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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Amber and Brown American Beer American Brown Ale

BJCP 19C

BJCP 2015 19C American Brown Ale example
19C - American Brown Ale

 

Overall Impression

A malty but hoppy beer frequently with chocolate and caramel flavors. The hop flavor and aroma complements and enhances the malt rather than clashing with it.

Comments

Most commercial American Browns are not as aggressive as the original homebrewed versions, and some modern craft-brewed examples. This style reflects the current commercial offerings typically marketed as American Brown Ales rather than the hoppier, stronger homebrew versions from the early days of homebrewing. These IPA-strength brown ales should be entered in the Specialty IPA as Brown IPAs.

Commercial Examples

Anchor Brekle's Brown, Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Bell's Best Brown, Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, Telluride Face Down Brown

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VITAL

  • OG:  1045 - 1060
  • FG:  1010 - 1016
  • ABV: 4.3 - 6.2
  • IBU: 20 - 30
  • SRM: 18 - 35
BJCP 2015 19C - American Brown Ale Commercial Example
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