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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Brown British Beer British Brown Ale

BJCP 13B

BJCP 2015 13B British Brown Ale example
13B - British Brown Ale

 

Overall Impression

A malty, brown caramel-centric British ale without the roasted flavors of a Porter.

Comments

A wide-ranging category with different interpretations possible, ranging from lighter-colored to hoppy to deeper, darker, and caramel-focused; however, none of the versions have strongly roasted flavors. A stronger Double Brown Ale was more popular in the past, but is very hard to find now. While London Brown Ales are marketed using the name Brown Ale, we list those as a different judging style due to the significant difference in balance (especially sweetness) and alcohol strength; that doesn't mean that they aren't in the same family, though.

Commercial Examples

Maxim Double Maxim, Newcastle Brown Ale, Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Wychwood Hobgoblin

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VITAL

  • OG:  1040 - 1052
  • FG:  1008 - 1013
  • ABV: 4.2 - 5.4
  • IBU: 20 - 30
  • SRM: 12 - 22
BJCP 2015 13B - British Brown Ale Commercial Example
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