Brown British Beer

BJCP 2021:


The Brown British Beer category covers a range of dark, malt-focused brews known for their refreshing yet flavorful profiles, suitable for session drinking. These beers are celebrated for their rich malt expressions, which can range from caramel and toffee to chocolate and lightly roasted flavors, without the heavy roasted or burnt qualities found in stouter beers.

Included are styles such as Dark Mild, British Brown Ale, and English Porter, each offering a unique taste experience while sharing common characteristics like low to moderate strength, dark coloration, and a generally malty balance. Despite their similarities in flavor and balance, it's important to note that these styles do not share a common historical ancestry nor did one evolve from the other. Instead, they are grouped together for their shared British heritage and similar taste profiles, distinguishing them from other beer categories by their emphasis on malt over hops, their range of dark malt or sugar expressions, and their adaptability to a wide array of palates, making them distinctively versatile within the realm of British ales.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
3.0 < 4.7 < 6.2 %


In Database
13 < 24 < 36 IBU


In Database
23 < 39 < 62 EBC
11 < 20 < 31 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
8.0 < 12.0 < 15.4 °P
1.032 < 1.049 < 1.063 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.8 < 3.1 < 4.9 °P
1.007 < 1.012 < 1.019 FG

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