I'm a newbie just 3 weeks into brewing my first beer. Homebrewing is not very common where I live so I had to made do with what was available. I started with malt extract OG 1.075, yeast Safale Ale S-04 Whitbread Strain and Cooper's Ale. Hops: Cascade. FG is 1.01

What exactly should I call what I have brewed.

Thanks a million.

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    Unless it's a competition, call it whatever you want ;) Evil Zymurgist is right that "American Ale" seems most appropriate, but if it's only for you and your friends, only thing that matters is: what name would you see fit?
    – Mołot
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 13:55
  • Yes Molot, you're right. I was just wondering what type so that if the time ever came, I could say I made an IPA or I made XYZ lager, etc. Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 14:20
  • It might be American IPA, in a way... depends how hoppy and bitter it is.
    – Mołot
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 14:21
  • Maybe call it "beer"?
    – Robert
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 17:47
  • @MikePainter well it's definatly an Ale, not a Lager. Lager Yeast and cold fermentation make lagers. Your hops are american, if the IBU is above 60 it could be styled as a Double IPA, or above 50 as an American Strong Ale. Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 18:15

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Congratulations on your first brew!

I would suggest putting the ingedient details into some brew software many are free in the form of phone apps or web based. Give it a Google.

The limited information you have given isn't enough to go on. We need malt type and amount, batch volume, hop weight, age and boil duration of hops to even guess a style based on vitals.

bjcp.org has the 2015 style guidlines where you can compare your vitals, ingredients and fermentation type to established styles.

But ulitmatly, it will come down to how it tastes, smells and appears once it's done .

With the limited details it leans to a strong American ale 8.5% ABV while not a style in itself it's a start. 22A is Double IPA with IBU 60-120, 22B is American Strong Ale IBU 50-100. There's a lot of differences between the two, though the IBUs overlap.

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