Overview for the American Brown Ale

The American Brown Ale is similar to the English Brown Ale but has greater alcohol strength and more hops. However, it’s still a malty brew with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and nut. Its darker malt character is more robust than an Amber Ale but doesn’t quite reach the strength of a Porter.

Style Expectations

A malty but hoppy beer frequently with chocolate and caramel flavors. The hop flavor and aroma complements and enhances the malt rather than clashing with it.

Appearance

Light to very dark brown color. Clear. Low to moderate off-white to light tan head.

Aroma

Moderate malty-sweet to malty-rich aroma with chocolate, caramel, nutty, and/or toasty qualities. Hop aroma is typically low to moderate, of almost any variety that complements the malt. Some interpretations of the style may feature a stronger hop aroma, an American or New World hop character (citrusy, fruity, tropical, etc.), 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.

Flavor

Medium to moderately-high malty-sweet or malty-rich flavor with chocolate, caramel, nutty, and/or toasty malt complexity, with medium to medium-high 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, fruity, or tropical character, although any hop flavor that complements the malt is acceptable. Very low to moderate fruity esters.

Mouthfeel

Medium to medium-full body. More bitter versions may have a dry, resiny impression. Moderate to moderately-high carbonation.

Reviews

Bonita Applebum

American Brown Ale  •  Funky Buddha Brewery

Bonita Applebum is an American Brown Ale by Funky Buddha Brewery that deftly balances baked bread, tart apple, cinnamon, and vanilla. Read More

No Crusts

American Brown Ale  •  Funky Buddha Brewery

No Crusts is an American Brown Ale by Funky Buddha Brewery that blends floral hops and peanuts with sweet berry jam and toffee. Read More

Goose Island Winter Ale

American Brown Ale  •  Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose Island Winter Ale is an American Brown Ale by Goose Island Beer Co. that blends peppery hops and toasty malt with hints of chocolate and nut. Read More

Ginger Snap

American Brown Ale  •  Due South Brewing Co.

Ginger Snap is an American Brown Ale by Due South Brewing Co. that blends a heavy dose of ginger and cinnamon with baked cookie. Read More

Beior Le Caife

American Brown Ale  •  Cigar City Brewing

Beior Le Caife is an American Brown Ale by Cigar City Brewing that blends coffee and vanilla; aged in Jameson Irish Whiskey barrels. Read More

C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale

American Brown Ale  •  8 Wired Brewing Co.

C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale is an American-style Brown Ale by 8 Wired Brewing Co. that delivers heaps of coffee roast, balanced by dark fruit. Read More

Best Brown Ale

American Brown Ale  •  Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Best Brown Ale is an American Brown Ale by Bell’s Brewery, Inc. that ticks all the boxes you’d expect for the style. Truly wonderful. Read More

Coffee Bender

American Brown Ale  •  Surly Brewing Co.

Coffee Bender is an American Brown Ale by Surly Brewing Co. that delightfully blends coffee with grapefruit, nut, and cinnamon. Read More

French Toast

American Brown Ale  •  Funky Buddha Brewery

French Toast is an American Brown Ale by Funky Buddha Brewery that tastes likes tomorrow’s breakfast while remaining true to its style. Read More

Sumatra Mountain

American Brown Ale  •  Founders Brewing Co.

Sumatra Mountain is an American Brown Ale by Founders Brewing Co. that’s rich and malty with chocolate and caramel; balanced by coffee roast, nut, and hops. Read More

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