SMASH American Session Ale Extract Kit

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Is it a half IPA? Is it a pale ale? What’s in a name, after all? We’re taking you back to school, back to basics, with this SMASH (single-malt single-hop)-style delight. Not only are we going back to school, we’re hitting the latest in style-confounding marketing-speak: American Session Ale.

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SMASH American Session Ale

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SMASH is about taking things back — way back, to when American Pale Ale was edgy and new. The thing is, time travel is hard, and we’re thinking there’s enough Cascade-only pale stuff out there, so we’re going to use a decidedly new-school single hop: Simcoe.

The pine and jungle stinker herself, Simcoe is boastful and bombastic, packing tons of hop flavor and aroma into a neat little package. SMASH takes a clean, dry malt base, with a low gravity for extra drinkability, and piles on a healthy dose of delicious hoppiness. Think of it as a way to deliver a metric hogshead of hop flavor and aroma in a tidy 4.5% ABV package.

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Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for SMASH American Session Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1044
Total Time to Make4 weeks
Reviews
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I followed this recipe to the letter and opened the first bottle at 5 weeks. Honestly I was dissappointed and thought I did something wrong. The flavors weren't quite right. HOWEVER, I waited about one more month and WOW!!Natural citrusy flavors with the perfect balance of hops... maybe one of the best kits I've bought here. I will for sure be making it again!
August 21, 2014
All hops
SMASH is pretty good. Brewed 2/6/14, one week primary, 16 days in secondary, kegged 3/1. Today is 3/6. 28 days kettle to glass. OG: 1044; FG: 1008. 4.46% abv.Appearance is golden, slightly cloudy, head is quite thick and foamy, after a few sips, head is down to a thin layer, clinging to the glass. I did not use a bag for the dry hopping, my first glass has a lot of hops floating around in it. That could just be what has settled at the bottom of the keg.. maybe it will improve. Pretty hazy (could be the hop debris)Aroma is very nice, fresh.Tastes very clean, dry. All hops. Quite bitter.Mouthfeel: The nature of this beer results in a super light, crisp, spritzy mouthfeel. Kind of fizzy (force carbed for 5 days at 15 psi). Just about right. Kind of strange to drink a beer this hoppy that has the body of bud light.Overall: Super drinkable and very hoppy. Seems like a great summer brew -I may brew it again in a few months. I like it.
March 7, 2014
love it
This kit is easy and if you like ipa's it's right on time. Great beer.
September 17, 2014
Great Basic Hop Lovers Beer
Very easy beer to brew, very easy beer to drink! Moving forward this kit will be my 'no fail' recipe moving forward. I will be trying this kit again and mixing in some various hop flavors to experiment. No need for experimentation though, this beer is great as it comes. An absolutely crowd pleaser.
November 20, 2013
Very Nice
Very nice, drinkable beer. Even though I added the hops to the secondary beer cleared up nicely. Was careful when bottling to avoid sediment in bottles. Just tried last night by campfire. Very pleased. Brewing Nut Brown Ale today. This is our third brew and have had good results each time. Even though instructions do not say, it is best to rehydrate dry yeast before adding.Just learning as I go. Great fun.
March 16, 2014
SMASHING GOOD!
Made a speed SMASH...drank in 2 weeks...great with simcoe hops!
November 22, 2015
A nice Pale Ale
I'm not a Pale Ale guy, though I like Sierra Nevada. This beer turned out to taste and smell much like the Nevada Pale Ale. I used US-05 yeast and temps held at about 70. I didn't modify the recipe otherwise. OG 1.040/ FG 1.006
December 9, 2015
Very good American Hoppy Pale Ale
This is a very good American Pale Ale if you are into this kind of beer. Personally, I prefer IPAs. It is on the light side when it comes to body. But very hoppy, a citrus type of hoppiness.
July 22, 2016
Nice and simple!
This beer was easy to make and easy to drink! Good flavor with a smooth finish. Would make again.
March 22, 2016
nice session ale
I brewed this ale without using a bag to dry hop, so it had some hop particles floating in the 2nd. I carefully racked it to bottling bucket to avoid getting "floaties" in my beer. Great hop taste and the aroma is amazing! Let my friend's wife (who drinks that uber-light corporate stuff) try it... 1st sip got a "hmmm" finish her 1st, said it was GREAT and asked for another to prove her point. This one is surprising to many, but it's a crowd pleaser. Not too bitter, and Very drinkable.
April 8, 2014
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So how does one dry hop? After transferring to secondary add hop pellets and let it float to the bottom? Also, what is the best way to boost ABV without affecting the flavor profile of a beer? Add cane sugar or extra-light DME?
C H on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You would typically dry hop in secondary and either toss them right in or put them in a nylon bag. After letting them sit for about a week they should drop to the bottom. If you're looking to boost the potential ABV of your beer after fermentation the best way to do it would be to add some sugar dissolved in boiling water that has then been chilled. I wouldn't use more than 1 lb. Cheers-TG
Can you dry hop in the primary after fermentation has ended, prior to Kegging?
B H on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Dry hopping is just the addition of hops to wort post-boil. If you are not doing a secondary fermentation, but would like to dry hop, you would want to do so after fermentation has ended. However, if you are doing a secondary fermentation, we would recommend adding the dry hops at that stage.
This kit contains MM PIlsen LME, which states it is made with both PIlsner malts & Carapils malts. Is this not a 'single malt' beer then? Is it too difficult to make an extract out of one type of barley? Thank you.
J J on Feb 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Joe,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! To make a pure Pilsen LME would not be difficult, but it would suck as an extract, it would be bland with little color and very little body. A smash using pure pilsen would be watery, with little to no head retention. The carapils is used to add head retention and body to the Pilsen malt without adding any flavor or color. So it is basically pure pilsen as far as color and flavor go. The extract kit is built to resemble the all grain kit, and the only way that we could get the kits to match is to use the Pilsen LME. The gold LME would have been to dark and malty to match the Rahr 2 row. I hope that this helps!
I just bottled a batch of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone and was planning to go ahead and brew this SMASH kit which I have on hand. I'm a hophead, but I'm hoping that this one with the Pils malt and Simcoe, will be a good alternative to keg for my friends who prefer less hoppy than my IIPAs and IPAs. Thoughts?
V A on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Certainly, It isn't as hoppy as an IPA but there is still a noticeable hop presence.

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