Elegant Bastard American Strong Ale All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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This elegantly simple recipe translates into a deeply complex and brag-worthy American strong ale. The choice combination of pale malt, Belgian Special B, and Chinook hops create a medley of dark caramel, raisin, dried cherry and plum and slight pine flavors all interlaced into a boastful deep copper color. Pouring with a medium-heavy body, Elegant Bastard is a smooth sipper meant to be enjoyed in moderation.

Brewing Notes

  • Style: American Strong Ale
  • Fermentation Range: 65-70
  • Original Gravity: 1.066
  • SRM: 16
  • IBUs: 81
  • ABV: 7.1%

Tasting Notes

  • Aroma: Malt aromas of dried fruits and caramel with a medium-high pine resin and slight grapefruit hop nose.
  • Appearance: Deep copper color with ruby mahogany highlights. Firm off-white to nearly tan foam head with good persistence.
  • Flavor: Thick malt profile with fig, dried dark fruits, and moderate dark caramel. High bitterness with pine and subtle citrus fruit hop flavors.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a smooth, creamy and long finish on the palate. Slight alcohol warming. Medium carbonation with no astringency.

Brad’s Notes:

“Not quite a Barleywine and certainly stronger and bolder than an American Amber Ale, Elegant Bastard falls in that in-between territory belonging to American Strong Ale. This style is assertively malty and hoppy at the same time, and the hugely popular inspiration for this recipe certainly exemplifies these traits. By starting with a big (yet simple!) malt bill consisting of only base malt and Belgian Special B would seem to be a little bit of a one trick pony, but fret not. The base malt creates a foundation of clean, bready malt flavors, and then the Special B ramps things up a bit by adding the characteristic color and complex flavor profile of dark fruit, caramel and slight toffee. For an equally robust punch in the hop department, sizeable doses of classic Chinook hops are added at four separate times throughout the boil to create bracing bitterness and prominent flavors and aromas of piney resin, a slight spice and noticeable nuances of grapefruit citrus. To keep things from being overly sweet and heavy bodied, a relatively low mash temperature is used in the all-grain version, while a dose of simple sugars in the malt extract recipe help the yeast to attenuate and contributes to the alcohol content while keeping the body and flavor from being too big or sweet. While this recipe may be ready to drink in 6 weeks (fresh beer is always good!), it is substantial enough to stand up to aging well. If you have the self control, try to (gasp!) hide a few bottles from yourself and then come back to them in 6 months, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Elegant Bastard is just that - A bit of an aggressive and rough-around-the-edges bastard when young, but morphs into an complexly elegant sipper with some age on it.”

Additional information


BK10330, BK10333, BK10334

Beer Color Amber
Original Gravity


Total Time to Make 6 weeks
Regional Style USA
Alcohol Content Medium
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style British/American Strong Ale
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews

Elegant Bastard American Strong Ale All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

Bought wrong product

Made mistake and ordered the all grain instead of the extract boxed it up to return it post office wants $50 to return

Elegant with age

Not really a bastard clone not nearly as aggressive but a nice balanced beer the kit came with 2 safe-ale04 when I brew again I will only use 1 as it blew my airlock to ceiling and made a mess OG and FG we’re dead on using grain father equipment

Great recipe

Close to the real one that this is a clone of, but this one is a little bit cloudier and not quite as smoth of a finish...but very close.

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