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Ice Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C2D
This is a cider style in which the juice is concentrated before fermentation either by freezing fruit before pressing or freezing juice and removing water.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.13 – 1.18 1.06 – 1.085 7 – 13% N/A N/A
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English Barleywine — BJCP Style Information
Category: Strong Ale
Number: 19B
The richest and strongest of the English Ales. A showcase of malty richness and complex, intense flavors. The character of these ales can change significantly over time; both young and old versions should be appreciated for what they are. The malt profile can vary widely; not all examples will have all possible flavors or aromas.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.08 – 1.12 1.018 – 1.03 8 – 12% 35 – 70 IBU
8/16
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22/43
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American Barleywine — BJCP Style Information
Category: Strong Ale
Number: 19C
A well-hopped American interpretation of the richest and strongest of the English ales. The hop character should be evident throughout, but does not have to be unbalanced. The alcohol strength and hop bitterness often combine to leave a very long finish.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.08 – 1.12 1.016 – 1.03 8 – 12% 50 – 120 IBU
10/20
 – 
19/37
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English Barleywine — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17D
A showcase of malty richness and complex, intense flavors. Chewy and rich in body, with warming alcohol and a pleasant fruity or hoppy interest. When aged, it can take on port-like flavors. A wintertime sipper.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.08 – 1.12 1.018 – 1.03 8 – 12% 35 – 70 IBU
8/16
 – 
22/43
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American Barleywine — BJCP Style Information
Category: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer
Number: 22C
A well-hopped American interpretation of the richest and strongest of the English ales. The hop character should be evident throughout, but does not have to be unbalanced. The alcohol strength and hop bitterness often combine to leave a very long finish.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.08 – 1.12 1.016 – 1.03 8 – 12% 50 – 100 IBU
10/20
 – 
19/37
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Wheatwine — BJCP Style Information
Category: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer
Number: 22D
A richly textured, high alcohol sipping beer with a significant grainy, bready flavor and sleek body. The emphasis is first on the bready, wheaty flavors with interesting complexity from malt, hops, fruity yeast character and alcohol complexity.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.08 – 1.12 1.016 – 1.03 8 – 12% 30 – 60 IBU
8/16
 – 
15/30
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Eisbock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05D
An extremely strong, full and malty dark lager.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.078 – 1.12 1.02 – 1.035 9 – 14% 25 – 35 IBU
18/36
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30/59
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Eisbock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09B
A strong, full-bodied, rich, and malty dark German lager often with a viscous quality and strong flavors. Even though flavors are concentrated, the alcohol should be smooth and warming, not burning.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.078 – 1.12 1.02 – 1.035 9 – 14% 25 – 35 IBU
18/36
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30/59
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Imperial Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13F
An intensely flavored, big, dark ale. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence. Dark fruit flavors meld with roasty, burnt, or almost tar-like sensations. Like a black barleywine with every dimension of flavor coming into play.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.115 1.018 – 1.03 8 – 12% 50 – 90 IBU
30/59
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40/79
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Imperial IPA — BJCP Style Information
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Number: 14C
An intensely hoppy, very strong pale ale without the big maltiness and/or deeper malt flavors of an American barleywine. Strongly hopped, but clean, lacking harshness, and a tribute to historical IPAs. Drinkability is an important characteristic; this should not be a heavy, sipping beer. It should also not have much residual sweetness or a heavy character grain profile.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.09 1.01 – 1.02 7.5 – 10% 60 – 120 IBU
8/16
 – 
15/30
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Belgian Tripel — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18C
Strongly resembles a Strong Golden Ale but slightly darker and somewhat fuller-bodied. Usually has a more rounded malt flavor but should not be sweet.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.085 1.008 – 1.014 7.5 – 9.5% 20 – 40 IBU
4.5/9
 – 
7/14
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Belgian Dark Strong Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18E
A dark, very rich, complex, very strong Belgian ale. Complex, rich, smooth and dangerous.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.11 1.01 – 1.024 8 – 11% 20 – 35 IBU
12/24
 – 
22/43
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Imperial Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Fruit Beer
Number: 20C
An intensely-flavored, big, dark ale with a wide range of flavor balances and regional interpretations. Roasty-burnt malt with deep dark or dried fruit flavors, and a warming, bittersweet finish. Despite the intense flavors, the components need to meld together to create a complex, harmonious beer, not a hot mess.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.115 1.018 – 1.03 8 – 12% 50 – 90 IBU
30/59
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40/79
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Belgian Tripel — BJCP Style Information
Category: Other Mead
Number: 26C
A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.085 1.008 – 1.014 7.5 – 9.5% 20 – 40 IBU
4.5/9
 – 
7/14
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Belgian Dark Strong Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Other Mead
Number: 26D
A dark, complex, very strong Belgian ale with a delicious blend of malt richness, dark fruit flavors, and spicy elements. Complex, rich, smooth and dangerous.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.11 1.01 – 1.024 8 – 11% 20 – 35 IBU
12/24
 – 
22/43
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Doppelbock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05C
A very strong and rich lager. A bigger version of either a traditional bock or a helles bock.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.072 – 1.096 1.016 – 1.024 7 – 10% 16 – 25 IBU
6/12
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25/49
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Doppelbock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09A
A strong, rich, and very malty German lager that can have both pale and dark variants. The darker versions have more richly-developed, deeper malt flavors, while the paler versions have slightly more hops and dryness.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.072 – 1.112 1.016 – 1.024 7 – 10% 16 – 26 IBU
6/12
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25/49
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Strong Scotch Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09E
Rich, malty and usually sweet, which can be suggestive of a dessert. Complex secondary malt flavors prevent a one-dimensional impression. Strength and maltiness can vary.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.07 – 1.13 1.018 – 1.056 6.5 – 10% 17 – 35 IBU
14/28
 – 
25/49
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Belgian Golden Strong Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18D
A golden, complex, effervescent, strong Belgian-style ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.07 – 1.095 1.005 – 1.016 7.5 – 10.5% 22 – 35 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Applewine — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Cider and Perry
Number: 28C
Like a dry white wine, balanced, and with low astringency and bitterness.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.07 – 1.1 0.995 – 1.01 9 – 12% N/A N/A
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Wee Heavy — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17C
Rich, malty, dextrinous, and usually caramel-sweet, these beers can give an impression that is suggestive of a dessert. Complex secondary malt and alcohol flavors prevent a one-dimensional quality. Strength and maltiness can vary, but should not be cloying or syrupy.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.07 – 1.013 1.018 – 1.04 6.5 – 10% 17 – 35 IBU
