Special Issue: 30 Great Beer Styles

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Maibock

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by the numbers OG: 1.064–1.072 (15.7–17.5 °P) FG: 1.011–1.018 (2.8–4.6 °P) SRM: 6–11 IBU: 23–35 ABV: 6.3–7.4% I have always been a fan of German-style lagers. In fact, my love of the

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Kölsch

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by the numbers OG: 1.044–1.050 (11–12.4 °P) FG: 1.007–1.011 (1.8–2.8 °P) SRM: 3.5–5 IBU: 20–30 ABV: 4.4–5.2% My first time wandering the streets of Cologne was a magical moment. In between dramatic

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Irish Red

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by the numbers OG: 1.044–1.060 FG: 1.010–1.014 SRM: 9–18 IBU: 17–28 ABV: 4.0–6.0% Fritz Maytag, of Anchor Brewing fame, during a speech many years ago, explained how the “story” around something is

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Imperial/Double IPA

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by the numbers OG: 1.070–1.090 (17–21.6 °P) FG: 1.010–1.020 (2.6–5.1 °P) SRM: 8–15 IBU: 60–120 ABV: 7.5–10% Like many people, when I was new to craft beer I favored beers with a

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German Pils

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by the numbers OG: 1.044–1.050 (11–12.4 °P) FG: 1.008–1.013 (2.1–3.3 °P) SRM: 2–5 IBU: 25–45 ABV: 4.4–5.2% German Pilsner recipes seem so simple, but brewing a perfect example is a challenge that

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German Hefeweizen

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by the numbers OG: 1.044–1.052 (11–12.9 °P) FG: 1.010–1.014 (2.6–3.6 °P) SRM: 2–8 IBU: 8–15 ABV: 4.3–5.6% Most people seem to either love or hate German wheat beers based on early taste

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Flanders Red

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by the numbers OG:1.048–1.057 (11.9 – 14.0 °P) FG:1.002–1.012 (0.5 – 3.1 °P) SRM:10–16 IBU:10–25 ABV:4.6–6.5% Don’t tell me you hate sour beers. If you are a regular reader of this column,

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Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

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by the numbers OG: 1.048–1.060 (11.9–14.7 °P) FG: 1.010–1.016 (2.6–4.1 °P) SRM: 6–18 IBU: 30–50 ABV: 4.6–6.2% Extra special bitter, often referred to as English pale ale or strong bitter (ESB is

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English IPA

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by the numbers OG: 1.050–1.075 (12.4–18.2 °P) FG: 1.010–1.018 (2.6–4.6 °P) SRM: 8–14 IBU: 40–60 ABV: 5.0–7.5% India pale ale was first created when an enterprising brewer crafted a beer to better

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English Barleywine

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by the numbers OG: 1.080–1.120 (19.3–28.1 °P) FG: 1.018–1.030 (4.6–7.6 °P) SRM: 8–22 IBU: 35–70 ABV: 8.0–12.0% One of the classic examples of English barleywine is Thomas Hardy’s Ale. Some years ago

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Irish Dry Stout

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by the numbers OG: 1.036–1.050 (9.1–12.4 °P) FG: 1.007–1.011 (1.8–2.8 °P) SRM: 25–40 IBU: 30–45  ABV: 4.0–5.0% Several months ago I was enjoying an evening out at a local brew pub with

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Doppelbock

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When new homebrewers come into the hobby, it seems that they often focus on pale ale, IPA and stout. I think I was really lucky when I started homebrewing, because many of

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Cream Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.042–1.055 (10.5–13.6 °P) FG: 1.006–1.012 (1.5–3.1 °P) SRM: 2.5–5 IBU: 15–20 ABV: 4.2–5.6% My friends know I am fond of saying that I love every beer style if

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California Common

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by the numbers OG: 1.048–1.054 (11.9–13.3 °P) FG: 1.011–1.014 (2.8–3.6 °P) SRM: 10–14 IBU: 30–45 ABV: 4.5–5.5% California common is far from common on store shelves and at brewpubs. While you might

