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What BJCP for my Brown Ale?

Hi all,

I was thinking about entering my first all-grain batch into a homebrew comp, but I was unsure of the BJCP category to enter it in. It’s a brown ale-John Palmer’s Elevenses Ale recipe.

Here is the grain bill:
-5.5 lbs Maris Otter

  • 1 lb Briess Caramel 60
  • 1 lb Weyermann Oak-Smoked Wheat Malt
  • 0.5 lbs English Brown Malt
  • 0.33 lbs Flaked Oats
  • 0.25 lbs Chocolate Malt

There is a slightly smoky smell/taste to the beer from the pound of Oak Smokes Malt, so I was thinking 22B would be the right category (Other Smoked Beer), but at the same time it’s also pretty nutty and a little hoppy, so I was wondering if might also be acceptable to put it in 11C (Northern English Brown).

Thoughts? Is any smoke flavor an instant “must be in smoke” category?


Yes, if it tastes like smoke at all, you shouldn’t enter it anywhere other than Smoked Beer. Otherwise they might consider it a flaw.

I agree with Dave. Here is a good read for competitions ... on-brewing

Thanks guys!

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