Left Coast Pale Ale by Phil Montalbano (Malt Extract Kit)

Left Coast Pale Ale by Phil Montalbano (Malt Extract Kit)

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Phil created this recipe in an effort to stop his long, slow spiral into fruity, phenolic, sour beers that began to populate his fermenters and kegs back in 1998. Honestly, Phil seriously contemplated throwing gummy bears into his brew and realized it was time to step back, look around, sober up, and grab a classic West Coast pale ale.

This beer is dominated by the wonderful Amarillo® hop that is known for having a citrus/orange flavor. The Left Coast Pale has been brewed many times over as a house favorite during the Fermentation Frenzy shop era (Los Altos, CA circa 1997-2007). Try it, you'll like it. And, unfortunately, so will your friends.

Phil recommends for an even more pronounced hop nose and flavor you add an additional 1oz of Amarillo® hops to the fermenter as a dry hop addition (not included with kit).

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.050-55
  • SRM (Color Range): 12
  • IBUs: 50-55
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5.0-5.5%


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.

Amarillo® is a trademark owned by Virgil Gamache Farms, Inc.

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Jose Cruz Ortiz R on Oct 28, 2021
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Jose Cruz Ortiz R on Oct 28, 2021
Wanted to brew a west coast ale,
Matthew S on Feb 13, 2020
Wanted to brew a west coast ale,
Matthew S on Feb 13, 2020

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Rated 5 out of 5
I made this beer over 2 months ago. I just cracked the first one on must say cheers it’s very good. Let me make another batch
September 28, 2019
Rated 3 out of 5
Good but won't brew again
I brewed this kit and a fellow home brewer did the same kit but with an Amarillo dry hop addition. Both were good but we both stated we would not brew again. I enjoyed the dry hopped version more. I think we both expected more of a hop punch to it.
November 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
Definitely a crowd pleaser! Nice classic example of a California Pale Ale. I will be making this again!
May 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
I brew a kit pretty much every other weekend. This beer has become a "repeater". If you like the straight forward taste of American/ California type ales you'll likely like this one. MB, great company jm
January 24, 2013