American Brown Ale

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American Brown Ale is a derivation of English Brown Ale featuring a hoppier, more alcoholic character.


American Brown Ale has its history in the 1980's when Craft Beer brewers and homebrewers started trying to duplicate English Brown Ales. They ended up putting an American twist on the classic style, resulting in a more alcoholic, hoppier beer.


Medium body and moderate maltiness, slightly dry. Moderate to high bitterness and hop aroma from American hops. Amber to dark brown in color. Higher carbonation than English counterpart. American adaptation of English Brown ale made with higher gravities and hop rate. Drier and more bitter than its English counterparts.


  • Color Range: 18.0-35.0 SRM
  • Original Gravity Range: 1.045-1.060 SG
  • Final Gravity Range: 1.010-1.016 SG
  • Bitterness Range: 20.0-45.0 IBU
  • Alcohol by Volume Range: 4.3-6.2 %
  • Carbonation Range: 2.0-2.6 vols
  • BJCP Style Number: 10 C


  • Aell modified American pale or amber malt. Crystal, Chocolate and Dextrine malts. American hops add bitterness to the flavor. English or American ale yeast. Moderately hard water.


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