Below is a list of the top bottled India Pale Ales that I have tasted;
Here is a list of bottled English-style bitter that I like (I've not included anything with less than 6.5/10) - blonde, pale & golden ales are also not included;
Below are the top (beers scoring <6/10 not included) bottled Scottish ales I have tasted;
I discovered a homebrew shop in St Helens today whilst at work & had to pop in to check it out.
I started drinking in the usual manner of cider, then lager, before my tastes matured to drinking ale. Wine is reasonable, but will never be as good to drink as a proper beer.
Below are some of the bottled Belgian beers I've tasted. I've not included the specialist gueuzes or lambics.
My ranking of bottled Czech lagers;
Below are some bottled German lagers that I have tasted - not included are wheat beers, Altbiers & Kolsch;
Below is a list of the bottled stouts & porters I have tasted. Many are given poor marks for being oxidised or infected, which is not necessarily the beers fault - I just had a bad
My wife picked up a bottle of Douglas Fir syrup after Christmas at a big discount and thought I'd like to brew with it. Quite right too. I've tried to keep the beer fairly neutral to let the fir taste show through the malt and hops, but at the same time I wanted a beer I'd enjoy drinking in case the syrup was too subtly flavoured.
The three parts American refer to; Cascade hops from Oregon; the Douglas Fir originally from the North American west coast & the yeast is specifically for West Coast style ales.
Mash: 1 hour at between 69 - 65°C
2 Kg Pale malt