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American Pale Ale

American pale ale is a wide category. It is normally golden to copper in color, contains a low to sometimes medium malt characteristic and a high hop bitterness. American Pale ales are easy and fun, and are good to be brewed all year round. The American Ale category in the National Homebrew Competition (NHC) is one of the most entered categories in the competition. In 2008, this category had 430 entries, in 2009 there were 364, and in both years, Richard McLain of Highlands Ranch, Colorado won the Gold medal with his recipes. This is the recipe from the 2008 NHC. Need we say more?

The American pale ale category has a somewhat broad ranging description; the style is normally golden to copper in color, contains a low to sometimes medium malt characteristic and a high hop bitterness. Use your citrusy and spicy American hops to flavor the brew and enjoy! American Pale ales are easy and fun, and are good to brew all year round.

American Pale Ale | American Pale Ale

Ingredients

  • For 11.5 gallons (43.53 L)
    • 20 lb (9.07 kg) Gambrinus pale malt
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) 40° L crystal malt
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) 65° L crystal malt
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) Goldings whole hops, 4.3% alpha acid (60 min.)
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) Willamette whole hops, 4.7% alpha acid (30 min.)
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) Cascade whole hops, 6% alpha acid (10 min.)
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) Cascade whole hops, 6% alpha acid (1 min.)
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) Willamette whole hops, 4.7% alpha acid (1 min.)
    • White Labs English ale yeast, 380 mL starter
    • Forced CO2 to carbonate

    Specifications

    • Original Gravity: 1.051
    • Final Gravity: 1.012
    • ABV: 5.1%
    • IBU: n/a
    • SRM: n/a
    • Boil Time: 70 minutes
    • Efficiency: n/a
    • Pre-boil Volume: n/a
    • Pre-boil Gravity: n/a

    Directions

    • Mash grain at 152° F (67° C) for 60 minutes.
    • Primary Fermentation: 7 days at 68° F (20° C) in glass
    • Secondary Fermentation: 21 days at 67° F (19°C) in glass

    Judges' Comments

    "Very nice malt, hop balance-good dry/sweet balance. Very good pale ale."