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.
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
This beer is named for being brewed on International Left-Hander's Day.
My last two beers had reduced mash & boil times to try & allow for more family time (probably mowing the lawn or laundry), but have resulted in very hazy beers - although I also forgot the Irish Moss in both too! This time I decided to give the brew a decent amount of mash & boil time - and remember the Irish Moss - to get clear beer that I can serve to visitors in the garden over summer without having to explain the haze.
A recent beer - In The Pink - has turned out more than a little disappointing and tastes too fruity estery with no balancing tartness as I planned. Based on previous recipes I added enough acid malt to give me a good sourness, but it failed to materialise in the end product so I planned to replace it by the direct addition of lactic acid.