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A Beer Lover’s Guide to the Different Types of Craft Beers, with Additional Recommendations

There are many different types of craft beers to explore, and this can be daunting for beer lovers who don’t know where to start. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of the different types of craft beers, as well as some recommendations for those who want to explore further. Whether you’re a fan of IPAs, stouts, porters, or looking for something artistic and hazey, like the offerings at Melvin Brewing,  there is something for everyone in the world of craft beer!

Pale Ale

Pale ales are one of the most popular types of craft beer, and they range in color from straw to amber. Pale ales are usually brewed with pale malt, which gives them their light color. These beers are well-balanced and have a moderate bitterness. Some popular pale ales include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

IPAs are a type of pale ale that is characterized by its higher hop content, which gives it a more bitter flavor. IPAs were first brewed in England in the 18th century for soldiers stationed in India. Today, there are many different styles of IPA, including New England IPA, West Coast IPA, and Session IPA. Some of the details of these variations are:

  • New England IPAs are known for their hazy appearance and juicy flavor. This style of beer is typically less bitter than other IPAs.
  • West Coast IPAs are known for their clear appearance and strong hop flavor. This style of beer is typically more bitter than other IPAs.
  • Session IPAs are a low-alcohol version of this beer that is perfect for enjoying during a session (or multiple beers). Some popular session IPAs include Sierra Nevada Session IPA and Stone Go To IPA.

Some popular IPAs include Melvin Brewing Juice Theorem IPA and Back In Da Haze IPA, as well as Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Stone Delicious IPA.

Stout

Stouts are a type of dark beer that is characterized by its rich, creamy texture. Stouts are usually made with roasted malt or barley, which gives them their dark color. These beers can also be flavored with coffee, chocolate, or spices. Some popular stouts include Guinness Draught and Samuel Adams Cream Stout.

Porter

Porters are a type of dark beer that is similar to a stout, but they are typically less sweet and have a more bitter flavor. Porters are also made with roasted malt or barley, which gives them their dark color. These beers can also be flavored with coffee, chocolate, or spices. Some popular porters include Anchor Porter and Sierra Nevada Porter.

Amber Ale

Amber ales are a type of ale that is characterized by its amber color. Amber ales are usually made with caramel malt, which gives them their characteristic sweetness. These beers are often well-balanced and have a moderate bitterness. Some popular amber ales include Fat Tire Amber Ale and Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Lager

Lagers are a type of beer that is characterized by its crisp, clean flavor. Lagers are usually made with bottom-fermenting yeast, which gives them their light color. These beers can range in color from pale to amber, and they are often well-balanced and have a moderate bitterness. Some popular lagers include Budweiser and Coors Light.

Lambic

Lambics are a type of Belgian beer that is characterized by its tart, sour flavor. Lambics are usually made with wild yeast, which gives them their unique flavor profile. These beers can also be flavored with fruits, such as cherries or raspberries. Some popular lambics include Lindemans Framboise and Cantillon Gueuze.

If you’re looking for a beer that is out of the ordinary, something with a bit more flavor and complexity than your average light lager, then craft beers are worth checking out. With so many different types and styles to choose from, there’s sure to be one that suits your taste. And if you’re still not sure where to start, try starting with the versatile and artistic Melvin Brewing! So go ahead and explore the world of craft beers – it’s a journey that’s sure to please the palate. Cheers!

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