Beer Style: American Light Ale

Includes American blonde, cream, golden, wheat and rye ales

Brooklyn Summer Ale clone

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Garrett Oliver, brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery: “‘Summer Ale’ is not a beer style, but a concept. To me, anything which is brisk, light, and drinkable but still interesting enough to work with summer foods can be a ‘summer ale.’”


Harpoon Summer Beer clone

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Frederick Hamp, Brewer/QC Tech, Harpoon Brewery: “A summer beer needs to be compatible with the mindset of a beer consumer in the summer. Served cold and thirst quenching but still flavorful.”


Big Rock Brewery: Warthog Ale clone

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Warthog Ale is a crossbreed of a British pale mild ale and an American cream ale. It’s a lighter-bodied beer, with some crystal malt for a bit of a malty flavor and relatively low hop bitterness. The description on the Big Rock Website also states that this beer has some resemblance to British brown ales, with a nutty finish.


Clearwater Brewery’s Clearwater Light clone

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Clearwater Brewery has since closed their doors, but their legacy lives on with this light ale recipe.


Anderson Valley Brewing Co.’s Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale clone

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Anderson Valley describes this summer sipper as a slightly sweet, malty session beer with a creamy mouthfeel and clean finish.


Cream Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.042–1.055 (10.5–13.6 °P) FG: 1.006–1.012 (1.5–3.1 °P) SRM: 2.5–5 IBU: 15–20 ABV: 4.2–5.6% My friends know I am fond of saying that I love every beer style if the example I am drinking is really well made, and the same is true for cream ale. For this style, however, I need


American Blonde

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by the numbers OG: 1.038–1.054 (9.5–13.3 °P) FG: 1.008–1.013 (2.1–3.3 °P) SRM: 3–6 IBU: 15–28 ABV: 3.8–5.5%               Oh where have all of the American blonde ales gone? Searching aisle after aisle of the Great American Beer Festival recently, I didn’t see nearly the number that would have been


Blondinebier

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Jamil Zainasheff’s provides a classic blonde ale recipe to provide a subtly complex, yet easy drinking ale. The perfect lawnmower beer.


American Rye

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If you’re looking for a well-balanced American rye, you’re in luck. Recipe provided by Jamil Zainasheff.


American Wheat

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If you’re looking for a well-balanced American wheat, you’re in luck. Recipe provided by Jamil Zainasheff.


Make Award-Winning Session Beers

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One of the trends of the past few years that I’ve welcomed is the rediscovery of lower-alcohol craft beers. Perhaps it’s a reaction to the “imperial everything” trend or just consumers becoming confident enough in their opinions that they can drink beer for personal enjoyment not to impress others. Don’t get me wrong, the craft


John’s Peppered Honey Wheat

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Anaheim and jalapeno peppers bring some heat to the party in this spiced-up honey wheat ale.


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