Australian Sparkling Ale

Recipes:
769
BJCP 2021:
12B
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇦🇺 Australia
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

Australian Sparkling Ale is a unique beer style that has its roots in the brewing traditions of Australia. Historically, this style developed as a regional adaptation influenced by British brewing practices. Breweries in Australia sought to create a refreshing, effervescent ale suited to the country's warm climate, thus evolving into what is known today as the Australian Sparkling Ale.

An Australian Sparkling Ale generally presents with exceptional clarity and can range from golden to light amber in color. It often exhibits a robust carbonation which contributes to its "sparkling" nature, giving it a lively mouthfeel. The head is typically white, generous, and persists well due to the high carbonation level. When it comes to flavor and aroma profiles, Australian Sparkling Ale offers a clean fermentation character with mild to moderate fruity esters reminiscent of pears or apples. Hop aroma may be low to moderate displaying an earthy or floral character based on Australian hop varieties while maintaining balance without overwhelming bitterness or hop flavor. Malt attributes are usually moderate, offering lightly-toasty or bready notes that support but do not overshadow the contributions from hops and yeast characteristics. The beers in this style are well-balanced overall, with neither malt nor hops dominating the palate.

Though related in terms of colonial history, Australian Sparkling Ales are distinct from British Bitter and Pale Ales by virtue of their clearer appearance and higher level of carbonation which provides a crisper drinking experience. They often possess less pronounced caramel flavors than their English counterparts and feature more noticeable fruitiness from yeast esters due to different fermentation practices.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.5 – 6.0 %

In Database
4.1 < 5.0 < 6.3 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 35 IBU

In Database
17 < 29 < 41 IBU

Color

Specification
8 – 14 EBC
4 – 7 SRM

In Database
6 < 9 < 15 EBC
3 < 5 < 7 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
9.5 – 12.3 °P
1.038 – 1.050 OG

In Database
9.7 < 11.6 < 14.3 °P
1.039 < 1.047 < 1.059 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
1.0 – 1.5 °P
1.004 – 1.006 FG

In Database
1.0 < 2.2 < 3.6 °P
1.004 < 1.009 < 1.014 FG

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