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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Strong American Ale American Barleywine


BJCP 2015 22C American Barleywine example
22C - American Barleywine


Overall Impression

A well-hopped American interpretation of the richest and strongest of the English ales. The hop character should be evident throughout, but does not have to be unbalanced. The alcohol strength and hop bitterness often combine to leave a very long finish.


Sometimes known as "Barley Wine" or "Barleywine style ale" (the latter due to legal requirements, not brewery preference).

Commercial Examples

Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine, Anchor Old Foghorn, Great Divide Old Ruffian, Rogue Old Crustacean, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Victory Old Horizontal

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  • OG:  1080 - 1120
  • FG:  1016 - 1030
  • ABV: 8 - 12
  • IBU: 50 - 100
  • SRM: 10 - 19
BJCP 2015 22C - American Barleywine Commercial Example