Style catagory for this recipe?

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Style catagory for this recipe?

Postby Legman » Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:01 pm

I've got a recipe that I brew for my friends that they all really like and I was trying to figure out would be the appropriate style for this. I'm not really sure where it fits in. It's sort of a blonde/amber, but not exactly. I was thinking maybe specialty beer because of the orange peel and the amount of honey it has. Any thoughts which catagory????

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0.83 lbs. Crystal Malt 40
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British Summer Ale

Postby slothrob » Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:41 am

I'd say it looks a lot like a relatively new style called a British Summer Ale.
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Postby Legman » Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:34 pm

Never heard of that. Sounds good though.
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Summer Lightning

Postby slothrob » Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:47 pm

I've had the Summer Lightning, and it's good. More like an American Pale Ale, in that it is dry, bitter and a little citrusy, but with a hint of British esters. I've had a few others that have resembled Ordinary Bitters, but paler and often with an American hop added at the end for an aroma that is different than typical OB's.
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Postby Legman » Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:51 am

I was thinking about entering this recipe in a competition, so I have to pick a catagory to put it in. What do you think it best fits in? Only thing I could best match it up with is specialty beer. With the amount of honey in it, I'm guessing it would be a specialty beer since there is no offical honey beer style.
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Postby slothrob » Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:17 pm

I can't say I know where it would best fit.
Every catagory I think of leads me to why it wouldn't be a prize winner in that catagory. I'm not a competitor, but sometimes a nice beer is just a nice beer. If it wasn't brewed to fit a style, which is a lot of what competitions are about, it may just be best to enjoy it.

That said, in addition to specialty, it might pass as a Special Bitter depending on how prominent the orange peel is.
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Postby Legman » Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:56 pm

Yeah I'm not sure either. The orange peel comes through as a slight citris falvor, but the honey really dominates over the malt flavor. So with the honey flavor being so prominent, I'm not sure what to do with it. I didn't really brew it to any centain style at the time.
Like you said...maybe just enjoy it.
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Postby slothrob » Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:12 pm

It's always 5:30 somewhere! :lol:
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