About English Style Pale Ale

About English Style Pale Ale
English-style pale ales are pale gold to amber in color and range in alcohol from 4-6%. These beers are characterized by the flavors and aromas of nutty and biscuity English malts, floral and earthy English hops and the notes of fruitiness and faint butterscotch of English yeast. Water also plays a key role in the overall character of these beers. Great examples of this style are brewed with harder water resembling that of Burton-Upon-Trent, lending these beers an impression of dryness in the finish and rounded hop bitterness.

Pale ales originated in England over 300 years ago with the advent of new technology making pale barely malt a possibility. In the 19th century, ales that were pale in color were often referred to as pale ale or bitter interchangeably. Today, there is a distinction between these styles, albeit a very fine distinction with some arguing that “bitter” refers to the style dispensed as draft and “pale ale” to the style when bottled. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Fuller’s London Pride Pale Ale, Sam Smith’s Organic Pale Ale and Marston’s Pedigree English Pale Ale.

Top Picks for English Style Pale Ale

Wayne Gretzky Pale Ale
92 points
$0
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted coconut bread, honeyed herb muffin, orange marmalade, and chocolate puffed rice with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, long grapefruit yogurt, honeyed bitter greens, hint of BBQ wood, and grilled sweet potatoes finish. A hoppy, chewy English style Ale with plenty to offer.
Vancouver Island Brewing Pipers Pale Ale
90 points
Minutely hazy light medium amber color. Aromas of fresh brioche, fresh thyme, warm butter, and toffee candies with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length tea biscuits, cucumber skins, fresh grated ginger, and honey finish. A spot on American take on the style that nimbly combines sessionability with astringency.
Wayne Gretzky Pale Ale
87 points
$0
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas and flavors of herb-peppercorn muffin, lemon zest, and celery with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a delightful, medium finish that exhibits nuances of nut bread, peppered radicchio, and caramelized nuts. Traditional English maltiness with zippy bittering hops makes this Pale Ale a pleasure to drink
Wild Leap Brew Co. Local Gold Blonde Ale
80 points
Minutely hazy pale light color. Aromas of lemonheads candy, raw sage, lime zest, and veggies with a soft, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brief lemon bar, candied grapefruit, kale, and slightly tinny finish. A thirst-quenching pale ale with refreshing citrus flavors.