Recommend me some commercial Ale

Discussion in 'Off Topic Area' started by CrowZer0, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. CrowZer0

    CrowZer0 Assume formlessness.

    History, I'm more of a Whiskey and Red Wine drinker. Over the past year or two I've started developing a taste for lager. Specifically the Polish stuff, Lech or Tyskie and when not available Stella, a recent trip to Liverpool a friend took me to an Irish pub, I fell in love with Guiness, and since then the Draught.

    Now yesterday I tried my first "Old Speckled Hen" ale. Fell in love. Loving Guiness Draught, loving Old Speckled Hen. I think I've sworn off Lager for now, there's no going back.

    I need something commercial to try, by that I mean available in most supermarkets or widely available.

    Hobgoblin? Newcastle? Fullers London Pride?

    Reccomend me some Ale! What are your favourites?
  2. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    Marston's Empire IPA. Do it. Do it now! :D

    Plus, get yourself down to Kelham Island and visit the brewery shop to get lots of local beers.

  3. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Circle master, firecrest, Goliath and golden glory.

    Some of my old favs although just like you. It's wine and whiskey/bourbon for me when I drink these days!
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  4. bigreddog

    bigreddog Valued Member

    Sharps Doombar

    Any good IPA

    Hogsback Brewery TEA
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  5. CrowZer0

    CrowZer0 Assume formlessness.

    Is IPA superior to Ale? From what I've read IPA takes some getting used to?

    (I used to work in Kehlam Island and train there.) Where is this brewery?
  6. holyheadjch

    holyheadjch Valued Member

    Anything from Ringwood is good. I think forty niner is my favourite all time ale
  7. bigreddog

    bigreddog Valued Member

    IPA = India Pale Ale. Usually quite a light beer, created for the troops in India back when we had an empire. Good summertime drinking imho
  8. Ben Gash CLF

    Ben Gash CLF Valued Member

    Wadworth's 6X
    (Wadworth's IPA and Farmer's Glory are also good, but I doubt you'll get them outside of Wiltshire)
  9. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    IPA is export strength ale, designed to last the voyage to India. It became so popular in Britain that they didn't want it to leave!

    Speaking of export strength, keep your eye out for Guinness West Indies Porter.

    London Pride is great, also Black Sheep.

    If you're looking to treat yourself, then consider ordering some of these online:

    Dark Star Hophead (very floral, great on a sunny day):

    Sharp's Atlantic (a bit more robust than Hophead):
  10. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    Don't listen to him. IPA (all of them) are disgusting.
    You want Newcastle Brown Ale! :love:
  11. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    Spoken like a true lager drinker :p

    Newky Brown is okay, but it doesn't taste of much.
  12. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    Actually, Guinness (which is an ale) is my #1 favorite, and most of my other favorites are hefeweizen, but I didn't know if hefeweizen is an ale or lager, so ... Google is my friend ... they are ales! Woot!

    To the OP -- try a both a weissbier (white wheat ale) and a dunkelweizen (dark wheat ale). Erdinger is the first brand that comes to mind, but there are many.
  13. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    If we are talking stouts then it has to be Dragon Stout!
  14. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is also very nice.

    Bristol Beer Factory's milk stout is also a winner. Lactose is added to it, which is not digested by the yeast, so it is very sweet compared to other stouts.
  15. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    ^^ Second-ed. It has a unique taste, though, that I wouldn't want everyday, but just now and then.
  16. CrowZer0

    CrowZer0 Assume formlessness.

    Isn't Guinness a Stout? I like the draft, I'm currently drinking Guiness Extra Stout Original XX, it's not as nice as Draft imo.

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  17. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    Stout is a type of ale. It was originally a strong (stout) porter, but became known simply as stout.

    The difference between ale and lager is whether the yeast ferments on the top (ale) or bottom (lager).
  18. Anth

    Anth Daft. Supporter

    Newcastle Brown (aka Broon aka Dog) isn't made in the north east any more and I could taste the difference when they moved it, even before they changed the recipe for the Americans.

    I'll have to hunt out that Oatmeal Stout though, David. Cheers.

    Personal favourites after going through a similar epiphany last year are Trooper, Iron Maiden's beer, and Badger's Poachers Choice. Wychwood's King Goblin goes down well too. Go into your local supermarket and they have what I call an adult pick 'n' mix - 4 for £5/£6 on beers and ales. Grab one of each that takes your fancy and give them a shot.
  19. David Harrison

    David Harrison MAPper without portfolio

    Ew, I haven't had Newky Brown for years, ad I don't think I will again now I know it's gone to Heineken. As soon as a beer gets popular, those mega breweries buy it up and ruin it! San Miguel used to be nice, Peroni used to be nice, even Stella is nice if you drink it in Belgium!

    +1 for the Trooper and almost anything Badger produces.
  20. CrowZer0

    CrowZer0 Assume formlessness.

    But when you're in Belgium you want Jupiler!

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