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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Historical Beer Kentucky Common

BJCP 27A

BJCP 2015 27A Kentucky Common example
27A - Kentucky Common

 

Overall Impression

A darker-colored, light-flavored, malt-accented beer with a dry finish and interesting character malt flavors. Refreshing due to its high carbonation and mild flavors, and highly sessionable due to being served very fresh and with restrained alcohol levels.

Comments

Modern characterizations of the style often mention a lactic sourness or sour mashing, but extensive brewing records from the larger breweries at the turn of the century have no indication of long acid rests, sour mashing, or extensive conditioning. This is likely a modern homebrewer invention, based on the supposition that since indigenous Bourbon distillers used a sour mash, beer brewers must also have used this process. No contemporaneous records indicate sour mashing or that the beer had a sour profile; rather the opposite, that the beer was brewed as an inexpensive, present-use ale. Enter soured versions in American Wild Ale.

Commercial Examples

Apocalypse Brew Works Ortel's 1912

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VITAL

  • OG:  1044 - 1055
  • FG:  1010 - 1018
  • ABV: 4 - 5.5
  • IBU: 15 - 30
  • SRM: 11 - 20
BJCP 2015 27A - Kentucky Common Commercial Example
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