American Brown Ale

Recipes:
8,542
BJCP 2021:
19C
Era:
Craft
Origin:
North America
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Dark
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

The American Brown Ale is a distinctively robust beer that has deep roots in early American brewing but took on its contemporary form with the rise of the craft beer movement. Unlike the somewhat closely related English Brown Ales, which inspired them, American Brown Ales are bolder and often feature more pronounced hop characteristics.

Appearances can range from a medium brown to very dark color, often showcasing ruby or mahogany highlights when held up to light, with good clarity and a moderate to thick, creamy off-white head. As for aromas, this style typically offers a blend of malt sweetness with a rich array of caramel, nutty, and chocolate notes while backing it up with an American hop presence that adds citrusy or resiny overtones. Flavor is expected a marriage between malt complexity – think toasted bread crusts, nuts, chocolate – and an assertive hop bitterness that's common in many American artisanal brews. The balance may tilt slightly towards malty or hoppy elements but generally finds harmony between them. The finish ranges from dry to somewhat sweet. This style is known for its moderate carbonation and medium body giving it a substantial yet drinkable quality.

In reference to other styles, it fills the gap between lighter American Amber Ale and American Porter/American Stout providing beer lovers with an interesting middle ground that embraces aspects of both realms: the smooth malt character of ambers and the boldness & roast of darker beers without veering into heavy territory.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.3 – 6.2 %

In Database
4.0 < 5.4 < 6.7 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 30 IBU

In Database
17 < 27 < 35 IBU

Color

Specification
35 – 69 EBC
18 – 35 SRM

In Database
27 < 43 < 67 EBC
14 < 22 < 34 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
11.2 – 14.7 °P
1.045 – 1.060 OG

In Database
10.4 < 13.5 < 16.7 °P
1.042 < 1.055 < 1.069 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 4.1 °P
1.010 – 1.016 FG

In Database
1.9 < 3.5 < 5.2 °P
1.007 < 1.014 < 1.020 FG

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