Pacific Coast Brewing amber ale clone

The Home Brew Digest's Brews & Views BBS: Brews and Views Archive 2004: January 9, 2004: Pacific Coast Brewing amber ale clone

By Matt Peterson ( on Friday, December 19, 2003 - 11:56 pm:

Pacific Coast Brewing in Oakland makes a really great amber called "Blue Whale Ale." Big and hoppy, it's one of my faves. Is anyone out there familiar with it and if so can anyone recommend an extract recipe to clone it? TIA


By Guy C ( on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 1:20 am:

I don't have a clone, but I know it would include an extract base because that's what the brewer uses.

From their website:

OG: 1.070
IBU: about 70
ABW: 7.1%
Hops: Chinook, Nugget, Perle, Willamette, and lots of Centennial for dry-hopping.
Says its matured over oak.

By Bill Pierce ( on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 1:25 am:

If it's an extract beer, use amber DME for an O.G. of 1.070, bitter with Chinook and Nugget, add Perle for flavor hops and Willamette for the last 5 minutes. Dry hop with Centennial and add some oak chips to the secondary fermenter.

By Matt Peterson ( on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 4:29 am:

Thanks, guys. I believe I'll give it a shot.


By ahancbrew1 ( on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 9:29 am:

Hoptech (NAYY) has several recipes from Pacific Coast Brewing. Here is what their web page says

"HopTech is pleased to be able to offer the homebrewer an exclusive line of kits based on the award winning beers from Pacific Coast Brewing Co. All the kits were designed by Pacific Coast Brewmaster Don Gortemiller and are 5 gallon versions of the same recipes used to brew his famous beers. Now you can brew the same beers at home, using the identical ingredients, that have won medal after medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). If you're ever in the Oakland area, be sure and stop by the pub to sample not only some great beers but some great food as well."

You can find the recipe kits here.


By cheesehead ( on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 1:24 pm:

Here's a clone of Blue Whale from Don Gortemiller. Never tried it.

8 lbs LME
1 lb 40 L crystal
1 lb 120 L crystal malt

1.3 oz Nugget 90 min
1.3 oz Chinook 90 min
.8 oz Centennial 20 min
.8 oz Willamette 20 min
.5 oz Perle 20 min
.5 Chinook 20 min
1.5 oz Centennial 20 min
1.6 oz oak chips (dry hop) 7-10 days

The recipe just says ale yeast.

By Bill Pierce ( on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 2:10 pm:

If you brew the recipe above, use light extract. If you use amber extract the beer will be too dark and the finish will have too much caramel sweetness.

By Matt Peterson ( on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 6:04 pm:

Cheesehead, thanks for the heads-up on Hop Tech having the PCBC kits. They are only about 15 miles from my house so I think I'll drive down and pick up a Blue Whale Ale kit.


By Matt Peterson ( on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 6:05 pm:

While I am greatful to Cheesehead for the recipe, what I really meant to do was to thank Andy for the Hop Tech tip. Thanks!


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