Roasted malt, caramel-like and chocolate-like characters should be of medium intensity in both flavour and aroma for the American brown ale. American-style brown ales have evident low to medium hop flavour and aroma and medium to high hop bitterness. The history of this style dates back to U.S. homebrewers who were inspired by English-style brown ales and porters. It sits in flavour between those British styles and is more bitter than both.