14/28
 – 
25/49
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Belgian Golden Strong Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Melomel (Fruit Mead)
Number: 25C
A pale, complex, effervescent, strong Belgian-style ale that is highly attenuated and features fruity and hoppy notes in preference to phenolics.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.07 – 1.095 1.005 – 1.016 7.5 – 10.5% 22 – 35 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Applewine — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C2C
Typically like a dry white wine, balanced, and with low astringency and bitterness.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.07 – 1.1 0.995 – 1.02 9 – 12% N/A N/A
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Double IPA — BJCP Style Information
Category: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer
Number: 22A
An intensely hoppy, fairly strong pale ale without the big, rich, complex maltiness and residual sweetness and body of an American barleywine. Strongly hopped, but clean, dry, and lacking harshness. Drinkability is an important characteristic; this should not be a heavy, sipping beer.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.065 – 1.085 1.008 – 1.018 7.5 – 10% 60 – 120 IBU
6/12
 – 
14/28
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Maibock/Helles Bock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05A
A relatively pale, strong, malty lager beer. Designed to walk a fine line between blandness and too much color. Hop character is generally more apparent than in other bocks.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.064 – 1.072 1.011 – 1.018 6.3 – 7.4% 23 – 35 IBU
6/12
 – 
11/22
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Traditional Bock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05B
A dark, strong, malty lager beer.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.064 – 1.072 1.013 – 1.019 6.3 – 7.2% 20 – 27 IBU
14/28
 – 
22/43
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Weizenbock — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15C
A strong, malty, fruity, wheat-based ale combining the best flavors of a dunkelweizen and the rich strength and body of a bock.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.064 – 1.09 1.015 – 1.022 6.5 – 8% 15 – 30 IBU
12/24
 – 
25/49
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Helles Bock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Dark Lager
Number: 04C
A relatively pale, strong, malty German lager beer with a nicely attenuated finish that enhances drinkability. The hop character is generally more apparent than in other bocks.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.064 – 1.072 1.011 – 1.008 6.3 – 7.4% 23 – 35 IBU
6/12
 – 
11/22
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Weizenbock — BJCP Style Information
Category: American Ale
Number: 10C
A strong, malty, fruity, wheat-based ale combining the best malt and yeast flavors of a weissbier (pale or dark) with the malty-rich flavor, strength, and body of a bock (standard or doppelbock). A weissbier brewed to bock or doppelbock strength. Schneider also produces an Eisbock version. Pale and dark versions exist, although dark are more common. Pale versions have less rich malt complexity and often more hops, as with doppelbocks. Lightly oxidized Maillard products can produce some rich, intense flavors and aromas that are often seen in aged imported commercial products; fresher versions will not have this character. Well-aged examples might also take on a slight sherry-like complexity.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.064 – 1.09 1.015 – 1.022 6.5 – 9% 15 – 30 IBU
6/12
 – 
25/49
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Belgian Blond Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18A
A moderate-strength golden ale that has a subtle Belgian complexity, slightly sweet flavor, and dry finish. History: Relatively recent development to further appeal to European Pils drinkers, becoming more popular as it is widely marketed and distributed.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.062 – 1.075 1.008 – 1.018 6 – 7.5% 15 – 30 IBU
4/8
 – 
7/14
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Belgian Dubbel — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18B
A deep reddish, moderately strong, malty, complex Belgian ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.062 – 1.075 1.008 – 1.018 6 – 7.6% 15 – 25 IBU
10/20
 – 
17/34
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American Strong Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer
Number: 22B
A strong, full-flavored American ale that challenges and rewards the palate with full malty and hoppy flavors and substantial bitterness. The flavors are bold but complementary, and are stronger and richer than average-strength pale and amber American ales.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.062 – 1.09 1.014 – 1.024 6.3 – 10% 50 – 100 IBU
7/14
 – 
19/37
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Belgian Blond Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Melomel (Fruit Mead)
Number: 25A
A moderate-strength golden ale that has a subtle fruity-spicy Belgian yeast complexity, slightly malty-sweet flavor, and dry finish.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.062 – 1.075 1.008 – 1.018 6 – 7.5% 15 – 30 IBU
4/8
 – 
7/14
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Belgian Dubbel — BJCP Style Information
Category: Other Mead
Number: 26B
A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Trappist ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that still finishes fairly dry. Comments: Most commercial examples are in the 6.5 - 7% ABV range. Traditionally bottle-conditioned ("refermented in the bottle").
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.062 – 1.075 1.008 – 1.018 6 – 7.6% 15 – 25 IBU
10/20
 – 
17/34
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Baltic Porter — BJCP Style Information
Category: Porter
Number: 12C
A Baltic Porter often has the malt flavors reminiscent of an English brown porter and the restrained roast of a schwarzbier, but with a higher OG and alcohol content than either. Very complex, with multi-layered flavors.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.06 – 1.09 1.016 – 1.024 5.5 – 9.5% 20 – 40 IBU
17/34
 – 
30/59
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Biere de Garde — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16D
A fairly strong, malt-accentuated, lagered artisanal farmhouse beer.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.06 – 1.08 1.008 – 1.016 6 – 8.5% 18 – 28 IBU
6/12
 – 
19/37
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Old Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Strong Ale
Number: 19A
An ale of significant alcoholic strength, bigger than strong bitters and brown porters, though usually not as strong or rich as barleywine. Usually tilted toward a sweeter, maltier balance. “It should be a warming beer of the type that is best drunk in half pints by a warm fire on a cold winter’s night” – Michael Jackson.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.06 – 1.09 1.015 – 1.022 6 – 9% 30 – 60 IBU
10/20
 – 
22/43
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New England Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Cider and Perry
Number: 28A
Adjuncts may include white and brown sugars, molasses, small amounts of honey, and raisins. Adjuncts are intended to raise OG well above that which would be achieved by apples alone. This style is sometimes barrel-aged, in which case there will be oak character as with a barrel-aged wine. If the barrel was formerly used to age spirits, some flavor notes from the spirit (e.g., whisky or rum) may also be present, but must be subtle.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.06 – 1.1 0.995 – 1.01 7 – 13% N/A N/A
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Baltic Porter — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09C
Baltic Porter often has the malt flavors reminiscent of an English brown porter and the restrained roast of a schwarzbier, but with a higher OG and alcohol content than either. Very complex, with multi-layered malt and dark fruit flavors.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.06 – 1.09 1.016 – 1.024 6.5 – 9.5% 20 – 40 IBU
17/34
 – 
30/59
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Biere de Garde — BJCP Style Information
Category: Traditional Mead
Number: 24C
A fairly strong, malt-accentuated, lagered artisanal beer with a range of malt flavors appropriate for the color. All are malty yet dry, with clean flavors and a smooth character. Three main variations are included in the style: the brown (brune), the blond (blonde), and the amber (ambree). The darker versions will have more malt character, while the paler versions can have more hops (but still are malt-focused beers). A related style is Biere de Mars, which is brewed in March (Mars) for present use and will not age as well. Attenuation rates are in the 80-85% range. Some fuller-bodied examples exist, but these are somewhat rare. Age and oxidation in imports often increases fruitiness, caramel flavors, and adds corked and musty notes; these are all signs of mishandling, not characteristic elements of the style.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.06 – 1.08 1.008 – 1.016 6 – 8.5% 18 – 28 IBU
