Welcome to our new section “After Trail Ale” which is about our love for a beverage after a race, after a run or like some who even like it during the run… Hey, who’s to judge? As long as you’re of legal consenting age, you can make your own adult decisions about when you drink beer. Most trail and ultra runners like a beer, some like wine. This is all about the post run festivities, banter and community that draws us to this great sport.
We thought we would kick off by introducing our brand new partnership with Just Beer App and getting you on the right path to learning what your best beer style is. Perhaps you like them all but if you don’t, this is a great piece explaining in layman’s terms the difference between each style.
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Like everything in life practice makes perfect. And that goes for beer as well. If you are new to the beer world and especially the craft beer world you may never have realized there are so many styles. How do you choose?
By: Shira Kogut
Start by checking out Just Beers popular styles section. This will give you an idea of how many styles there are and the names. Now let’s break them down into categories. We are going to do it by colour because each colour has different basic flavour profiles that go with it, so deciding what colour/flavours will help.
To help you even more on your beer journey if you click on the names of the styles examples will come up, so you’ll know what to look for at the store.
Pale beers come in both lagers and ales (the difference between these is top vs bottom fermentation). Pale styles include: American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale and American Pale Lager just to name a few. Generally these styles are high in hops which cause higher levels of bitterness.
Golden ale and lagers tend to be clean and crisp. They are the beers that you drank and literally say ahhh because they are thirst quenchers. Like Farmhouse/Saison, Blonde Alesand Cream Ales (sorry cream ales aren’t actually creamy like you’d think and there are dark cream ale styles too). Golden ales are lighter on the hops and heavier on the malt which gives them a sweeter, fruitier flavour.
These intense beers have a complex combination of malt, hops and yeast and they range in their profiles more than the other beers styles. Some have strong malt/sweetness while others have stronger hops/bitterness others have a stronger yeast profile which gives them a little more carbonation. Styles to try are Amber Ale, American Brown Ale and Flanders Red/Oud Bruin.
Dark beers have strong coffee, caramel and chocolate flavours usually from the roast of the malts. They also have less bitterness and a high yeasty character which gives them almost a fruity flavour. Styles to try are Stouts and Porters.
So get out there and start trying all kinds of different beers.
You’ll soon see and get a feel for the tastes you like and the flavours you don’t like which will help you enjoy the craft beer world so much more. Don’t forget to keep track of what you love using your Just Beer app. Quick note of caution though, try not to pigeon-hole yourself. Know what you like, but always be open to trying new things.