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globe 01-10-2013 03:00 PM

What style is my beer?
Entering into a homebrew competition and wondering what style this beer is.

Pale LME was used instead of dark LME accidently so I am not sure if it is an black IPA anymore.

6.6-7 pounds pale malt
1 pound brown sugar

steeping grains:
(1/4 lb Debittered Black malt, 1/4 lb Caramel 60L malt)

1 oz. Columbus - 60 minutes
1 oz. Columbus - 15 minutes
1 oz. Centennial - 5 minutes

1 oz. Columbus - dry hop
1 oz. Centennial - dry hop

It turned out a brownish/amber color so I am not sure what style to enter it under.


homebrewhaha 01-10-2013 03:08 PM

I'd say it's

10C. American Brown Ale

but IBU's might take it out of that style category.

globe 01-10-2013 03:16 PM

Yea it has about 70 IBUs....not sure maybe this is bad beer to enter if it doesnt really fit into any style guidelines.

Toga 01-10-2013 03:24 PM

Definately outside of the style guidelines for a CDA or black IPA due to color. I bet it will be a tasty brew.

globe 01-10-2013 03:33 PM

Well guess I will submit it under specialty beer unless I am missing something. BJCP mentions India brown ale as an example for that category and thats pretty much what it is I suppose.

WoodlandBrew 01-10-2013 03:51 PM

With 70 IBU and the weight toward the dry and late hops I would say 14B American IPA. Maybe 14C. What is your OG and FG? how about SRM? It looks like it would come out darker than an IPA. Is there a new BJCP style for black IPA? (Black IPAs were all the rage just before Christmas, but I didn't think there it was a BJCP a style)

I think you might end up lumped into 23 Specialty Beers.

JKaranka 01-10-2013 03:58 PM

I'd say that independently of guidelines it's probably an IPA. Around here they are usually amber in colour. Had a mild bitter the other day (3.8% abv) with a very strong roast barley flavour but very pale in colour, so nothing surprises me anymore.

amosher13 01-10-2013 04:03 PM

agree with India Brown Ale, but seriously a lot of breweries blend styles or cross over style barriers so hopefully it worked out! might also just be a hoppy amber, maybe something like troegs nugget nectar but more flavor hops where NN is more dry bitterness. let us know how it came out!

JKaranka 01-10-2013 04:13 PM

You could always use black treacle for priming to bring it back to black IPA :D

WoodlandBrew 01-10-2013 04:23 PM

Just found this, it might help. The same question was asked here:

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