Brown IPA

Recipes:
339
BJCP 2021:
21B
Era:
Craft
Origin:
North America
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Dark
Strength:
High
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

The Brown IPA is a somewhat recent development in the craft beer movement, emerging as a fusion of American IPA hop intensity with the malty and slightly dark characteristics of darker beers such as brown ales. The hybrid style captures the best of both worlds – a vibrant hop profile coupled with the rich, warm malt flavors that make brown ales so appealing. This beer style sits squarely between the bold assertiveness of an American IPA and the comforting depths of darker ale styles like American Brown Ales or even porters to some extent. Its emergence illustrates brewers' ongoing interest in style-blending – the creative intersecting point where familiarity meets innovation within craft brewing traditions.

Appearance-wise, the Brown IPA is deep amber to brown in color, boasting moderate clarity. A frothy head, often tan or off-white, is perched atop its liquid. This contrasts significantly with its paler IPA cousins but aligns it more closely with traditional brown ales. In flavor, Brown IPAs showcase an American hop character – citrusy, piney, floral – and these hop notes should be prominent. However, they’re interlaced with a sturdy malt backbone featuring flavors reminiscent of caramel, toast, chocolate, or nuts – all characteristic of brown ales. The bitterness is firm but not overwhelming and should balance nicely against the malt sweetness without overpowering it. On the nose, one would expect an aromatic blend where hops are front and center alongside those inviting malty notes. Despite its darkness and malt complexity, this style prefers fermentations that finish quite clean and does not favor strong yeast-derived esters.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
5.5 – 7.5 %

In Database
5.0 < 6.4 < 8.0 %

Bitterness

Specification
40 – 70 IBU

In Database
33 < 58 < 80 IBU

Color

Specification
35 – 69 EBC
18 – 35 SRM

In Database
25 < 36 < 67 EBC
13 < 18 < 34 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
13.7 – 16.9 °P
1.056 – 1.070 OG

In Database
11.7 < 15.3 < 18.3 °P
1.047 < 1.063 < 1.076 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 4.1 °P
1.008 – 1.016 FG

In Database
1.8 < 3.6 < 5.6 °P
1.007 < 1.014 < 1.022 FG

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