10.B - American Amber Ale (BJCP 2008)


Description

Like an American pale ale with more body, more caramel richness, and a balance more towards malt than hops (although hop rates can be significant). Known simply as Red Ales in some regions, these beers were popularized in the hop-loving Northern California and the Pacific Northwest areas before spreading nationwide. Can overlap in color with American pale ales. However, American amber ales differ from American pale ales not only by being usually darker in color, but also by having more caramel flavor, more body, and usually being balanced more evenly between malt and bitterness. Should not have a strong chocolate or roast character that might suggest an American brown ale (although small amounts are OK).


Profile

Aroma: Low to moderate hop aroma from dry hopping or late kettle additions of American hop varieties. A citrusy hop character is common, but not required. Moderately low to moderately high maltiness balances and sometimes masks the hop presentation, and usually shows a moderate caramel character. Esters vary from moderate to none. No diacetyl.
Appearance: Amber to coppery brown in color. Moderately large off-white head with good retention. Generally quite clear, although dry-hopped versions may be slightly hazy.
Flavor: Moderate to high hop flavor from American hop varieties, which often but not always has a citrusy quality. Malt flavors are moderate to strong, and usually show an initial malty sweetness followed by a moderate caramel flavor (and sometimes other character malts in lesser amounts). Malt and hop bitterness are usually balanced and mutually supportive. Fruity esters can be moderate to none. Caramel sweetness and hop flavor/bitterness can linger somewhat into the medium to full finish. No diacetyl.
Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body. Carbonation moderate to high. Overall smooth finish without astringency often associated with high hopping rates. Stronger versions may have a slight alcohol warmth.


Ingredients

Pale ale malt, typically American two-row. Medium to dark crystal malts. May contain specialty grains which add character and uniqueness. American hops, often with citrusy flavors, are common but others may also be used. Water can vary in sulfate & carbonate content.


Examples

North Coast Red Seal Ale, Tr


Ranges

Data Min. Max.
Original gravity 1.045 1.060
Final gravity 1.010 1.015
Bitterness 25.0 IBU 40.0 IBU
Color 19.7 EBC 33.5 EBC
Alcohol 4.50 ° 6.20 °


Recipes on Zython (17)

ambrée us 05 houblonnée
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
4.6% 31 IBU 100.0 l gerard_majax
04/03/2019
bizou dragon 14
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
5.3% 39 IBU 190.0 l jus
06/01/2019
Cascade
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
6.1% 40 IBU 10.0 l Fela
10/04/2018
Nelson Sauvin
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
6.1% 41 IBU 10.0 l Fela
10/04/2018
Challenger
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
6.1% 40 IBU 10.0 l Fela
10/04/2018
american red pepper ale
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
5.5% 32 IBU 20.0 l Imace
20/02/2018
Bière solitaire
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
5.3% 34 IBU 30.0 l Bierhexen
05/11/2017
Pumpkin ale
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
0.0% 0 IBU 50.0 l Leross
23/09/2017
Smallambe
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
4.7% 44 IBU 25.0 l MisterPink90
12/09/2017
2017 come back
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
5.7% 44 IBU 20.0 l twofrenchmen
23/08/2017
ABA
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
6.8% 0 IBU 23.0 l Lapinck
05/02/2017
Terre Rouge
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
4.2% 0 IBU 25.0 l Ololduck
22/11/2015
Bloody amber
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
4.8% 40 IBU 51.0 l martyn
25/04/2015
Gardenia
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
5.6% 66 IBU 20.0 l Rufus
18/02/2015
Gardenia
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
5.6% 66 IBU 20.0 l enso
12/10/2014
Hippies Ale
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
5.1% 38 IBU 50.0 l martyn
23/06/2013
PepperAle
All grain- 10.B - American Amber Ale
6.0% 29 IBU 43.0 l martyn
14/06/2012


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