American Ale Beer Recipes

American ale is a category of clean ales with hop character that ranges from moderate to almost excessive. These beers can be generalized as hoppy and less-sweet versions of classic English beer styles, though the American amber ale is said to be a uniquely American.

American Amber Ale

West Seattle Amber Ale

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Homebrewers Association

This beer recipe is featured in "Homebrewing, One Spreadsheet at a Time" by J.B. Zorn (July/August 2020 Zymurgy magazine)

Recipe courtesy J.B. Zorn:

This recipe was inspired by visits to West Seattle years ago while my wife and I were still long-distance dating. In true Northwest fashion, it takes a classic style (American amber ale) and bumps up the hop flavor and bitterness. You’ll notice it hits or exceeds the upper limits for BJCP vital statistics for American Amber Ale, landing somewhere between Amber and Red IPA.

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American Pale Ale

Quarantine American IPA

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Homebrewers Association

Gregory Radziewicz, owner of Quirky Homebrew Supply, created this American IPA as an additional option for Big Brew 2020.

Radziewicz shares: "During this unique and challenging time we're asking brewers around the world to be part of the virtual Big Brew celebration! Any beer recipe will work, but as a show of support this basic American IPA recipe consists of ingredients you can easily find at every homebrew store. Look to your favorite local store, choose local products, and support the community we all love!"

Quarantine American IPA is an alternative to the official Big Brew 2020 recipe, Pangaea Proxima IPA.

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American Amber Ale

Easy Amber Ale

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Homebrewers Association

Follow the along process of making this easy amber ale with our Easy Guide To Making Beer video!

This amber ale is perfect for an easy brew day. Using both specialty grains and extracts, Easy Amber Ale makes for a deliciously malty beer with a prominent hop character. Whether this is your first brew day or you're a seasoned brewer, this amber ale will have you begging for another sip!

Learn more about making beer at home in our How To Brew section of HomebrewersAssociation.org.

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American Pale Ale

Majestic Sea Cow American Pale Ale

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Homebrewers Association

Majestic Sea Cow, an American pale ale, earned James Zorn and his brew team the title of champion in the 2019 Capitol Hill Staff Homebrew Competition hosted by the American Homebrewers Association.

Zorn shared the following on his blog about the beer:

Earlier this year, I joined a great new group of coworkers on Capitol Hill. Within weeks, we had made plans to enter into the Capitol Hill Home-brew Competition, but weren't sure what to brew. In true democratic fashion, we setup to do an extensive tasting of styles to choose one that truly represents the people - or at least the handful of us in the office. While not unanimous, the group enjoyed citrusy new american hops and session strength. The natural choice was obvious - American Pale Ale.

But what to call this concoction? In a stroke of genius, we combined our Florida district connection (Manatees) with our committee assignments (Space) and voila The Majestic Sea Cow - Galaxy Hopped Pale Ale!

Michigan-based artist Sloe Gin Gizz (aka Nicole Ray) lent her "Space Manatee" illustration as the label.

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American Amber Ale

Kilauea Punch American Amber Ale

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Homebrewers Association

Derek Springer of San Marcos, CA, member of the Society of Barley Engineers, won a bronze medal in Category #11: Amber & Brown American Ale with an American Amber Ale during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Springer’s American Amber Ale was chosen as a top three entry among 281 entries in the category. Read More

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American Amber Ale

Hoppy New Year Amber Ale

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Homebrewers Association

Jason Bryant of Reston, VA, member of the Wort Hogs, won a silver medal in Category #11: Amber & Brown American Ale with an American Amber Ale during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Bryant’s American Amber Ale was chosen as the runner-up entry among 281 entries in the category. Read More

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American Pale Ale

Big Boi’s Booty Sweat American Pale Ale

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Homebrewers Association

Andrew Howell of Clarksville, TN, member of the Clarksville Carboys, won a gold medal in Category #10: American Pale Ale during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Howell’s American Pale Ale was chosen as the best among 312 entries in the category. Read More

