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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.
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 StuffBrewing Notes:
- Style: ESB
- Fermentation Range: 65F - 67F
- OG: 1.060
- SRM: 12.5
- IBUs: 60
- ABV: 6.2%
- Floral Hops
- Complex Malts
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!
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Elysian - The Wise ESB All-Grain Recipe Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity No Total Time to Make 6 weeks
- 4.4 / 5.08 ReviewsBrewing it againI'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!February 7, 2018Purchased
1 month agoNot So WiseWorst beer I have made and would not buy again.
I did boil down to 4.25 gallons, smelled good tasted bad almost a drain cleanerJanuary 21, 2018Purchased
5 months agoGreat balance of malt and hopsThis is a solid kit. Great malt backbone and nice west coast hops additions. I'd definitely buy again.December 25, 2017Purchased
3 months agoFAN-f'ing-tastic.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.October 5, 2017Purchased
6 months agoFantastic.Came out delicious. Would definitely brew again. I made no changes to the recipe.September 20, 2017Purchased
8 months agoexcellent beerExcellent balance between the malt and the hops. Lands somewhere between a pale ale and an IPA. I was actually offered money after giving away some of my last batch. I will definitely buy again.September 19, 2017Purchased
9 months agoGreat beerI was looking for something more than a pale ale and less than a full bore IPA. This ESB falls in that range. It is very balanced between the malt and the hops, and has good mouthfeel and head retention. Neighbors loved it and came back for more for a party. Will buy again.July 21, 2017It's okayJust okay. Not as special as they make it out to be. Wouldn't buy it again. It's good, I just expected more malt flavor. The hops over power most of the malt. All in all its good just not great.June 17, 2017Purchased
9 months ago
- Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 9 answersPer the caution about the heat and shipping, I didn't get one of the liquid yeasts with the kit. I picked up a White Lab California Ale liquid at a local shop. The package says to use two packs if the OG is greater than 1.050. I'm wondering if I can get away with one. (It also mentions the alternative of pitching one pack in a 1L starter but I don't want to bother with that.) If I do need a second package, would it be interesting or a disaster to do a combination of the California Ale and a package of London?BEST ANSWER: I have heard of other brewers using two different types of yeast, myself I'm not to keen on this, just adds another variable if something goes wrong. I did order this kit from NB and the beer came out excellent, it's a little higher ABV (not a problem) at 6.8% . When the kit with liquid yeast got to my house (I live in Florida) the ice pack wasn't very cool anymore and the yeast pack had started to swell. I did call NB and spoke with one of the brewers there and he said that the 1056 yeast was very prolific and tended to do that. To be on the safe side I used another pack of 1056 from my local supplier. My OG was 1.056 so I'm glad I used two packs of yeast. If you are going to use the dry yeast, I'd highly recommend using a starter. I know it's a little bit of a pain but worth it as the wort starts fermentation much quicker. So don't mix your yeasts, do use a starter, especially with dry yeast and use two White Lab vials. Good Luck and Happy Brewing! PeteDo you have specific instructions for the Grainfather?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, you should follow the instructions that the Grainfather comes with. Hope that helps! If you have any questions about the process, you can give us a call at 1-800-681-2739 and we'd be happy to help you out. Cheers!How would a traditional London Ale or ESB yeast perform with the Elysian ESB kit?BEST ANSWER: They would be fine to try out with that kit if you like. It would change the yeast and hop profile slightly, giving it a more English character.Is it possible to order this kit uncrushed?BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting Northern Brewer. I understand you would like to get this kit unmilled, but unfortunately with the Brewery Limited Edition kits, we have only one option. This is to have it crushed. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but since these kits are licensed from the brewery that makes them they are stipulated to be crushed only. Cheers!What's in the specialty grain blend? Please include that in the instruction sheetBEST ANSWER: We have updated the instruction sheets. Thank you for the suggestion.
The grain bill consists of:
10.5 lbs Rahr 2-Row
1 lb Crisp Crystal 77L
1 lb German Munich
0.25 lbs Weyermann Carahell
0.13 Belgian Special B
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