Amber and Brown American Beer

BJCP 2021:


The Amber and Brown American Beer category has a range of styles that showcase the diverse use of American ingredients, particularly hops and malts. This category is characterized by beers with a malt profile that can vary from light to rich and toasty, often presenting caramel-like flavors. The color spectrum for these beers includes deep golden ambers to darker brown hues.

Styles within this category include the American Amber Ale, which balances moderate hop bitterness with a noticeable malt backbone, often with notes of pine or citrus from the American hop varieties. The California Common, with its signature lager yeast fermented at warmer temperatures, offers a unique profile where malt richness meets woody or rustic hop character. The American Brown Ale rounds out the category with deeper malt complexity, featuring chocolate or nutty tones and a more restrained hop presence than its amber counterpart. These styles are distinct from their European relatives due to their bold use of hops and the clean fermentation profile that allows both the hops and malts to shine without prominent fruity esters or diacetyl common in some European styles.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
4.1 < 5.3 < 6.6 %


In Database
18 < 31 < 46 IBU


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16 < 29 < 60 EBC
8 < 15 < 31 SRM

Original Extract

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10.5 < 13.3 < 16.5 °P
1.042 < 1.054 < 1.068 OG

Final Gravity

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1.8 < 3.3 < 5.1 °P
1.007 < 1.013 < 1.020 FG

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