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
I found some jars of sour cherries in Lidl & had to have them to make a beer with. While it will have some resemblance to a Belgian Kriek, it is not soured with wild yeasts or bacteria. The sourness will come from acid malt predominantly.
Mash: 1 hour 10 mins starting at 70°C & falling to 57°C at the end.
2 Kg pale malt
250g acid malt
150g crystal malt
Boil: 1 hour
10g Archer hops (5.0% alpha acid) added 30 mins before end of boil