BEER STYLES


Type & OG Colour & Head Bouquet & Flavour
Light Lager
OG 35-40
Light golden. Good head retention. Bouquet a delicate blend of hops, malt and DMS. Clean, dry and refreshing. Light in malt and hops.
Heavy Lager
OG 50-65
Golden to amber. Good head retention. Malty and grainy bouquet with slight DMS and a good hop balance. Full-bodied, malty flavour, a firm hop, and perceptible alcohol. Some residual sweetness may be apparent.
Light Ale
OG 30-35
Straw to amber. Light head. Lightly hopped. Clean, dry and refreshing. No flavour components prominent.
Pale Ale or Bottled Bitter
OG 40-45
Golden to deep copper. Good head. Hops in the bouquet leading to malt and grain. Full-bodied, malty and grainy with a hoppy bitter farewell. Perhaps a little residual sweetness.
India Pale Ale OG 50-60 Rich golden to deep copper. Good head. Hoppy alcoholic and grainy bouquet. Full-bodied, malty and grainy with a prominent hop and a clean bitter farewell. Some residual sweetness to balance the hop.
London Brown Ale
OG 35-40
Light to dark brown. Good close-knit head. Malty bouquet backed by caramel. A sweet, smooth blend of malt and caramel with low hop flavour.
Newcastle Brown Ale
OG 45-50
Light reddish brown. Good head. Bouquet a blend of caramel and hop. A full-bodied flavour of caramelised malt. Some bitterness and noticeable sweetness.
Dry Stout
OG 45-50
Almost black. Well-retained, fine-textured head. Bouquet and flavour of roasted grains. Full and dry with a long hard bitter finish.
Sweet Stout
OG 40-45
Deep garnet to almost black. Well-retained, fine-textured head. Predominantly malty bouquet with some dark grain. A sweet smooth blend of caramel and malt with slight bitterness.
Porter
OG 60-70
Dark brown to almost black. Well-retained, fine-textured head. Bouquet of brown and chocolate malts. Full flavour with some residual sweetness to balance the hop and roast grain.
Strong Ale
OG 60-80
Golden to garnet. Good head. The bouquet should be malty and fruity, backed with a good hop aroma. A full-bodied blend of malt, hops and alcohol with some residual sweetness.
Barley Wine
OG 90+
Golden to brown. Light head. Rich, fruity, hoppy, alcoholic and vinous. The flavour should be full, rounded and malty with a smooth and mature blend of sweetness, hop and alcohol.


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Last updated: 29/04/10
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