Beer Styles #41 – Classic English-Style Pale Ale


    Classic English Style Pale Ale

    (Description courtesy of Beer Advocate) https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/styles/154/

    The English Pale Ale can be traced back to the 19th century and the city of Burton-upon-Trent, a place with an abundance of hard water, rich in calcium sulfate. As well as enhancing a beer’s hop bitterness, this hard water helps achieve clarity. English Pale Ale can fall anywhere on the color spectrum between golden and reddish amber and should generally have good head retention. A mix of fruity, hoppy, earthy, buttery, and malty aromas and flavors can be found in the sip, not unlike a classic Bitter. Traditionally all ingredients are English in origin.

    -Color – Gold to Copper

    -Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures

    -Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Low to medium malt aroma and flavor is present. Low caramel character is allowable.

    -Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Earthy and herbal English-variety hop character should be perceived, but may result from the skillful use of hops of other origin.

    -Perceived Bitterness: Medium-low to medium-high

    -Body Medium

    -ABV: 4.4%-5.3%

    -Glassware: Pint Glass

    Examples (courtesy of Beer Advocate)

    Old Speckled Hen
    Greene King / Morland Brewery
    England, United Kingdom

    Style: English Pale Ale

    ABV: 5.2%

    Notes: Old Speckled Hen is popular with ale drinkers up and down the country (England) and renowned for its unique character and consistent quality.

    The great British ale was first brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was even named after the factory’s old run around car which was often parked outside the paint shop. Spattered in paint, the car became known as the “Owld Speckl’d Un”. The eagle-eyed might even see the resemblance between MG’s logo and the Old Speckled Hen label!

    More than 35 years on, the great premium ale continues to be a finely balanced beer with a distinctive rich, malty taste and fruity aroma.

    DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
    Firestone Walker Brewing Co., California, US

    Craft Beer Storm interviewed David Walker on Episode # 50 – Check it out here

    Style: English Pale Ale

    ABV: 5%

    Notes: DBA—a.k.a. Double Barrel Ale—is the trailblazing flagship beer that started it all for us back in 1996. Partially fermented in our patented Firestone Union oak-¬‐barrel brewing system, DBA quickly took the Central Coast by storm and set the pace for future beers to come. Today, DBA is regarded as a California classic, and stands as an iconic tribute to traditional cask-¬‐fermented English ales. Pale malts create a smooth middle with ribbons of caramel, English toffee and toasted oak.

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