Beers from Peterborough’s Oakham Ales rated UK’s fourth and fifth best in survey

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Oakham Ales in Peterborough has two of the best five beers in the UK according to a new survey based on 65,000 reviews from across Europe.

Citra and Bishops Farewell come fourth and fifth on the list compiled by academics at the pubLAB research unit at Anglia Ruskin University’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School.

The results are based on data from 65,000 reviews on Pint Please, a beer app launched in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin.

Halcyon, an India Pale Ale brewed by Thornbridge, has been named as the top UK beer in the survey which also found that people on the continent prefer much stronger beer than British drinkers.

The top five beer styles for UK drinkers are (in order of preference): Golden Ale, English Pale Ale, Best Bitter, Stout and English Strong Ale. On the continent, the top five styles are: India Pale Ale, Double IPA, Imperial Stout, Quadrupel and Smoked Beer.

Tim Froggett, senior lecturer in marketing at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “Data from app users is interesting because they are likely to be more knowledgeable about the product and have taken the time to share their ideas with others.

“The data from non-UK drinkers reveals a trend not only for stronger beers but also for beers with powerful links to brewing’s past. Beers such as Imperial Stouts, heavily hopped IPAs, smoked and Trappist beers are all among the preferred beer styles and all these beers have strong historical and regional roots.

“Imperial Stouts for example were originally brewed for export to Russia whilst smoked beers originate in the Franconia region of Germany where roasting the malt over wood chips imparted a smoky flavour.

“UK drinkers on the other hand prefer lighter lower strength ales, especially the new generation of golden ales which are often packed with fruity and aromatic hops.”

Top 5 UK beers (as voted by all Pint Please users across Europe)

1) Halcyon by Thornbridge Brewery. India Pale Ale. 7.4% ABV

2) Jack Hammer by BrewDog. India Pale Ale. 7.2% ABV

3) Punk IPA by BrewDog. India Pale Ale. 5.6% ABV

4) Citra by Oakham Ales. Golden Ale. 4.6% ABV

5) Bishops Farewell by Oakham Ales. Golden Ale. 4.6% ABV

Top 5 beers overall (as voted by all Pint Please users across Europe)

1) Westvleteren 12 by Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus. Quadrupel. 10.2% ABV

2) Halcyon by Thornbridge Brewery. India Pale Ale. 7.4% ABV

3) Victory at Sea by Ballast Point. Imperial Stout. 10.0% ABV

4) Imperial Stout by Nøgne Ø. Imperial Stout. 9.0% ABV

5) Rochefort Trappistes 10 by Brasserie Rochefort. Quadrupel. 11.3% ABV