Know your beers
Here is a quick explanation to the different beers and to help to get your taste buds in tune:
Heavily hopped beer and the most common type of ale.
Medium-gravity bottled ale.
Bottled, lightly hopped and rather sweet mild ale.
IPA, or India Pale Ale
Originally made for export to British troops stationed in India. It is a strong, light-coloured, bottled beer.
Old or Winter Ale
A high gravity and full flavoured beer sold during the winter months.
A lightly hopped beer, often dark in colour and usually low strength – a great afternoon pint.
A British term for a bottom fermented beer made with malt and hops different to most domestic bitters.
Low-gravity bottled ale. Scottish light ales are usually darker.
A medium-strength beer, usually light in colour.
A dark and sweetish, but strongly hopped beer.
Originally known as stout porter, stout is usually a very dark, heavy and well-hopped, rather dry tasting beer with a creamy head. Some varieties were known as milk stout because they contained lactose, a sugar derived