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The Time Out cheat sheet to understanding beer styles

India Pale Ale
India Pale Ales are super-hoppy (thanks to a secondary addition of the flowers during fermentation) and pack flavour in spades.

Lagers are like Swedes: blond and genetically engineered for long sessions in the sun. They’re hard to make, being all about being subtle and clean.

Saison Beer
Traditionally adjusted in style to suit the season (lighter in hot months/darker and heavier in colder months). They’re often fruity and a bit fusty.

Porter Beer
They’re dark as night and just a bit toasty from those dark malts, but often, nowhere near as heavy or intense as you’d expect.

Sour Beer
They’re beers funked-up with fruit and bacteria, but in a mouth-puckeringly fresh way. If you like dry ciders as dry, you’ll love ’em.

Tripel Beer
It’s the deep amber-coloured, super-boozy Belgian-style ale. The lolly syrup of beer, it’s typically 9% alcohol by volume. Whoah, Nelly...

Wheat Beer
Light and cloudy and usually brewed with coriander seed and orange peel. Drinking them is like being thrashed with the fresh branch.


Updated on 24 Mar 2014.

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