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Brown Porter

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by the numbers OG: 1.040–1.052 (10.0–12.9 °P) FG: 1.008–1.014 (2.1–3.6 °P) SRM: 20–30 IBU: 18–35 ABV: 4.0–5.4% I am a big fan of all British-style beers. I think the great balance of

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Brett Beer

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by the numbers OG: Varies FG:Varies SRM:Varies IBU:Varies ABV:Varies American wild ale is a new specialty style category (category 28) in the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines, reflecting its

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Bohemian Pils

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by the numbers OG: 1.044–1.056 (11–13.8 °P) FG: 1.013–1.017 (3.3–4.3 °P) SRM: 3.5–6 IBU: 35–45 ABV: 4.2–5.4% Czech or Bohemian-style Pilsner is one of those styles that many new brewers want to

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Belgian Tripel

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With the popularity and availability of Westmalle Tripel in the United States over the years, it seems hard to believe that my first real taste of Westmalle Tripel was while wandering around

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Belgian Strong Golden

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by the numbers OG: 1.070–1.095 (17.1–22.7) FG: 1.005–1.016 (1.3–4.1 °P) SRM: 3–6 IBU: 22–35 ABV: 7.5–10.5% Duvel is considered the ultimate example of Belgian strong golden ale and I think they also

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Belgian Pale Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.048­–1.054 (11.9–13.3 °P) FG: 1.010–1.014 (2.6–3.6 °P) SRM: 8–14 IBU: 20–30 ABV: 4.8–5.5% Mick, the bartender at the Monk’s Kettle in San Francisco, serves me a De Koninck.

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Belgian Dubbel

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by the numbers OG: 1.062–1.075 (15.2–18.2 °P) FG: 1.008–1.018 (2.0–4.6 °P) SRM: 10–17 IBU: 15–25 ABV: 6–7.6% I fondly remember my very first trip to Belgium. I was already passionate about homebrewing

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Baltic Porter

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I wasn’t very impressed with the first few commercial examples of Baltic porter I tasted. They were oxidized and a bit too sweet from long travels and time spent sitting on the

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Autumn Seasonal Beer

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by the numbers Some examples, such as pumpkin beers, mimic many of the food flavors found on the Thanksgiving table. OG: Varies FG:Varies SRM:Varies, typically 11–19 IBU:Varies, typically low ABV:Varies, typically >

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American Wheat Rye

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by the numbers OG: 1.040–1.055 (10–13.6) FG: 1.008–1.013 (2.1–3.3 °P) SRM: 3–6 IBU: 15–30 ABV: 4–5.5% The other day, my neighbor stopped by and as usual, I offered him a beer. He

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American Pale Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.045–1.060 (11.2–14.7 °P) FG: 1.010–1.015 (2.6–3.8 °P) SRM: 5–14 IBU: 30–45 ABV: 4.5–6.2% The very first homebrew I ever drank was an American pale ale my neighbor Steve

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American IPA

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by the numbers OG: 1.056–1.075 (13.8–18.2 °P) FG: 1.010–1.018 (2.6–4.6 °P) SRM: 6–15 IBU: 40–70 ABV: 5.5–7.5% All IPA sub-styles are “hoppy,” but there is a vast difference in the level of

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American Brown Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.045–1.060 (11.2–14.7 °P) FG: 1.010­–1.016 (2.6–4.1 °P) SRM: 18–35 IBU: 20–40 ABV: 4.3–6.2% It is said that the first American brown ale was a creation of homebrewers in

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American Blonde

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by the numbers OG: 1.038–1.054 (9.5–13.3 °P) FG: 1.008–1.013 (2.1–3.3 °P) SRM: 3–6 IBU: 15–28 ABV: 3.8–5.5%               Oh where have all of the American blonde

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American Amber

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by the numbers OG: 1.045–1.060 (11.2–14.7 °P) FG: 1.010–1.015 (2.6–3.8 °P) SRM: 10–17 IBU: 25–40 ABV: 4.5–6.2% As I walked back from Mount Rushmore while vacationing one year, I began to think

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Foreign Extra Stout

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Beer selection in the tropics is limited, but it isn’t limited to just cookie-cutter yellow lagers. If you don’t want fizz-water with a lime in it, grab a foreign extra stout. We’ll show you how to brew one.