6/12
 – 
19/37
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New England Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C2A
Substantial body and character. Typically relatively dry, but can be somewhat sweet if in balance and not containing hot alcohol.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.06 – 1.1 0.995 – 1.02 7 – 13% N/A N/A
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Foreign Extra Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13D
A very dark, moderately strong, roasty ale. Tropical varieties can be quite sweet, while export versions can be drier and fairly robust.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.056 – 1.075 1.01 – 1.018 5.5 – 8% 30 – 70 IBU
30/59
 – 
40/79
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American IPA — BJCP Style Information
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Number: 14B
A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American pale ale
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.056 – 1.075 1.01 – 1.018 5.5 – 7.5% 40 – 70 IBU
6/12
 – 
15/30
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Tropical Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16C
A very dark, sweet, fruity, moderately strong ale with smooth roasty flavors without a burnt harshness.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.056 – 1.075 1.01 – 1.018 5.5 – 8% 30 – 50 IBU
30/59
 – 
40/79
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Foreign Extra Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16D
A very dark, moderately strong, fairly dry, stout with prominent roast flavors.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.056 – 1.075 1.01 – 1.018 6.5 – 8% 50 – 70 IBU
30/59
 – 
40/79
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American IPA — BJCP Style Information
Category: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer
Number: 21A
A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American pale ale, showcasing modern American and New World hop varieties. The balance is hop-forward, with a clean fermentation profile, dryish finish, and clean, supporting malt allowing a creative range of hop character to shine through.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.056 – 1.07 1.008 – 1.014 5.5 – 7.5% 40 – 70 IBU
6/12
 – 
14/28
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English Strong Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17A
An ale of respectable alcoholic strength, traditionally bottled-conditioned and cellared. Can have a wide range of interpretations, but most will have varying degrees of malty richness, late hops and bitterness, fruity esters, and alcohol warmth. Judges should allow for a significant range in character, as long as the beer is within the alcohol strength range and has an interesting "English" character, it likely fits the style. The malt and adjunct flavors and intensity can vary widely, but any combination should result in an agreeable palate experience.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.055 – 1.08 1.015 – 1.022 5.5 – 8% 30 – 60 IBU
8/16
 – 
22/43
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Old Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17B
An ale of moderate to fairly significant alcoholic strength, bigger than standard beers, though usually not as strong or rich as barleywine. Often tilted towards a maltier balance. "It should be a warming beer of the type that is best drunk in half pints by a warm fire on a cold winter’s night" - Michael Jackson.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.055 – 1.088 1.015 – 1.022 5.5 – 9% 30 – 60 IBU
10/20
 – 
22/43
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Festbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Dark Lager
Number: 04B
A smooth, clean, pale German lager with a moderately strong malty flavor and a light hop character. Deftly balances strength and drinkability, with a palate impression and finish that encourages drinking. Showcases elegant German malt flavors without becoming too heavy or filling.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.054 – 1.057 1.01 – 1.012 5.8 – 6.3% 18 – 24 IBU
4/8
 – 
6/12
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Marzen — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06A
An elegant, malty German amber lager with a clean, rich, toasty and bready malt flavor, restrained bitterness, and a dry finish that encourages another drink. The overall malt impression is soft, elegant, and complex, with a rich aftertaste that is never cloying or heavy.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.054 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.014 5.8 – 6.3% 18 – 24 IBU
10/20
 – 
17/34
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Dunkels Bock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06C
A dark, strong, malty German lager beer that emphasizes the malty-rich and somewhat toasty qualities of continental malts without being sweet in the finish.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.054 – 1.072 0.013 – 1.019 6.3 – 7.2% 20 – 27 IBU
14/28
 – 
22/43
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Irish Extra Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15C
A fuller-bodied black beer with a pronounced roasted flavor, often similar to coffee and dark chocolate with some malty complexity. The balance can range from moderately bittersweet to bitter, with the more balanced versions having up to moderate malty richness and the bitter versions being quite dry.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.052 – 1.062 1.01 – 1.014 5.5 – 6.5% 35 – 50 IBU
25/49
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40/79
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Oktoberfest/Marzen — BJCP Style Information
Category: European Amber Lager
Number: 03B
Smooth, clean, and rather rich, with a depth of malt character. This is one of the classic malty styles, with a maltiness that is often described as soft, complex, and elegant but never cloying.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.057 1.012 – 1.016 4.8 – 5.7% 20 – 28 IBU
7/14
 – 
14/28
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American Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13E
A hoppy, bitter, strongly roasted Foreign-style Stout (of the export variety).
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.075 1.01 – 1.022 5 – 7% 35 – 75 IBU
30/59
 – 
40/79
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English IPA — BJCP Style Information
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Number: 14A
A hoppy, moderately strong pale ale that features characteristics consistent with the use of English malt, hops and yeast. Has less hop character and a more pronounced malt flavor than American versions.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.075 1.01 – 1.018 5 – 7.5% 40 – 60 IBU
8/16
 – 
14/28
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Classic Rauchbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer
Number: 22A
Märzen/Oktoberfest-style beer with a sweet, smoky aroma and flavor and a somewhat darker color.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.057 1.012 – 1.016 4.8 – 6% 20 – 30 IBU
12/24
 – 
22/43
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English Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27B
Generally dry, full-bodied, austere.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.075 0.995 – 1.01 6 – 9% N/A N/A
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French Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27C
Medium to sweet, full-bodied, rich.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.065 1.01 – 1.02 3 – 6% N/A N/A
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Common Perry — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27D
Mild. Medium to medium-sweet. Still to lightly sparkling. Only very slight acetification is acceptable. Mousiness, ropy/oily characters are serious faults
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.06 1 – 1.02 5 – 7% N/A N/A
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Traditional Perry — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27E
Tannic. Medium to medium-sweet. Still to lightly sparkling. Only very slight acetification is acceptable. Mousiness, ropy/oily characters are serious faults.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.07 1 – 1.02 5 – 9% N/A N/A
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German Exportbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05C
