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Cascade Pale Ale Recipe

Here is the follow up recipe to my American Brown Ale Recipe.    I wanted to brew a single hop pale ale using an abundance of Cascade Hops that I had tucked away for a rainy day.  I also wanted to get a feeling for how my roasted malts really tasted versus some pale ale type base beer.  Hence this pale ale recipe is very similar to my American Brown expect no roasted malts.  I hope to brew this one soon.

(If you are following along at home as a devoted Brew-Dude reader, you’ll remember my previous post about this recipe which you can find below this one.  I modified the recipe as a result of my desire to compare the Brown Ale character malts to the underlying base malts/pale ale like grain bill. )

Check it out!

10.0 lb American 2-row
1.0lb    Crystal 15L
0.25lb  Crystal 125L
(Mash temp 155F)

1.5oz Cascade pellet 60min
1.5oz Cascade pellet 10min
1.5oz Cascade pellet 1min

I hope to pitch the cake from the American Brown ale which is a blend of US-05 and S-04 dried yeasts.

Stay wired in for when this brew gets done and we do a side by side tasting.
I am very excited about these two beers.  Maybe we’ll call them the twins if all works out (one Blonde and one Brunette)  I’ll post my actual OG and IBU data when i brew it up.


Original Cascade Pale Ale post (6/2008)

I have an “overstock” of Cascade pellets that I need to use up so I was thinking that a couple single hop beers were in order.  Looking at my American Beer series line up, I think I will substitute this Cascade Pale Ale for the American Wheat.  (I have other plans for a wheat series later this month, so stay tuned).

Here is my Cascade Pale Ale recipe. Let me know what you think. I was keeping it simple to be a clean drinker but still showcase the Cascade hop.

Cascade Pale Ale

10-A American Pale Ale

BeerTools Pro Color Graphic

Size: 6.0 gal
Efficiency: 65%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Original Gravity: 1.050 (1.045 – 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.012 (1.010 – 1.015)
Color: 8.3 (5.0 – 14.0)
Alcohol: 4.87% (4.5% – 6.0%)
Bitterness: 38.87 (30.0 – 45.0)


12.0 lbs 2-Row Brewers Malt
1.0 lbs Crystal 15
0.6 oz Chocolate Malt
1.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 60 min
1.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 10 min
1.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 1 min

1.0 ea Fermentis US-05 Safale US-05
1.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 15 min

Mash at 154F for 60 minutes.

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  1. That looks like a delicious pale ale, however I have not yet moved up to all-grain brewing from extract brewing. If I were to make this an extract brew could I just convert the 12lbs of 2-row to 6.6 lbs of Briess Golden Light malt extract and use the crystal as a steeping grain for the extra flavor?

  2. I am glad you like the recipe, I think I be firing this one up soon. Hopefully, this coming week.
    You are close with the approximation for the extract needed. But a litle over.
    You would need only ~6.25lbs of DME to get the OG of 1.050 in 5.5 gallons. Or
    ~7.4 pounds of LME.

    To really get a good sense of how to convert these numbers check out this post here:
    (And feel free to shoot me an email if I can help understand it better.)

    Steeping the crystal 15L and the little bit of chocolate (for color) would be perfectly acceptable as an extract recipe.

    As always I recommend the lightest colored extract you can get. I’d stay away from a pilsner extract though as you really need a little of that american 2-row flavor. SO Briess’ extract light DME would be fine. You could buy 7lbs of it, use 0.75 to make a starter for your yeast then the rest would be used in the beer a few days later…AND no waste!!!

    Good luck let us know how it turns out if you try it!
    BREW ON!

  3. How did this turn out? I’ve been looking for a good hoppy pale ale.

    Nice site by the way!

  4. Eric

    I made a similar beer to the pale ale with all cascade full leaf hops that i got donated to my home brew store from a guy out of nebraska. Got 11 oz for FREE how can you go wrong

  5. Eric

    I meant to say it went in the fermenter on sunday ill let you know how it turns out.

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