About Smoked Beer

About Smoked Beer
The category of smoked beer represents a diverse range of ale styles. Smoked beers range from 5-9.5% in alcohol with further variations depending on the interpretation of the style. These beers are characterized by assertive smoky flavors and aromas resulting from a portion of the malted barley kilned over open fire. Smoke flavors and aromas may be heavily influenced by the total portion of malt kilned using this method in addition to the specific type of wood utilized. Woods such as Beechwood, Cedar and Cherry are commonly used and impart very specific flavors to the final beer. Great examples of beers in this category strike a harmonious balance between both the base beer style and the departed flavors and aromas of the smoked malt. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Rogue Smoke Ale, Caldera Rauch Ür Bock, and Stone Smoked Porter.

Top Picks for Smoked Beer

O’Connor Brewing Company "Backyard Bonfire" Smoked IPA
94 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Smoky aromas and flavors of lit bbq woods, smoked jerky, and grilled breads and citrus with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish evoking accents of grilled peach, lemon pepper, and radicchio finish. A vibrant savory, subtly smoked beer with nice intensity and balance.
Pearl Street Brewery Smokin Hemp Porter
87 points
Walnut color. Aromas of lapsang suchong, char-roasted cashews, and petit jambon de paris with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length cream, water crackers with smoked brie, minerals, and earth finish. A never-heavy smoked beer that opens up a lot of interesting pairing possibilities.