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BJCP 2008 Guideline

English Brown Ale - Northern English Brown Ale

BJCP 11C

BJCP 2008 11C Northern English Brown Ale style example
11C - English Brown Ale / Northern English Brown Ale

AROMA

Light, sweet malt aroma with toffee, nutty and/or caramel notes. A light but appealing fresh hop aroma (UK varieties) may also be noticed. A light fruity ester aroma may be evident in these beers, but should not dominate. Very low to no diacetyl.

APPEARANCE

Dark amber to reddish-brown color. Clear. Low to moderate off-white to light tan head.

FLAVOR

Gentle to moderate malt sweetness, with a nutty, lightly caramelly character and a medium-dry to dry finish. Malt may also have a toasted, biscuity, or toffee-like character. Medium to medium-low bitterness. Malt-hop balance is nearly even, with hop flavor low to none (UK varieties). Some fruity esters can be present; low diacetyl (especially butterscotch) is optional but acceptable.

MOUTH FEEL

Medium-light to medium body. Medium to medium-high carbonation.

IMPRESSION

Drier and more hop-oriented that southern English brown ale, with a nutty character rather than caramel.

INGREDIENTS

English mild ale or pale ale malt base with caramel malts. May also have small amounts darker malts (e.g., chocolate) to provide color and the nutty character. English hop varieties are most authentic. Moderate carbonate water.

COMMENTS

English brown ales are generally split into sub-styles along geographic lines.

EXAMPLES

Newcastle Brown Ale, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Tröegs Rugged Trail Ale, Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown Ale, Avery Ellie's Brown Ale, Goose Island Nut Brown Ale, Samuel Adams Brown Ale

VITAL

OG:1.040-1.052 FG:1.008-1.014 IBU:20-30 SRM:12.0-22.0 ABV:4.2-5.4%

BJCP 2008 11C Northern English Brown Ale style example