A pale, well-balanced, smooth German lager that is slightly stronger than the average beer with a moderate body and a mild, aromatic hop and malt character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.056 1.01 – 1.015 4.8 – 6% 20 – 30 IBU
4/8
 – 
7/14
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Rauchbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06B
Medium body. Medium to medium-high carbonation. Smooth lager character. Significant astringent, phenolic harshness is inappropriate.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.057 1.012 – 1.015 4.8 – 6% 20 – 30 IBU
12/24
 – 
22/43
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English IPA — BJCP Style Information
Category: Porter
Number: 12C
A hoppy, moderately-strong, very well-attenuated pale English ale with a dry finish and a hoppy aroma and flavor. Classic English ingredients provide the best flavor profile.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.075 1.01 – 1.018 5 – 7.5% 40 – 60 IBU
6/12
 – 
14/28
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American Porter — BJCP Style Information
Category: Fruit Beer
Number: 20A
A substantial, malty dark beer with a complex and flavorful dark malt character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.07 1.012 – 1.018 4.8 – 6.5% 25 – 50 IBU
22/43
 – 
40/79
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American Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Fruit Beer
Number: 20B
A fairly strong, highly roasted, bitter, hoppy dark stout. Has the body and dark flavors typical of stouts with a more aggressive American hop character and bitterness.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.075 1.01 – 1.022 5 – 7% 35 – 75 IBU
30/59
 – 
40/79
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English Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C1B
Generally dry, full-bodied, austere. Complex flavor profile, long finish.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.075 0.995 – 1.015 6 – 9% N/A N/A
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French Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C1C
Medium to sweet, full-bodied, rich.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.065 1.01 – 1.02 3 – 6% N/A N/A
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New World Perry — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C1D
Mild. Medium to medium-sweet. Still to lightly sparkling. Only very slight acetification is acceptable. Mousiness, ropy/oily characters are serious faults.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.06 1 – 1.02 5 – 7% N/A N/A
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Traditional Perry — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C1E
Tannic. Medium to medium-sweet. Still to lightly sparkling. Only very slight acetification is acceptable. Mousiness and ropy/oily characters are serious faults.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.05 – 1.07 1 – 1.02 5 – 9% N/A N/A
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Dortmunder Export — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01E
Brewed to a slightly higher starting gravity than other light lagers, providing a firm malty body and underlying maltiness to complement the sulfate-accentuated hop bitterness. The term ’Export’ is a beer strength category under German beer tax law, and is not strictly synonymous with the ’Dortmunder’ style. Beer from other cities or regions can be brewed to Export strength, and labeled as such.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.056 1.01 – 1.015 4.8 – 6% 23 – 30 IBU
4/8
 – 
6/12
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Munich Dunkel — BJCP Style Information
Category: Dark Lager
Number: 04B
Characterized by depth and complexity of Munich malt and the accompanying melanoidins. Rich Munich flavors, but not as intense as a bock or as roasted as a schwarzbier.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.056 1.01 – 1.016 4.5 – 5.6% 18 – 28 IBU
14/28
 – 
28/55
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California Common Beer — BJCP Style Information
Category: Amber Hybrid Beer
Number: 07B
A lightly fruity beer with firm, grainy maltiness, interesting toasty and caramel flavors, and showcasing the signature Northern Brewer varietal hop character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.054 1.011 – 1.014 4.5 – 5.5% 30 – 45 IBU
10/20
 – 
14/28
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Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Pale Ale
Number: 08C
An average-strength to moderately-strong English ale. The balance may be fairly even between malt and hops to somewhat bitter. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales. A rather broad style that allows for considerable interpretation by the brewer.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.016 4.6 – 6.2% 30 – 50 IBU
6/12
 – 
18/36
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Robust Porter — BJCP Style Information
Category: Porter
Number: 12B
A substantial, malty dark ale with a complex and flavorful roasty character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.065 1.012 – 1.016 4.8 – 6.5% 25 – 50 IBU
22/43
 – 
35/69
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Oatmeal Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13C
A very dark, full-bodied, roasty, malty ale with a complementary oatmeal flavor.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.065 1.01 – 1.018 4.2 – 5.9% 25 – 40 IBU
22/43
 – 
40/79
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Belgian Pale Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16B
A fruity, moderately malty, somewhat spicy, easy-drinking, copper-colored ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.054 1.01 – 1.014 4.8 – 5.5% 20 – 30 IBU
8/16
 – 
14/28
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Saison — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16C
A medium to strong ale with a distinctive yellow-orange color, highly carbonated, well hopped, fruity and dry with a quenching acidity.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.065 1.002 – 1.012 5 – 7% 20 – 35 IBU
5/10
 – 
14/28
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Flanders Red Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17B
A complex, sour, red wine-like Belgian-style ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.057 1.002 – 1.012 4.6 – 6.5% 10 – 25 IBU
10/20
 – 
16/32
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Vienna Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Amber Hybrid Beer
Number: 07A
A moderate-strength amber lager with a soft, smooth maltiness and moderate bitterness, yet finishing relatively dry. The malt flavor is clean, bready-rich, and somewhat toasty, with an elegant impression derived from quality base malts and process, not specialty malts and adjuncts.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.055 1.01 – 1.014 4.7 – 5.5% 18 – 30 IBU
9/18
 – 
15/30
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Munich Dunkel — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Pale Ale
Number: 08A
Characterized by depth, richness and complexity typical of darker Munich malts with the accompanying Maillard products. Deeply bready-toasty, often with chocolate-like flavors in the freshest examples, but never harsh, roasty, or astringent; a decidedly malt-balanced beer, yet still easily drinkable.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.056 1.01 – 1.016 4.5 – 5.6% 18 – 28 IBU
14/28
 – 
28/55
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Strong Bitter — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Brown Ale
Number: 11C
An average-strength to moderately-strong English bitter ale. The balance may be fairly even between malt and hops to somewhat bitter. Drinkability is a critical component of the style. A rather broad style that allows for considerable interpretation by the brewer.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.016 4.6 – 6.2% 30 – 50 IBU
8/16
 – 
18/36
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California Common — BJCP Style Information
Category: Strong Ale
Number: 19B
A lightly fruity beer with firm, grainy maltiness, interesting toasty and caramel flavors, and showcasing the signature Northern Brewer varietal hop character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.054 1.011 – 1.014 4.5 – 5.5% 30 – 45 IBU
10/20
 – 
14/28
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Flanders Red Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Beer
Number: 23B
A complex, sour, fruity, red wine-like Belgian-style ale with interesting supportive malt flavors and a melange of fruit complexity. The dry finish and tannin completes the mental image of a fine red wine.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.057 1.002 – 1.012 4.6 – 6.5% 10 – 25 IBU
10/20
 – 
16/32
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Belgian Pale Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Traditional Mead
Number: 24B
