Dark Rock Session Series Riwaka Pale Ale – Extract Beer Kit


Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 ratings
(4 customer reviews)

Bold New Zealand Pale Ale with sweet citrus notes, featuring fresh aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruits.

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Dark Rock Session Series Riwaka Pale Ale

Dark Rock Session Series Riwaka Pale AleA delicious New Zealand style Pale Ale. Riwaka hops are highly demanded by brewers throughout the world. They provide bold, sweet citrus notes to this beer, accompanied by fresh aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruits. You will need to add either a Dark Rock Pale Ale Beer Kit Enhancer (recommended) or 1Kg Brewing Sugar to make this kit.


  • Kit weight: 1.8 kg
  • Makes: 40 pints / 5 gallons
  • ABV Approx: 4.5%
  • Target Finishing Gravity: 1.008 (approx)
  • Fermentation time: 7 days (approx)
  • Conditioning time: 3 weeks

Session Series

The new Session Range from Dark Rock Brewing takes kit brewing to a new level. High quality hopped malt extracts are matched with carefully selected blends of the freshest dry hops, to produce delicious beers with enticing aromas. These kits are simple to make and fast to clear and mature. From fermenter to glass within a month, and results which are of commercial quality. The range follows the best styles from around the world and includes a powerful West Coast APA, which packs a hoppy punch from the latest crop of Citra and Simcoe hops. From down under, there are three carefully selected styles; a New Zealand Pilsner, New Zealand Riwaka Pale Ale, and an Aussie Gold Ale. They are true to the Southern Hemisphere styles. An English Amber Ale and Canadian Craft Ale provide a more traditional amber style, with hops that are true to the malts, to provide a balanced moreish taste. Finally, a newer style, which is set to be a trendsetter is the India Pale Lager. The IPL uses Motueka and Simcoe hops to produce a hybrid style which is a cross between a lager and IPA. The result is a refreshing lager with a delicate hoppy taste and aroma. Perfect for summer barbeques and to compliment curry evenings. These kits are dead easy to make and produce beer as good as you can buy in a pub for around 40p per pint. With value like that, what’s not to like.


To make this kit, you will either need 1Kg Brewing Sugar or 1Kg Pale Beer Kit Enhancer (Preferred) . Later, you will also need sugar or carbonation drops to prime the keg or bottles for the secondary fermentation. We also advise using finings like Starbrite to ensure your lager clears quickly and the sediment sticks to the bottom on the bottle or keg.


Basic beer making equipment (5g fermenter, airlock, syphon tube with sediment trap, hydrometer, Suresan sanitiser, bottles or barrel). These are available under the starter kit section on this website.


Harris Pure Brew - 5 DoseWe strongly recommend using Pure Brew with this kit in order to achieve a commercial quality. Pure Brew is a professional beer enhancer. It feeds the yeast with essential nutrients, which supercharge the fermentation and support yeast development (even in limited oxygen conditions). Additionally, Pure Brew treats brewing water, eliminating problems caused by Chlorine and Chloramine, which can create a medicinal or, as it is sometimes referred to, a “homebrew” taste. Achieving optimum results in brewing critically depends on the condition of brewing water, but this important area is often overlooked. By using Pure Brew, you can effectively and easily condition brewing water, and maximise effective fermentation.

The addition of beer finings will improve the final quality of your beer. Finings such as Harris Beer Brite will help your beer to clear quickly and the sediment will be more likely to stay at the bottom of bottles or barrels. If you are using Corny Kegs then it is important to clear the beer as much as possible before kegging. Beer Finings will promote a faster and more efficient fall out of sediment and haze particles prior to kegging. Harris Starbrite is a highly effective vegan-friendly beer fining, which is rapidly becoming a firm favourite with home brewers.

Additional information

Weight 1.8 kg

Beer strength

4.1% – 5%

Beer style

4 reviews for Dark Rock Session Series Riwaka Pale Ale – Extract Beer Kit

Rated 5.0 out of 5
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 October 2022

A great tasting beer. Vibrant hops perfectly balanced with a rich malt tàste in a single can kit. The new session ales have enhanced the Dark Rock range.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 August 2022

Don’t hesitate to try this brew, a cracking beer

Rated 5.0 out of 5
23 November 2020

Lovely brew this, nice malty base with citrus and Passionfruit notes.

Andy L
Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 October 2020

Excellent brew , added 2 carbonation tabs to 500 ml bottles, my first kit from dark brewing, great head smooth taste and good hop taste



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