Style Details

Name
Alter­na­ti­ve Sugar Beer
Cate­go­ry
Alter­na­ti­ve Fer­men­ta­bles Beer
BJCP Style Code
31 B
Appearan­ce
Same as the base beer, alt­hough some sug­ars will bring addi­tio­nal colors.
Aro­ma
Same as the base beer, except that some addi­tio­nal fer­men­ta­bles (honey, molas­ses, etc.) may add an aro­ma com­po­nent. Wha­te­ver addi­tio­nal aro­ma com­po­nent is pre­sent should be in balan­ce with the beer com­pon­ents, and be a plea­sant com­bi­na­ti­on.
Fla­vour
Same as the base beer, except that some addi­tio­nal fer­men­ta­bles (honey, molas­ses, etc.) may add a fla­vor com­po­nent. Wha­te­ver addi­tio­nal fla­vor com­po­nent is pre­sent should be in balan­ce with the beer com­pon­ents, and be a plea­sant com­bi­na­ti­on. Added sug­ars should not have a raw, unfer­men­ted fla­vor. Some added sug­ars will have unfer­men­ta­ble ele­ments that may pro­vi­de a ful­ler finish; ful­ly fer­men­ta­ble sug­ars may thin out the finish.
Mouth­feel
Same as the base beer, alt­hough depen­ding on the type of sugar added, could incre­a­se or decre­a­se the body.
Over­all Impres­si­on
A har­mo­nious mar­ria­ge of sugar and beer, but still reco­gniz­ab­le as a beer. The sugar cha­rac­ter should both be evi­dent but in balan­ce with the beer, not so for­ward as to sug­gest an arti­fi­cial pro­duct.
Comments
If the addi­tio­nal fer­men­ta­bles do not add a dis­tin­guis­ha­ble cha­rac­ter to the beer, enter it in the base style cate­go­ry. A honey-based beer should not have so much honey that it reads more like a mead with beer (i.e., a brag­got) than a honey beer. This style should not be used for styles whe­re the alter­na­ti­ve sugar is fun­da­men­tal to the style defi­ni­ti­on, or whe­re a small amount of neu­tral-fla­vo­r­ed sugar is used sim­ply to incre­a­se gra­vi­ty, incre­a­se atte­nua­ti­on, or ligh­ten fla­vor or body; tho­se beers should be ent­e­red as the nor­mal base style.
Com­mer­cial Examp­les
Bell’s Hops­lam, Ful­lers Honey Dew, Lag­u­ni­tas Brown Shug­ga’
Notes
An Alter­na­ti­ve Fer­men­ta­bles Beer is a stan­dard beer (Clas­sic Style or not) with addi­tio­nal fer­men­ta­ble sug­ars (e.g., honey, brown sugar, invert sugar, molas­ses, treacle, map­le syrup, sorghum, etc.) added.
Ori­gi­nal Gra­vi­ty
0.000 - 0.000 SG
Final Gra­vi­ty
0.000 - 0.000 SG
Color
0 - 0 SRM
Alco­hol
0.0 - 0.0 %vol
Bit­ter­ness
0 - 0 IBU