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Ale vs Lager
– Pale ale
– Blonde ale
- Pale Ale
An English style of ale, pale ales and known for their copper color and fruity scent. Don’t let the name fool you: these beers are strong enough to pair well with spicy foods.
A type of ale, porter beers are known for their dark black color and roasted malt aroma and notes. Porters may be fruity or dry in flavor, which is determined by the variety of roasted malt used in the brewing process.
Like porters, stouts are dark, roasted ales. Stouts taste less sweet than porters and often feature a bitter coffee taste, which comes from unmalted roasted barley that is added to the wort. They are characterized by a thick, creamy head. Ireland’s Guinness may be one of the world’s best-known stouts.
- Blonde Ale
This easy drinking ale is a summer favorite, thanks to its light malt sweetness and trace of hops, which add aroma. As the name suggests, blonde ales have a pale color and a clear body. They tend to be crisp and dry, with few traces of bitterness, rather than hop-heavy or dank.
- Brown Ale
Brown ales range in color from amber to brown, with chocolate, caramel, citrus, or nut notes. Brown ales are a bit of a mixed bag, since the different malts used and the country of origin can greatly affect the flavor and scent of this underrated beer style.
- Pale Ale
An English style of ale, pale ales and known for their copper color and fruity scent. Don’t let the name fool you: these beers are strong enough to pair well with spicy foods.Related to the pale is the APA, or American Pale Ale, which is somewhat of a hybrid between the traditional English pale ale and the IPA style. American pale ales are hoppier and usually feature American two row malt.
An easy-drinking, light style of beer, wheat beers are known for a soft, smooth flavor and a hazy body. Wheat beers tend to taste like spices or citrus, with the hefeweizen or unfiltered wheat beer being one of the more common styles.
A subspecies of lager, pilsner beers are distinguished by their water, which varies from neutral too hard. Pilsners are among the hoppiest lagers and generally have a dry, slightly bitter flavor. Their light golden color, clear body, and crisp finish make Pilsners a popular summer beer.
An ancient style of beer that’s taken off in popularity in recent years, sour ales are crafted from wild yeasts, much like sourdough bread. These beers are known for a tart tang that pairs well with tropical fruit and spices. Within sour beers, you’ll find lambics, which are Belgian sour beers mixed with fruit, goses, a German sour beer made with coriander and sea salt, and Flanders, a Belgian sour beer fermented in wood tanks.
Lagers are a newer style of beer with two key differences from ales. Lagers ferment for a long time at a low temperature, and they rely on bottom-fermenting yeasts, which sink to the bottom of the fermenting tank to do their magic.
IPA is an acronym that stands for India Pale Ale or Indian Pale Ale.Bigger Hop Aromatics: IPA’s will traditionally have more hop aromatics. Floral, citrus, fruity, piney and earthy aromatics are synonymous with the IPA beer style.Higher Levels of Bitterness: IPA’s can be polarising for some drinkers who are not used to drinking beer with a higher level of bitterness.
- Double Ipa / Imperial IPA
Double IPA’s take a regular IPA and amplify all the characteristics, with a bigger malt and hop profile and Higher alcohol content usually 7.5%-10%
- Tripple & Quad IPA
Take a Double and just add more…
- Session IPA
Similar to mid strength beers with a familiar taste of IPA usually around 3.5%-5.5%
- Hop Oil IPA
Hop oil is extracted from the hops, Fresher characteristics
- Experimental IPA
A hop is a type of plant, Commercialised hops include galaxy and city,. Experimental Hops are different verities that haven’t yet been commercialised or widely used that breweries experiment using
- Continuously Hopped IPA’s
3 stages of brewing and at each stage a new Hop is added to the process usually to develop a. The bitterness b. The Flavour c. Aroma