A moderately malty, somewhat fruity-spicy, easy-drinking, copper-colored Belgian ale that is somewhat less aggressive in flavor profile than many other Belgian beers. The malt character tends to be a bit biscuity with light toasty, honey-like, or caramelly components; the fruit character is noticeable and complementary to the malt. The bitterness level is generally moderate, but may not seem as high due to the flavorful malt profile.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.055 1.01 – 1.014 4.8 – 5.5% 20 – 30 IBU
8/16
 – 
14/28
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Saison — BJCP Style Information
Category: Melomel (Fruit Mead)
Number: 25B
Most commonly, a pale, refreshing, highly-attenuated, moderately-bitter, moderate-strength Belgian ale with a very dry finish. Typically highly carbonated, and using non-barley cereal grains and optional spices for complexity, as complements the expressive yeast character that is fruity, spicy, and not overly phenolic. Less common variations include both lower-alcohol and higher-alcohol products, as well as darker versions with additional malt character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.065 1.002 – 1.008 3.5 – 9.5% 20 – 35 IBU
5/10
 – 
22/43
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Premium American Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01C
Premium beers tend to have fewer adjuncts than standard/lite lagers, and can be all-malt. Strong flavors are a fault, but premium lagers have more flavor than standard/lite lagers. A broad style of international mass-market lagers ranging from up-scale American lagers to the typical ’import’ or ’green bottle’ international beers found in America.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.056 1.008 – 1.012 4.6 – 6% 15 – 25 IBU
2/4
 – 
6/12
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Vienna Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: European Amber Lager
Number: 03A
Characterized by soft, elegant maltiness that dries out in the finish to avoid becoming sweet.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.052 1.01 – 1.014 4.5 – 5.7% 18 – 30 IBU
10/20
 – 
16/32
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Schwarzbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Dark Lager
Number: 04C
A dark German lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.052 1.01 – 1.016 4.4 – 5.4% 22 – 32 IBU
17/34
 – 
30/59
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Northern German Altbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Amber Hybrid Beer
Number: 07A
A very clean and relatively bitter beer, balanced by some malt character. Generally darker, sometimes more caramelly, and usually sweeter and less bitter than Dusseldorf Altbier.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.054 1.01 – 1.015 4.5 – 5.2% 25 – 40 IBU
13/26
 – 
19/37
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Dusseldorf Altbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Amber Hybrid Beer
Number: 07C
A well balanced, bitter yet malty, clean, smooth, well-attenuated copper-colored German ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.054 1.01 – 1.015 4.5 – 5.2% 35 – 50 IBU
11/22
 – 
17/34
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Roggenbier (German Rye Beer) — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15D
A dunkelweizen made with rye rather than wheat, but with a greater body and light finishing hops.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.056 1.01 – 1.014 4.5 – 6% 10 – 20 IBU
14/28
 – 
19/37
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Schwarzbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Pale Ale
Number: 08B
A dark German lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness. The lighter body, dryness, and lack of a harsh, burnt, or heavy aftertaste helps make this beer quite drinkable.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.052 1.01 – 1.016 4.4 – 5.4% 20 – 30 IBU
17/34
 – 
30/59
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Munich Helles — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01D
Unlike Pilsner but like its cousin, Munich Dunkel, Helles is a malt-accentuated beer that is not overly sweet, but rather focuses on malt flavor with underlying hop bitterness in a supporting role.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.051 1.008 – 1.012 4.7 – 5.4% 16 – 22 IBU
3/6
 – 
5/10
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American Pale Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: American Ale
Number: 10A
Refreshing and hoppy, yet with sufficient supporting malt.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.015 4.5 – 6% 30 – 45 IBU
5/10
 – 
14/28
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American Amber Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: American Ale
Number: 10B
Like an American pale ale with more body, more caramel richness, and a balance more towards malt than hops (although hop rates can be significant).
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.015 4.5 – 6.2% 25 – 40 IBU
10/20
 – 
17/34
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American Brown Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: American Ale
Number: 10C
Can be considered a bigger, maltier, hoppier interpretation of Northern English brown ale or a hoppier, less malty Brown Porter, often including the citrus-accented hop presence that is characteristic of American hop varieties.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.016 4.3 – 6.2% 20 – 40 IBU
18/36
 – 
35/69
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Common Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27A
Variable, but should be a medium, refreshing drink. Sweet ciders must not be cloying. Dry ciders must not be too austere. An ideal cider serves well as a "session" drink, and suitably accompanies a wide variety of food.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.065 1 – 1.02 5 – 8% N/A N/A
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Fruit Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Cider and Perry
Number: 28B
Like a dry wine with complex flavors. The apple character must marry with the added fruit so that neither dominates the other.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.07 0.995 – 1.01 5 – 9% N/A N/A
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Other Specialty Cider or Perry — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Cider and Perry
Number: 28D
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.1 0.995 – 1.02 5 – 12% N/A N/A
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Oatmeal Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16B
A very dark, full-bodied, roasty, malty ale with a complementary oatmeal flavor. The sweetness, balance, and oatmeal impression can vary considerably.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.065 1.01 – 1.018 4.2 – 5.9% 25 – 40 IBU
22/43
 – 
40/79
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American Pale Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18B
A pale, refreshing and hoppy ale, yet with sufficient supporting malt to make the beer balanced and drinkable. The clean hop presence can reflect classic or modern American or New World hop varieties with a wide range of characteristics. An average-strength hop-forward pale American craft beer, generally balanced to be more accessible than modern American IPAs.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.015 4.5 – 6.2% 30 – 50 IBU
5/10
 – 
10/20
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American Amber Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Strong Ale
Number: 19A
An amber, hoppy, moderate-strength American craft beer with a caramel malty flavor. The balance can vary quite a bit, with some versions being fairly malty and others being aggressively hoppy. Hoppy and bitter versions should not have clashing flavors with the caramel malt profile.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.015 4.5 – 6.2% 25 – 40 IBU
10/20
 – 
17/34
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American Brown Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Strong Ale
Number: 19C
A malty but hoppy beer frequently with chocolate and caramel flavors. The hop flavor and aroma complements and enhances the malt rather than clashing with it.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.016 4.3 – 6.2% 20 – 30 IBU
18/36
 – 
35/69
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New World Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C1A
A refreshing drink of some substance - not bland or watery. Sweet ciders must not be cloying. Dry ciders must not be too austere.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.065 0.995 – 1.02 5 – 8% N/A N/A
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Cider with Other Fruit — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C2B
Substantial. May be significantly tannic, depending on fruit added.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.07 0.995 – 1.01 5 – 9% N/A N/A
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Cider with Herbs/Spices — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C2E
