Ale Styles

We have a large listing of beer styles based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines. Research different beer styles and see what others have made in those styles.

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American amber/red ales range from light copper to light brown in color. They are characterized by American -variety hops used to produce the perception ...
  • ABV: 4.5 - 6%
  • IBU: 30 - 40
  • Color:   11 -   18 SRM
American style barley wines range from amber to deep copper-garnet in color and have a full body and high residual malty sweetness. Complexity of alcohols ...
  • ABV: 8.4 - 12%
  • IBU: 60 - 100
  • Color:   11 -   22 SRM
American-style Black Ale is perceived to have medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body ...
  • ABV: 6 - 7.5%
  • IBU: 50 - 70
  • Color:   35+ SRM
American brown ales range from deep copper to brown in color. Roasted malt caramel -like and chocolate-like characters should be of medium intensity in both ...
  • ABV: 4 - 6.4%
  • IBU: 25 - 45
  • Color:   15 -   26 SRM
Imperial porters are very dark brown to black in color. No roast barley or strong burnt/astringent black malt character should be perceived. Medium malt ...
  • ABV: 7 - 12%
  • IBU: 35 - 50
  • Color:   40+ SRM
Black in color. American-style imperial stouts typically have a high alcohol content. Generally characterized as very robust. The extremely rich malty flavor and aroma are ...
  • ABV: 7 - 12%
  • IBU: 50 - 80
  • Color:   40+ SRM
American-style India pale ales are perceived to have medium-high to intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content. The style is further characterized ...
  • ABV: 6.3 - 7.5%
  • IBU: 50 - 70
  • Color:   6 -   14 SRM
American pale ales range from deep golden to copper in color. The style is characterized by fruity, floral and citrus -like American-variety hop character producing ...
  • ABV: 4.5 - 5.6%
  • IBU: 30 - 42
  • Color:   6 -   14 SRM
Initial low to medium malt sweetness with a degree of caramel, chocolate and/or roasted coffee flavor with a distinctive dry - roasted bitterness in the ...
  • ABV: 5.7 - 8.8%
  • IBU: 35 - 60
  • Color:   40+ SRM
American strong pale ales range from deep golden to copper in color. The style is characterized by floral and citrus-like American-variety hops used to produce ...
  • ABV: 5.5 - 6.3%
  • IBU: 40 - 50
  • Color:   6 -   14 SRM
American style wheat wines range from gold to deep amber and are brewed with 50% or more wheat malt. They have full body and high ...
  • ABV: 8.4 - 12%
  • IBU: 45 - 85
  • Color:   8 -   15 SRM
This style is a mild, pale, light-bodied ale with a color varying from light to amber. Hop bitterness and flavor range from very low to ...
  • ABV: 4.2 - 6.2%
  • IBU: 20 - 40
  • Color:   5 -   14 SRM
Belgian-style blond ales are characterized by low yet evident hop bitterness, flavor, and sometimes aroma. Light to medium body and low malt aroma with a ...
  • ABV: 6 - 7.8%
  • IBU: 15 - 30
  • Color:   4 -   7 SRM
Belgian dark strong ales are amber to dark brown in color. Often, though not always, brewed with dark Belgian "candy" sugar, these beers can be ...
  • ABV: 7 - 11%
  • IBU: 20 - 50
  • Color:   9 -   35 SRM
This medium-bodied, red to dark brown colored ale has a malty sweetness and chocolate-like caramel aroma. A light hop flavor and/or aroma is acceptable ...
  • ABV: 6.3 - 7.5%
  • IBU: 20 - 30
  • Color:   16 -   36 SRM
This light to medium-bodied deep copper to brown ale is characterized by a slight to strong lactic sourness, and with Reds sometimes a balanced degree ...
  • ABV: 4.8 - 6.5%
  • IBU: 15 - 25
  • Color:   12 -   20 SRM
These beers, also known by the names framboise, kriek, peche, cassis, etc., are characterized by fruit flavors and aromas. The color reflects the choice of ...
  • ABV: 5.6 - 8.6%
  • IBU: 15 - 21
  • Color:   2+ SRM
Old lambic is blended with newly fermenting young lambic to create this special style of lambic. Gueuze is always refermented in the bottle. These unflavored ...
  • ABV: 6.8 - 8.6%
  • IBU: 11 - 23
  • Color:   6 -   13 SRM
Unblended, naturally and spontaneously fermented lambic is intensely estery, sour, and sometimes, but not necessarily, acetic flavored. Low in carbon dioxide, these hazy beers are ...
  • ABV: 6.2 - 8.1%
  • IBU: 11 - 23
  • Color:   6 -   13 SRM
Belgian-style pale ales are characterized by low but noticeable hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Light to medium body and low malt aroma are typical. They ...
  • ABV: 4 - 6%
  • IBU: 20 - 30
  • Color:   6 -   12 SRM

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.