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American Amber Ale

Possibility and Promise Pacific Amber

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Homebrewers Association

Justin Westcott of Federal Way, WA, member of the Browns Point Homebrew Club, won a gold medal in Category #11: Amber & Brown American Ale with an American Amber Ale during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Westcott’s Amber & Brown American Ale was chosen as the best among 281 entries in the category. Read More

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American Pale Ale

Angie’s Bursting Citra II (AKA Juice)

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Homebrewers Association

This beer recipe is featured in the May/June 2017 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Homebrewer Nicholas Slay named this pale ale recipe after his wife Angie, whose palate he credits for such an outstanding recipe. Slay’s pale ale went on to earn best of show among nearly 1,000 other entries in the 2017 Minnesota Mashout Competition.

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American Pale Ale

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ IBUs

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Homebrewers Association

This beer recipe is featured in the July/August 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This no-boil recipe from Steve Ruch is designed to be dead simple and requires only minimal investments of time, equipment, ingredients, and effort. The results, however, are anything but ordinary.

With robust hop character and subdued bitterness, this easy ale (or lager) is whipped up in no time!

To learn more about the inspiration behind this beer, read Steve Ruch’s Last Drop article “Brewin’ in a Schoolie” in Zymurgy magazine (July/August 2019).

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American Amber Ale

Dad’s Red Ale

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Homebrewers Association

This recipe is featured in the March/April 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.

My dad gave me my first homebrew kit. To say thanks, I would always make him an amber ale or red ale when he would come to visit. But after I went gluten free, getting a similar red hue and chewy malt flavor into a beer proved challenging.

Nonetheless, my gluten-free version won Ground Breaker’s 1st Annual Pacific Northwest Gluten-Free Homebrew Competition. It went on to score a 36 in the First Round of the National Homebrew Competition and recently won a blue ribbon at the Oregon State Fair. It’s a tasty beer and, most importantly, Dad loves it.

If the color turns out less red than desired, add small amounts of D-90 candi syrup to add color.

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American Pale Ale

The Son of Grapefruit Xtra Pale Ale

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Homebrewers Association

This recipe is featured in the March/April 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.

This is a great recipe that I’ve come back to a couple times and brewed in multiple ways. Anytime you need a good drinking beer, this is a go-to, and it is usually affordable. It’s modeled after one of Ghostfish Brewing Co.’s most-awarded flagships, Grapefuit IPA.

Zero Tolerance members demonstrated this beer for a seminar and club night at Homebrew Con. I wanted a recipe that people would find difficult to distinguish between all-grain and extract, but would still be easier to source than other gluten-free recipes.

The toughest part is getting around the flavors that sorghum produces. Many claim to taste a metallic or chlorophenolic “twang” when they try sorghum beers. That is why we rely on grapefruit-tasting Yakima Valley Hops Experimental Grapefruit hops and, optionally, grapefruit peel. By leaning into the flavor distance, we’re making something undesirable desirable.

I suggest using yeast nutrient since dry yeast sometimes has trouble finishing sorghum. It’ll help achieve full attenuation when you do start using grain.

This recipe tastes great with the zest of one grapefruit in secondary. Just soak the zest in vodka while primary fermentation takes place and add the entire tincture to secondary along with the dry hops.

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American Ale

Boiler Brewing Co. Bobber’s Big Red Rye Pale Ale

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Homebrewers Association

This beer from Boiler Brewing Company was created as a collaboration with Lincoln, Nebraska, homebrewer Bob Catherall of the world famous Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club. The spicy rye notes blend so perfectly with the new school Mosaic hops that it's hard to tell where the rye ends and the hops begin. Boiler was lucky enough to win a Gold Medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championship with the very first batch of this beer.

This homebrew recipe is featured in 51 Craft Beer Clone Recipes 2019. Find out what recipe was featured for your state!

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