Beer Style Guide

Here is a small introduction to the world of beer styles. These are among the more popular and for any that we come across in our brew review adventures that are not included on this list, I’ll explain on that specific review.

Ale – Sweet, full-bodied, fruity in taste. Brewed using a warm fermentation process. (Brown, black, red, and cream are just a few examples of the variations of ale.)

Pale Ale – Amber-gold beer with fruity, fresh citrus aromas. Relatively low alcohol.

India Pale Ale (IPA) – Hoppy beer style within the category of pale ale. (Double, triple and black being a few variations.)

Sour – Acidic, tart or sour taste.

Stout – Dark beer using roasted malt or barley, hops, water and yeast.

Lager – Conditioned at lower temperatures than ale. Pale, golden, amber or dark.

Porter – Dark beer developed in London from well-hopped beers made from brown malt.

Pilsner – Light straw to golden in color, it is a type of pale lager.

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