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Medusa Limited Edition Cream Ale


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Clean pilsner malt sets the stage for a headful of intense citrus, apricot and melon. Multi-headed Medusa™ hops slither with rich flavor as ensnaring as her scent. Each innocent golden-hued pint—bittered with smooth Calypso—contorts into intense, writhing kiwi and stone fruit. Provoking a head-on gaze, the unique character of Medusa™ threatens to paralyze with a stunning, distinctly flavorful finish you can’t tear yourself away from.

Our friends at BSG have been kind enough to share just a little more Medusa™, enough for a small release of 250 kits. Enjoy this session beer while you can—it goes fast and once it's gone, it's gone for good.

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This beer relies heavily on Medusa™ hops for its distinct flavor and aroma characteristics. Conducting a 5- to 10-minute hop stand at the end of the boil is crucial in emphasizing the full, strange, exotic range of flavors Medusa™ can provide.

Never done a hop stand before? After the boil, cut the heat and add the last ounce of Medusa™ (0 min addition). Let the hops sit for 5 to 10 minutes before chilling your wort. This extracts the flavor and aroma compounds from the pellets without producing bitterness. To experience the full wrath of Medusa™, drink this brew fresh. Be careful when sharing—at Northern Brewer HQ we kicked a 5 gallon keg of this paralyzing session ale in a single session.

Our friends at BSG have been kind enough to share just a little more Medusa™, enough for a small release of 250 kits. Enjoy this session beer while you can—it goes fast and once it's gone, it's gone for good.

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I give the description 5 stars!
I can say that I liked the description and other items that I've bought from Northern Brewers to give this a 5-star rating even before I've brewed it!!
October 15, 2016
So far, so good.
I took a hydrometer reading last night and chilled it down afterwards. Very good! Light bodied, very smooth, with really strong fruity and herbal hop flavors: stonefruit is there, some tropical notes, too. Fantastic aroma, too. The taste has all of that plus very mild bitterness. I'd give a 5/5 but can't, yet, since it's not bottled or carbed. It's shaping up to be great, though.
October 3, 2016
Medusa Creamer
Straight fire. Love it
October 2, 2016
One of the best I've had yet!
Excellent 3 season beer for me; the bitterness and aroma of the hops were spot on! I bottled some for friends, but couldn't stop drinking this in the process; this is going to go fast! NB, please get more of this! I'll buy two kits next time!
October 28, 2015
Upon further review...
I reviewed this earlier and gave it 4 stars, saying that it was nothing special. After more time in the keg, the hop aroma as dissipated, and what remains is a horrible, bitter aftertaste. I brew many IPAs and Double IPAs. I like bitter. But this bitter is nasty. I've been brewing for 37 years, and this is only the second time I've ever thrown out the remainder of a brew. But that's what I did with this one. Your mileage may vary.
October 18, 2015
Good beer, but expected something extraordinary
Recently brewed this, and just had some from the keg. It is good. It is a very drinkable beer, and I think in other circumstances I probably would have rated it higher. Because this was something special, using this new hop variety, I was really expecting something extraordinary, and maybe that is unfair. I think it makes a perfectly good cream ale, with a nice bitterness, but the melon flavor and other components seem to get washed out. We will definitely Drink and enjoy the Scagg, but I don't think that, even given the opportunity, I would make this again.
October 18, 2015
Amazing beer
I'm almost done drinking the first batch I made of this, and I'm starting another this weekend. The flavor and aroma profiles are as described. The melon accents may be a love-or-hate thing, but I find it compliments the bitterness very well. Everyone who tried my batch absolutely loved it. It's refreshing on a hot summer day, but it also stands up well on a cooler evening. I can't wait for the next batch!
September 10, 2015
For a good bit of money and a lot of hype I got mostly a bitter pils, still drinkable but the bitterness detracts from the great mouth feel and excellent nose. I have it kegged in the cooler so I hope that the bitterness eases up before it looses all of it's lovely bouquet.
September 5, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
I'm sorry to hear you weren't satisfied with the way your pils turned out. Per our kit guarantee

we'd be happy to replace the kit for you or refund the cost to a gift card so you could purchase a different kit. If that interests you

I encourage you to send us an email (brewmaster@northernbrewer.com) or give us a call and we'd be happy to set that up for you.
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Very good beer
Brewed on 6/16.bottled 7/8. OG 1052. Opened first bottle today 7/20, great tasting beer. Will definitely be looking forward to the next release. Very clean and refreshing on a hot humid day.
July 20, 2015
Good Summer Ale
Fairly simple to brew and fairly quick "brew to belch" time. I followed the recipe and ingredients as directed and hit my SG of 1.050. Did 10 days in primary and 14 in the secondary. Popped my first top after only 2 weeks bottle condition, but I was pleasantly suprised by the carbonation, unexpected mouthfeel, and light-opaque caramel color. (I added a pinch of Irish moss to the boil which may have helped the clarity)The body is a bit light for my liking and the overall hop aroma/flavor is nothing extrodinary. This was my first time using Calypso and Medusa and both have a wonderful "tropical" yet earth aroma prior to boil. Unfortunately, much of this seems to get lost in the boiling process. It's a well balanced summer ale that is nice to have while relaxing by the pool,fishin' on the lake, etc.I will probably order this again once the supply/demand lessens and try to work the medusa into more of an IPA. Imo, a touch of dextrin, a pound of amber DME, and 1 more ounce of Medusa for dry hopping would make for an interesting brew.
July 6, 2015
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What is the IBU ?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I calculate 37 to 44 depending on final batch size, when I brewed it last year iit had a pleasant but noticeable tropical nose with decent bitterness; maybe too much for the style. I enjoyed it very much but I think a BJCP judge would say far out of style. I like the speckled heifer cream ale better when wanting a cream ale. I like the medusa when I want a lighter beer but with more hop punch.

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