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American Pale Ale

Style Snapshot

This refreshing ale is dark straw to pale amber in color, light to medium in body, of moderate strength, and is distinguished by the bitterness, flavor, and aroma of American-variety hops.

American Pale Ales are lighter in color, have less caramel flavor, and have greater hop bitterness than American Amber Ales. When compared to English Pale Ale, it is slightly less malty, has slightly less alcohol, and is lighter in color. Stock ale refers to a slightly stronger version of pale ale meant for long storage.

History

This is an American adaptation of English Pale Ale, where pale refers to the type and color of malt used. It demonstrates how differing ingredients, such as North American hops, can create a distinctive variation on a base style.

Style Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.045 - 1.056

Final Gravity (FG):

1.009 - 1.016

Strength (ABV):

4.5 - 5.6

Bitterness (IBU):

20 - 40

Color (SRM):

4 - 11


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Serving This Style

Suggested serving temperature: 44 - 52 F

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American Pale Ale