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Waldo Lake, 5,400-odd feet up in the Cascade Mountains, is the second-largest non-alkali lake in Oregon. Waldo Lake Amber, developed for NB by Mr. Denny Conn, is the number one largest American Amber Ale in our kit lineup! Weighing in at just a titch above the BJCP's stated gravity range, this A3 shows off a brilliant russet-amber with a cap of white and draws you in with a nose of citrus, lemongrass, and malt. A classic combo of northwest hops offsets a dense, chewy, caramelly sweetness and gets you ready for a big finish.
Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
I know some crazy people, but one of the craziest is my good friend Mel Lemay. Every year, she runs the Where's Waldo 100K Ultramarathon around Waldo Lake in the Oregon Cascade Mountain Range. The race starts at an elevation of 5120 feet, and goes to over 7800 feet at points. There's a total of over 11,000 feet of elevation change over the course of the race. You have to be crazy to do that! Several of us go camping at the lake to give moral support when she runs and I developed this recipe to her tastes so she'd have something to look forward to at the end of the race. Its a smooth amber ale... not too hoppy, but with enough bitterness and hop flavor that the rest of us enjoy it too. The Magnum hops give it a smooth, mellow bitterness, with flavor from the first wort hop Cascades and a wonderful nose from the Centennial. The Carared gives it a nice malt flavor Ive never gotten any other way. And the Wyeast 1450 Dennys Favorite 50 smooths out the mouthfeel to complement the flavor. You certainly dont have to be crazy to enjoy this beer, but it sure doesnt hurt!
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Waldo Lake Amber All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1063 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.6 / 5.014 ReviewsGrand Prize winner- Thanks Denny!I've done this recipe twice. Changed it only by adding 1oz. Centennials as a Dry hop. I thought it was pretty good, but wasn't sure how good. So, I submitted it to the Maine Homebrewers Competition. Grand Prize ! (I don't have my score sheet yet to see the #). Remarks from one of the judges were that it was the overwhelming favorite in both rounds. Well balanced, very enjoyable. And as we say in Maine: Wicked Good!March 27, 2016Great BeerThis is my first go at all grain, and I was not disappointed! After 2 weeks in primary 2 weeks in secondary and 1 week in bottles, this is one of the best beers I've tried. Its very balanced. I'll have another!September 2, 2016StunningA stunning beer! When I think of craft brewing, this is the taste I yearn for. I'm so glad I found this recipe. Great colour. So FULL of flavour! I think one of the other reviews was right when it said it must have been calculated with low efficiencies. I easily met my numbers. Beautiful!! A work of art!November 23, 2011ExcellentGreat malty flavor balanced well with the hops. I agree with previous posts regarding the aging... the longer the better. Not a session beer but deffinately the "desert" after a good session. :-) This one is up near the top of my favorites.April 8, 2012One tastey and satisfying brewHas a nice malty sweetness with just the right amount of hops to balance it out. I will definately brew this again. Used the Wyeast Denny's Fav and fermented @ 66. Came out great. I did make a decent sized starter as I always do. Brew it and enjoy. This is a home run recipe.February 17, 2011Awsome!I brew about 40 batches a year and this is beer is going to beer one I will always have on tap. The flavor description is spot on. Big chewy caramel & malt with enough hops to balance. I love English Pale ales with their caramel punch but I also love American hops. This beer is kind of a hybrid between those 2 styles. It's a little too big and hoppy to really be an amber ale so I'd call this a "hop head's" amber ale. Denny's Favorite (WY 1450) really brings this beer to life. I wouldn't substitute any other yeast...Its just not the same beer.November 15, 2012Very enjoyable aleI brewed this, hit the numbers and ended up with around 6 gallons. This recipe must have been formulated with low efficiencies...Regardless of the numbers - with the brewing numbers on target the beer is very well balanced between the malt and the bitterness. Lacing was fabulous in the glass and head retention was top notch.I would buy this beer if it was commercially available.March 20, 2011Let it ageI started drinking this batch about 5 weeks after brewing. I'm now 3 months from the brew date and the keg is empty. The change with time really improved this beer. Sweet malty flavors, but not over powering. Hops are just right. Will brew this one again.January 21, 2012SolidJust tapped the keg for this brew. I'll be drinking another one momentarily. Wow. Thick, malty, but with a subtle bitterness, this is a winning amber. Love the touch of melanoidin malt--it adds very positively to this recipe. Gravity finished on the high side at 1024, but that ain't no thing. This is a perfectly enjoyable amber, although perhaps better suited for the cooler months of fall. One note: in several of the recipe kits I've ordered from NB recently, including this one, the grains have been milled too fine, and I've gotten stuck mashes. Not a big deal, but it is an inconvenience. It would be a good idea to order some rice hulls to throw in the mash to guard against this. Anyway, thanks Denny.June 17, 2014Top NotchThis beer took a little while for me to mature but when it did......oh boy. I have had it kegged for about a month now and it is hands down one of the top 5 beers I have made out of approximately 100 batches. It is a beer that you will remember. Great light amber color, nice and smooth taste of malt, then a hop kick at the end.I would also buy this beer if they sold it commercially. It will probably be one that I always have in my shopping cart so I never run out.September 6, 2011