Like a white wine with complex flavors. The apple character must marry with the botanicals and give a balanced result.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.07 0.995 – 1.01 5 – 9% N/A N/A
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Specialty Cider/Perry — BJCP Style Information
Category:
Number: C2F
This is an open-ended category for cider or perry with other ingredients such that it does not fit any of the other BJCP categories.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.1 0.995 – 1.02 5 – 12% N/A N/A
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German Pilsner (Pils) — BJCP Style Information
Category: Pilsner
Number: 02A
Drier and crisper than a Bohemian Pilsener with a bitterness that tends to linger more in the aftertaste due to higher attenuation and higher-sulfate water. Lighter in body and color, and with higher carbonation than a Bohemian Pilsener. Modern examples of German pilsners tend to become paler in color, drier in finish, and more bitter as you move from South to North in Germany.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.05 1.008 – 1.013 4.4 – 5.2% 25 – 45 IBU
2/4
 – 
5/10
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Bohemian Pilsener — BJCP Style Information
Category: Pilsner
Number: 02B
Uses Moravian malted barley and a decoction mash for rich, malt character. Saaz hops and low sulfate, low carbonate water provide a distinctively soft, rounded hop profile. Traditional yeast sometimes can provide a background diacetyl note. Dextrins provide additional body, and diacetyl enhances the perception of a fuller palate.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.013 – 1.017 4.2 – 5.4% 35 – 45 IBU
3.5/7
 – 
6/12
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Classic American Pilsner — BJCP Style Information
Category: Pilsner
Number: 02C
A substantial Pilsner that can stand up to the classic European Pilsners, but exhibiting the native American grains and hops available to German brewers who initially brewed it in the USA. Refreshing, but with the underlying malt and hops that stand out when compared to other modern American light lagers. Maize lends a distinctive grainy sweetness. Rice contributes a crisper, more neutral character. A version of Pilsner brewed in the USA by immigrant German brewers who brought the process and yeast with them when they settled in America. They worked with the ingredients that were native to America to create a unique version of the original Pilsner. This style died out after Prohibition but was resurrected as a home-brewed style by advocates of the hobby.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.015 4.5 – 6% 25 – 40 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Dark American Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Dark Lager
Number: 04A
A somewhat sweeter version of standard/premium lager with a little more body and flavor.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.008 – 1.012 4.2 – 6% 8 – 20 IBU
14/28
 – 
22/43
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Kolsch — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06C
A clean, crisp, delicately balanced beer usually with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas. Subdued maltiness throughout leads to a pleasantly refreshing tang in the finish. To the untrained taster easily mistaken for a light lager, a somewhat subtle pilsner, or perhaps a blonde ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.05 1.007 – 1.011 4.4 – 5.2% 20 – 30 IBU
3.5/7
 – 
5/10
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Irish Red Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09D
An easy-drinking pint. Malt-focused with an initial sweetness and a roasted dryness in the finish.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.014 4 – 6% 17 – 28 IBU
9/18
 – 
18/36
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Sweet Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13B
A very dark, sweet, full-bodied, slightly roasty ale. Often tastes like sweetened espresso.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.06 1.012 – 1.024 4 – 6% 20 – 40 IBU
30/59
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40/79
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Weizen/Weissbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15A
A pale, spicy, fruity, refreshing wheat-based ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.052 1.01 – 1.014 4.3 – 5.6% 8 – 15 IBU
2/4
 – 
8/16
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Dunkelweizen — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15B
A moderately dark, spicy, fruity, malty, refreshing wheat-based ale. Reflecting the best yeast and wheat character of a hefe-weizen blended with the malty richness of a Munich dunkel.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.01 – 1.014 4.3 – 5.6% 10 – 18 IBU
14/28
 – 
23/45
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Witbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16A
A refreshing, elegant, tasty, moderate-strength wheat-based ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.012 4.5 – 5.5% 10 – 20 IBU
2/4
 – 
4/8
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International Dark Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Pilsner
Number: 02C
A darker and somewhat sweeter version of international pale lager with a little more body and flavor, but equally restrained in bitterness. The low bitterness leaves the malt as the primary flavor element, and the low hop levels provide very little in the way of balance.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.008 – 1.012 4.2 – 6% 8 – 20 IBU
14/28
 – 
22/43
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Czech Premimum Pale Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: European Amber Lager
Number: 03B
Rich, characterful pale Czech lager, with considerable malt and hop character and a long, crisp finish. Complex yet well-balanced and refreshing. The malt flavors are complex for a Pilsner-type beer, and the bitterness is strong but clean and without harshness, which gives a rounded impression that enhances drinkability.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.013 – 1.017 4.2 – 5.8% 30 – 45 IBU
3.5/7
 – 
6/12
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Czech Amber Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: European Amber Lager
Number: 03C
Malt-driven amber Czech lager with hop character that can vary from low to quite significant. The malt flavors can vary quite a bit, leading to different interpretations ranging from drier, bready, and slightly biscuity to sweeter and somewhat caramelly.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.013 – 1.017 4.4 – 5.8% 20 – 35 IBU
10/20
 – 
16/32
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Czech Dark Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: European Amber Lager
Number: 03D
A rich, dark, malty Czech lager with a roast character that can vary from almost absent to quite prominent. Malty with an interesting and complex flavor profile, with variable levels of hopping providing a range of possible interpretations.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.013 – 1.017 4.4 – 5.8% 18 – 38 IBU
14/28
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35/69
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Munich Helles — BJCP Style Information
Category: Dark Lager
Number: 04A
A clean, malty, gold-colored German lager with a smooth grainy-sweet malty flavor and a soft, dry finish. Subtle spicy, floral, or herbal hops and restrained bitterness help keep the balance malty but not sweet, which helps make this beer a refreshing, everyday drink.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.048 1.006 – 1.012 4.7 – 5.4% 16 – 22 IBU
3/6
 – 
5/10
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Kolsch — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05B
A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer usually with a very subtle fruit and hop character. Subdued maltiness throughout leads into a pleasantly well-attenuated and refreshing finish. Freshness makes a huge difference with this beer, as the delicate character can fade quickly with age.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.05 1.007 – 1.011 4.4 – 5.2% 18 – 30 IBU
3.5/7
 – 
5/10
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German Pils — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05D
A light-bodied, highly-attenuated, gold-colored, bottom-fermented bitter German beer showing excellent head retention and an elegant, floral hop aroma. Crisp, clean, and refreshing, a German Pils showcases the finest quality German malt and hops.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.05 1.008 – 1.013 4.4 – 5.2% 25 – 40 IBU
2/4
 – 
5/10
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Altbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Amber Hybrid Beer
Number: 07B
A well-balanced, well-attenuated, bitter yet malty, clean, and smooth, amber- to copper-colored German beer. The bitterness is balanced by the malt richness, but the malt intensity and character can range from moderate to high (the bitterness increases with the malt richness).
