American Amber Ale by Mike "Tasty" McDole (Malt Extract)

American Amber Ale by Mike "Tasty" McDole (Malt Extract)

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(Makes 5 gallons) Mike makes great beer - just ask anyone in the shop. 2007 Samuel Adams Longshot winner for his Double IPA. In fact, we all look forward to Fridays when Mike usually comes bearing gifts in the form of big Browns and hoppy IPA's. So when his American Brown took Second Place out of 96 other Brown Ales at the 2003 Big Batch Brew Bash held by the KGB homebrew club in Houston Texas, we were not too surprised. We have been after him for awhile now for this recipe and he finally gave his consent, allowing this to be the 11th Signature Series kit. Mike started brewing about 7 years ago and has not stopped since. This beer has won 4 first Place Ribbons and 3 Second Place ones, and it definitely shows. With about 9.25 pounds of malt and 4 hop additions, this is a full-bodied, hop-forward beer. Not for the weak of heart! Mike uses White Labs California Ale Yeast, WLP001. Recently, this beer won the Gold Medal at the National Homebrew Competition in Las Vegas! Mike was on hand to accept and, as usual, he had a full keg of his beer there to share. When it comes time to drink this beer, raise one for Mike.

Estimated Original Gravity:1.053-57
SRM (Color Range: 17
IBU's: 40-44 Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5.2%

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Please Note: In order to better serve our customers, we are now offering our extract recipe kits with either Liquid Malt Extract (LME) or Dried Malt Extract (DME). The majority of our DME kits were converted from the LME version, which is why you may notice slight variances in the extract names and quantities on your recipe sheet. You may also find that your Specific Gravity and ABV% are slightly higher if you choose DME. Whether LME or DME, add all extracts provided according to the recipe sheet. For further details, please reference the conversion chart below.
MoreBeer! Extract Recipe Kit Conversion Chart
Liquid Malt Extract Dry Malt Extract
4 lbs 3.5 lbs
5 lbs 4 lbs
6 lbs 5 lbs
7 lbs 6 lbs
8 lbs 6.5 lbs
9 lbs 7 lbs
Ultralight Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pale Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pilsner Malt Extract Pilsen Light DME



ABV %5.2
Beer StyleRed Ale & Amber Ale
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
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Sounds tasty
Andrew W on Oct 20, 2020
Try amber again
Andy M on Jul 30, 2020
Sounds tasty
Andrew W on Oct 20, 2020
I like amber ales, as long as the hops are not overpowering.
Robert C on Aug 17, 2020
Try amber again
Andy M on Jul 30, 2020
Wanted APA, but was looking for something patriotic
Kevin C on May 11, 2020
something different
dennis b on May 5, 2020
wanted something different
Terry B on Apr 7, 2020
Review and your summary of beer
Dennis B on Mar 6, 2019
I like an amber as the weather begins to cool, and this Ale is very nice.
Steve M U on Sep 28, 2018
My friends wanted me to make an amber ale for the fall
Andrew R on Sep 12, 2018
Wanted to try something new to me.
Gary H on Jun 26, 2018
1st batch was outstanding!
John A on Mar 23, 2018
Janet's Brown is one of my favorite beers, Mike makes good stuff.
Bob Gauvreau on Jan 10, 2018
I like amber ales, as long as the hops are not overpowering.
Robert C on Aug 17, 2020
Wanted APA, but was looking for something patriotic
Kevin C on May 11, 2020

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Crowd Pleaser!
After taking a poll at work, the consensus was a to brew a Sam Adams-like beer. I'm not much of a fan of straight Amber ales, so this recipe caught my eye as it had a dry-hop addition. After letting it dry-hop for 9-days, it turned pleased the crowd, and satisfied my desire for a slightly more hop-tasting beer. Will definitely brew again!
July 8, 2016
Great Kit!
I've made this twice now. A great summer beer, very nice floral/citrus notes. Will definitely brew again!
May 2, 2014