What is a lager? An IPA? Or even a stout beer?
We talk about a different type of beer every time, but what’s the difference between them? El Profesor explains what’s a lager, an IPA and even a stout beer.
There are many factors that make a beer different: color, smell, taste. But there is one main factor that allows a beer to be completely different from another, and that is yeast.
Simply put, lagers use a completely different type of yeast than ales during fermentation. All the effects – such as aroma and taste – result from this difference in yeast. Other factors, according to beer specialists, are the level of fermentations which are tipically lower for lager beers.
IPA means Indian Pale Ale. This kind of beer is very hoppy and makes part of the Pale Ales beer family.
Hops serve as a preservative for beers and makes the beer’s expiration date last longer. However a Pale Ale can go stale too, losing many of the flavors and aromas. The best time-frame is to drink your IPA beer within three weeks of its production date. IPA beers ABV ranges from 4.5% to 17.2%. We find many kinds of IPA: imperial/double, session, dry-hopped, single/double or triple dry-hopped…
This beer is a dark kind top fermented with a number of variations. Among the different kinds of stout we find: dry stout, oatmeal stout, milk stout and imperial stout. Their black or dark color derives from the dark malts used in the production. Stout beers are often compared to porter beers, for their similar color and production method. However, stout beers are mainly made from unmalted roasted barley, while porters use malted barley.
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