Beer Style

  • May 5, 2015

    Imperial (Double) India Pale Ale / Beer Style

    Imperial (Double) IPAs are a stronger, very hoppy variant of IPAs that typically have alcohol content above 7.5% by volume. The style is claimed to have originated with Vinnie Cilurzo, currently the owner of Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa CA., in 1994 at the now-defunct Blind Pig Brewery in Temecula, California. The style has been embraced by the craft brewers of San Diego County, California, to such an extent that some refer to double IPAs as "San Diego pale ale".
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  • April 28, 2015

    Oatmeal Stout / Beer Style

    Stout is a dark beer made using roasted malt or roasted barley, hops, water and yeast. Stouts are traditionally the generic term for the strongest or stoutest porters, typically 7% or 8%, produced by a brewery.The first known use of the word stout for beer was in a document dated 1677 found in the Egerton Manuscript, the sense being that a stout beer was a strong beer not a dark beer.
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  • April 21, 2015

    Extra Pale Ale (XPA) / Beer Style

    An XPA (Extra Pale Ale) is a recent US style that sits somewhat in the no mans land between an American Pale Ale and an India Pale Ale. This style is a hop forward beer and generally 'bigger' than an APA but 'gentler' than an IPA. These are more generally referred to as part of the American Pale Ale style so we have reference the APA style guidelines below.
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  • April 15, 2015

    Wheat Beer / Beer Style

    A traditional wheat-based ale originating in Southern Germany that is a specialty for summer consumption, but generally produced year-round. Also know as a Witbier, Weissbier, Weizenbier or Hefeweizen when unfiltered (bottle conditioned). Hefe means 'Yeast' in German.
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  • April 8, 2015

    Imperial Stout / Beer Style

    An Imperial stout, also known as a Russian imperial stout or an imperial Russian stout, is a strong dark beer or stout in the style that was brewed in the 18th century by Thrale's brewery in London, England for export to the Baltic States and Imperial Russia. Imperial stouts have a high alcohol content, usually over 9% abv and have rich, deep, complex and frequently quite intense flavors.

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  • March 31, 2015

    American Barley Wine / Beer Style

    Usually the strongest ale offered by a brewery, and in recent years many commercial examples are now vintage-dated. Normally aged significantly prior to release. Often associated with the winter or holiday season.

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  • March 31, 2015

    Wheat Wine / Beer Style

    American style wheat wines range from gold to deep amber and are brewed with 50% or more wheat malt. They have full body and high residual malty sweetness. Bitterness is moderate to low. Fruity-ester characters are often high and counterbalanced by complexity of alcohols and high alcohol content. Hop aroma and flavor are at low to medium levels.
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