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BJCP 2015 Guideline

IPA Specialty IPA - Brown IPA


BJCP 2015 21B Specialty IPA - Brown IPA example
21B - Specialty IPA - Brown IPA


Overall Impression

Hoppy, bitter, and moderately strong like an American IPA, but with some caramel, chocolate, toffee, and/or dark fruit malt character as in an American Brown Ale. Retaining the dryish finish and lean body that makes IPAs so drinkable, a Brown IPA is a little more flavorful and malty than an American IPA without being sweet or heavy.


Previously might have been a sub-genre of American Brown Ales, hoppier and stronger than the normal products, but still maintaining the essential drinkability by avoiding sweet flavors or a heavy body or finish. The hops and malt can combine to produce interesting interactions.

Commercial Examples

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, Grand Teton Bitch Creek, Harpoon Brown IPA, Russian River Janet's Brown Ale

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  • OG:  1056 - 1070
  • FG:  1008 - 1016
  • ABV: 5.5 - 7.5
  • IBU: 40 - 70
  • SRM: 11 - 19
BJCP 2015 21B - Specialty IPA - Brown IPA Commercial Example