Harvest Pale Ale Recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious pale ale to celebrate the autumn season, look no further than this Harvest Pale Ale recipe. With its crisp, refreshing taste and hints of citrus, it’s the perfect brew to welcome in the changing of the leaves.

Harvest Pale Ale

This delightful pale ale celebrates the autumn grain harvest and heralds the change of seasons. It is a fresh, crisp brew with a grainy flavour and citrus finish.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time28 days 2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Larger
Servings: 40 pints
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Large brew kettle (at least 30 quarts)
  • 1 Fermentation vessel (at least 6 gallons)
  • 1 Airlock and stopper for the fermentation vessel
  • 1 Immersion chiller or other method for cooling the wort
  • 1 Mash tun (if doing all-grain brewing)
  • 1 Brewing thermometer
  • 1 Brewing spoon or paddle
  • 1 Auto-siphon and tubing
  • 1 Bottling bucket or kegging system
  • 1 Bottles or kegs with appropriate caps or fittings
  • 1 Bottle capper (if bottling)
  • 1 Sanitizer (such as StarSan or iodophor)
  • 1 Hydrometer and test jar (optional, but useful for measuring gravity)
  • 1 Grain mill (if doing all-grain brewing and not using pre-milled grains)


For the Mash – Liquor 10.25 Litres (18 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°C (149°F)

  • 8 lb Lager malt Quantity 3.7 kg
  • 7 oz Vienna malt Quantity 200 g
  • 7 oz Crystal wheat malt Quantity 200 g

For the Boil – 27 Litres (47 1/2 Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 15 mins

  • 3/4 oz (Hops) Magnum 16% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 39.3)
  • 1/4 oz (Hops) Willamette 6.3% When to add – For last 10 mins of boil (IBU 1.8)
  • 2/3 oz (Hops) Willamette 6.3% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0 )
  • 2/3 oz (Hops) Cascade 6.6% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0)
  • 1 tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil

To Ferment – 18°C (64°F) – Conditioning 4 weeks at 12°C (54°F)

  • 1 White Labs WLP060 American Ale Yeast Blend Yeast


  • Begin by heating 10.25 liters (18 pints) of liquor to 65°C (149°F) in a large pot or mash tun. Add the 8 lb lager malt, 7 oz Vienna malt, and 7 oz Crystal wheat malt to the liquor, and stir well to ensure that the grains are fully submerged. Allow the mash to rest for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, begin to sparge the mash by slowly adding hot water to the grains and letting the liquid drain out into a separate pot or container. This process should take about 1 hour to complete.
  • Once you have collected enough wort (liquid), begin heating the 27 liters (47 1/2 pints) of water in a large pot or brew kettle. Once the water reaches a boil, add the 3/4 oz Magnum hops and let the mixture boil for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, add the 1/4 oz Willamette hops and 1 tsp Protofloc to the boil, and continue boiling for another 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and add the 2/3 oz Willamette hops and 2/3 oz Cascade hops to the pot. Let the mixture cool down to around 18°C (64°F).
  • Once the mixture has cooled down, add the White Labs WLP060 American Ale Yeast Blend yeast to the pot and stir well. Transfer the mixture to a fermenter and let it ferment at 18°C (64°F) for 4 weeks.
  • After 4 weeks, transfer the beer to a secondary fermenter or keg and let it condition for 4 more weeks at 12°C (54°F).
  • After 4 weeks of conditioning, your Harvest Pale Ale is ready to drink! Pour into a glass and enjoy the fresh, crisp taste with a grainy flavor and citrus finish.
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)5 Weeks4.2%41 IBU11 EBC

Rich, Complex Flavor

This Harvest Pale Ale recipe features a blend of lager malt, Vienna malt, and crystal wheat malt, creating a rich and complex flavor that is sure to delight your taste buds. The addition of three different types of hops – Magnum, Willamette, and Cascade – adds a pleasant bitterness and a subtle citrus finish.

Perfect for Fall

As the leaves begin to change and the air gets cooler, there’s nothing quite like a crisp, refreshing beer to celebrate the season. This Harvest Pale Ale is the perfect brew to usher in autumn, with its grainy flavor and hints of citrus.

Easy to Make

Even if you’re new to homebrewing, this recipe is straightforward and easy to follow. With a few basic pieces of equipment and a little bit of time, you can create your own delicious batch of Harvest Pale Ale that is sure to impress your friends and family.

Customizable to Your Preferences

If you’re an experienced homebrewer, you can easily customize this recipe to suit your own preferences. Adjust the hop additions to make it more or less bitter, or experiment with different yeast strains to create a unique flavor profile. The possibilities are endless!

FAQ on Making this Harvest Pale Ale Recipe

What type of yeast should I use for this recipe?

The recipe calls for White Labs WLP060 American Ale Yeast Blend, but you can experiment with different yeast strains to achieve different flavor profiles.

Can I substitute the hops used in this recipe for other varieties?

Yes, you can experiment with different hop varieties to adjust the bitterness and flavor profile of the beer.

How long should I let the beer ferment before bottling or kegging?

The recipe recommends a fermentation time of 28 days at 18°C (64°F), but you should check the gravity of the beer to ensure fermentation is complete before packaging.

Is there a recommended serving temperature for this beer?

The recipe doesn’t specify a serving temperature, but a temperature between 7°C to 13°C (45°F to 55°F) is usually recommended for pale ales.

What is the estimated alcohol content of this beer?

The estimated ABV for this beer is 4.2%.

What is the estimated bitterness rating of this beer?

The estimated bitterness rating (IBU) of this beer is 41.

Dan Smullen Beer is my life profile

Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.