ENGLISH ORDINARY BITTER
Low gravity, alcohol &carbonation make this an easy-drinking beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is on the bittering hop addition as opposed to aggressive mid &late hopping in American ales. This is the sessionable ale so sought after in the land found over the pond.
ENGLISH EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER
An average-strength to moderately-strong English ale. The balance may be fairly even between malt & hops to somewhat bitter. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales. If you like Ordinary Bitters but want a little bit more… Extra Special is the choice for you!
A hoppy, moderately strong pale ale that features characteristics consistent with the use of English malt, hops and yeast. Has less hop character and a more pronounced malt flavor than American versions. Now this can become a go to for most people. Created by the company with the oldest trademark in the world (BASS ALE CO.) this ale can surely please!
ENGLSIH NUKEY BROWN ALE
Drier and more hop-oriented that southern English brown ale, with a nutty character rather than caramel. New Castle set the bar on this style! Sometimes you just feel like a nut….
ENGLISH SOUTHERN BROWN ALE
A luscious, malt-oriented brown ale, with a caramel, dark fruit almost chocolatey complexion of malt flavor. May seem somewhat like a smaller version of a sweet stout. This is quite a quaffer! Great for any occasion.
A substantial, malty dark ale with a complex & flavorful roasty character. Stronger, hoppier &/or roastier porter designed as either historical throwback or American interpretation of style. Rather broad style open to interpretation distinguished from Stout as lacking strong roasted barley character. It differs from brown porter in that black patent/roasted grain character is usually present, & it can be stronger in alc. Roast intensity & malt flavors can vary significantly. These may or may not have strong hop character & may/may not have significant ferm.by-products.
ENGLISH FOREIGN EXTRA STOUT
A rather broad class of stouts, these can be fruity and sweet, dry and bitter, or even tinged with Brettanomyces (not ours of course!) Think of the style as either a scaled-up dry and/or sweet stout, or a scaled-down Imperial stout without the late hops. It’s all about size isn’t it?