American Amber Ale by Mike "Tasty" McDole | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

American Amber Ale by Mike "Tasty" McDole | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | All-Grain

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  • Our Signature Series kits offer a selection of crazy, unique beers developed by MoreBeer! customers, associates, and homebrewing legends!
  • A full-bodied, hop-forward beer recipe given to us by the late homebrewing legend—and our dear friend—Mike “Tasty” McDole
  • Includes Northern Brewer and Cascade hops
  • Estimated ABV: 5.2%
  • Estimated IBUs: 40-44
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

This recipe comes from the late homebrewing legend—and our dear friend—Mike “Tasty” McDole. Mike is one of the best homebrewers we’ve ever known, and one of our original customers way back when the entire MoreBeer! operation fit inside a storage shed. Aside from brewing many award-winning beers, Tasty helped grow homebrewing as a hobby, and as a community, here in the Bay Area and well beyond.

Mike's American Amber Ale earned him multiple 1st- and 2nd-place ribbons, including a Gold Medal at the National Homebrew Competition. We were after him for awhile for this recipe and he finally gave his consent, allowing this to be the 11th entry into MoreBeer!'s lineup of Signature Series kits. With over 12 lbs of malt and 4 rounds of hop additions, this is a full-bodied, hop-forward beer. When it comes time to drink this beer, raise one for Tasty!

Tasty's All Grain Brewing Notes:
Mineral adjustments: Ca - 110 ppm; Mg - 21 ppm; Na - 21ppm; SO4 - 333 ppm; Cl - 45 ppm. Adjust Mash and Sparge water to a PH of 5.6. Recommended Sacchrification rest for 90 minutes at 152°F, followed by a 15-minute raise to 170°F, and a 15-minute Mash Out rest at 170°F.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.053-59
  • SRM (Color Range): 17
  • IBUs: 40-44
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5.2%
Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.
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Christmas present
Nancy Z on Dec 9, 2022
good reviews, and I like ambers
Steven K on Jun 17, 2022
Christmas present
Nancy Z on Dec 9, 2022
Im combining with cream ale
Curtis M on Aug 12, 2022
good reviews, and I like ambers
Steven K on Jun 17, 2022
New brewer looking to start with all grain recipe
Chris S on Jun 10, 2022
Made it twice before-very good.
john krousey on May 18, 2022
American Amber is my very favorite beer style
Tony Hines on Dec 10, 2021
I like amber ale.
Tom T on Oct 22, 2021
One of my favorites-have made it several times.
john krousey on Sep 4, 2021
never had it
Mark on Aug 12, 2021
Made it before-one of my favorites
john krousey on Jun 11, 2021
looking for a good amber ale receipe
glenn r on Apr 12, 2021
sounds good
Dennis C on Mar 12, 2021
I like ambers will give this a try.
john krousey on Nov 20, 2020
I have not brewed an Amber and now's the time
Robert M on May 1, 2020
Did it last year and it was VERY good.
JeffD on Feb 24, 2020
Was feeling that an amber ale sounds like a good fall beer
Troy B on Nov 13, 2019
Looked interesting and I like ambers.
David H on Nov 11, 2019
Interesting review. I'm a bit tired of hoppy IPAs and need something on the mild side.
Hermann on Sep 6, 2019
The review and 15% off
Russell on May 27, 2019
Looks like a nice kit
peter p on Apr 10, 2019
I have read the reviews and it sounds great!
Matthew W on May 26, 2018
I like more full beers and my name is mike
mike a m on Jan 26, 2018
Im combining with cream ale
Curtis M on Aug 12, 2022
New brewer looking to start with all grain recipe
Chris S on Jun 10, 2022

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Rated 5 out of 5
perfect amber with a little hops
The malty, hop flavored amber is great. I wouldn't
change anything and will certainly brew it again. Dry hopping with Cascade pellets was a great choice. Forgot to use the Whirlfloc and it didn't matter. Crystal clear amber! OG 1.045
January 16, 2023
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Very good amber
Excellent brew and I will make again. I tasted more chocolate than I would have liked. Next time I'll reduce to 2oz chocolate malt and see what happens.

September 7, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5
fantastic Mike!
The only problem is that you run out.
February 18, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5
Good Beer
This is a pretty decent beer. I would make again but with a slight adjustment. I was hoping the IBUs would blend better than it did so I'd cut back on that. I may also cut out the dry hopping. Definitely a recipe to tinker with. Also, I'm only 3 weeks in so maybe letting it age a bit would help.
February 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5
Standard beer on tap in my home.
I like my Amber beers and out of the different kits/recipes I've tried, I found this one to win out and now keep this regularly on tap.
May 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
I want more!
This beer turned turned out as good as the reviews i read before buying. The beer is very dark but the body isn't heavy. Turned out excellent and was worth all the effort to make.
May 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome recipe!
Tasty developed it, so you know it's gonna be great!
May 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
My go to Amber...
Reminds me some of Mac&Jacks, however, I don't do the dry hoping, as I don't care for it as much. But other than that really enjoy this beer and always have it on Tap.
May 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
Great recipe!
Really comes into it's own in 3 months in the bottle. My new favorite!
February 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
Best amber I've tried.
This is an Amber that just fits together and really tastes great. Great job Mike!
January 29, 2013