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Old 03-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #11
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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?
If you read Barclay perkins, you find out some of the designations over history have changed or they've changed them for various reasoning, marketing for instance, taxation purposes, ingredients shortages that result in recipe tweaks. But really the thing to look for is the gravity of the beer and the yeast used, the ingredients. NOT what it might be called.

There are so many categorizations and deriviations under the "names" bitters and milds, that is can be confusing. But really they all are just fairly low gravity, somewhat tannic, flavorful, easy drinking session ales.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:38 PM   #12
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I brewed one last fall and it was ok, but had practically ZERO hops. The grainy flavor came through full blast and it had a decent sweetness. Low ABV and quick to make.

This spring I made another but changed the hop schedule and it's probably a bit too hoppy to win an award, but I like it. Low ABV and after a week or two more should mellow out and be what I wanted.

My recipe was based on Orfy's Mild Mannered recipe: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f67/mild...e-uk-us-52776/

This time I used Marris Otter per his recipe (used regular US 2-Row before) and this time I used Willamette because my EKG was old and didn't smell right. I've been serving a bit too highly carbonated because I forgot to drop my PSI when I got it where I wanted it.

They are good beers for sitting around and quaffing for hours.

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Old 03-28-2012, 05:41 PM   #13
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Oh, and I saved the yeast and plan on fermenting a stout with it. Nottingham made a firm cake on the bottom of the fermenter and the clarity is very good using that yeast.

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Old 03-28-2012, 05:43 PM   #14
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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.
Just make sure you account for the increased efficiency due to the small grain bill if you're doing all grain. I usually get around 70-75% but when I brewed my first mild I hit 83%. I didn't want to dilute it so it wasn't as "mild" as I wanted it to be. Still great though!
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... the thing to look for is the gravity of the beer and the yeast used, the ingredients. NOT what it might be called.

There are so many categorizations and deriviations under the "names" bitters and milds, that is can be confusing. But really they all are just fairly low gravity, somewhat tannic, flavorful, easy drinking session ales.
These are two reasons why a lot of the beers you listed above are not milds. Fullers ESB, for instance, could never be considered a mild. Neither could Sam Smith's Winter Warmer. ESB does not equal MILD. Neither does an Irish Red nor an English Brown. Commercial Milds in England traditionally have an ABV around 3%. Browns, bitters, special bitters, best bitters, pale ales, extra special bitters, red ales, brown ales, all have ABV higher than that, sometimes as much as by more than double.

They're hard to find, for sure. I'm lucky where I live that there are lots of craft brews and brewers around who are bucking the trend of simply adding more hops to everything and are actively seeking to resuscitate styles that have lost favor (milds have gone out of fashion in England, too). Dying Vines out of Oakland makes a killer mild. I know that Epic out of Salt Lake makes one, as does Magic Hat (New Hampshire?). They are delicious, though different from their more robust cousins the bitters and pale ales.
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Wow that was a lot of info. Thanks everyone, and thanks Revvy for the list.

I will probably brew orfy's mild, with EKG instead of fuggles, and S-04 instead of notty, should that be pretty close to the style? I'll post that question in the Recipe section if I need to.

In the meantime I will keep my eyes peeled for something to quench my curiosity.

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Magic Hat has a domestic commercially available Mild called "+/-" as part of their Spring variety pack. It's very good.

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I haven't seen many examples of milds in the US. What I have seen is often way past is the expiration with a generous coating of dust and I've found it's not a beer that ages well especially those in clear bottles. Even in the UK they are getting rare. Sometimes you will will them referred to as "ordinary" which I assume is a mild(at least the alcohol content is right). At a decent pub, there will usually be a brewer - Fullers, Young's, or whatever regional brewer that has some "ordinary" on tap, next to their "special".

I saw Ruddle's on Revy's list. I drank quite a few pints of this while I was there and I'd say it qualifies. We often stopped at a field in the middle of hiking trail that had nothing but a pub (in the middle of nowhere). A couple of pints of Ruddle's and we were back on our way.

I've been thinking about brewing up a mild for my next brew as well. It's an awesome style. They are great with food and you can enjoy several and be on your way.

Brew one up - you won't be disappointed and it's a nice change of pace.

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Magic Hat has a domestic commercially available Mild called "+/-" as part of their Spring variety pack. It's very good.
Just as I was saying you don't see many examples ! I'll have to find some.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:44 AM   #20
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Default Commercial Suicide from Jester King

As recently as November, Jester King (in Austin) used to brew a mild called Commercial Suicide that you could find in bottles in grocery stores around Austin. They seemed to have stopped making it for some reason though. Too bad since it was one of the few milds I ever saw from a US brewery.

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