This British-inspired Pale Ale uses a yeast strain from a historic brewery in Northern California which was embraced by the early pioneers of craft beer in America. In this recipe, White Labs 076 Old Sonoma Ale Yeast pairs nicely with Briess Pale Ale Malt, a rather uniquely flavored Pale Ale Malt. The result is a surprisingly rich, drinkable Pale Ale  perfect for a hot summer day. Or a cold day. Either way, it goes down nicely.

Haven’t tried Briess Pale Ale Malt yet? It’s a fully modified, high extract, low protein malt. Careful monitoring during the kiln drying process and proprietary temperature rests result in a unique rich malty flavor with hints of biscuit and nuttiness. Try it in a Pale Ale, or any beer that needs a rich, malty backbone. Or use it in smaller quantities to add subtle flavor to lighter colored beers. In this recipe, the Carapils® Malt adds mouthfeel and help with foam and foam retention.

Brew Your Own magazine subscribers can find this recipe on a Briess/White Labs tear-out recipe card in newest issue (May-June 2014). It can also be found in a printer-friendly version at the Briess Recipe Database. Happy brewing!

Old Sonoma Pale Ale

  • Type: Ale
  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Batch Size: 5 gallons
  • Recipe Type: All grain
  • Recipe Contributed By: Briess Technical Services Team


  • 10.5 lbs—Briess Pale Ale Malt
  • 3 oz—Briess Carapils® Malt
  • 1 oz—Cascade (6.0% AA hop)—60 minute boil
  • 1 oz—Cascade (6.0% AA)—20 minute boil
  • 1 oz—Cascade (6.0% AA hop)—10 minute boil
  • 1 vial—WLP076 Old Sonoma Ale Yeast


  1. Mash grains at 150-152ºF for 60 minutes
  2. Heat to 170ºF
  3. Lauter
  4. Boil with bittering hops for 40 minutes
  5. Add second hop addition, boil for 10 minutes
  6. Add third hop addition, boil for 10 minutes
  7. Cool to 68ºF, oxygenate wort
  8. Pitch 1 vial WLP076 Old Sonoma Yeast


  • Primary Fermentation: 2 weeks at 68ºF
  • Secondary Fermentation: 2 weeks
  • Fermentation Notes: Bottle condition for force carbonate


  • Original Gravity: 1.054
  • Final Gravity: 1.014
  • ABW: 4.2%
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • IBU: 37
  • Color: 6º Lovibond