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Beer Styles : English Pale Ale
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The English Pale Ale can be traced back to the city of Burton-upon-Trent, a city with an abundance of rich hard water. This hard water helps with the clarity as well as enhancing the hop bitterness. This ale can be from golden to reddish amber in color with generally a good head retention. A mix of fruity, hoppy, earthy, buttery and malty aromas and flavors can be found. Typically all ingredients are English.
Types of English Pale Ale
 
An average-strength to moderately strong English ale. The balance may be fairly even between malt and hops to somewhat bitter. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales. A rather broad style that allows for considerable interpretation by the brewer.
A flavorful, yet refreshing, session beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.
Low gravity, low alcohol levels and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.
Examples of English Pale Ale  |  See All
 
Beer Name Brewery Style ABV
(2) Sawtooth Ale Left Hand Brewing Co. Extra Special/Strong Bitter 5.3%
(0) Organic Honeydew Fuller Smith & Turner PLC Standard/Ordinary Bitter 5%
(0) Best Bitter Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Standard/Ordinary Bitter 4.3%
(0) Yorkshire Square Ale Black Sheep Brewery Standard/Ordinary Bitter 5%
(0) Newcastle Summer Ale Caledonian Brewery Co. Standard/Ordinary Bitter 4.4%
(0) Holy Grail Black Sheep Brewery Standard/Ordinary Bitter 4.7%
(0) Mary Rose Hornbeam Brewery Standard/Ordinary Bitter 3.8%
(0) Boddingtons Pub Ale Anheuser-Busch Standard/Ordinary Bitter 3.8%
(0) Ellie's ESB Top of the Hill Brewery Extra Special/Strong Bitter 5.5%
(1) Pennant Ale 55 Brooklyn Brewery Standard/Ordinary Bitter 5%
(0) Fifthsense Joseph Holt Ltd. Extra Special/Strong Bitter 4.3%
(0) Moylan's Special Bitter Moylan's Brewery Standard/Ordinary Bitter 5.2%
(0) Red Macgregor Orkney Brewery Extra Special/Strong Bitter 4%
(0) January Sale Wychwood Brewery Standard/Ordinary Bitter 3.8%
(1) Harvest Ale Southern Tier Brewing Co. Extra Special/Strong Bitter 6.7%
(1) Legbiter Strangford Lough Brewing Co. Standard/Ordinary Bitter 4.8%
(0) Saranac Pale Ale Saranac / Matt Brewing Co. Standard/Ordinary Bitter 5.5%
(0) Draymen's Promise JW Lees & Co Brewers Ltd. Standard/Ordinary Bitter 4.1%
(0) St. Peter's English Ale St. Peter's Brewery Standard/Ordinary Bitter 4.5%
(0) Belk's Extra Special Bitter Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Extra Special/Strong Bitter 6.8%
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