Vlad the Impale Ale Brown Ale - Archived

Vlad the Impale Ale Brown Ale - Archived is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 6.
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In honor of Bram Stoker: deep and dark, roasty and bitter like a stake through the heart. You'll gladly die the little death after you wrap your fangs, er lips, around this hop-forward ale. A deep veil of dark coffee malt cloaking the luscious hop bitterness that engulfs your palate, the remnants running languidly down your throat and you realize your soul has been forever changed. The thirst for more of this dark, biting ale is all you desire.

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What You Get

1 Bewitched Amber Ale Brewing Extract (HME)

1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

1 Packet of BrewMax LME Robust

1 Packet of Glacier Pellet Hops

1 Packet of Crystal Pellet Hops

1 Hop Sack

1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

For Fans Of

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Brew Specs

Flavor: Balanced

Original Gravity: 1.059

Final Gravity: 1.015

ABV: 5.9%

SRM: (Color): 33

IBU: (Bitterness): 30

STEP 1: Sanitizing

Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

2.Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

4.Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

5.After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

2. Place both packets of pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material

3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this to a boil, add in your hop sack, then remove from heat.

4. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot, hop water in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

5. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

6. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

7. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

8. Sprinkle the yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.

STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (17 total). At this point it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

2.Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

3.Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

4.Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

5.Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

6.Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

Tip from our Brewmasters

After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

Rated 5 out of 5 by nightmare0331 from Great Recipe...with a couple of minor tweaks... So I picked up a few kits/recipes when Mr. Beer had a sale. I figured I'd start with this one... A couple of minor tweaks- I did a full wort boil, chilled and used a Mr. Beer cider fermenter in a cooler. After a week, I added a cup of honey...for no other reason then I was going through the pantry and found a bunch and figured 'why not?' keep in mind when you add more fermentables it tends to drop the hoppy flavor down a hair and there was a ever so slightly honey after taste/finish. It also darkened it down a hue I think. I let it ferment for almost a month (it was a few days short, but it was the weekend and I had time to bottle it...the original plan was a month. Using priming sugar and a bottling bucket, I got around a case of bottles including that one always partial bottle which ends up as a tester to see if carbonation is happening after a week. After only a week and a half, we chilled and cracked it open (and then a subsequent one) and it's pretty darn good. I would comment that it will only improve with age, but definitely drinkable and quite pleasant now. I'm sure it will be excellent after a few weeks of conditioning. I personally wouldn't classify this as an IPA...there's hops for sure, but not strong/bitter enough to call an IPA...maybe an english brown ale, but then again, I'm no expert...just some dude having fun with making beer.... :)
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by Hambone from Smooth Taste This beer turned out great! It has a very smooth taste and the hops didn't overwhelm the flavor. I got the most enjoyment by drinking this beer slowly. I can't wait to share it with my friends.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by River from Not done yet I crack one after 3 weeks in the bottle with at least 3-4 weeks to go but i couldn't wait to try. Dark enough to be a porter due to the red hue. Doesn't taste like an ipa but time will tell. This is the color of the photo a prior reviewer showed. I will be posting another review when the conditioning is done just after Christmas
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Blas from Great beer! I have looked at this beer a number of times, and I finally tried it. One of my favorites has always been Rose's Rambling Red, and I tried them side by side. Vlad is very similar, but the hops set it apart. Very pleased with this recipe, and I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by Blacksmithcrm from IPA? Not really... After 4 weeks of conditioning the hops (and hopes) are gone from this one. Not bad, but certainly not good either. A better name than a beer
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by None55 from Meh... We had high hopes for this “IPA”, but the flavor just isn’t there.
Date published: 2018-01-28
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