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British-Style Barley Wine Ale

British-Style Barley Wine Ales are tawny copper to deep red/copper-garnet. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures. Hop aroma is very low to medium. Residual malty sweetness is high. Hop flavor is very low to medium. Hop bitterness is perceived to be low to medium. English type hops are often used but not necessary for this style. Complexity of alcohols and fruity-ester characters are often high and balanced with the high alcohol content. Low levels of diacetyl may be acceptable. Caramel and some characters indicating oxidation (vinous aromas and/or flavors) may be considered positive. Body is full.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.085 - 1.12 (20.4 - 28)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.024 - 1.028 (6.1 - 7.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 6.70% - 9.60% (8.50% - 12.20%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (40 - 60)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 14 - 18 (28 - 36)