Brown aleis astyle of beerwith a dark amber or brown colour. The term was first used by London brewers in the late 17th century to describe their products, such as mild ale,though the term has a rather different meaning today. 18th century brown ales were lightly hopped and brewed from 100%brown malt.
Today there are brown ales made in several regions, most notablyEngland,BelgiumandAmerica. Other than being top-fermented and having a darker color than pale beers, brown ales share little in common in terms of flavour profile. Beers termed brown ale include sweet, low alcohol beers such as Manns Original Brown Ale, medium strength amber beers of moderate bitterness such asNewcastle Brown Ale, and malty but hoppy beers such asSierra NevadaBrown Ale.