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Description

A wood- or barrel-aged pale to amber beer is any lager, ale or hybrid beer, either a traditional style or a unique experimental beer that has been aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood, that meets the criteria for color shown below. For purposes of this competition entries in this subcategory should have color less than 18 SRM or 36 EBC but contain alcohol less than 5% a.b.w. or 6.25% a.b.v. Entries are aged with the intention of imparting the particularly unique character of the wood and/or what has previously been in the barrel. New wood character can be characterized as a complex blend of vanillin and unique wood character but wood aged is not necessarily synonymous with imparting wood flavors. Used sherry, bourbon, scotch, port, wine and other barrels are often used, imparting complexity and uniqueness to beer. Ultimately a balance of flavor, aroma and mouthfeel are sought with the marriage of new beer with wood and/or barrel flavors. Primary character of the beer style may or may not be apparent. Fruited or spiced wood- and barrel-aged entries that meet color and alcohol content criteria would be appropriately entered in this subcategory; fruit or spice flavors, aromas or characters should be in balance with other characters in these entries. Sour wood-aged beer, darker wood-aged beer (>18 SRM or >36 EBC) or higher alcohol wood-aged beer (>5% a.b.w. or >6.25% a.b.v.) of any color should be entered in one of the appropriate categories or subcategories shown elsewhere

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    4 - 18
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    3.0% - 5.0%
Flavor
  • HopĀ Aroma/Flavor
    Varies
  • MaltĀ Aroma/Flavor
    Varies
  • Yeast Esters
    Varies
  • Yeast Phenols
    Varies
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Varies
  • Malt
    Varies
  • Water
    Varies
  • Yeast
    Varies
Appearance
  • Color
    Pale to amber
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