Type of Beer: Ale

British-Style Barley Wine Ale

English Beer

Our Thoughts on British-Style Barley Wine Ale

Commercial Examples of British-Style Barley Wine Ale

2020 Brewers Association British-Style Barley Wine Ale Characteristics

Traits Details
Color Tawny copper to deep red/copper-garnet
Clarity Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures
Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor Residual malty sweetness is high
Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor Hop aroma and ´Čéavor are very low to medium. English type hops are often used but are not required for this style.
Perceived Bitterness Low to medium
Fermentation Characteristics Complexity of alcohols and fruity ester attributes are often high and balanced with the high alcohol content. Low levels of diacetyl are acceptable. Caramel and some oxidized character (vinous aromas and/or ´Čéavors) may be considered positive attributes.
Body Full
Original Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.085-1.120 (20.4-28 ┬░Plato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.024-1.028 (6.1-7.1 ┬░Plato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 6.7%-9.6% (8.5%-12.2%)
Bitterness (IBU) 40-65
Color SRM (EBC) 11-36(22-72 EBC)
Additional notes
Source: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.