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 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
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
Belgian pale strong ales are pale to golden in color with relatively light body for a beer of its alcoholic strength. Often b rewed with ...
  • ABV: 7 - 11%
  • IBU: 20 - 50
  • Color:   3.5 -   10 SRM
Quadrupels or ―Quads‖ are characterized by the immense presence of alcohol and balanced flavor, bitterness and aromas. Its color is deep amber to rich chestnut ...
  • ABV: 9 - 14%
  • IBU: 25 - 50
  • Color:   8 -   20 SRM
These ales and lagers are very low in alcohol and historically in Belgium enjoyed with meals by both adults and children. Pale to very dark ...
  • ABV: 0.5 - 3.5%
  • IBU: 5 - 15
  • Color:   5 -   50 SRM
Tripels are often characterized by a complex, some times mild spicy character. Clove-like phenolic flavor and aroma may be evident at extremely low levels. Yeast-generated ...
  • ABV: 7 - 10%
  • IBU: 20 - 45
  • Color:   4 -   9 SRM
Belgian white ales are very pale in color and are brewed using unmalted wheat and malted barley and are spiced with coriander and orange peel ...
  • ABV: 4.8 - 5.2%
  • IBU: 10 - 17
  • Color:   2 -   4 SRM
British-style barley wines range from tawny copper to dark brown in color and have a full body and high residual malty sweetness. Complexity of alcohols ...
  • ABV: 8.4 - 12%
  • IBU: 40 - 60
  • Color:   14 -   22 SRM
Dark copper to very dark brown, British-style imperial stouts typically have high alcohol content. The extremely rich malty flavor (often characterized as toffee -like or ...
  • ABV: 7 - 12%
  • IBU: 45 - 65
  • Color:   20 -   40 SRM
Brown porters are mid to dark brown (may have red tint) in color. No roast barley or strong burnt/black malt character should be perceived ...
  • ABV: 4.5 - 6%
  • IBU: 20 - 30
  • Color:   20 -   35 SRM
English brown ales range from deep copper to brown in color. They have a medium body and a dry to sweet maltiness with very little ...
  • ABV: 4 - 5.5%
  • IBU: 15 - 25
  • Color:   15 -   25 SRM

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