Guide to Brown Ale
Brown ales are renowned for their typically malt-forward character and dark-reddish to brown-black appearance, which comes as a direct result of the use of darker and moderately roasted grains during its production.
When it comes to exploring the category, there are generally understood to be two main variations of the style, being:
- American Brown Ale
- English Brown Ale
Irrespective of the specific sub-style being considered, however, brown ales in general sit somewhere between a regular pale ale and a regular porter in terms of their flavour profile, meaning these beers will often contain toasted malt flavours of chocolate, biscuits, toffee, and nuts, and light to moderate amounts of hoppy bitterness.