American Brown Ale Beer Recipes

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American Brown Ale

Betty’s Brown Ale

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This recipe/article is featured in the January/February 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Check out all the benefits our members enjoy here.

This American Brown Ale is courtesy of Jim Elmhirst and the CRAFT Homebrew Club.

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American Brown Ale

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale Clone

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Since 2003, Zymurgy magazine readers have been asked to weigh in on their favorite beers in America. This poll always has exciting results because the vast majority of our readers make their own beer at home. As Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head said, "The overlap between the homebrewing community and the craft beer community is very strong. At Dogfish Head, we are basically just homebrewing in 600-barrel tanks."

In 2011, Dogfish Head had 28 different beers in the list, one of which was their Indian Brown Ale that tied with a couple of other beers for 34th in the lineup. Enjoy brewing up your own version of this hoppy brown ale at home!

This homebrew recipe was developed by Zymurgy editor Amahl Turczyn and was originally featured in the July/August 2011 issue of Zymurgy magazine.

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American Brown Ale

VCR Brown Ale

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Homebrewers Association

Rob Hardisty of Colleyville, TX, member of the Cap and Hare Homebrew Club, won a gold medal in Category #11: Amber and Brown American Ale during the 2017 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Minneapolis, MN with the help of Vince Turley & Chuck Epperson. Hardisty’s Amber and Brown American Ale was chosen as the best among 324 entries in the category.Read More

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American Brown Ale

Terra Firma Brown IPA

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Homebrewers Association

In the words of John Palmer, "Hoppy Brown ales, which can be nutty also, rose from the US homebrew scene when hop-crazy homebrewers decided that most brown ales were just too wimpy. But, American brown ales should not be brown IPAs. They should be malt-dominated beers with a toasted malt character, and the hops should be riding the crest of the wave of the beer's flavor. The hops should not be a tsunami."

This recipe is featured in How to Brew - Fourth Edition: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time by John Palmer.

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American Ale

Janet’s Brown Ale

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Homebrewers Association

Janet's Brown Ale is no stranger to the world of homebrewing recipes. Mike McDole took home a medal when this recipe won gold in Category 10: Brown Ale at the American Homebrewers Assocation (AHA) National Homebrew Competition (NHC) in 2004. The award winning recipe was then featured in Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer's book, Brewing Classic Styles, as an example of a bigger, hoppier American Brown Ale. In 2009, McDole took gold again at the AHA NHC with an updated recipe that he categoraized as Imperial Brown Ale, but this time in Category 23: Speciality Beers. Though Janet's Brown Ale deviates a bit from the style guidelines for a traditional American Brown Ale, surely you will not be upset by the higher IBUs and ABV after taking a sip!Read More

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American Brown Ale

Janet’s Brown Ale

Homebrewers Association
Homebrewers Association

Janet's Brown Ale is no stranger to the world of homebrewing recipes. Mike McDole took home a medal when this recipe won gold in Category 10: Brown Ale at the American Homebrewers Assocation (AHA) National Homebrew Competition (NHC) in 2004. The award winning recipe was then featured in Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer's book, Brewing Classic Styles, as an example of a bigger, hoppier American Brown Ale. In 2009, McDole took gold again at the AHA NHC with an updated recipe that he categoraized as Imperial Brown Ale, but this time in Category 23: Speciality Beers. Though Janet's Brown Ale deviates a bit from the style guidelines for a traditional American Brown Ale, surely you will not be upset by the higher IBUs and ABV after taking a sip!Read More

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