Obitus American Brown Ale Recipe | Craft Beer & Brewing

Obitus American Brown Ale Recipe

Brewed with dates and caramelized sugar, this American brown ale from BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats in Boulder, Colorado, offers flavors of dried fruit and balanced hops.

Ian Clark 2 years ago


One of the flagship ales at BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats in Boulder, Colorado, is the Obitus American Brown Ale, for which founder, brewer, and chef Ian Clark hangs a bag of roasted dates inside the fermentation tank to impart warm, dried fruit flavors. It was one of the first recipes crafted in Clark’s garage, and it went on tap where he kept his day job as the executive chef of Boulder’s Centro Latin Kitchen.


OG: 1.068
FG: 1.012
Estimated IBUs: 45
ABV: 7.6%


5 lb (2.27 kg) Pale ale malt
5 lb (2.27 kg) 2-row malt
4 oz (113 g) Biscuit malt
1 lb (0.45 kg) Dextrine malt
8 oz (227 g) Chocolate malt
8 oz (227 g) Dark caramelized sugar
1 lb (0.45 kg) Chopped, caramelized dates


1 oz (28 g) Northern Brewer at 60 minutes
1 oz (28 g) Fuggle at 30 minutes
1 tsp (5 ml) Irish moss at 10 minutes
1 tsp (5 ml) Yeast nutrient at 10 minutes
1 oz (28 g) East Kent Golding at 5 minutes


Mash in at 156°F (69°C) for 60 minutes. Boil for 60 minutes, making additions as noted.


Wyeast 1056 American Ale

Recipe is built to yield a batch size of 5 gallons and assumes 72% brewhouse efficiency.

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