English-Style Summer Ale Style
- Color: Straw to gold
- Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures
- Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Residual malt sweetness is low to medium. Torriﬁed or malted wheat is often used in quantities of 25 percent or less. Malt attributes such as biscuity or low levels of caramel are present.
- Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: English, American or noble-type hop aroma should be low to medium. English, American or noble-type hop ﬂavor should not be assertive and should be well balanced with malt character.
- Perceived Bitterness: Medium-low to medium
- Fermentation Characteristics: Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. Fruity esters are low to medium. Diacetyl and DMS should not be present.
- Body: Low to medium-low
- Additional notes: The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching
English-Style Summer Ale Vital Statistics
- Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.036-1.050 (9-12.4 °Plato)
- Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.006-1.012 (1.5-3.1 °Plato)
- Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 2.9%-4.0% (3.7%-5.1%)
- Bitterness (IBU) 20-30
- Color SRM (EBC) 3-6(6-12 EBC)
2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.
Credit: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines – Ale Styles – British Origin Ale Styles – English-Style Summer Ale