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BJCP 2008 Guideline

American Ale - American Amber Ale

BJCP 10B

BJCP 2008 10B American Amber Ale style example
10B - American Ale / American Amber Ale

 

IMPRESSION

Like an American pale ale with more body, more caramel richness, and a balance more towards malt than hops (although hop rates can be significant).

COMMENTS

Can overlap in color with American pale ales. However, American amber ales differ from American pale ales not only by being usually darker in color, but also by having more caramel flavor, more body, and usually being balanced more evenly between malt and bitterness. Should not have a strong chocolate or roast character that might suggest an American brown ale (although small amounts are OK).

EXAMPLES

North Coast Red Seal Ale, Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale, Deschutes Cinder Cone Red, Pyramid Broken Rake, St. Rogue Red Ale, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, Lagunitas Censored Ale, Avery Redpoint Ale, McNeill's Firehouse Amber Ale, Mendocino Red Tail Ale, Bell's Amber

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

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VITAL

OG: 1.045-1.060
FG: 1.010-1.015
IBU: 25-40
SRM: 10.0-17.0
ABV: 4.5-6.2%

BJCP 2008 10B American Amber Ale style example
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