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The perfect way I had brewed ale (5)


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'the perfect' is the definition.

'i had brewed ale' is the wordplay.
'i had' becomes 'id' (I'd).
'brewed' indicates anagramming the letters.
'ale' is an anagram of 'eal'.

'way' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for ideal that I've seen before include "Conceptual", "An - - Husband (Wilde)", "Best possible", "Model of excellence (5).", "Optimum".)

I've seen this clue in Evening Standard.