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Strong Ale and Barleywine

Style Family Snapshot

This category captures the "high end" of ales for alcoholic strength. Strong Ale is a beer style category that includes English Old Ale. These are brewed to a higher gravity and therefore have a higher strength than most ales. Barleywine is the richest and strongest of ales. It is pale amber to copper in color, is full-bodied, and is high in alcohol content.

Style Family Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.057 - 1.120

Final Gravity (FG):

1.013 - 1.031

Strength (ABV):

5.6 - 10.0

Bitterness (IBU):

28 - 100

Color (SRM):

10 - 22


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Serving These Styles

Suggested serving temperature: 55 - 60 F

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Strong Ale and Barleywine