Not sure what any of this beer stuff means? It's okay. We've got your back. Here are some key terms that'll have you speaking Craft Beer in no time!
GENERAL BEER TERMS
ABV - Alcohol by Volume
A measurement of the alcohol content in terms of the percentage value of alcohol per volume of beer.
IBUs - International Bitterness Units
Can range from 0 (no bitterness) to above 100 IBUs
HEAD - foam on the top of the beer. Should be thick, dense and tight.
MOUTHFEEL - tasting term to describe the feel of beer in the mouth. Common descriptors include creamy, silky, velvety, tingly, warming, oily, thin, watery.
NOSE - the aroma or bouquet of a beer.
OVERTONES - obvious characteristics, aromas and flavors of beer.
UNDERTONES - subtle nuances, aromas and flavors of beer.
LAGER - typical entry point into beer for new drinkers. Made with bottom fermenting yeast that has a lower tolerance to alcohol, lagers can taste light and a little malty. They're clean, consistent and not challenging on the flavor.
IPA (India Pale Ales) - usually a beer drinker's first introduction to the world of craft beer. IPA styles include West Coast, British and New England Style. New England IPAs are fruity with low bitterness and British is maltier and bitter. West Coast IPAs are in the middle. There are a wide variety of styles which largely come from hops and herbal, citrus or fruity flavors. You might have to try a few to find one you like. FUN FACT: this is the top-selling craft beer in supermarkets and liquor stores across the U.S.
PALE ALE - usually hoppy but carry a lower alcohol content than IPAs. Malty, medium bodied and easy to drink.
PILSNER - fall under the lager category. Geman pilsners will have a pale gold color and crisp flavor. Czech pilsners are darker with higher bitterness.
STOUT - dark beer whose flavor depends on where it comes from. Ireland and England stouts are low in bitterness. There is a sweetness from unfermented sugars that offset the bitterness. American stouts are strong, highly roasted, bitter, and hoppy. Can sometimes translate as having the taste of coffee or dark chocolate.
PORTER - dark in color like stouts. Tastes less like coffee with more of a chocolatey feel.
BELGIAN - can span pale ales, dark ales, fruity beers and sour ales. They're generally fruity, spicy and sweet with a high alcohol content and low bitterness.
WHEAT - wheat is the malt ingredient. Light color and alcohol level. Can have funky and tangy flavors and sometimes taste like bread.
SOUR - Highly tart and marry sweet and sour to make beer flavors, unlike your usual lagers and IPAs. Can take on many forms and include fruits like cherry, raspberry or peach.
Want to learn even MORE and travel down the beer rabbit hole? Check out this guide from CraftBeer.com.
MALTY - Malt is the source of beer color an contribute to the flavor and fermentable sugars in the beer. Any sweetness perceived in beer is the product of malt. You may also taste grains. Common descriptors include grainy, corn, bready, saltine cracker, husky, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses and burnt sugar.
HOPPY - Hops are the spice of the beer. Provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt. Descriptors include floral, fruity, citrus, herbal, earthy, piney and spicy. Responsible for bitterness.
BITTERNESS - sharp, tangy sensation that comes from hops in beer.
BALANCED - no one single component stands out. Usually refers to a hop vs malt balance.
FRUITY - usually can taste pineapple, apricot, banana, mango, raisins, blackberries, etc.
BODIED - refers to the thickness of beer in your mouth and usually described as full, medium or thin/light.
CRISP - a pleasing sense of bitterness in the beer.
TART - beer with high levels of acidity.
CLARITY - the degree to which solids in suspension are absent in beer; different from color and brightness
CHOCOLATY - describes rich brown beers and describes flavors and aromas associated with chocolate or dark malts.
Want to learn more terms? Check out this blog.
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