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Beer Styles

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American Pale Ale

An American interpretation of a classic English style. The American pale ale is characterized by floral, fruity, citrus-like, piney, resinous, or sulfur-like American-variety hop character, producing medium to medium-high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. American-style pale ales have medium body and low to medium maltiness that may include low caramel malt character.

Category: Pale Ales

Food Pairings

  • Roasted or Grilled Meats
  • Mild or Medium Cheddar
  • Apple Pie

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Tulip
45-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Deep Golden to Copper or Light Brown

Clarity

Clear to Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are medium to medium-high, exhibiting fruity, floral, and citrus-like American-variety hop aromas. Hop bitterness is medium to medium-high

Malt

Biscuit, Bready, Caramel

Esters

Citrus, Tropical Fruit, Pine

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Horizon, Cascade, Centennial

Malt

Pale, Caramel, Munich

Water

Sulfite content may vary, but carbonate content should be relatively low

Yeast

Ale

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