Old Ale

Color:
Copper-red to very dark
Clarity:
Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures.
Perceived Malt Aroma and Flavor:
Fruity esters can enhance and complement the malt aroma and flavor profile. Old Ales have malt and sometimes caramel sweetness.
Perceived Hop Aroma and Flavor:
Very low to medium
Fermentation Characteristics:
Fruity esters can contribute to the character of these beers. Alcohol types can be varied and complex. A distinctive quality of Old Ales is that they undergo an aging process, often for years. Aging can occur on their yeast either in bulk storage or through conditioning in the bottle. This contributes to a rich, wine-like, and often sweet, oxidized character. Complex estery attributes may also emerge. Diacetyl is usually absent in these beers but may be present at very low levels.
Body:
Medium to full
Additional Notes:
Low level attributes typical of wood aging such as vanillin are acceptable. *Brettanomyces* and acidity reflect historical character; low level attributes such as horsey, goaty, leathery, phenolic, etc. and acidity may be present and balanced with other flavors. Attributes arising from liquids previously aged in a barrel, such as bourbon or sherry, should not be present. Beers that exhibit such attributes are categorized as wood- and barrel-aged beers.
Alcohol by Volume:
6.30% – 9.10%
IBU:
30-65
SRM Color:
12-30