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The perfect way I had brewed ale (5)

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

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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.