to be too cool for the yeast to work, but you can have it in a spot that is cooler or holds temp less consistently without causing trouble for the beer.