A Cask Ale Style Guide by Magpie Brewery

Posted on: 05 April 2019

Get to know your ales!


One of the best things about drinking cask ale is the abundance of variety available to you. No matter your taste, there's always a delicious ale just waiting for you to discover it. To get you started we've teamed up with the very knowledgable Magpie Brewery who have kindly created a handy style guide. Have a read before heading out on the Nottingham Ale Trails and pick a few ales to try in advance. 

All of the ales featured will be available from Crafty Crow on the Animals Trail.

British Pale and Golden Ales

  • Pale, blonde or golden in colour
  • Typically range from 3.5% to 5% strength
  • Easy drinking, moderate hop flavour. 
  • Typically features American and New Zealand hops
  • Good example of the style: Magpie Brewery - Hoppily Ever After 3.8% (Endeavour hops)

New World Pale and Golden Ales

  • Pale, blonde or golden in colour
  • Typically range from 3.5% to 5.8% strength
  • Hoppy and tropical flavour
  • Typically features American and New Zealand hops
  • Good example of the style: Magpie Brewery - Tread Lightly 4.9% (New Zealand Rakau hops)

Traditional Bitter

  • Brown, copper or ruby in colour
  • Typically range from 3.8% to 5% strength
  • Typically have a malty or biscuity taste with less hop flavour
  • Good example of this style: Magpie Brewery - Magpie Best 4.2%

Dark Beer

  • Black / dark in colour
  • Generally a Stout or Porter
  • Typically range from 3.8% to 5.5.% strength
  • Typically have a roasted, smoky, rich flavour
  • Good example of the style: Magpie Brewery - Raven Stout 4.4%

Now you've got a good idea of what's on offer, why not pick out some ale trails to try? 

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