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Megalodon Imperial Red Ale Recipe Extract Beer Recipe Kit

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Big, bold, and boozy; it dangerous and over the top, yet the head of this massively malty beast never looked so good. This malty, heavily hopped American-style Imperial Red Ale recipe is loaded with enough citrusy Northwest hops to keep any hop head happy while delivering boatloads of big chewy malt.

Megalodon! Like its namesake, Megalodon is massive. This malty, heavily hopped American-style Imperial Red Ale is loaded with enough citrusy Northwest hops to keep any hop head happy while delivering boatloads of big chewy malt. A signature blend of select crystal malts imparts delicious flavors of toffee and caramel with just a hint of raisin and toast in the finish. The citrusy hop flavor buoys the beer with a lively freshness, while the bitter bite cuts through the sweetness and creates a superb balance that goes down all too easy for an ale of this magnitude. It's totally Jawsome!

Due to the high starting gravity of this kit, we recommend pitching multiple packs of yeast or preparing a yeast starter for best results. Click here for more info.

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Beer Color Amber
Original Gravity


Total Time to Make 6 weeks
Regional Style USA
Alcohol Content High
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style Amber Ale
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions

Customer Reviews

Based on 36 reviews

The reviews on this one are all over the map. I have been brewing for 3.5 years and have done over 20 different kits. This one turned out to be my favorite. To my surprise it tastes exactly like Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Ale! Or am I supposed to use code and say 'Sasquatch Ale'? Yeah I know this isn't a Barleywine but I confirmed my evaluation with my brother. I used US-05 yeast, did not transfer to secondary, and kegged after 6 full weeks in the primary ~ 68F. So I did not do anything out of the ordinary. This kit is on my go to list now. Cheers

It’s awesome if you have patience.

This was probably my third or fourth beer that I ever brewed in my entire life. Yes, if you drink it too soon, it will have a strong alcohol flavor. Give it some time to sit in the bottle; it will gain some carbonation and taste amazing. Actually it’s kind of dangerous because it has somewhat of a sweet flavor when allowed to ferment in the bottles for a long enough period of time. The people that have had issues I would point at sanitation or impatience as the culprit. This is an amazing beer and I am about to order another batch because it is just that awesome.

megalodon - wont get it again

Good beer if you like a strong coffee flavor. I don't. I wont get it again.

Very good when carbonated

I'd like to start off with thanking Northern Brewer for updating this kit with a 2 pack of dry yeast. Many of the complaints of this beer seemed to originate from incomplete fermentation and a beer this big definitely needs 2 dry yeast packs to get there.

I let this sit in primary for 3 weeks then aged at room temperature in a keg for another 3 weeks before transferring to keezer and carbing.

I will have to say, until it gets fully carbed it does tastely weirdly overly sweet and somewhat unpleasant. It's amazing what properly carbonation did for it and some more time. It hits the description and is dangerously drinkable. This is a big beer and a couple of these can really sneak up on you and floor you. For anyone bottling this beer you will probably want to use CBC casking yeast to get decent carbonation, high alcohol beers like this just don't carbonate well and definitely age it some.

Not done, but delicious!

I followed directions exactly with this one. Fermentation started quickly after brew day and was rigorous for about 1 week, continued to bubble away slowly for an additional 2.5 weeks before the cap fell down. Bottled it up immediately after and it smelled fantastic. Just opened up the first bottle after 2 weeks to try. Excellent taste, definitely a bit green still, but carbonation is not complete yet. Based on previous reviews, I'm expecting to be closer to the mark in another 2-4 weeks. When fully carbed, I'd envision giving 5 stars.

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