Beer Style

Beer, ale, lager and stout styles and categories

Beers, ales and lagers come in many types, styles and variations. Please choose from the styles listed to find more of the beers you like.

Pale Ale : IPA

BrewDog How to Disappear Completely

BrewDog How to Disappear Completely
78A brave attempt to pack the extravagant hop character found in strong American beers into a session bitter. It's an interesting idea, and certainly showcases the wonders of hops, but without the alcoh...

Cervesera Montseny Lupulus

Cervesera Montseny Lupulus
78The name means hop and this light-golden beer from Spain is totally devoted to that esteemed plant. Fresh, crisp and drinkable but expect only tangy, lemony bitterness.

Coors Worthington's White Shield Recommended - Winner

Coors Worthington's White Shield
85Very well balanced and always interesting, this 19th century survivor of the original IPA boom is all too easy to drink for its strength. Credit to Coors for investing in this erstwhile badly-abused b...

Daleside Brewery Alnwick IPA

Daleside Brewery Alnwick IPA
78A fine beer with the authentic IPA hopping, if not exactly the true strength of a genuine IPA. Packed with taste for its strength. Brewed for Alnwick by Daleside Brewery.

Darwin Brewery Rolling Hitch Recommended - Winner

Darwin Brewery Rolling Hitch
80Light and delicate for such a hoppy and strong beer. A very quaffable golden IPA from the North-East that was the winner of Asda's bottled beer competition in 2005.

Flying Dog Snake Dog Editors Choice - Winner

Flying Dog Snake Dog
85Fans of highly-hopped American beers will love this amber-orange IPA, but other drinkers will find it too unbalanced. I fall into the former camp.

Goose Island Beer Co Indian Pale Ale Recommended - Winner

Goose Island Beer Co Indian Pale Ale
88A world classic. Scored down a touch this time – perhaps the company it's keeping in this round of tasting is more challenging. Still outstanding, nonetheless.

Greene King IPA Export Strength

Greene King IPA Export Strength
73A pleasant enough and interesting progression from the often insipid standard Greene King IPA, but it fails to deliver what's really needed in a proper IPA – full body and a good smack of hops.

Greene King IPA Exports Strength Recommended - Winner

Greene King IPA Exports Strength
80Well-balanced and tasty: a cut above Greene King's standard IPA. Scores more highly this time than in an earlier tasting.

Hampshire Pride of Romsey

Hampshire Pride of Romsey
78A tasty, nicely balanced, copper coloured beer with a prominent but happily not over-stated hoppiness.

Harpoon IPA Recommended - Winner

Harpoon IPA
80A very well-balanced American IPA, but rather mellow for this often aggressive style.

Joseph Holt Pioneer

Joseph Holt Pioneer
75Gloriously hoppy in the Holt style, this bottle-conditioned beer features Pioneer hops.

Marston's Old Empire

Marston's Old Empire
75A nicely-balanced golden ale with a good hop presence. Very quaffable for its strength, but could taste a bit fresher (the sample tasted was approaching its best before date).

Okell's 1907

Okell's 1907
73The label suggests this celebratory beer will chill well, and the body and hoppiness will probably ensure it does. Brewed to mark 100 years of the TT races on the Isle of Man, effectively packing all ...

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay Organic Ale

Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay Organic Ale
75A rather delicate, low-key, Kentish amber ale that would certainly be more impressive on draught, but pleasant and quaffable all the same. Its name suggests a pairing with oysters, but that's not been...

Shongweni Robson's Durban Pale Ale

Shongweni Robson's Durban Pale Ale
78Unfortunately, this South African beer was rather lively on opening, which meant that the sediment lifted and the beer became thicker and chewier than intended. The flavours remained good, however.

St Austell Proper Job

St Austell Proper Job
78A surprisingly golden-coloured, bottle-conditioned IPA, drawing inspiration from the American craft-brewed model rather than the maltier Burton-on-Trent school.

St Austell Brewery Proper Job

St Austell Brewery Proper Job
83A refreshing, dark golden beer inspired by various American IPAs and hence loaded with citrus flavours. Cornish malt is successfully employed to even up both the taste and the trans-atlantic balance. ...

St Peter's Indian Pale Ale

St Peter's Indian Pale Ale
73A demandingly hoppy drink that grabs you by the tastebuds. A little more malt wouldn't go amiss.

