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American Brown Ale

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What is American brown ale?

American brown ale is a dark ale that bears the characteristics of chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. It is a medium intensity ale that has the aroma of cocoa. These ales have low to medium flavors of hops and medium hop bitterness. As the name suggests, its color lies in the brown spectrum, varying between a light tan or amber shade to a dark muddy color. It has a thick head that has a khaki hue and medium volume. It pairs well with grilled vegetables and meats, aged Gouda cheese and pear fritters. It serves best in a nonic pint glass.

History of American brown ale

While it's called American, this ale has its history in Europe. Its roots go back to the 1700s. Back then, stouts and porters were prevalent in England. People referred to them as brown ale beers. In the 1850s, there was a rise in the popularity of pale ales. With this new variety, people fell out of love with brown ales. During the beginning of the 20th century, brown ales had almost vanished. However, they made a comeback when a brewery in Scotland launched a distinct style of brown ale. As they regained popularity, some homebrewers in Texas tried to copy the style. They followed their own process while making beer, and that's how American brown ale was born.

American brown ale style profile

This ale generally has a moderate alcohol level and a medium mouthfeel. The carbonation is medium to high, and there can be some variants that are on the hoppier side. However, hoppy ones are mostly dry. The aroma is rich and fruity. This craft ale has a balanced taste with hop and malt components. This ale has a somewhat dry finish and an aftertaste of hoppy bitterness with a malty sweetness. You may feel some warmth from the alcohol content in the stronger variants.

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