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AHA Guideline

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English-Style Summer Ale

English-Style Summer Ales are pale to light amber. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures. Fruity-ester aromas are acceptable at low to moderate levels. No diacetyl or DMS aromas should be apparent. Hop aroma is low to medium-low. English, American or noble-type hop aroma should not be assertive and always well balanced with malt aroma. Residual malt sweetness is low to medium. Torrefied and/or malted wheat are often used in quantities of 25% or less. Malt flavor may be biscuit-like. Hop flavor is low to medium-low. English, American, or noble-type hop flavor should not be assertive and always well balanced with malt character. Hop bitterness is medium-low to medium. Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching. Low to moderate fruity-ester flavors are acceptable. No diacetyl or DMS flavors should be apparent. Body is low to medium-low.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.036 - 1.050 (9 - 12.4)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.006 - 1.012 (1.5 - 3.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 2.90% - 4.00% (3.70% - 5.10%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (20 - 30)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 4 - 7 (8 - 14)