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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 Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1063 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.5 / 5.04 ReviewsExcellent BrewReally enjoyed this beer. Great overall flavor with nice malt and hop character. Primary for 11 days and straight into the bottles to condition for 5 weeks. I don't use a secondary for anything other than dry hopping or for a big stout. The head brewer of my local micro brewery made the point to me that it really does not matter where it conditions once the primary fermentation is done. I agree and do all my beers this way. 1.068 OG - 1.01 FG.September 3, 2015Waldo Lake Amber Aleexcellent amber ale. Flavor, color, aroma, and body are all true to styleSeptember 29, 2015Just what I was hoping forThis is an excellent amber ale. It reminds me of my years living in Alaska drinking Alaskan Amber Ale. Great malty flavor and I balanced hop profile. I will be buying this kit again.August 23, 2016
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