Olicana Golden Ale

Used this recipe to try out Olicana hops for the first time, they were ok but not quite as exciting as the description makes out in my opinion…

The beer turned out pretty damn good though especially once I had got over the distinct lack of tropical mango flavours from the hops! What I will take away from this recipe was the grist which worked really well and also the yeast, although its an American strain it has some more English style esters than you would expect and it flocced out like a brick leaving a lovely clear brew. It also sticks properly in the bottle which I love, no yeasty dregs at the end.

The beer came out a lovely yellow straw colour, you can deepen the golden hue by using a slightly darker crystal malt if you want.

This is hopped fairly heavily for an English Ale so you might want to drop the late additions to between 15-30g if you want something a bit more subtle.

Batch size: 23 Litres

Brewhouse efficiency: 78%
OG: 1.044
FG: 1.010
IBUs: 40
ABV: 4.4%
EBC: 8.5


1.7 kg Pale Ale Malt
1.7 kg Pilsner Malt
0.42 kg Munich Malt
0.3 kg Torrified Wheat
0.25 kg Caramalt


15g Admiral at 60 minutes (or use any clean bittering hop)
30g Olicana at 15 minutes
40g Olicana at 5 minutes
40g Olicana dry hop 3 days


WL Pacific Ale, or a dry English yeast like Nottingham or S04

Mash at 67c

Ferment at 19c


4 Comments on “Olicana Golden Ale

  1. That looks perfect for what I’m considering. Will post up the recipe for discussion tomorrow evening. Got a training course all day tomorrow so it’ll have to be in the evening…

  2. Just trying this recipe. seems it needs time to mature, how long would you suggest bearing in mind I’m bottling not kegging?

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