American Strong Ale

Recipes:
745
BJCP 2021:
22B
Era:
Craft
Origin:
North America
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Amber
Strength:
High
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

American Strong Ale is a broad beer style that encompasses various American craft beers with high alcohol content, typically ranging from 7% to around 11% ABV or more. This style evolved from the desire of American brewers to push the boundaries of traditional beer styles, leading to bold, innovative and potent brews. The history of this beer style is relatively recent, with its roots in the craft beer movement that began to gain momentum in the 1980s and '90s. These ales are often released as seasonal offerings or special editions, showcasing the creativity and skill of craft brewers.

Appearance can vary widely but usually exhibit a deep amber to dark brown coloration, with clarity that can range from clear to slightly hazy depending on specific brewing practices. American Strong Ales often possess a good head retention with a creamy texture that may be off-white to light tan in hue. It's common for these beers to leave some lacing on the glass as they're enjoyed. The flavor profile and aroma characteristics of an American Strong Ale are marked by a rich complexity. Hops can play an essential role contributing varied notes such as citrus, pine, floral, fruity, or resinous qualities depending on the varieties used and when they are added during brewing. Malt presence is also significant; it provides balance and brings flavors reminiscent of caramel, bread crust, nuts, or dark fruits. A moderate to strong malt backbone supports the hop bitterness which can range from medium-strong to aggressive. The finish typically leans towards the malty side but with residual hop bitterness present.

American Strong Ales may exhibit similarities to other high-alcohol ale styles like American Barleywines or Imperial IPAs but are generally less hop-focused than the latter and less sweet than the former. The alcoholic strength should be evident yet well integrated – not harsh or overpowering – and may provide warmth upon consumption.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
6.3 – 10.0 %

In Database
5.4 < 7.6 < 10.2 %

Bitterness

Specification
50 – 100 IBU

In Database
27 < 66 < 112 IBU

Color

Specification
14 – 35 EBC
7 – 18 SRM

In Database
8 < 27 < 41 EBC
4 < 14 < 21 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
15.1 – 21.4 °P
1.062 – 1.090 OG

In Database
13.0 < 17.8 < 23.5 °P
1.053 < 1.074 < 1.100 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
3.6 – 6.1 °P
1.014 – 1.024 FG

In Database
2.1 < 4.1 < 6.8 °P
1.008 < 1.016 < 1.027 FG

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