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Elysian - The Wise ESB Brewery Edition All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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Elysian Brewing Company's very first beer, The Wise ESB is the beer that put Elysian on the map as one of Seattle's defining breweries. In one bold stroke, Elysian both resurrected the traditional English Extra Special Bitter style and reimagined it with a flavor profile born in the heart of America's Pacific Northwest hops country.

First a local favorite, The Wise soon became the world-class brew everybody wanted, as well as a symbol of Seattle's iconic beer scene. And now 20 years and three Great American Beer Fest gold medals later -- homebrewers everywhere can brew a piece of this history themselves, with Elysian The Wise ESB Brewery Edition Recipe Kit.

We started with the authentic recipe supplied by Head Brewer Josh Waldman, then we tweaked and tested, added and experimented until we came up with the perfect combination of malty, hoppy, bitter and crisp. The result is a glorious reddish-copper ale that perfectly balances complex malts with bold local hops and sweet, subtle aromas of caramel, honey, citrus and a hint of pine.

***All Grain Recipe Kit. Advanced Equipment Required***


The Good Stuff

Brewing Notes:
  • Style: ESB
  • Fermentation Range: 65F - 67F
  • OG: 1.060
  • SRM: 12.5
  • IBUs: 60
  • ABV: 6.2%
Tasting notes:
  • Caramel
  • Honey
  • Citrus
  • Floral Hops
  • Complex Malts

Tasting Notes:

Reddish-copper ale that pours with a thin, creamy beige head. There are sweet, subtle aromas of caramel and honey, with notes of citrus and a hint of pine. Pleasantly bold hop flavors (bittered with Chinook, finished with Cascade and Centennial) against complex, malty depths. Well-balanced and delicious.

Elysian: The Inside Scoop

There are classic brew styles and there are experimental brew styles. Few breweries excel at both. But that sweet spot of intersection is where Elysian Brewing Company has made its name and made it in an undisputed, award-winning, world-class kind of way.

It all started with Elysian The Wise, the brewery's very first beer, which perfectly balanced traditional English ESB style with the Pacific Northwest hop profiles that would come to define the Seattle brewing scene.

Whether it's golden beets, pumpkin or yerba mate, Elysian is constantly seeking ways to make great beer even better. And that's why they got so excited about helping homebrewers do the same with the beer that started it all.

According to Elysian, innovation and collaboration are the cornerstones of the brewing world for both pros and homebrewers. So here's your chance to collaborate with one of the world's most experimental brewers!

Additional information

SKU B11214
Beer Color Light
Total Time to Make 6 weeks
Regional Style USA
Alcohol Content Medium
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style American Pale Ale/Cream Ale,British Pale Ale/Bitter
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Best Yet!

I have graduated to all-grain and have several brews under my belt, brewing 10 gallon batches. This is hands down the BEST home brew I have ever done. During my brew day making this beer, I made several mistakes. This is a very forgiving beer and now I'm worried I won't be able to repeat the outcome. You can bet I'm certainly going to try this again....SOON.

Brewing it again

I'm doubling down... is was so good the first time I'm brewing it again. Excellent example of an Extra Special Bitter! Didn't last long on tap!

Not So Wise

Worst beer I have made and would not buy again.
I did boil down to 4.25 gallons, smelled good tasted bad almost a drain cleaner

Great balance of malt and hops

This is a solid kit. Great malt backbone and nice west coast hops additions. I'd definitely buy again.


This is delicious! It's a fantastic beer and easy to brew.

As a lover of ESBs, I couldn't have been happier with this one.

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