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 : Strong / Extra Special

Batemans Victory Ale

Batemans Victory Ale
75A strong copper ale for lovers of estery fruit flavours.

Bennett's Belgium Strong

Bennett's Belgium Strong
75An easy-drinking strong ale from New Zealand. It doesn't have the idiosyncrasy or bold character of the best Belgian ales but it's well balanced and pleasant all the same.

Dado Belgian Ale
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Dado Belgian Ale
80An orange-golden beer from Brazil that drinks a lot lighter than the ABV suggests. There are no fireworks, and it's rather one-dimensional, but it's well brewed nonetheless.

Duchy Originals Winter Ale

Duchy Originals Winter Ale
78An enjoyable chameleon beer that strangely changes its personality from stage to stage.

Eisenbahn Strong Golden Ale
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Eisenbahn Strong Golden Ale
85A strong ale in the Belgian style but very well balanced and not at all clumsy for the strength. The tropical fruit notes would make it great for washing down a curry, especially with chutney and popp...

Greene King Suffolk Springer

Greene King Suffolk Springer
78A big-flavoured, ruby beer, but perhaps the fruit cake notes are a bit over the top. According to the label, a ‘springer' is a racehorse whose odds dramatically shorten just before a race.

Hoegaarden Grand Cru
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Hoegaarden Grand Cru
80A hazy yellow ‘triple', laced with coriander and bitter orange peel. Unlike the increasingly ubiquitous Hoegaarden itself, this big brother is not a wheat beer. Now a touch weaker than a year ago (w...

Hogs Back O.T.T (Old Tongham Tasty)

Hogs Back O.T.T (Old Tongham Tasty)
75A ruby beer of contrasting flavours that lives up to its full name, although maybe just a touch too sweet in the mouth.

Lefébvre Hopus

Lefébvre Hopus
75A golden ale, hoppy by name and nature, but too strong for its own good. 8.5% ABV says the label and it tastes every bit of it.

Marston's  Pedigree Six
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Marston's Pedigree Six
83A limited edition, pumped-up version of Pedigree to herald the start of Marston's sponsorship of English cricket. After an unpromising aroma, this is a big, thoroughly enjoyable, sumptuous ale.

Morland Hen's Tooth

Morland Hen's Tooth
73A deep amber, strong ale that is not as subtle or delicate as when first brewed at Morland in Abingdon.

RCH Ale Mary

RCH Ale Mary
75An acquired taste but a competent enhancement of RCH's citrussy Firebox ale through the addition of a selection of seasonal spices.

Rogue Brutal Bitter

Rogue Brutal Bitter
78A robust, chunky beer featuring just one hop – Crystal. A little less alcohol would work to its benefit.

Rogue Santa's Private Reserve
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Rogue Santa's Private Reserve
80Big flavours – as always at this Oregon brewery – with hops taking over what is initially a malty beer. If you like bland beers, stay away.

Shepherd Neame 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale

Shepherd Neame 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale
78A full-bodied, complex ale, perhaps too bold for some drinkers.

Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 2005

Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale 2005
75An enjoyable, amber-coloured seasonal offering, presented in an attractive gift box.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
85A copper-coloured beer for hop lovers but with appeal to a far wider audience because of the excellent balance. An American classic.

Spectrum Old Stoatwobbler

Spectrum Old Stoatwobbler
78I'm not keen on the chalky dryness but otherwise this is a very pleasant strong, garnet-coloured beer that drinks a lot lighter than its ABV would suggest.

Spectrum Trip Hazard

Spectrum Trip Hazard
75A full-bodied red-amber beer for a cold winter's night.

St Peter's Summer Ale

St Peter's Summer Ale
75Surprisingly strong for a summer ale, but there's plenty of taste and body.

St Peter's Winter Ale

St Peter's Winter Ale
78A full-bodied, smooth, ruby beer with the character of an aged ale.

Van Steenberge Leute Bokbier

Van Steenberge Leute Bokbier
78The grassy note is an unwelcome distraction but this chestnut-coloured ale from Belgium still grows on you.

Wadworth The Bishop's Tipple

Wadworth The Bishop's Tipple
75Multi-faceted strong beer that is surprisingly crisp for its ABV.

Wells & Youngs Special London Ale
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Wells & Youngs Special London Ale
83Deservedly popular bronze ale that is easier to drink than its strength would suggest.

Woodforde's Head Cracker

Woodforde's Head Cracker
70A dark golden, bottle-conditioned beer that needed more carbonation this time.

Wychwood Bah Humbug

Wychwood Bah Humbug
78A nicely balanced spiced ale that still comes over as a beer rather than simply a festive confection.

Wychwood Duchy Originals Select Ale

Wychwood Duchy Originals Select Ale
78A complex and successful, dark amber beer that belies its strength a little. Formerly known as Duchy Originals Winter Ale.

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Christmas Ale

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Christmas Ale
75A full-flavoured red beer that is surprisingly bitter for its strength.

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