About American Style Brown Ale

About American Style Brown Ale
American style brown ales are light brown to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 4.5-6.5%. Compared to the English version of the style, these beers tend to be higher in alcohol and feature sweet, rich malt notes in addition to medium-to-high American hop flavors and aromas. The malt profile of these beers may be quite complex including flavors and aromas of caramel, toasted malt and chocolate, with a pronounced hop profile easily identifiable as American. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Lost Coast Downtown Brown, North Coast Acme Brown, Brooklyn Brown Ale and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

Top Picks for American Style Brown Ale

Rogue Ales Fresh Roast Brown Ale
93 points
Opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and coffee beans, baking chocolate, pumpernickel crust, and charcoal with a supple, finely carbonated, medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish with elements of dark chocolate mousse, paprika rub, and nutshell finish. A nice dark brown ale with good flavor and balance.
Prairie Pride Brewing Co. Lip Kick Imperial Brown Ale
92 points
Dark mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of s’mores, chocolate chip muffin, and fig newton with a slightly chewy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of maple syrup on cereal, caramelized fruits finished with white balsamic, honeyed greens and artichoke hearts, and pepper and herbs finish. A nice chewy, slightly boozy, savory brown ale on the imperial end of the spectrum.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Fireside Flannel Brown Ale
89 points
Rich mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of coffee, dry leaves, smoked gouda, brownie batter, and buttercream with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish that exhibits nuances of esacrole, toffee and black toast finish. A dry and chewy brown ale that will play well at the table and beyond.