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Beer Styles

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American Barley Wine

These ales range from amber to deep red/copper-garnet in color. A caramel and/or toffee aroma and flavor are often part of the malt character along with high residual malty sweetness. Complexity of alcohols is evident. Fruity-ester character is often high. As with many American versions of a style, this barley wine ale is typically more hop-forward and bitter than its U.K. counterpart. Low levels of age-induced oxidation can harmonize with other flavors and enhance the overall experience. Sometimes sold as vintage releases.

Category: Strong Ales

Food Pairings

  • Beef Cheek
  • Strong Blue Cheeses
  • Rich Desserts

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Snifter
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Amber to Deep Red or Copper-Garnet

Clarity

Clear to Brilliant

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Noticeable to Hot

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are medium to very high. Hop bitterness is high. American-type hops are often used, but not necessary for this style

Malt

Caramel, Toffee, Bready, Sweet

Esters

Fruity-ester flavors are often high

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

Very low levels of diacetyl may be acceptable

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating to Sticky

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Medium to Long

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Magnum, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo

Malt

Pale, Crystal, Pale Chocolate, Special "B"

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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