So, you want to know more about beer... Well, pour yourself a cold one and get comfortable because there's a whole lot of great stuff to learn about your favourite beverage.
Ales are full-bodied with hints of fruit or spice and a hoppy finish. They’re also known to quench a mean thirst.
Lager, the beer style almost everyone’s familiar with, is known for its crispness and refreshing finish.
Sweet tooth? Malts, often containing notes of caramel, toffee, and nuts, are dark and sweet in flavour.
In addition to type, a beer's character can be described by its style. Listed below are some of the many different styles of beer carried at the Beer Store.
A very versatile beer, Amber beers are full bodied malt aromas with hints of caramel, these beers could be either lager or ale.
Blonde ales are very pale in colour and tend to be clear, crisp, and dry, with low-to-medium bitterness and aroma from hops and some sweetness from malt.
Dark amber or brown in colour, brown ale have evidence of caramel and chocolate flavours and may have a slight citrus accent or be strong, malty or nutty, depending on the area of brewing.
Dark ale is a British type beer, combining hops, yeast and a blend of malts. It's a medium chestnut brown colour, with a delicate fruity smell and robust, malty character.
Pale ale has a fruity, copper-coloured styler. It originiated from England. Pale ales are robust beers that can be enjoyed with strongly spiced foods.
This is a broad grouping that can describe any beer over 7% ABV. Strong beers are typically dark in colour, some are almost black. Different styles can include old ales, double IPAs, and barleywines.
Light and easy to drink with very little aftertaste. Wheat provides a soft character to beer and is sometimes hazy or cloudy with a touch of spice notes.
Red ales can either be red or light brown in colour. They are moderate to heavy in flavour and contain hints of caramel that is offset by the predominant hop characteristic of the beer.
A hoppier version of pale ale. Originally brewed in England with extra hops to survive the journey to British troops stationed in India.
Typically light in flavour with a refreshing lime taste. The intensity of the lime can differ from very subtle to strong.
Made with neutral and hard water. Tend to be golden in colour with a dry, crisp, and somewhat bitter flavour. Pilsner stands out from other lagers due to its more distinctive hop taste.
First developed in the UK, Golden ales are straw coloured with a slight hint of citrus and vanilla. The beer can sometimes contain spicier flavours.
Most fruit beers are ales however, they typically do not carry an ale character. In order to allow for the fruit flavor to come through nicely, the malt’s flavor is not dominant and there is a low bitterness level to the beer.