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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Historical Beer London Brown Ale


BJCP 2015 27A London Brown Ale example
27A - London Brown Ale


Overall Impression

A luscious, sweet, malt-oriented dark brown ale, with caramel and toffee malt complexity and a sweet finish.


Increasingly rare; Mann's has over 90% market share in Britain, but in an increasingly small segment. Always bottled. Frequently used as a sweet mixer with cask mild and bitter in pubs. Commercial versions can be pasteurized and back-sweetened, which gives more of a sugary-sweet flavor.

Commercial Examples

Harveys Bloomsbury Brown Ale, Mann's Brown Ale

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  • OG:  1033 - 1038
  • FG:  1012 - 1015
  • ABV: 2.8 - 3.6
  • IBU: 15 - 20
  • SRM: 22 - 35
BJCP 2015 27A - London Brown Ale Commercial Example