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Old 03-28-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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I've been all about the hops lately, and I would like a change of pace. I would normally think of going towards a stout, or porter, but summer is around the corner, and this style intrigues me.

Only one problem: I don't think I've ever had one.

Anyone know of a beer that is fairly representative of the style that I can get my hands on in the Dallas, TX area?

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Newcastle is a pretty good English Mild. they are generally low ABV beers, easy drinking and a nice toasty caramel flavour to them with very mild hops profile

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Newcastle is a pretty good English Mild. they are generally low ABV beers, easy drinking and a nice toasty caramel flavour to them with very mild hops profile
This would be good advice EXCEPT for the fact the newcastle is not a mild.
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This would be good advice EXCEPT for the fact the newcastle is not a mild.
True dat. Although it's the closest thing I can find in beer-poor S AR/N LA. Except for the one I made of course.

The thing about milds is they are pretty rare. Most breweries don't brew one. I'm not sure why because it's one of my favorite styles. I'd just go ahead and brew one to try it.
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This would be good advice EXCEPT for the fact the newcastle is not a mild.
So...suggestions?

Or do I just need to crank out my own.

I have some EKG laying around that I need to use. I just wanted to taste what I was making first.
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I've been drinking a lot of commercial milds lately. These are the one's I've been trying according to my untappd account.

1845
Brewery: Fuller, Smith & Turner (Fullers beers)
Style: English Strong Ale
ABV: 6.3%

Triple XB (XXXB)
Brewery: Batemans Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
ABV: 4.5%

Old Bobby ale
Brewery: Baltika Breweries
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 4.5%

Ruddles County
Brewery: Greene King
Style: English Mild Ale
ABV: 4.7%


Old Speckled Hen
Brewery: Morland Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
ABV: 5.2%


Celtic (Hibernian) Ale
Brewery: Harpoon Brewery
Style: Irish Red Ale
ABV: 5.4%

London Pride
Brewery: Fuller, Smith & Turner (Fullers beers)
Style: English Pale Ale
ABV: 4.7%

Scottish Ale
Brewery: Belhaven Brewery
Style: Scottish Ale
ABV: 3.9%

Winter Welcome 2011-2012
Brewery: Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Style: Winter Ale
ABV: 6%

Smithwick's
Brewery: Guinness Ltd.
Style: Irish Red Ale
ABV: 4.5%

Breath of the Dragon English Bitter
Brewery: Dragonmead Microbrewery
Style: English Bitter
ABV: 4.5%

Sir Williams's Extra Special Bittrr
Brewery: Dragonmead Microbrewery
Style: English Bitter
ABV: 5%

ESB (Extra Special Bitter)
Brewery: Fuller, Smith & Turner (Fuller's)
Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter
ABV: 5.9%

Riggwelter
Brewery: Black Sheep
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 5.9%

Hobgoblin
Brewery: Wychwood Brewery
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 5.2%

Dark Mild
Brewery: Cains
Style: English Mild Ale
ABV: 3.2%

Pub Ale
Brewery: Boddington's Brewery (ABInBev)
Style: English Pale Ale
ABV: 4.7%

Ghettoblaster
Brewery: Motor City Brewing Works
Style: English Ale
ABV: 4.2%

Bass Pale Ale
Brewery: Bass Brewers (ABInBev)
Style: English Pale Ale
ABV: 5%

Some are categorized other than milds, or bitters, but some of the designations through history have been kind strange at times. But these are all similar in gravities and grainbills no matter what they call them.
You should be able to find a few...

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You are correct, it is a Brown Ale, I've only had it once at a pub and I just assumed it was an english mild. I don't think I've actually had one in that case, is it similar to an english brown just lighter?

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Or do I just need to crank out my own.
If that's what you want these links should help.


I've been pouring through the history of them on Shut up about Barclay Perkins /

Many of the recipes are available on line at http://www.hopandgrain.com/recipes.aspx

There's also a book called 'The Real Ale Almanc" which lists the ingredients and other info for hundreds of british beers. Many of these have been converetd into useable recipes at this site: http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/v...php?f=5&t=5022

Alll of this stuff is in metric, but you can convert it easily.

Other good sources of info:
The British Brewer http://www.britishbrewer.com/ (authentic, tested recipes there too)
http://perfectpint.blogspot.com/2011...-tasting.html# (recipes and good commentary about them)
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I've never seen a commercial mild in the US, except for an occasional special at a taproom. Surly had one when I was there, and sometimes smaller brewpubs like at Titletown Brewing Company in Green Bay.

But making your own is great, and because it's a low gravity but flavorful beer, it's cheap to make besides! I did Jamil's recipe the last time, and I loved it.

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You are correct, it is a Brown Ale, I've only had it once at a pub and I just assumed it was an english mild. I don't think I've actually had one in that case, is it similar to an english brown just lighter?
http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/style11.php#1a

My advice? If you like Northern English Brown Ales (Newcastle, SS Nut Brown) and other english beers (bitters et cetera) I'd just go for it and brew it. I made the leap, and was rewarded with an easy drinking, flavourful session ale.
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