British Golden Ale

Recipes:
2,351
BJCP 2021:
12A
Era:
Craft
Origin:
🇬🇧 Great Britain
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

British Golden Ale, a contemporary beer style that originated in the late 20th century, was developed as a response to the growing popularity of lighter lagers and as an attempt to attract younger drinkers back to cask ales. These British Golden Ales are designed to be more approachable than some of their traditional ale counterparts, often characterized by their light to golden color and cleaner flavor profiles.

British Golden Ales present with a clear, bright gold hue and are usually crowned with a persistent white head. The style's clarity is considered one of its defining characteristics – achieved through careful brewing practices without necessarily being as brilliant as lagers. When it comes to flavor and aromas, these beers typically highlight the gentle interplay between malt and hops. The hop character tends to lean towards the floral, herbal, or earthy attributes synonymous with English hop varieties rather than the more aggressive citrus or pine notes found in many American Pale Ales. However, they may sometimes possess subtle citrus qualities. The malt profile is understated but presents lightly sweet cereal tones that provide balance without overpowering the hops. British Golden Ales tend not to exhibit strong yeast-derived esters or diacetyl; instead, they maintain clean fermentation characteristics which allow the hops and malt flavors to shine more prominently.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
3.8 – 5.0 %

In Database
3.6 < 4.6 < 5.4 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 45 IBU

In Database
14 < 32 < 51 IBU

Color

Specification
4 – 10 EBC
2 – 5 SRM

In Database
5 < 9 < 12 EBC
3 < 4 < 6 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
9.5 – 13.0 °P
1.038 – 1.053 OG

In Database
8.9 < 11.2 < 13.4 °P
1.036 < 1.045 < 1.055 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
1.5 – 3.1 °P
1.006 – 1.012 FG

In Database
1.3 < 2.6 < 3.8 °P
1.005 < 1.010 < 1.015 FG

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