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2008 BJCP SRM Beer Color Descriptors

 

Note that SRM is a measure of beer color density more than hue/tint.  Keep this in mind when attempting to use only SRM numbers when describing beers.  Within these Guidelines, beer color descriptors generally follow this mapping to SRM values:

 



New


Straw
Yellow  
Gold     
Amber  
Deep amber/light copper 
Copper 
Deep copper/light brown 
Brown
Dark Brown
Very Dark Brown
Black 
Black, opaque 

 

2-3
3-4
5-6
6-9
10-14
14-17
17-18
19-22
22-30
30-35
30+
40+


Old

 Color Lovibond Descriptors 

Light Yellow
Medium Yellow
Deep Straw/Gold
Deep Gold
Light Amber
Copper
Red/Brown
Light Brown
Medium Brown
Light Black
Black
2.0-3.0
3.0 - 4.5
4.5 - 6.0
6.0 - 7.5
7.5 - 9.0
9.0 - 11.0
11 - 14
14 - 17
17 - 20
20 - 25
>25

 

 

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