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Strong British Ale - Old Ale


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

Flavor Profile: Medium to high malt character with a luscious malt complexity, often with nutty, caramelly and/or molasses-like flavors. Light chocolate or roasted malt flavors are optional, but should never be prominent. Balance is often malty-sweet, but may be well hop

Ingredients: Composition varies, although generally similar to British Strong Ales. The age character is the biggest driver of the final style profile, which is more handling than brewing. May be aged in wood, but should not have a strong wood character.

BJCP Style Guide

Top 10 Old Ale Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Shipwreck Strong Ale
5.5 gal 8.82% 43.94 1.085 1.018
BIAB 5717
Ye Olde Ale
5.5 gal 8.48% 38.16 1.090 1.026
Partial Mash 3644
Jule-ale (Andrimne Old Ale)
20 L 6.59% 47.08 1.071 1.021
BIAB 3534
Red Sky at Night
5 gal 7.06% 61.21 1.079 1.025
All Grain 3180
castle red
25 L 6.63% 38.96 1.065 1.015
All Grain 2855
Welsh Strong Cask Ale 5 gallon
5 gal 6.08% 36.15 1.060 1.014
extract 2823
Old Mr. Brown's Squirrel Tale Ale
5.5 gal 8.57% 61.33 1.077 1.015
Partial Mash 2802
Old Fezziwig Clone
5 gal 6.37% 56 1.067 1.018
extract 2679
Jamil's Olde Treacle Mine Old Ale
6 gal 9.39% 72.31 1.094 1.022
All Grain 2482
Ye Olde Schindee Ale
2.35 gal 8.51% 70.63 1.091 1.027
BIAB 2104

Newest Old Ale Recipes

Title Size ABV IBU OG FG Color Method Views
Nathan's Old Ale
5.5 gal 7.43% 0 1.082 1.025
All Grain 72
Winter Warmer
1 gal 13.32% 43 1.129 1.027
All Grain 47
High Gravity 2012 Christmas Ale
5.5 gal 6.56% 60.93 1.065 1.016
All Grain 49
Gamle-Erik v. 3
22.5 L 6.77% 32.14 1.071 1.020
All Grain 67
Old peculiar clone.
24 L 5.98% 32.17 1.064 1.019
All Grain 69
Breugels Bruin
30 L 6.45% 33.61 1.063 1.014
All Grain 87
Curmy Alpha
8.5 gal 8.9% 61.17 1.090 1.023
All Grain 83
TBN old ale
542.5 gal 10.61% 55.12 1.100 1.019
All Grain 71
Hibernation Ale Clone
6 gal 7.84% 0 1.087 1.027
All Grain 75
Old Ale
23 L 5.86% 28.44 1.060 1.015
All Grain 91

Fermentables Used In Old Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
United Kingdom - Maris Otter Pale 127 United Kingdom Grain base malt 3.75°L
38 74% 17% - 100%
Molasses 91 Sugar sugar 80°L
36 4% 0% - 17%
United Kingdom - Black Patent 40 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 525°L
27 2% 0% - 5%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 39 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 6% 1% - 15%
American - Chocolate 38 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 2% 1% - 6%
United Kingdom - Chocolate 38 United Kingdom Grain roasted malt 425°L
34 3% 1% - 9%
US - Pale 2-Row 37 US Grain base malt 1.8°L
37 67% 31% - 89%
Special B 36 Grain crystal malt 115°L
34 4% 1% - 11%
Brown Sugar 31 Sugar sugar 15°L
45 6% 1% - 29%
American - Caramel / Crystal 120L 30 American Grain crystal malt 120°L
33 4% 1% - 10%

Hops Used In Old Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Average AA Avg. Usage Usage Range
East Kent Goldings 90 5 35% 3% - 100%
Fuggles 85 4.5 36% 3% - 100%
Magnum 32 15 56% 8% - 100%
Nugget 31 14 64% 9% - 100%
Target 27 11.5 43% 7% - 100%
Challenger 26 8.5 39% 7% - 100%
Northern Brewer 26 7.8 38% 11% - 100%
Willamette 22 4.5 44% 10% - 100%
Cascade 21 7 26% 7% - 60%
Bramling Cross 14 6.5 31% 9% - 83%

Steeping Grains Used In Old Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Country Category Type Color PPG Avg. Usage Usage Range
American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) 3 American Grain crystal malt 1.8°L
33 15% 5% - 31%
Caramel / Crystal 60L 2 Grain crystal malt 60°L
34 42% 4% - 80%
American - Caramel / Crystal 80L 2 American Grain crystal malt 80°L
33 27% 14% - 40%
American - Chocolate 2 American Grain roasted malt 350°L
29 31% 20% - 43%
German - CaraAmber 2 German Grain crystal malt 23°L
34 23% 20% - 26%
New Zealand - Dark Chocolate Malt 2 New Zealand Grain roasted malt 659.898°L
32.7 16% 11% - 20%

Yeasts Used In Old Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Laboratory Type Alcohol Tolerance Flocculation Attenuation Min. Temp Max. Temp
Fermentis - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04 53 Fermentis / Safale Ale .0975 High 75% 54°F 77°F
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast 23 Danstar Ale Med-High High 77% 57°F 70°F
Wyeast - London Ale III 1318 18 Wyeast Ale 0.1 High 73% 64°F 74°F
Wyeast - London Ale 1028 18 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Med-Low 75% 60°F 72°F
Fermentis - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05 13 Fermentis / Safale Ales Low Medium 81% 54°F 77°F
Wyeast - Scottish Ale 1728 13 Wyeast Ale 0.12 High 71% 55°F 75°F
Lallemand - LALBREW┬« NOTTINGHAM HIGH PERFORMANCE ALE YEAST 12 Lallemand Ales Medium High 80% 50°F 72°F
White Labs - London Ale Yeast WLP013 9 White Labs Ale Medium Medium 71% 66°F 71°F
Wyeast - London ESB Ale 1968 9 Wyeast Ale 0.1 Very High 69% 64°F 72°F
Mangrove Jack - Empire Ale M15 8 Mangrove Jack Ale n/a Med-High 72.5% 70°F 75°F

Other Ingredients Used In Old Ale Recipes (View More)

Name Recipes Type Use Avg. Usage Usage Range
Gypsum 50 Water Agt Mash 14% 0% - 99%
Whirlfloc 31 Water Agt Boil 64% 9% - 100%
Irish Moss 25 Fining Boil 68% 0% - 100%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 21 Water Agt Mash 15% 0% - 70%
Epsom Salt 20 Water Agt Mash 6% 0% - 37%
Lactic acid 19 Water Agt Mash 73% 2% - 100%
Chalk 17 Water Agt Mash 10% 0% - 39%
Baking Soda 13 Water Agt Mash 12% 0% - 40%
Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) 10 Water Agt Mash 11% 0% - 67%
Calcium Chloride (anhydrous) 9 Water Agt Mash 13% 0% - 43%

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