American Honey Pale Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

American Honey Pale Ale | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

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  • This ale will deliver a smooth blend of Cascade floral character and biterness, tempered by a slight sweetness from the honey
  • Includes 100% Cascade hops
  • Estimated ABV: 6%
  • Estimated IBUs: 40
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

In 2011, the White House home brewed beer for the first time in, well, perhaps centuries! We were super were excited when a MoreBeer! customer first submitted his freedom of information act request for the White House homebrew recipes. We were a little surprised, and we'll say it - let down - when we saw the actual recipes. One MoreBeer! staffer blurted out "Whoa...this seems like beer that Prince Harry should be brewing." English malt extract, English hops, and even an English yeast strain were used; so the only thing truly American was the honey! It seems that we were not the only beer lovers to pick up on this. So while we really, really love English beers as much as the next homebrewer, we think the White House Brewmasters should be using fresh ingredients from well...America.

Since we were tweaking the recipe towards this side of the pond, we decided we could also help educate the White House staff on their yeast selection. Yes dry yeast has gotten better but since this is the White House and all, we think they can spring for liquid yeast...and is there any better choice for this recipe than Wyeast 1056 AMERICAN Ale or White Labs 001 California Ale?? Not really. In fact, just queue up the star spangled banner, turn on the football game, and throw some hot dogs on the grill because we are starting to feel pretty patriotic here.

So while we send this kit along with our friendly suggestions back to the White House, YOU can make the exact same beer at home. That way if you are in a diner somewhere on the campaign trail and the president pulls up you can whip out a bottle of the 'Honey Pale the White House Should Be Making' or the 'Honey Porter the White House Should Be Making' and enlighten the Top Dog, homebrewer style.

This American Honey Pale Ale uses all American ingredients, including:
White Wheat, Crystal 15L, and Ultralight Malt Extract
Cascade hops
California Wildflower Honey

Truly a classic American Pale Ale recipe!  This ale will deliver a smooth blend of Cascade floral character and biterness, tempered by a slight sweetness from the honey.  The California Wildflower Honey delivers just enough residual sweetness to result in an amazingly balanced, hoppily delicious pale ale.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.054-59
  • SRM (Color Range): 8
  • IBUs: 40
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 6%


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.
Liquid Malt Extract (LME) vs. Dried Malt Extract (DME)
MoreBeer! recipe kits are offered in both Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract so that our customers can choose the format that best suits their needs and brewing style. LME is a viscous liquid, similar in consistency to maple syrup. In addition to being the more affordable option, many brewers find LME easier to handle than dry extract. DME is more condensed and comes in a powder format that is similar to baking flour. Although it’s a little more costly, DME is naturally lighter in color and stays fresher for longer. We highly recommend DME when brewing light colored beers.


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Brewed it before and loved it
Leeann S on May 21, 2022
Looks good
Damon S on Nov 7, 2020
Brewed it before and loved it
Leeann S on May 21, 2022
-Had it befor and it is smooth and refreshing
Alice Andrus on Apr 30, 2022
Looks good
Damon S on Nov 7, 2020
make it before and like it
Marty K on Oct 11, 2020
Sounded real delicious by all the positive feedback.
Marty K on May 17, 2020
This sounded good to me
Richard R on May 17, 2020
Good reviews
Greg on Apr 7, 2020
Brewed several times, love it
Troy G on Mar 25, 2020
Solid reviews from trusted MoreBeer friends.
Jason W on Mar 17, 2020
made it before and turned out well
Aaron C on Oct 28, 2019
Looks good
Gene E on Jul 23, 2019
Perfect smooth balance of hops and honey. Nothing better for summer.
Dustin R H on Jun 10, 2019
Valued C on Feb 26, 2019
Great Price
Jason M on Oct 18, 2018
I've done a similar beer before and the neighborhood loved it
Brad R on Aug 18, 2018
It is a favorite
Eugenia K on Jul 18, 2018
21st MoreBeer batch. Looking for variety within IPAs and Pale Ales.
Dennis Hannaford on Jun 26, 2018
This is a delicious pale ale i love how the honey goes so well with he hops
james williams on Jan 31, 2018
-Had it befor and it is smooth and refreshing
Alice Andrus on Apr 30, 2022
make it before and like it
Marty K on Oct 11, 2020
Does this kit not come with yeast?
Eric Maw on Jan 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Very few kits come with the yeast included! The vast majority require you to make a yeast choice (recommended "popping" for the liquid yeast).

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Rated 5 out of 5
Very nice
I added a little apricot flavoring, and it turned out very nicely.
May 11, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
It has just a faint honey flavor and light sweetness balanced by the hops, and my friends gave it an A+. I"ll definitely be making this again!
September 18, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
another winner
I followed the recipe except to add the zest of two fresh limes the lat 2 minutes of the boil. Then the juice of those limes before I chilled the wort. RESULTS a full bodies honey ale with a little twangy tart on the back. Nice and refreshing.
March 20, 2019
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great pale ale.
I brewed this once and it was fantastic. It has the right balance of hops and the honey gives it a nice finish! I will be ordering again very soon.
January 28, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Big Hit
This was a beer that everyone liked and 5 gal didn't last long. It is balanced well and it doesn't taste super sweet.

This will be one of my regular beers on tap.
May 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
Everyone Who Tastes it Loves it
I wanted a Pale Ale with a more balanced flavor than I get with an IPA. This one brings great hops aroma (I really enjoy cascade) but doesn't bowl you over with residual bitterness. The honey flavor is very subtle--not at all sweet. It was more noticeable after it had been in the bottle for a few weeks (and it was a struggle to make it last that long). Definitely improves over time as it mellows.

I'm new to home brewing, so I kept it simple and didn't make any modifications to this recipe (yeast: White Labs CA Ale). I have brewed from this kit twice and the second batch is very consistent with the first. Highly recommend!
February 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
MoreBeer's Best Kept Secret
I tried the Honey Pale Ale for fun, and now it's a go-to brew. The malt is still there, but the honey keeps it in check. I dry hop with even more cascades, and it ends up a light, hoppy blast of a pale ale. Brews clean, hits the numbers right on. Go for it.
November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
I don't buy kits often, but this one caught my interest. I just wanted to make something sweet for the ladies! It is one of our favorites. We have made it three times in a year and the keg never lasts a week.
November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
Pleasantly suprised
I had never brewed a beer that used honey, so I was a little nervous, but this turned out to be a great beer! It has a sweetness to it, but it's not overpowering. I prefer a beer that's not very bitter, but still hoppy. This one fit the bill perfectly. I kegged mine straight from the primary after 2 weeeks. Good head retention, color, and aroma. A very pleasant beer.
September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
American honey ale
I knew from the taste at bottling that this was going to be a great beer. It surpassed even those lofty expectations! This beer was the best I have made in 2013, one of 6 batches since February. I am including this in my pipeline at all times. In fact I have drank about half (or donated to friends) of my original supply so I need to order this ASAP!!

No doubt, you will love this product. I was impressed beyond belief!
June 16, 2013