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SMASH American Session Ale Extract Kit


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Is it a half IPA? Is it a pale ale? What’s in a name, after all? We’re taking you back to school, back to basics, with this SMASH (single-malt single-hop)-style delight. Not only are we going back to school, we’re hitting the latest in style-confounding marketing-speak: American Session Ale.

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SMASH American Session Ale

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SMASH is about taking things back — way back, to when American Pale Ale was edgy and new. The thing is, time travel is hard, and we’re thinking there’s enough Cascade-only pale stuff out there, so we’re going to use a decidedly new-school single hop: Simcoe.

The pine and jungle stinker herself, Simcoe is boastful and bombastic, packing tons of hop flavor and aroma into a neat little package. SMASH takes a clean, dry malt base, with a low gravity for extra drinkability, and piles on a healthy dose of delicious hoppiness. Think of it as a way to deliver a metric hogshead of hop flavor and aroma in a tidy 4.5% ABV package.

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for SMASH American Session Ale Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1044
Total Time to Make4 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
139 Reviews
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Great tasting easy to make
Awesome brew, nice citrus flavor with a hint of pear. I love it and so do any of my friends that try it. A couple of them even ran out and bought a kit after trying mine. Extremely easy to make but how could it not be with only two ingredients. Would definitely buy this again and even use it to experiment with flavors.
March 26, 2018
3 months ago
i used this beer as a base for my raspberry ale it came out amazing. all i added was 2 bags of organic raspberries be sure to blend them up and cook for 1 hour before you start
January 11, 2018
6 months ago
A Great Beer!
I’m really enjoying this beer. It’s super easy to make and you can be enjoying sooner than some others. I followed the directions exactly and it turned out great. I kegged it and after chilling it I used gelatin finings and waited 3 days and it’s crystal clear. Going to have to order another soon, this won’t last long!
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November 24, 2017
6 months ago
Kolsch Favorite
My wife and I enjoy this a great deal. Made a batch each of last 2 summers for our annual pig roast. Very well received and will do again.
August 21, 2017
10 months ago
Not light amber in color !!!!
I expected the SMASH American Session Ale to be a light amber color as shown in the picture. As it is now in secondary fermentor it is rather dark. I followed brew instructions exactly with all equipment properly sanitized. Hopefully I can get a replacement kit for this one.
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July 22, 2017
10 months ago
Refreshing style of beer.
Another highly recommend kit! A very good and easy recipe. Great summer beer. I have purchased many extract kits from Northern brewer and never been disappointed!
July 5, 2017
1 year ago
The name sure is apt!
Followed the instructions to a tee, no extra time in either of the fermenters, no extra flavors or gimmicks. Did let condition in bottle for an extra week and I think this is my bast tasting beer ever. I have to be careful how much I brag about it, because all of my beer loving friends want me to share...haha. The color is hazy and the carbonation is perfect, I wonder if I bottled this in a big craft beer bottle if anyone would believe that it was homebrewed. It IS this good, imho. I will be brewing this regularly.
July 2, 2017
11 months ago
Freakishly good. Probably my favorite brew in my dozen or so NB kits.
May 26, 2017
1 year ago
probably my favorite beer
Kolsch was my favorite beer kit until I made this beer. The aroma is amazing and half the appeal of this beer, I recommend drinking this beer out of a glass. This beer is just plain good and you will crave it once you run out.
April 9, 2017
Great beer
This makes the third time of I have brewed this beer and it is always a fan favorite. This batch just went into the keg but was great going in. A nice refreshing beer for IPA lovers and light beer drinkers alike.
March 20, 2017
1 year ago
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So how does one dry hop? After transferring to secondary add hop pellets and let it float to the bottom? Also, what is the best way to boost ABV without affecting the flavor profile of a beer? Add cane sugar or extra-light DME?
C H on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You would typically dry hop in secondary and either toss them right in or put them in a nylon bag. After letting them sit for about a week they should drop to the bottom. If you're looking to boost the potential ABV of your beer after fermentation the best way to do it would be to add some sugar dissolved in boiling water that has then been chilled. I wouldn't use more than 1 lb. Cheers-TG
Can you dry hop in the primary after fermentation has ended, prior to Kegging?
B H on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Dry hopping is just the addition of hops to wort post-boil. If you are not doing a secondary fermentation, but would like to dry hop, you would want to do so after fermentation has ended. However, if you are doing a secondary fermentation, we would recommend adding the dry hops at that stage.
This kit contains MM PIlsen LME, which states it is made with both PIlsner malts & Carapils malts. Is this not a 'single malt' beer then? Is it too difficult to make an extract out of one type of barley? Thank you.
J J on Feb 8, 2016

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! To make a pure Pilsen LME would not be difficult, but it would suck as an extract, it would be bland with little color and very little body. A smash using pure pilsen would be watery, with little to no head retention. The carapils is used to add head retention and body to the Pilsen malt without adding any flavor or color. So it is basically pure pilsen as far as color and flavor go. The extract kit is built to resemble the all grain kit, and the only way that we could get the kits to match is to use the Pilsen LME. The gold LME would have been to dark and malty to match the Rahr 2 row. I hope that this helps!
So what Beer Judge Guideline catagigory is this Brew? 18B, 19B ??
A shopper on Feb 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There is a session ale category and the judges may further add a descriptor identifying it as a session pale ale
I just bottled a batch of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone and was planning to go ahead and brew this SMASH kit which I have on hand. I'm a hophead, but I'm hoping that this one with the Pils malt and Simcoe, will be a good alternative to keg for my friends who prefer less hoppy than my IIPAs and IPAs. Thoughts?
Robert W on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Certainly, It isn't as hoppy as an IPA but there is still a noticeable hop presence.

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