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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Pale American Ale American Pale Ale

BJCP 18B

BJCP 2015 18B American Pale Ale example
18B - American Pale Ale

 

Overall Impression

A pale, refreshing and hoppy ale, yet with sufficient supporting malt to make the beer balanced and drinkable. The clean hop presence can reflect classic or modern American or New World hop varieties with a wide range of characteristics. An average-strength hop-forward pale American craft beer, generally balanced to be more accessible than modern American IPAs.

Comments

New hop varieties and usage methods continue to be developed. Judges should allow for characteristics of modern hops in this style, as well as classic varieties. Becoming more of an international craft style, with local adaptations appearing in many countries with an emerging craft beer market. Hopping styles can vary from the classic large bitterness addition, to more modern late hop-bursted examples; all variations are allowable.

Commercial Examples

Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale, Firestone Walker Pale 31, Great Lakes Burning River, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Tröegs Pale Ale

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VITAL

  • OG:  1045 - 1060
  • FG:  1010 - 1015
  • ABV: 4.5 - 6.2
  • IBU: 30 - 50
  • SRM: 5 - 10
BJCP 2015 18B - American Pale Ale Commercial Example
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