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

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

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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 a sturdy backbone of malt extract and steeping grains 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!

  • 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 included steeping grains will come milled.
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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Sounded fantastic
Brent M on Nov 19, 2021
Trying new kit
Sounded fantastic
Brent M on Nov 19, 2021
history of brewer
Dan K on Aug 13, 2021
Trying new kit
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 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
history of brewer
Dan K on Aug 13, 2021
Sounds tasty
Andrew W on Oct 20, 2020

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Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Kit!
I've made this twice now. A great summer beer, very nice floral/citrus notes. Will definitely brew again!
May 2, 2014