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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Pale Commonwealth Beer British Golden Ale

BJCP 12A

BJCP 2015 12A British Golden Ale example
12A - British Golden Ale

 

Overall Impression

A hop-forward, average-strength to moderately-strong pale bitter. Drinkability and a refreshing quality are critical components of the style.

Comments

Well-hopped, quenching beer with an emphasis on showcasing hops. Served colder than traditional bitters, this style was originally positioned as a refreshing summer beer, but is now often brewed year-round. Although early on the beers were brewed with English hops, increasingly American citrus-flavored hops are used. Golden Ales are also called Golden Bitters, Summer Ales, or British Blonde Ales. Can be found in cask, keg, and bottle.

Commercial Examples

Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, Fuller's Discovery, Golden Hill Exmoor Gold, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Kelham Island Pale Rider, Morland Old Golden Hen, Oakham JHB

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VITAL

  • OG:  1038 - 1053
  • FG:  1006 - 1012
  • ABV: 3.8 - 5
  • IBU: 20 - 45
  • SRM: 2 - 6
BJCP 2015 12A - British Golden Ale Commercial Example
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