10.C - American Brown Ale (BJCP 2008)


Description

Can be considered a bigger, maltier, hoppier interpretation of Northern English brown ale or a hoppier, less malty Brown Porter, often including the citrus-accented hop presence that is characteristic of American hop varieties. A strongly flavored, hoppy brown beer, originated by American home brewers. Related to American
Pale and American Amber Ales, although with more of a caramel and chocolate character, which tends to balance the hop bitterness and finish. Most commercial American Browns are not as aggressive as the original homebrewed versions, and some modern craft brewed examples. IPA-strength brown ales should be entered in the Specialty Beer category (23).


Profile

Aroma: Malty, sweet and rich, which often has a chocolate, caramel, nutty and/or toasty quality. Hop aroma is typically low to moderate. Some interpretations of the style may feature a stronger hop aroma, a citrusy American hop character, and/or a fresh dry-hopped aroma (all are optional). Fruity esters are moderate to very low. The dark malt character is more robust than other brown ales, yet stops short of being overly porter-like. The malt and hops are generally balanced. Moderately low to no diacetyl.
Appearance: Light to very dark brown color. Clear. Low to moderate off-white to light tan head.
Flavor: Medium to high malty flavor (often with caramel, toasty and/or chocolate flavors), with medium to mediumhigh bitterness. The medium to medium-dry finish provides an aftertaste having both malt and hops. Hop flavor can be light to moderate, and may optionally have a citrusy character. Very low to moderate fruity esters. Moderately low to no diacetyl.
Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body. More bitter versions may have a dry, resiny impression. Moderate to moderately high carbonation. Stronger versions may have some alcohol warmth in the finish.


Ingredients

Well-modified pale malt, either American or Continental, plus crystal and darker malts should complete the malt bill. American hops are typical, but UK or noble hops can also be used. Moderate carbonate water would appropriately balance the dark malt acidity.


Examples

Bell's Best Brown, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale, North Coast Acme Brown, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Lost Coast Downtown Brown, Left Hand Deep Cover Brown Ale


Ranges

Data Min. Max.
Original gravity 1.045 1.060
Final gravity 1.010 1.016
Bitterness 20.0 IBU 40.0 IBU
Color 35.5 EBC 69.0 EBC
Alcohol 4.30 ° 6.20 °


Recipes on Zython (9)

Black et Mortimer
All grain- 10.C - American Brown Ale
5.6% 42 IBU 50.0 l Abeerbol
24/06/2020
porter
All grain- 10.C - American Brown Ale
6.2% 25 IBU 22.0 l nostradamnit
29/01/2020
La Bière de Noé
All grain- 10.C - American Brown Ale
7.2% 30 IBU 23.0 l de_la_broue_dans_le_toupet
21/09/2019
Angela
All grain- 10.C - American Brown Ale
5.3% 29 IBU 38.0 l pcoujoulou
19/02/2019
C/C Black IPA
All grain- 10.C - American Brown Ale
7.4% 72 IBU 20.0 l laflotte
28/02/2018
Brewdog #Mashtag
All grain- 10.C - American Brown Ale
15.1% 92 IBU 25.0 l Asuperhero
02/03/2017
Brown Porter
All grain- 10.C - American Brown Ale
2.7% 15 IBU 20.0 l essom
29/01/2017
fanghzo
All grain- 10.C - American Brown Ale
4.9% 57 IBU 50.0 l Aristide
18/02/2016
Brewdog #Mashtag
All grain- 10.C - American Brown Ale
7.5% 92 IBU 50.0 l martyn
27/03/2013


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