BJCP Comparable Category: 17A - British Strong Ale
This is the description of how the Strong 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 Strong Ale beer style.
When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, competition organizers may choose to split this category into subcategories which reflect strong and very strong versions.
- Color: Amber to dark brown
- Body: Medium to full
- Malt Flavors & Aromas: Medium to high malt and caramel sweetness. Very low levels of roast malt may be present.
- Hop Flavors & Aromas: Not present to very low
- IBUs/Bitterness: Present but minimal, and balanced with malt ﬂavors.
- Fermentation Characteristics: Rich, often sweet and complex fruity ester attributes can contribute to the profile of Strong Ales. Alcohol types can be varied and complex. Diacetyl is usually absent in these beers but may be present at very low levels.
- Common Ingredients: Grists vary, often based on pale malt with caramel and specialty malts. Some darker examples suggest that dark malts (e.g., chocolate, black malt) may be appropriate, though sparingly so as to avoid an overly roasted character. Sugary adjuncts are common, as are starchy adjuncts (maize, flaked barley, wheat). Finishing hops are traditionally English.
- Commercial Examples: Fuller’s 1845, Harvey’s Elizabethan Ale, J.W. Lees Manchester Star, Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome, Young's Winter Warmer
Brewing Properties of Strong Ale
These are the functional brewing properties of Strong 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.
|7.0 - 11.3%|
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
|30 - 65 IBUs||SRM
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 »
–8 - 21 SRM
(16 - 41 EBC)
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
|1.060 - 1.125|
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
|1.014 - 1.040|
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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.