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AHA Guideline

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Other Strong Ale or Lager

Other Strong Ale or Lagers are any color from very light to black. Any style of beer can be made stronger than the classic style guidelines. The goal should be to reach a balance between the style's character and the additional alcohol. Whenever possible, refer to accompanying guidelines when making styles stronger and appropriately identify the style created (for example: double alt, triple fest, or quadruple Pilsener). Body is variable with style. In competition brewers may be required to state the underlying style of beer being made stronger. This statement could include a reference to a classic or other style, and/or a reference to level of strength of the resulting beer.


  • Original Gravity (┬░Plato) Varies with style (Varies with style)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (┬░Plato) Varies with style (Varies with style)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) Varies with style (Varies with style)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (Varies with style)
  • Color SRM (EBC) Varies with style (Varies with style)