British Brown Ale

Includes styles: English Brown, Brown Ale

Recipes:
7,076
BJCP 2021:
13B
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇬🇧 Great Britain
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Amber
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

British Brown Ale is a style steeped in the brewing history of England, often reflecting the traditional methods and ingredients used in its region of origin. This style evolved from earlier English dark ales and has been influenced over time by changing tastes, technological advancements in malting, and the availability of ingredients. It maintains a distinctive character among darker beers due to its moderate strength and approachable profile.

In terms of appearance, British Brown Ales possess a rich color palette that ranges from lighter copper tones to deep brown hues. They typically showcase good clarity with a modest, off-white to tan head that persists for some time. The visual allure is an inviting prelude to the satisfying sensory experience characteristic of this beer style. The flavor and aromas of British Brown Ales are defined by their malt-forward profile with notes of biscuit, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, and light chocolate undertones. The use of traditional English hops provides an earthy or floral balance but remains subdued so as not to overpower the malty sweetness. A touch of fruitiness may be present and yeast-derived esters contribute to the complexity without dominating the palate. The finish leans towards malt yet avoids becoming cloyingly sweet due to mild hop bitterness, which offers enough counterpoint for a well-rounded taste experience.

Although bearing resemblance to other dark ale categories like Dark Milds or English Porters, British Brown Ales distinguish themselves through their specific balance between malt richness and drinkability; they are neither too heavy nor too light on the tongue. This style can range from drier Southern English versions with a somewhat leaner body to sweeter Northern types that tend towards more robust profiles while remaining inherently quaffable – embodying the easy-drinking philosophy at the heart of pub culture.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.2 – 5.9 %

In Database
3.8 < 5.0 < 6.3 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 30 IBU

In Database
16 < 25 < 34 IBU

Color

Specification
24 – 43 EBC
12 – 22 SRM

In Database
21 < 35 < 48 EBC
11 < 18 < 25 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.0 – 12.8 °P
1.040 – 1.052 OG

In Database
9.9 < 12.6 < 15.8 °P
1.040 < 1.051 < 1.065 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.3 °P
1.008 – 1.013 FG

In Database
1.9 < 3.3 < 5.1 °P
1.007 < 1.013 < 1.020 FG

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