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.014 4.3 – 5.5% 25 – 50 IBU
11/22
 – 
17/34
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Weissbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: American Ale
Number: 10A
A pale, refreshing German wheat beer with high carbonation, dry finish, a fluffy mouthfeel, and a distinctive banana-and-clove yeast character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.052 1.01 – 1.014 4.3 – 5.6% 8 – 16 IBU
2/4
 – 
6/12
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Dunkels Weissbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: American Ale
Number: 10B
A moderately dark German wheat beer with a distinctive banana-and-clove yeast character, supported by a toasted bread or caramel malt flavor. Highly carbonated and refreshing, with a creamy, fluffy texture and light finish that encourages drinking.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.01 – 1.014 4.3 – 5.6% 10 – 18 IBU
14/28
 – 
23/45
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Sweet Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16A
A very dark, sweet, full-bodied, slightly roasty ale that can suggest coffee-and-cream, or sweetened espresso.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.06 1.012 – 1.024 4 – 6% 20 – 40 IBU
30/59
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40/79
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Witbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Traditional Mead
Number: 24A
A refreshing, elegant, tasty, moderate-strength wheat-based ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.012 4.5 – 5.5% 8 – 20 IBU
2/4
 – 
4/8
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Trappist Single — BJCP Style Information
Category: Other Mead
Number: 26A
A pale, bitter, highly attenuated and well carbonated Trappist ale, showing a fruity-spicy Trappist yeast character, a spicy-floral hop profile, and a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.054 1.004 – 1.01 4.8 – 6% 25 – 45 IBU
3/6
 – 
5/10
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Cream Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06A
A clean, well-attenuated, flavorful American lawnmower beer.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.042 – 1.055 1.006 – 1.012 4.2 – 5.6% 15 – 20 IBU
2.5/5
 – 
5/10
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Cream Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01C
A clean, well-attenuated, flavorful American lawnmower beer. Easily drinkable and refreshing, with more character than typical American lagers.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.042 – 1.055 1.006 – 1.012 4.2 – 5.6% 15 – 20 IBU
2.5/5
 – 
5/10
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International Pale Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Pilsner
Number: 02A
A highly-attenuated pale lager without strong flavors, typically well-balanced and highly carbonated. Served cold, it is refreshing and thirst-quenching.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.042 – 1.05 1.008 – 1.012 4.6 – 6% 18 – 25 IBU
2/4
 – 
6/12
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International Amber Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Pilsner
Number: 02B
A well-attenuated malty amber lager with an interesting caramel or toast quality and restrained bitterness. Usually fairly well-attenuated, and can have an adjunct quality to it. Smooth, easily-drinkable lager character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.042 – 1.055 1.008 – 1.014 4.6 – 6% 8 – 25 IBU
7/14
 – 
14/28
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Standard American Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01B
Strong flavors are a fault. An international style including the standard mass-market lager from most countries.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.05 1.004 – 1.01 4.2 – 5.3% 8 – 15 IBU
2/4
 – 
4/8
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American Wheat or Rye Beer — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06D
Refreshing wheat or rye beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their German cousins.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.055 1.008 – 1.013 4 – 5.5% 15 – 30 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Special/Best/Premium Bitter — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Pale Ale
Number: 08B
A flavorful, yet refreshing, session beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.048 1.008 – 1.012 3.8 – 4.6% 25 – 40 IBU
5/10
 – 
16/32
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Scottish Export 80/- — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09C
Cleanly malty with a drying finish, perhaps a few esters, and on occasion a faint bit of peaty earthiness (smoke). Most beers finish fairly dry considering their relatively sweet palate, and as such have a different balance than strong Scotch ales.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.054 1.01 – 1.016 3.9 – 5% 15 – 30 IBU
9/18
 – 
17/34
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Northern English Brown Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Brown Ale
Number: 11C
English mild ale or pale ale malt base with caramel malts. May also have small amounts darker malts (e.g., chocolate) to provide color and the nutty character. English hop varieties are most authentic. Moderate carbonate water.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.013 4.2 – 5.4% 20 – 30 IBU
12/24
 – 
22/43
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Brown Porter — BJCP Style Information
Category: Porter
Number: 12A
A fairly substantial English dark ale with restrained roasty characteristics.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.014 4 – 5.4% 18 – 35 IBU
20/39
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30/59
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Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17C
A malty, fruity, aged, somewhat sour Belgian-style brown ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.074 1.008 – 1.012 4 – 8% 20 – 25 IBU
15/30
 – 
22/43
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Straight (Unblended) Lambic — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17D
Complex, sour/acidic, pale, wheat-based ale fermented by a variety of Belgian microbiota.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.054 1.001 – 1.01 5 – 6.5% – 10 IBU
3/6
 – 
7/14
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Gueuze — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17E
Complex, pleasantly sour/acidic, balanced, pale, wheat-based ale fermented by a variety of Belgian microbiota.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.06 1 – 1.006 5 – 8% – 10 IBU
3/6
 – 
7/14
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Fruit Lambic — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17F
Complex, fruity, pleasantly sour/acidic, balanced, pale, wheat-based ale fermented by a variety of Belgian microbiota. A lambic with fruit, not just a fruit beer.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.06 1 – 1.01 5 – 7% – 10 IBU
3/6
 – 
7/14
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American Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01B
A very pale, highly-carbonated, light-bodied, well-attenuated lager with a very neutral flavor profile and low bitterness. Served very cold, it can be a very refreshing and thirst quenching drink.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.05 1.004 – 1.01 4.5 – 5.3% 8 – 18 IBU
2/4
 – 
4/8
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American Wheat Beer — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01D
Refreshing wheat beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their German cousins. A clean fermentation character allows bready, doughy, or grainy wheat flavors to be complemented by hop flavor and bitterness rather than yeast qualities.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.055 1.008 – 1.013 4 – 5.5% 15 – 30 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Best Bitter — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Brown Ale
Number: 11B
A flavorful, yet refreshing, session beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.048 1.008 – 1.012 3.8 – 4.6% 25 – 40 IBU
8/16
 – 
16/32
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English Brown Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13B
A malty, brown caramel-centric English ale without the roasted flavors of a Porter.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.013 4.2 – 5.4% 20 – 30 IBU
12/24
 – 
22/43
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English Porter — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13C
A moderate-strength brown beer with a restrained roasty character and bitterness. May have a range of roasted flavors, generally without burnt qualities, and often has a chocolate-caramel-malty profile. .
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.014 4 – 5.4% 18 – 35 IBU
20/39
 – 
30/59
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Scottish Export — BJCP Style Information
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Number: 14C
A malt-focused, generally caramelly beer with perhaps a few esters and occasionally a butterscotch aftertaste. Hops only to balance and support the malt. The malt character can range from dry and grainy to rich, toasty, and caramelly, but is never roasty and especially never has a peat smoke character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.06 1.01 – 1.016 3.9 – 6% 15 – 30 IBU
13/26
 – 
22/43
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Oud Bruin — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Beer
Number: 23C
A malty, fruity, aged, somewhat sour Belgian-style brown ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.074 1.008 – 1.012 4 – 8% 20 – 25 IBU
15/30
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22/43
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Lambic — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Beer
Number: 23D
A fairly sour, often moderately funky wild Belgian wheat beer with sourness taking the place of hop bitterness in the balance. Traditionally spontaneously fermented in the Brussels area and served uncarbonated, the refreshing acidity makes for a very pleasant cafe drink.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.054 1.001 – 1.01 5 – 6.5% – 10 IBU
3/6
 – 
7/14
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Gueuze — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Beer
Number: 23E
A complex, pleasantly sour but balanced wild Belgian wheat beer that is highly carbonated and very refreshing. The spontaneous fermentation character can provide a very interesting complexity, with a wide range of wild barnyard, horse blanket, or leather characteristics intermingling with citrusy-fruity flavors and acidity
