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English Strong Ale

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A strong, sweet, malty, high-alcohol ale, an English Strong Ale or Strong Ale is similar to an Old Ale, except that it is brewed to drink young and lacks the distinctive aged character of those beers. Winter Warmer is often considered the same or a similar style to English Strong Ale.

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[edit] History of English Strong Ale

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[edit] Brewing English Strong Ale

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[edit] Competition Styles

The GABF defines a style guideline for English Strong Ale, but the BJCP does not.

[edit] GABF Style Listings

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72B. Strong Ale
GABF Style Listing (2007)
Light amber to mid-range brown in color, strong ales are medium to full bodied with a malty sweetness. Hop aroma should be minimal and flavor can vary from none to medium in character intensity. Fruity-ester flavors and aromas can contribute to the character of this ale. Bitterness should be minimal but evident and balanced with malt and/or caramel like sweetness. Alcohol types can be varied and complex. A rich, often sweet and complex estery character may be evident. This process often softens the perceived bitterness. Very low levels of diacetyl are acceptable. Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures.
Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.060-1.125 (15-31.5 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.014-1.040 (3.5-10 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 5.5-8.9% (7-11%)
Bitterness (IBU): 30-65
Color SRM (EBC): 8-21 (16-42 EBC)