There are hundreds of beer styles that have developed over the ages. We are highlighting the beers we drink the most, but will continue to update and add to the beer styles listed below.
american pale ale
As will all things, American Craft breweries have now taken this name and put a new spin on it – today an imperial beer means any beer that is higher alcohol and usually having more concentrated flavours than its traditional counterpart.
india pale ale (I.P.A.)
As time progressed English IPAs toned down their hoppiness to a more subtle level closer to a bitter, yet Americans have revived the old style and then some. Today the American IPAs are known for intense hop aromas created by adding many hop additions through-out the brewing process and especially in the fermenting stage (called dry-hopping) to create the fresh burst of hop flavours.
While extremely popular through the Industrial revolution, the popularity of porter waned as breweries began sacrificing on the quality of the beer. Due to high taxes on malts they skimped on the malt additions, adding colouring to beer instead. As mass production increased brewers forced the sour flavour by adding sulphuric acid to the mix. Falling more and more out of favour, many breweries ceased producing porters entirely through the mid-twentieth century. As with most of the beer styles, it was revived by the American craft brewing movement. Instead of mainly brown malt providing a red-hued beer and smoky profile coming from the wood-fire roasting, most porters today are made with chocolate or black malts and have a smooth flavour not dissimilar to the current day stout.
wit/ weiss/ weizen/white/wheat
The Belgian witbier is unique because of its history of being brewed with a ‘gruit’ rather than hops. Gruit was a concoction of herbs and spices to flavour and preserve the beer. Today the Witbier is brewed with some hops but is most often flavoured with orange peel and coriander.
None of these should be very hoppy beer and will have very low bitterness ratings. Generally these wheat beers are medium-light bodied with a thick creamy head helped by the wheat compounds. They are highly effervescent and therefore refreshing to drink on a warm day. These beers do not age well and should be consumed when fresh and young.