A classic for our first style in our craft beer guide is IPA or India Pale Ale, essentially a stronger version of the English Pale Ale, it tends to be higher in both Alcohol and Hop Character. The maltiness, English Yeast and Hop character tend to give this style a fruity, floral and earthy balanced beer with very good drinkability. Check some out here
English Pale Ale
English Pale Ale, sometimes known as Extra Special Bitter (ESB) is the classic English Pale Ale with a mid-strength bitterness and alcohol content with generally a pale golden colour. Balanced maltiness with sweet and fruity notes allied to a notable English Hop character make this the recognisable classic English Ale.
American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale (APA), with a very American Hop character, full of floral, fruity, pine and citrus notes. Along with a higher alcohol and full-bodied mouthfeel this style is all about hop bitterness taste and aroma.
Double IPA (DIPA), a variation on the American IPA and can take many forms from high piney hop character and bitterness to very fruity low bitterness. Whichever chosen it will have high hop character and a characteristic high alcohol content.
New England IPA
New England IPA (NEIPA), a further variation on American IPA with rich tropical and fruity flavours. Generally, with a characteristic hazy appearance and again with a mid to high strength alcohol content and one of our more popular styles in this craft beer guide.
Sour, also known as wild beers, are produced to give characteristic acidic taints of acetic, lactic, or other organic acids by the use of acidified malt in the mashing process or by introducing bacteria or other cultures during the fermentation cycle. Due to the various conditions’ ingredients, brewing, fermentation, maturation and packaging these beers can range from extremely low to high colours, low alcohol to high and low to high bitterness. A very wide-ranging style!
Saison, or Farmhouse Ales, usually bottle conditioned this style of beer may have a spicy note with potentially wild yeast characteristics. Golden in colour with mid strength bitterness and alcohol content, this style is another of the classic Belgian Beer styles.
Wheat, light in appearance and typically brewed with greater than 30% wheat malt, this style is generally unfiltered and gives a cloudy appearance. A refreshing summer beer with low to medium bitterness and low to medium alcohol levels, give this style its drinking appeal.
Porter, brewed with roasted malt and without roasted barley. With characteristic caramel and malt sweetness complements the sharpness of the roasted malt. Bitterness is medium to moderate as is alcohol content.
Stout, a classic dark to black beer. Brewed with roasted barley this style has a pronounced roasted malt and barley flavours. Medium to high bitterness and low to medium alcohol results in a balanced smooth style.
Hard Seltzer, not strictly a beer, more a flavoured, carbonated, alcoholic water. The base liquid would then have flavourings added for final product. Said to be a modern lifestyle drink with low carbohydrates and calories with a low to medium alcohol content. The new kid on the block in our craft beer guide .
Milkshake IPA, said to be often based on NEIPA’s and brewed with tropical ingredient such as strawberries, passionfruit and vanilla. Creamy in appearance, with a creamy mouth feel, which comes from the addition of lactose and milk sugar to the brew. A polarising style low in bitterness and medium to high in alcohol content.