Thornbridge Jaipur Recommended - Winner

Thornbridge Jaipur
80A very successful golden IPA that has turned many heads since it arrived on the scene last year. The beer is available in both filtered and bottle-conditioned versions. The above notes are based on th...

Thornbridge Jaipur IPA

Thornbridge Jaipur IPA
80The very pale golden colour belies the depth of flavour in this robust IPA. It's almost a meal in a glass.

Tui Brewery East India Pale Ale

Tui Brewery East India Pale Ale
75Dark amber in colour and unusually sweet for a beer that bears the name IPA. An interesting but quite thin beer from a long-established New Zealand brewery.

Williams Brothers IPA

Williams Brothers IPA
79A very decent IPA served in a smart, tempting bottle.

Worthington's White Shield Editors Choice - Winner

Worthington's White Shield
83A classy, wonderfully balanced copper ale that continues to be at the head of the field of bottle-conditioned beers.

Perfect Partners (Cheese & Beer)
Cheese is far more compatible with beer than wine, so why don't we serve the two together more? Ben McFarland goes on a road test

Be bold with beer
There's nothing wrong with a quality lager as an accompaniment to Indian food, but as Ben McFarland reports, there are other options

Top of the chocs (Beer & Chocolate)
Ben McFarland gets all gooey at a beer and chocolate tasting

A very big house in the country (Thornbridge Hall)
Richard Jones dons his gladrags for an evening of fine beer and food at the magnificent setting of Thornbridge Hall in the Peak District

Set in stone
Ben McFarland attends a beer dinner organised by Stone Brewing, a San Diego microbrewery making some big beers

A very British dish
Few things are as well matched as beer and curry, but is it as simple as that? Sally Toms finds out

In hop heaven
Ben McFarland asks a panel of experts for their food pairings with the eminently hoppy India pale ales

Pale and Interesting
Our panel of experts give you their take on what to munch with pale ale.

If you're gong to San Francisco
There's more to this Californian city than meets the eye. Jeff Pickthall reports on a thriving beer culture

California soul
Ben McFarland visits the beer hot spots of sunny San Diego

Toronto the good
Canada is a major player in the beer revolution that is sweeping North America. Robert Hughey seeks out the beer venues in its largest city.

a beer romp in wine country
Matt Kirkegaard embarks on a Sideways-style beer romp in Western Australia, an area more commly associated with wines.

Paradise city
Zak Avery leads us on a beer tour of Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city.

Everything you need to know about... hops
In the first of a series on the brewing of beer Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of the hop

Everything you need to know about... water
In the latest in our series Michael Jackson investigates the role of water and how important a quality sourse is to the overall taste of beer

A day in the life of a brewer
Just what do they get up to all day? We sent Glynn Davis to find out.

USA: American Beauties
During the last few decades the USA has experienced a beer revolution. Gary Monterosso reports

Belgium - Beer country
Charles D cook explores Belgium, the ultimate destination for any beer fan.

Belgium - Celebrating café culture
Charles D cook explores Belgium's legendary beer culture by revealing some of the best beer cafés.

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

East Anglia: Full of Eastern promise
East Anglia has emerged from the shadow of one large brewer and is producing some of Britain's most exciting beers. Andrew Burnyeat reports

Och aye the brew (Scotland)
Scotland has undergone a beer revolution in the last decade. Ben McFarland looks at what is on offer

Far from Middling (East Midlands)
Several regions of Britain could lay claim to be its most fertile beer producer. One of the least celebrated is the East Midlands. Dominic Roskrow grew up there

The beers of Eire
Iorwerth Griffiths explains that there's more to Ireland than stout.

God's own country
It covers 6,000 square miles, but does its beer measure up? Alastair Gilmour sets off for Yorkshire.

Stays Sharp's to the bottom of the glass (St Austell)
Sharp's is challenging St Austell as Cornwall's biggest brewer. Roger Protz visited it

The beer that time forgot (Hook Norton)
Hook Norton in Oxfordshire is part visitor attraction, part brewery. It also makes great beer. Sally Toms went for a look round

Marston's of the universe
Pete Brown visits Marston's Brewery in Burton upon Trent home of the legendary Burton Unions.

Worthy of praise
Pete Brown visits the Worthington White Shield Brewery to explore the history of one of Burton's most legendary beers.

Scotland's new national drink
The opportunity to drink a few beers in Scotland has Alastair Gilmour on a ‘high'.

World Beer Awards 2009
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World Beer Awards 2011
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