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Elysian - The Wise ESB Brewery Edition Extract 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.

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'sand 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 B11210
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 7 reviews
It Meets the Hype

This is a beer you really need to have patience with. It's flavour greatly improves as you allow it to bottle age. A lot of flavours going on with this, a beer to savour and drink when you have time to enjoy it. Will brew again.

Elysian ESB

A very drinkable 7.5% beer. Dark amber color with a taste profile like dog fish head 60. I will definitely brew this again


Excellent. Have done 2 batches of the ESB. Both turned out great. Everyone has loved this beer.

Clean and refreshing family favorite!

Made this over the summer with family in mind. Brew was easy and the instructions were as expected for NB. Primary for 2 weeks, secondary for 3 (67C for both), bottles for 3 prior to tasting. Great tasting bitter with a crisp and balanced taste and beautiful golden color. Definitely a part of my regular rotation for the summer months - delicious!

Quick, easy and on time

We thought that Athena's original beer from Elysian Brewery was perfect for our needs. We bought enough for 15 Gallons so that we could give it as a sacrifice to Poseidon at the sea edge during a huge production of a Greek passion play. (He'll give it back for the participants, but thats the scene, anyway) :) Everything came perfectly and with great speed! Will buy again!

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