Are you wanting to expand your beer tasting pallet or just in the mood to try something new, but do not know where to start? These five ales definitely need to be checked-off your list of ales to try. Each offer their own unique flavor, but stay true to the great overall taste of a craft beer.
Barley Wine – Do not make any assumptions by the name, Barley wine is very much a beer. This is because it is made from grain instead of fruit. Barley wine is actually one of the strongest of ales, and the word wine is used in the name due to containing an alcoholic strength similar to a wine. The color of these ales range from amber to a deep copper based on the ingredients used in the brewing process. There are two styles of the Ale: American and English. American Barley wine typically has a fruity and bittersweet flavor, whereas the English counter-part tends to be less bitter.
Stout- The word stout was defined as strong beginning after the 14th century. This is a very bold ale, and contains a great amount of flavor. Appearing dark in color, stouts are made using roasted malt, hops, water, and yeast. American brewers put their own twist on creating this beverage by adding chocolate or coffee flavors to complement the roasted flavors of the ale. The beverage pairs well with grilled lamb, sharp cheddar, and coffee cake.
Black Ale – Also known as Cascadian Dark Ale or a Black IPA (India Pale Ale), black ales have a fairly bitterflavor with a hint of cameral malt. This ale showcases light to moderate roasty flavors, and the alcohol content can range from average to high depending on the brewery. The floral, herbal, and fruity character from various hops contribute to the over taste of the ale.
Sour – At one point in time, all beers to an extent were considered sours. With the advent of the modern brewing process, it is capable to develop beers that do not carry this trait. Sours are best known for their acidic flavors that are derived from pure cultured forms of souring agents or from the effect of barrel aging. Sours vary among color, alcohol content, and flavors, because they influenced greatly by their ingredients.
Saison – Beers of this style are generally pale in color, and medium in bitterness. This beer pairs well with most foods, and is lower in alcohol content than other styles. Saison can be enjoyed by everyone, from beer connoisseurs to someone beginning in their drinking endeavors. The recipe is fairly simple to most brewers, so they are able to be innovative with the beer. Generally no two saisons are the same, and all have their own slightly unique flavor. U.S. craft breweries brew saisons throughout the year, so they can be enjoyed in every season.
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