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Strong American Ale - American Strong Ale


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 ale

Flavor Profile: Medium to high dextrinous malt with a full range of caramel, toffee, dark fruit flavors. Low to medium toasty, bready, or Maillard-rich malty flavors are optional, and can add complexity. Medium-high to high hop bitterness. The malt gives a medium to high

Ingredients: Well-modified pale malt as a base; some character malts would be appropriate, medium to dark crystal malts are typical. Citrusy or piney American hops are common, although any American or New World varieties can be used in quantity, provided they do not c

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Top 10 American Strong Ale Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Combine Imperial Red Ale
25 L 7.43% 57.96 1.075 1.018
All Grain 4663
The tard in bastard
2 gal 10.8% 223.96 1.103 1.020
All Grain 3391
Julevarmer (Monkeyoppskrift)
35 L 7.26% 25.28 1.074 1.018
BIAB 3124
imperiaL IPA
20 L 7.73% 50.91 1.075 1.016
BIAB 2877
brrr
5 gal 7.88% 38.68 1.077 1.017
All Grain 2860
Founding Fathers Colonial Ale
5.2 gal 6.88% 53.79 1.072 1.020
All Grain 2748
Big Bastard
17 gal 7.53% 68.03 1.070 1.013
All Grain 2740
Snowman Constructor Hoppy Winter Imperial
11 gal 8.56% 67.36 1.081 1.016
All Grain 2486
Snowclone
5 gal 7.95% 26.4 1.087 1.026
All Grain 2386
23 Armistice Ale 11/11/13
5 gal 6.72% 26.5 1.072 1.021
All Grain 1711

Newest American Strong Ale Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Muscles
3 gal 7.83% 91.4 1.076 1.017
BIAB 34
Unfound Union
5.5 gal 6.85% 68.87 1.068 1.016
All Grain 54
NB Elegant Bastard
20 gal 7.32% 93.63 1.072 1.016
All Grain 43
G's Elegant Bastard
2.75 gal 6.91% 84.88 1.069 1.016
extract 62
Arrogant Bastard Clone - CASK 2024 Barrel Project
5.5 gal 6.83% 100.31 1.067 1.015
All Grain 62
BBA Strong 2024
625 L 9.52% 0 1.090 1.017
All Grain 85
May the Force Be With You Always - American Str.
18 L 8.85% 50.03 1.083 1.016
All Grain 60
Unsessionable
5.5 gal 10.33% 105.73 1.092 1.013
All Grain 206
Fauna/Fausto Strong Ale
500 gal 8.07% 74.77 1.080 1.019
All Grain 87
California Old Ale
2.94 gal 10.34% 93.65 1.102 1.024
extract 127

Fermentables Used In American Strong Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
US - Pale 2-Row 222 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 68% 3% - 100%
Special B 108 Grain crystal malt 115°L
34 7% 1% - 61%
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 91 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 53% 6% - 100%
Munich - Light 10L 74 Grain specialty malt 10°L
33 18% 0% - 66%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 63 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 7% 1% - 22%
Corn Sugar - Dextrose 55 Sugar sugar 0.5°L
42 9% 1% - 25%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 53 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 5% 1% - 18%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 50 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 7% 0% - 24%
American - Victory 49 American Grain roasted malt 28°L
34 8% 2% - 20%
Flaked Oats 47 Adjunct raw 2.2°L
33 8% 0% - 24%

Hops Used In American Strong Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
Cascade 160 7 23% 1% - 100%
Chinook 151 13 24% 2% - 100%
Centennial 94 10 23% 0% - 100%
Simcoe 81 12.7 18% 1% - 100%
Citra 81 11 21% 0% - 100%
Magnum 63 15 33% 2% - 100%
Amarillo 62 8.6 19% 0% - 100%
Columbus 55 15 19% 2% - 100%
Willamette 46 4.5 32% 4% - 100%
Mosaic 41 12.5 18% 2% - 92%

Steeping Grains Used In American Strong Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
Special B 10 Grain crystal malt 115°L
34 28% 17% - 100%
Belgian - Biscuit 8 Belgian Grain roasted malt 23°L
35 28% 13% - 40%
American - Caramel / Crystal 40L 8 American Grain crystal malt 40°L
34 42% 16% - 100%
American - Chocolate 7 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 15% 2% - 32%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 6 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 39% 11% - 100%
Honey Malt 6 Grain crystal malt 25°L
37 83% 50% - 100%
American - Victory 5 American Grain roasted malt 28°L
34 52% 20% - 80%
American - Caramel / Crystal 15L 5 American Grain crystal malt 15°L
35 18% 1% - 33%
American - Caramel / Crystal 80L 4 American Grain crystal malt 80°L
33 68% 6% - 100%
Belgian - CaraMunich 4 Belgian Grain crystal malt 50°L
33 30% 25% - 36%

Yeasts Used In American Strong Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 167 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
White Labs - California Ale Yeast WLP001 55 White Labs Ale High Medium 76.5% 68°F 73°F
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 50 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Wyeast - American Ale 1056 35 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Med-Low 75% 60°F 72°F
White Labs - Dry English Ale Yeast WLP007 23 White Labs Ale Med-High Med-High 75% 65°F 70°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 17 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
Mangrove Jack - New World Strong Ale M42 10 Mangrove Jack Ale n/a High 79.5% 61°F 72°F
Mangrove Jack - US West Coast Yeast M44 9 Mangrove Jack Ale n/a High 78% 59°F 74°F
Wyeast - American Ale II 1272 9 Wyeast Ale 0.1 High 74% 60°F 72°F
Lallemand - LALBREW┬« BRY-97 WEST COAST ALE YEAST 8 LalBrew Ales High High 75% 59°F 72°F

Other Ingredients Used In American Strong Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 49 Water Agt Mash 39% 0% - 100%
Whirlfloc 47 Fining Boil 67% 1% - 100%
Irish Moss 34 Fining Boil 79% 6% - 100%
Epsom Salt 22 Water Agt Mash 10% 0% - 50%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 21 Water Agt Mash 19% 0% - 59%
Lactic acid 14 Water Agt Mash 62% 0% - 100%
Baking Soda 12 Water Agt Mash 12% 0% - 31%
Phosphoric acid 8 Water Agt Sparge 47% 1% - 100%
Chalk 7 Water Agt Mash 12% 0% - 22%
Wyeast - Beer Nutrient 7 Other Boil 54% 8% - 100%

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