Ginger Pale Ale Tasting

I’m a sucker for a good pale ale, when done really well they hit the spot for me. I wanted to brew something clean with a little refreshing zing so I landed on a ginger pale ale. So, I developed a simple recipe that would mesh well with the ginger while also being drinkable, light, and flavorful. Here are the results:

Ginger Pale AleAppearance

Golden copper color, nice clarity but not crystal clear. off white head, dissipates very slowly. light lacing


Light smooth caramel, clean and crisp. Ginger (was more present in previous bottles), slightly herbal.


Smooth, dry, drinks so cleanly and easily. very drinkable, tiny caramel touch, ginger in the back end. Assertive bitterness. Nothing lingers, finishes really clean.


Nice carbonation (not spritzy), with a light body.


Brewed: 7/22/2018 | Bottled: 7/30/2018 | Drank 8/23/2018

This beer hits the spot. The little bit of caramel melds really well with the ginger. Bitterness is on point, the ginger was more assertive in earlier bottles (i enjoyed those better).

Check out the recipe here.


Hockeytime Pale Ale Recipe

I’ve brewed a good amount of pale ales and they’ve come out really well (one of them got me a medal). This brings me to a new recipe I created for my hockey team (I play once a week in a league). I made a clean, drinkable pale ale in January and it was a hit, that was where I started. I got the idea for the victory malt addition while looking at AHA recipes.  It’s a biscuit style malt with, “toasty, biscuity, baking bread, nutty, clean” flavors, “with an aroma of baking bread” per Briess. Now i wish i used more!

Victory Malt Average Sensory Profile


Hockeytime Pale Ale

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
3 gal 60 min 64.95 IBUs 10.23 SRM 1.058 1.015 5.75 %


Name Amount %
Rahr Pale Ale Malt 5 lbs 72.7
Crystal 40L 12 oz 10.9
Red Wheat 8 oz 7.3
Briess Victory Malt 5 oz 4.5
Flaked Oats 5 oz 4.5


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Co2 Hop Extract 2 ml 60 min Boil Extract 20
Citra 1 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 13.8
Citra 1 oz 30 min Steep/Whirlpool Pellet 13.8
Vic Secret .5 oz 30 min Steep/Whirlpool pellet 15.5
Vic Secret .75 oz 4 days Dry Hop Pellet 15.5
hop extract
Co2 hop extract


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Dennys Favorite 50 Wyeast 74-76% 60°F – 70°F

dennys fav


Step Temperature Time
Dough In 139°F 10 min
Mash 152°F 50 min


Step Time Temperature
Primary TBD 65°F




Brewed 8/22/2018 | OG: 1.048 | Dry hop: 8/26/18

Water: Minneapolis tap water.

Chilled to 150 and held, steeped hops for 30 mins.

70% efficiency | Mash ph adjusted to 5.2 | whirfloc/yeast nutrient @15

Tasting notes here.