British Strong Ale

Includes styles: Burton Ale, Strong Ale

Recipes:
1,171
BJCP 2021:
17A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇬🇧 Great Britain
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Amber
Strength:
High
Taste:
Malty

Profile

British Strong Ale is a rich and complex beer, which is both a showcase of malty richness and complex, intense flavors. It is often considered a warming beer with higher alcohol content that's perfect for sipping and savoring. With its history rooted deep in the brewing traditions of Britain, this style has evolved from historical brews that were designed to be robust and sustaining or to celebrate special occasions.

In appearance, British Strong Ales are usually deep gold to dark reddish-brown in color, displaying good clarity and may present a moderate to low off-white to tan head that can persist. The visual allure of the beer hints at its depth of flavor and rich heritage. The flavor and aroma profiles are quite diverse within this style category but are typically dominated by a rich maltiness showcasing a variety of characteristics; including caramel, toffee-like, nutty or molasses-like flavors. Esters can be moderate to strong with nutty, dried fruit complexities such as raisins or plums. The sweetness on the palate often comes with a counterbalance of English hop bitterness but hop flavors and aromas should generally be restrained and supportive rather than dominant. A characterful English yeast might impart additional fruity notes as well as giving it more of an Old Ale character through various esters or mild alcohol warmth. Earthy or floral hop traits may also surface but always in moderation relative to the malt.

Potential relations to other styles include Old Ale or English Barley Wine due to its strong malt focus and higher ABV range. However, British Strong Ale will generally posses less extremity in richness when compared to these styles – offering instead a more balanced profile whereby both malt complexity and drinkability are showcased without veering into overly-heavy territories inhabited by its stronger cousins.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
5.5 – 8.0 %

In Database
4.8 < 6.4 < 8.6 %

Bitterness

Specification
30 – 60 IBU

In Database
18 < 38 < 67 IBU

Color

Specification
16 – 43 EBC
8 – 22 SRM

In Database
8 < 29 < 50 EBC
4 < 15 < 25 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
13.5 – 19.2 °P
1.055 – 1.080 OG

In Database
11.6 < 15.7 < 20.7 °P
1.047 < 1.065 < 1.087 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
3.8 – 5.6 °P
1.015 – 1.022 FG

In Database
1.9 < 3.8 < 6.3 °P
1.007 < 1.015 < 1.025 FG

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