5 Apr
2010
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BrewCraft English Draught Mild Ale Taste and Review

Well, this weekend we finally got to taste-test the ale that we brewed, and it turned out amazing!

For a first time home brewer, I wasn’t expecting too much, in fact I was just hoping that it would be drinkable.

After about 2-1/2 weeks of fermenting, then a week sitting in the bottles carbonating, the beer was ready. To my amazement the beer was great! It had a perfect brown ale coloring, and a smooth/easy to drink taste.

The beer greatly resembled a Newcastle Brown Ale. The flavor and the coloring were almost dead on! Newcastle is one of my favorite beers, so after tasting the home brewed mild ale, I was ecstatic with how well it turned out. I did a taste-test comparison with a fresh Newcastle next to one of my home brews, and they were similar, and almost identical in so many ways.  The only thing that I liked a little more in the Newcastle was that it was a bit more carbonated.  This was only because my beer had only been carbonating in the bottles for about 7 days. So I plan on leaving them out for a few more before refrigerating the rest of them.

Going into the brew I wasn’t sure what to expect because I didn’t really know what a “Mild Ale” was.  Later I learned that a “Mile Ale” is basically just a “Mile Brown Ale.”  No wonder I liked it so much.

I would highly recommend this is brewing kit to anyone who like clean, smooth brown ales.  If they sold this beer in stores I would no doubt buy it, but actually getting to brew it yourself, and knowing that you made the beer makes it all the better.

If you haven’t tried the Brewcraft English Mild Ale Kit, I would highly recommend you do.   After making a batch that tasted this good, I am a little worried that my next batches won’t be able to stand up this one!

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1 Comment

  • I’ve got the same kit from costco.com! I had it in the primary for 14 days, got a 5 gal secondary carboy, and racked it in there 2 days ago. Like yours, it’s pretty cloudy but when I tasted it 2 days ago it was good! I’m going to let it sit in the secondary for another few days for a total of 3 weeks and then bottle.

    Good luck!

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