Beer Style Description
This is the description of how the Coffee Beer style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the Coffee Beer beer style.
Coffee beers incorporate coffee in any form. Coffee character should be apparent as the defining attribute of this category, ranging from subtle to intense, and should be in harmony with other attributes of the underlying beer. Other flavors arising from the use of flavored coffee may also be present. When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, competition organizers may create categories which reflect groups of coffee beers based on underlying beer style or other factors. Brewers may be asked to provide supplemental information about entries in this category to allow for accurate evaluation of diverse entries. Such information might include the underlying beer style upon which the entry is based, or other information unique to the entry such as type or form of coffee used or other factors which influence perceived sensory outcomes.
- Color: Pale to black depending on the underlying style
- Body: Reflective of the underlying beer style
- Malt Flavors & Aromas: Medium-low to medium malt sweetness provides balance with coffee ﬂavor and aroma
- Hop Flavors & Aromas: Low to high depending on the underlying style
- IBUs/Bitterness: Varies with underlying style
- Fermentation Characteristics: Typical of underlying style
Brewing Properties of Coffee Beer
These are the functional brewing properties of Coffee Beer beers, as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, the historical significance, authenticity or a common profile in the current commercial beer market.
The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewer's Association.