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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Sweet stouts, also referred to as cream stouts, have less roasted bitter flavor and a full -bodied mouthfeel. The style can be given more body ...
  • ABV: 3 - 6%
  • IBU: 15 - 25
  • Color:   40+ SRM
Light amber to mid-range brown in color, strong ales are medium to full bodied with a malty sweetness and may have low levels of roast ...
  • ABV: 7 - 11%
  • IBU: 30 - 65
  • Color:   8 -   21 SRM
Special bitter is more robust than ordinary bitter. It has medium body and medium residual malt sweetness. It is deep gold to copper colored. Hop ...
  • ABV: 4.1 - 4.8%
  • IBU: 28 - 40
  • Color:   6 -   14 SRM
This style can be either pale or dark (golden to dark brown in color) and has a high starting gravity and alcohol content. The malty ...
  • ABV: 6.9 - 9.3%
  • IBU: 15 - 35
  • Color:   4 -   18 SRM
The aroma and flavor of a Weissbier without yeast is very similar to Weissbier with yeast (Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier) with the caveat that fruity and phenolic ...
  • ABV: 4.9 - 5.5%
  • IBU: 10 - 15
  • Color:   3 -   9 SRM
The aroma and flavor of a Weissbier with yeast is decidedly fruity and phenolic. The phenolic characteristics are often described as clove or nutmeg-like and ...
  • ABV: 4.9 - 5.5%
  • IBU: 10 - 15
  • Color:   3 -   9 SRM
This beer style is characterized by a distinct sweet maltiness and a chocolate-like character from roasted malt. Estery and phenolic elements of this Weissbier should ...
  • ABV: 4.8 - 5.4%
  • IBU: 10 - 15
  • Color:   10 -   19 SRM
The German word Bernsteinfarben means amber colored, and as such, a Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen is dark yellow to amber in color. This beer style is characterized ...
  • ABV: 4.8 - 5.4%
  • IBU: 10 - 15
  • Color:   9 -   13 SRM
Smoke porters are chestnut brown to black in color. They can exhibit a mild to assertive smoke character in balance with other beer characters. Black ...
  • ABV: 5 - 8.7%
  • IBU: 20 - 40
  • Color:   20+ SRM
Scottish light ales are light bodied. Little bitterness is perceived, and hop flavor or aroma should not be perceived. Despite its lightness, Scottish light ale ...
  • ABV: 2.8 - 3.5%
  • IBU: 9 - 20
  • Color:   8 -   17 SRM
Scottish heavy ale is moderate in strength and dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness balanced with low, but perceptible, hop bitterness. Hop flavor or aroma ...
  • ABV: 3.5 - 4%
  • IBU: 12 - 20
  • Color:   10 -   19 SRM
The overriding character of Scottish export ale is sweet, caramel-like, and malty. Its bitterness is perceived as low to medium. Hop flavor or aroma should ...
  • ABV: 4 - 5.3%
  • IBU: 15 - 25
  • Color:   10 -   19 SRM
Scotch ales are overwhelmingly malty and full -bodied. Perception of hop bitterness is very low. Hop flavor and aroma are very low or nonexistent. Color ...
  • ABV: 6.2 - 8%
  • IBU: 25 - 35
  • Color:   15 -   30 SRM
Robust porters are black in color and have a roast malt flavor , often reminiscent of cocoa, but no roast barley flavor. These porters have a ...
  • ABV: 5 - 6.5%
  • IBU: 25 - 40
  • Color:   30+ SRM
Ordinary bitter is gold to copper colored with medium bitterness, light to medium body, and low to medium residual malt sweetness. Hop flavor and aroma ...
  • ABV: 3 - 4.1%
  • IBU: 20 - 35
  • Color:   5 -   12 SRM

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Dark amber to brown in color, old ales are medium to full bodied with a malty sweetness. Hop aroma should be minimal and flavor can ...
  • ABV: 6 - 9%
  • IBU: 30 - 65
  • Color:   12 -   30 SRM
Oatmeal stouts include oatmeal in their grist, resulting in a pleasant, full flavor and a smooth profile that is rich without being grainy. A roasted ...
  • ABV: 3.8 - 6%
  • IBU: 20 - 40
  • Color:   20+ SRM
Traditional examples of Gose are spontaneously fermented, similarly to Belgian-style gueuze/lambic beers, and should exhibit complexity of acidic, flavor and aroma contributed by introduction ...
  • ABV: 4.4 - 5.4%
  • IBU: 10 - 15
  • Color:   3 -   9 SRM
Irish-style red ales range from light red-amber-copper to light brown in color. These ales have a medium hop bitterness and flavor. They often don’t ...
  • ABV: 4 - 4.5%
  • IBU: 20 - 28
  • Color:   11 -   18 SRM
International-style pale ales range from deep golden to copper in color. The style is characterized by wide range of hop characters unlike fruity, floral and ...
  • ABV: 4.5 - 5.5%
  • IBU: 30 - 42
  • Color:   6 -   14 SRM

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