4 Must Try Ale Styles
As a beer lover which camp do you belong to? Lagers or ales? (Click here to know the difference between the 2) If it is lagers you crave, you already know that most beers available in the market fall in that category. Not that we are trying to change your allegiance but do allow us to introduce you to some ale styles. We promise you will not be disappointed.
When compared to lagers which are known to be fresher and crisper, ales have more rich, robust and complicated flavors – one of the many reasons novice beer drinkers find them overwhelming. But as you experience and try out more beers, you will grow to at least appreciate them, if not love them.
Shepherd Neame IPA
This is the only bottled India Pale Ale or IPA available in the country. (Find out why its called India Pale Ale here). Citrus, orange zest, spices, grass, there is so much flavor in the beer, it is a sheer delight. But we have to warn you thanks to the excessive use of hops, it is as much bitter as its flavorful.
Shepherd Neame 1698
Another beer from the Shepherd Neame stable, 1698 is a bottle conditioned ale. What that means is that there is some amount of yeast left in the bottle which is converting sugar into alcohol and generating CO2 in the bottle, rather than in a tank. Spices like cinnamon and licorice are the dominant flavors with some citrus elements.
Murphy’s Irish Stout
Irish stout’s popularity grew thanks to the other Dublin based brewery – Guinness, of course. As a style Murphy’s too is a wholesome and hearty beer. It has cocoa, chocolate and coffee notes which starts of bitterness and finishes of sweet.
Fullers London Porter
Say hello to porter, a mellower cousin to stout. It is not as rich as a stout but has the same complexity. This particular porter has chocolate and coffee notes which you get due to the brown, crystal and chocolate malts used.