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Apollo Pale Ale

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Apollo Pale AleContinuing with my effort to catch-up on recipes and tasting notes. Going back to January 5, 2013 with this beer. I was planning on brewing a barley wine, but rather than making a huge starter, I decided to make a pale ale. For a simple beer that started out as a means to another, bigger, maltier beer – I was shocked by the result. Keeping the recipe simple was definitely the way to go:  Golden Promise + Crystal 70-80 + Apollo + Wyeast 1968 = an easy going pale ale. It was so tasty that I don’t seem to have any tasting notes. I do have 21 checkins on Untappd, thankfully, to inform the tasting notes below.

Appearance – Copper colour and clear, clear, clear!  Between the highly flocculant Wyeast 1968 and my transition to kegs, this beer cleared spectacularly well after ~2 weeks of cold-conditioning.

Aroma – It’s been a few months, but I can still recall the smell of this beer: clean malts, some citrus, and that English ale yeast aroma.

Taste  Slight English esters w/ light, clean bitterness from Apollo hops on finish. Can easily identify the sweetness from the Golden Promise malt.  Malt tastes very fresh.  Hops flavours are earthy, spicy with slight citrus.

Mouthfeel  Light and easy-drinking.  At 4.4% ABV that’s to be expected.  Tasted back-to-back with Powell Street’s Old Jalopy Pale Ale, I found this beer to be much thinner.  The next batch could use a little more mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Notes  Very pleasant English Pale Ale.  I wish I had saved a few bottles to enter in competitions, but it was too tasty and far too tempting when I got home from work in the evening.  A refreshing, low ABV pale ale.  Will definitely brew again, but with some adjustments to get better mouthfeel.

Apollo Pale Ale Recipe

Wort Volume Before Boil: 7.00 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 6.10 US gals
Volume Transferred: 6.00 US gals
Volume At Pitching: 6.00 US gals
Final Batch Volume: 5.00 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.045 SG
Actual Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.045 SG
Expected OG: 1.051 SG
Actual OG: 1.048 SG
Expected FG: 1.015 SG
Actual FG: 1.015 SG
Expected Efficiency: 65.0%
Actual Efficiency: 65.7%
Expected ABV: 4.7 %
Actual ABV: 4.4 %
Expected IBU: 75
Expected Color: 11.1 SRM
Boil Duration: 60.0 mins

UK Golden Promise 12.00 lb – 92.3%
UK Dark Crystal (70-80L) – 1.00 lb – 7.7%

Apollo (18% alpha) 14 g – First wort hopped
Apollo (18% alpha) 14 g – 15 mins
Apollo (18% alpha) 28 g – 0 mins

Other Ingredients
Yeast: Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale
Mashed at 152F


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August 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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  1. I’m jealous of those Apollo hops. Hopefully they make their way down under sometime. Is that grist Perfect Pint inspired? I brew an English Pale ale with that grist plus 10% or so homemade brewer’s invert (inspired by Will). What’s your mash temperature? I mash at 69C/156F to aid mouthfeel, but with 1968, and despite the sugar, it’s hard work to get it to finish around 1.012.

    Stephen Harlow (@BeerGardeNZ)

    September 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

  2. Sorry for the delayed reply. September was hectic and you’re well aware of my October adventures 🙂 No particular inspiration on this recipe, was mainly looking to step up a bunch of yeast for my barleywine. I’d recently done a Golden Promise SMaSH and found it too light, so I threw in a pound of crystal. Mashed 66.5C/152F. Will definitely mash higher next time. Also think the invert would be a good addition. On the topic of 1968 attenuation, the barleywine went all the way to 1.010! Likely due to a massive overpitch.


    November 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

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