Amber and Brown American Beer

This category contains modern American amber and brown warm-fermented beers of standard strength that can be balanced to bitter.


AMERICAN AMBER ALE

An amber, hoppy, moderate-strength American craft beer with a caramel malty flavor. The balance can vary quite a bit, with some versions being fairly malty and others being aggressively hoppy. Hoppy and bitter versions should not have clashing flavors with the caramel malt profile.

IBUs: 25 – 40
SRM: 10 – 17
ABV: 4.5 – 6.2%

Examples

Deschutes Cinder Cone Red, Full Sail Amber, Kona Lavaman Red Ale, North Coast Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale, Rogue American Amber Ale, Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale


CALIFORNIA COMMON

A lightly fruity beer with firm, grainy maltiness, interesting toasty and caramel flavors, and showcasing rustic, traditional American hop characteristics.

IBUs: 30 – 45
SRM: 10 – 14
ABV: 4.5 – 5.5%

Examples

Anchor Steam, Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager, Schlafly Pi Common, Steamworks Steam Engine Lager


AMERICAN BROWN ALE

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.

IBUs: 20 – 30
SRM: 18 – 35
ABV: 4.3 – 6.2%

Examples

Anchor Brekle’s Brown, Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Bell’s Best Brown, Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, Telluride Face Down Brown