Topic: Beer Styles

Award-Winning American Pale Ale

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It’s been about nine years since I last wrote about American pale ales, and with a lot of evolution to the style in the time since, it’s time to revisit the style

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Catharina Sour – A Brazilian kettle-soured fruit beer

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The Brazilians stressed that tropical fruit isn’t required, but fresh fruit is – it is a fruit-forward beer, and you want the best examples you can find . . .


Russian Imperial Stout Clones & Brewing Tips

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When you’re talking beer and you say “stout,” some things come immediately to mind, most notably the words “dark” and “roasty.” When you say “imperial stout,” however, you’ve just left the realm


American Brown Ale

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Last May, I was in Argentina to judge and speak at the South Beer Cup, sort of the Great American Beer Festival of South America. I spent several hours traveling with Pete

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Milkshake IPA: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Michael Tonsmeire,  Sapwood Cellars in Columbia, MD Milkshake IPA is one of the latest adaptations in the Specialty IPA category, but many would argue against this nomenclature. With very subdued hop

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Mexican Lager

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When I recently wrote about grisette being a type of saison, I hadn’t expected to write a similar column about lagers but I keep getting questions that spark my interest. This time,

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Grisette

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BY THE NUMBERS OG: 1.028–1.032 FG: 1.002–1.004 SRM: 3–10 IBU: 20–30 ABV: 3.1–3.9% I hadn’t intended to write about this style now, but it’s come up as a question several times over

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Specialty IPA

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When I started brewing, there was only one style category for India pale ale. Just a single category, no subcategories. Several years later, people had begun talking about the differences between English

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Double IPA

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Like many people, when I was new to craft beer I favored beers that had a maltier balance, ones that were not so bitter. At that time, a homebrew shop owner told

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American IPA

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The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) has distinguished four different IPA styles: English, American, double, and specialty (which has numerous sub-categories). Some people further specify American IPAs as being a “West Coast”

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English IPA

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India pale ale was first created when an enterprising brewer crafted a beer to better survive the long sea voyage from England to India in the late 18th century. It is said

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Maibock

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by the numbers OG: 1.064–1.072 (15.7–17.5 °P) FG: 1.011–1.018 (2.8–4.6 °P) SRM: 6–11 IBU: 23–35 ABV: 6.3–7.4% I have always been a fan of German-style lagers. In fact, my love of the

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