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English-Style Dark Mild Ale

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Location: British
Category: Ale
BJCP Comparable Category: 13A - Dark Mild

Style Description

This is the description of how the English-Style Dark Mild Ale 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 English-Style Dark Mild Ale beer style.

  • Color: Reddish-brown to very dark
  • Body: Medium-low to medium
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Malt attributes such as caramel, licorice, roast or others may be present in aroma and flavor.
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: Very low
  • IBUs/Bitterness: very low to low
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Diacetyl is usually absent in these beers but may be present at very low levels. Fruity esters are very low to medium-low.
  • Commercial Examples: Banks's Mild, Cain's Dark Mild, Highgate Dark Mild, Brain’s Dark, Moorhouse Black Cat, Rudgate Ruby Mild, Theakston Traditional Mild

Brewing Properties of English-Style Dark Mild Ale

These are the functional brewing properties of English-Style Dark Mild Ale 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.
3.4 - 4.4%
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
10 - 24 IBUs
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 »
17 - 34 SRM
(33 - 67 EBC)
Original Gravity
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
1.030 - 1.036
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
1.004 - 1.008

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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.