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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Standard American Beer Cream Ale


BJCP 2015 1C Cream Ale example
1C - Cream Ale


Overall Impression

A clean, well-attenuated, flavorful American "lawnmower" beer. Easily drinkable and refreshing, with more character than typical American lagers.


Pre-prohibition Cream Ales were slightly stronger, hoppier (including some dry hopping) and more bitter (25-30+ IBUs). These versions should be entered in the historical category. Most commercial examples are in the 1.050-1.053 OG range, and bitterness rarely rises above 20 IBUs.

Commercial Examples

Genesee Cream Ale, Liebotschaner Cream Ale, Little Kings Cream Ale, New Glarus Spotted Cow, Old Style, Sleeman Cream Ale

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  • OG:  1042 - 1055
  • FG:  1006 - 1012
  • ABV: 4.2 - 5.6
  • IBU: 8 - 20
  • SRM: 2.5 - 5
BJCP 2015 1C - Cream Ale Commercial Example