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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Amber and Brown American Beer American Amber Ale

BJCP 19A

BJCP 2015 19A American Amber Ale example
19A - American Amber Ale

 

Overall Impression

An amber, hoppy, moderate-strength American craft beer with a caramel malty flavor. The balance can vary quite a bit, with some versions being fairly malty and others being aggressively hoppy. Hoppy and bitter versions should not have clashing flavors with the caramel malt profile.

Comments

Can overlap in color with darker American pale ales, but with a different malt flavor and balance. Regional variations exist with some being fairly mainstream and others being quite aggressive in hopping. Stronger and more bitter versions are now split into the Red IPA style.

Commercial Examples

Deschutes Cinder Cone Red, Full Sail Amber, Kona Lavaman Red Ale, North Coast Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale, Rogue American Amber Ale, Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale

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VITAL

  • OG:  1045 - 1060
  • FG:  1010 - 1015
  • ABV: 4.5 - 6.2
  • IBU: 25 - 40
  • SRM: 10 - 17
BJCP 2015 19A - American Amber Ale Commercial Example
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