Words by: Nick Boylan
The current Australian beer list and tap line-up can be inviting for some, but overwhelming at times for others. With new beer styles appearing all the time, it’s easy to arrive at a bar and have no idea what to order from their extensive list. To help, we’ve got a basic description of the various beer styles available now at Burnley to make you a little more comfortable and confident ordering the next time you come see us here on Bridge Road.
Your basic pale ale is going to be very light in colour and flavour. Supremely drinkable and not hop heavy in the slightest, this is definitely a beer to order if you’re only just getting to know your craft brews.
Short for India Pale Ale, the IPA is definitely a beefier and more hop-heavy ale to drink, which reflects in it usually having an ABV of 7.5% and above. You’ll get more citrus and herbal flavours with this beer, yet colour can vary. IPA’s can look golden all the way to a more amber/red hue, which can be attributed to some IPA’s having a malty flavour.
The new kid on the block and a trend that looks like it’s here to stay, the New England IPA, or NEIPA as most call it, is a hazy juice-box of a beer. Don’t fear its cloudy complexion; the NEIPA is an incredibly flavoursome unfiltered IPA that is hop-heavy but balanced out with the citrus/tropical flavours.
A bit of a gateway to the richer stouts and porters, brown/red ales are usually a step up from an IPA, with that caramel/malt flavour more pronounced. Red’s have more of this flavour, where brown’s can have some coffee-like flavours (like our own Coffee Brown Ale available on tap). They’re also a lot more session-suited with a lower alcohol content than the stouts and porters available. Either one would be an autumn/winter banger of a beer, but nice enough for those cool spring nights too.
Of these two main dark beers, porters are generally lighter to taste and in colour, and feature more chocolate flavours. Stouts, however, are much darker and richer in taste, having a strong roasted coffee flavour. Both are winter essentials, no doubt.
Standing for Extra Special Bitter, the British style isn’t actually bitter as the name suggests, and it’s usually a low-alcohol beer that has similar characteristics to a pale ale. It’s super balanced with hops and a fruity/caramel flavour.
This beer has a super rich and malty flavour, with some dark fruits peeking through amidst the sweeter caramel flavours. Not too much hop bitterness in this one, but it does have some nice dryness to finish.
Another Belgian style, the golden orange colour of this beer shines and is often described as a “farmhouse ale”. This is due to different spices typically used in the style, setting it apart from your standard ale. Saisons are a really unique style that can be enjoyed all year round.
Kellerbier is a typically unfiltered and unpasteurised lager, with the name translating to “Cellar Beer”. Ranging from Pale to Amber, Kellerbier is a fairly mild style with a slightly smooth mouthfeel and creamy texture, generally softer than your standard lager.
A summer quencher in every sense, the Belgian Witbeir is a white beer that typically has a crisp and tart finish. It works perfectly when coupled with fruit, as exhibited in our own Rasberry Witbier on tap. Very yeasty and quite often having some spices to freshen up the tart flavours, the Witbier is definitely a beer perfect for a hot day.
At Burnley, we have all these beers on tap, plus some! If you really can’t get behind beer, we’ve got an extensive selection of natural wines and craft spirits to quench your thirst. Visit us any day of the week to sample the range.