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.06 1 – 1.006 5 – 8% – 10 IBU
3/6
 – 
7/14
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Fruit Lambic — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Beer
Number: 23F
A complex, fruity, pleasantly sour, wild wheat ale fermented by a variety of Belgian microbiota, and showcasing the fruit contributions blended with the wild character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.04 – 1.06 1 – 1.006 5 – 7% – 10 IBU
3/6
 – 
7/14
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Blonde Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06B
Easy-drinking, approachable, malt-oriented American craft beer.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.038 – 1.054 1.008 – 1.013 4.2 – 5.5% 15 – 28 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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English Golden Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Porter
Number: 12A
A hop-forward, average-strength to moderately-strong pale bitter. Drinkability and a refreshing quality are critical components of the style.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.038 – 1.053 1.006 – 1.012 3.8 – 5% 20 – 45 IBU
2/4
 – 
6/12
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Australian Sparkling Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Porter
Number: 12B
Smooth and balanced, all components merge together with similar intensities. Moderate flavors showcasing Australian ingredients. Large flavor dimension. Very drinkable, suited to a hot climate. Relies on yeast character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.038 – 1.05 1.004 – 1.006 4.5 – 6% 20 – 35 IBU
4/8
 – 
7/14
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Blonde Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18A
Easy-drinking, approachable, malt-oriented American craft beer, often with interesting fruit, hop, or character malt notes. Well-balanced and clean, is a refreshing pint without aggressive flavors.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.038 – 1.054 1.008 – 1.013 3.8 – 5.5% 15 – 28 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Dry Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13A
A very dark, roasty, bitter, creamy ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.036 – 1.05 1.007 – 1.011 4 – 5% 30 – 45 IBU
25/49
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40/79
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Czech Pale Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: European Amber Lager
Number: 03A
A lighter-bodied, rich, refreshing, hoppy, bitter, crisp pale Czech lager having the familiar flavors of the stronger Czech Pilsner-type beer but in a lower alcohol, lighter-bodied, and slightly less intense format.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.036 – 1.044 1.008 – 1.014 3 – 4% 25 – 35 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Irish Red Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15A
An easy-drinking pint, often with subtle flavors. Slightly malty in the balance sometimes with an initial soft toffee/caramel sweetness, a slightly grainy-biscuity palate, and a touch of roasted dryness in the finish. Some versions can emphasize the caramel and sweetness more, while others will favor the grainy palate and roasted dryness.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.036 – 1.046 1.01 – 1.014 3.8 – 5% 18 – 28 IBU
9/18
 – 
14/28
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Irish Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15B
A black beer with a pronounced roasted flavor, often similar to coffee. The balance can range from fairly even to quite bitter, with the more balanced versions having a little malty sweetness and the bitter versions being quite dry. Draught versions typically are creamy from a nitro pour, but bottled versions will not have this dispense-derived character. The roasted flavor can be dry and coffee-like to somewhat chocolaty.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.036 – 1.044 1.007 – 1.011 4 – 4.5% 25 – 45 IBU
25/49
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40/79
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Scottish Heavy 70/- — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09B
Cleanly malty with a drying finish, perhaps a few esters, and on occasion a faint bit of peaty earthiness (smoke). Most beers finish fairly dry considering their relatively sweet palate, and as such have a different balance than strong Scotch ales.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.035 – 1.04 1.01 – 1.015 3.2 – 3.9% 10 – 25 IBU
9/18
 – 
17/34
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Scottish Heavy — BJCP Style Information
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Number: 14B
A malt-focused, generally caramelly beer with perhaps a few esters and occasionally a butterscotch aftertaste. Hops only to balance and support the malt. The malt character can range from dry and grainy to rich, toasty, and caramelly, but is never roasty and especially never has a peat smoke character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.035 – 1.04 1.01 – 1.015 3.2 – 3.9% 10 – 20 IBU
13/26
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22/43
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Southern English Brown Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Brown Ale
Number: 11B
A luscious, malt-oriented brown ale, with a caramel, dark fruit complexity of malt flavor. May seem somewhat like a smaller version of a sweet stout or a sweet version of a dark mild.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.033 – 1.042 1.011 – 1.014 2.8 – 4.2% 12 – 20 IBU
19/37
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35/69
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Standard/Ordinary Bitter — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Pale Ale
Number: 08A
Low gravity, low alcohol levels and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.032 – 1.04 1.007 – 1.011 3.2 – 3.8% 25 – 35 IBU
4/8
 – 
14/28
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Scottish Light 60/- — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09A
Cleanly malty with a drying finish, perhaps a few esters, and on occasion a faint bit of peaty earthiness (smoke). Most beers finish fairly dry considering their relatively sweet palate, and as such have a different balance than strong Scotch ales.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.03 – 1.035 1.01 – 1.013 2.5 – 3.2% 10 – 20 IBU
9/18
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17/34
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Mild — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Brown Ale
Number: 11A
A light-flavored, malt-accented beer that is readily suited to drinking in quantity. Refreshing, yet flavorful. Some versions may seem like lower gravity brown porters.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.03 – 1.038 1.008 – 1.013 2.8 – 4.5% 10 – 25 IBU
12/24
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25/49
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Ordinary Bitter — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Brown Ale
Number: 11A
Low gravity, low alcohol levels, and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking session beer. The malt profile can vary in flavor and intensity, but should never override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.03 – 1.038 1.007 – 1.011 3.2 – 3.8% 25 – 35 IBU
8/16
 – 
14/28
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Dark Mild — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13A
A dark, low-gravity, malt-focused English session ale readily suited to drinking in quantity. Refreshing, yet flavorful, with a wide range of dark malt or dark sugar expression.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.03 – 1.038 1.008 – 1.013 3 – 3.8% 10 – 25 IBU
12/24
 – 
25/49
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Scottish Light — BJCP Style Information
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Number: 14A
A malt-focused, generally caramelly beer with perhaps a few esters and occasionally a butterscotch aftertaste. Hops only to balance and support the malt. The malt character can range from dry and grainy to rich, toasty, and caramelly, but is never roasty and especially never has a peat smoke character.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.03 – 1.035 1.01 – 1.013 2.5 – 3.2% 10 – 20 IBU
13/26
 – 
22/43
More Info (link to Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines)
Lite American Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01A
A lower gravity and lower calorie beer than standard international lagers. Strong flavors are a fault. Designed to appeal to the broadest range of the general public as possible.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.028 – 1.04 0.998 – 1.008 3.2 – 4.2% 8 – 12 IBU
2/4
 – 
3/6
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Berliner Weisse — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17A
A very pale, sour, refreshing, low-alcohol wheat ale.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.028 – 1.032 1.003 – 1.006 2.8 – 3.8% 3 – 8 IBU
2/4
 – 
3/6
More Info (link to Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines)
American Light Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01A
Highly carbonated, very light-bodied, nearly flavorless lager designed to be consumed very cold. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.028 – 1.04 0.998 – 1.008 2.8 – 4.2% 8 – 12 IBU
2/4
 – 
3/6
More Info (link to Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines)
Berliner Weisse — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Beer
Number: 23A
A very pale, refreshing, low-alcohol German wheat beer with a clean lactic sourness and a very high carbonation level. A light bread dough malt flavor supports the sourness, which shouldn’t seem artificial or funky.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.028 – 1.032 1.003 – 1.006 2.8 – 3.8% 3 – 8 IBU
2/4
 – 
3/6
More Info (link to Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines)
German Leichtbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05A
A pale, highly-attenuated, light-bodied German lager with lower alcohol and calories than normal-strength beers. Moderately bitter with noticeable malt and hop flavors, the beer is still interesting to drink.
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.026 – 1.034 1.006 – 1.01 2.4 – 3.6% 15 – 28 IBU
2/4
 – 
5/10
More Info (link to Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines)

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