Pale ales have been the breakout beer of the craft beer world for a number of reasons. Among them include their diversity. Pale ales are brewed all over the world, and each locale has a unique take on this light beer brewed from overcooked hops. Throughout the course of this brief article, you'll learn about a few different pale ales from around the world that you need to try.
Bière de Garde
Although perhaps less famous than other pale ales, this French ale was traditionally brewed in farmhouses during the winter months, then stored in a cellar to age. It is an unfiltered beer that gives it a warm, amber color that is quite milky, and its texture is like silk to the tongue. It has a strong flavor that is sweeter than most pale ales, and has a flavor that is almost like warm caramel. If you're in the mood for an untraditional-tasting pale ale, then bière de garde is right for you because it has a distinct flavor that is not nearly as bitter as other beers in the pale ale pantheon.
American Pale Ale
American pale offers a distinct flavor that is quite different from some of the more well-known pale ales, like British bitters or IPAs. The taste of hops in American pale ales is quite a bit a stronger, and the mouthfeel of the bitterness in the beverage is slightly more sour than its more famous British counterparts. It has an amber hue that is somewhat transparent; this compliments an often citrus-flavored aftertaste that accompanies a good deal of American pale ales.
Amber ale is an offshoot of the American pale ale and, while similar in taste, has a slightly darker amber hue and is not as prone to being quite as bitter or citrus-flavored as its older brethren. While the taste of hops is still quite strong, you will get a greater sense of a malt flavor, and a sweeter, richer caramel aftertaste.
India Pale Ales
India pale ales are actually a British invention. This beer was brewed in the United Kingdom at higher heats and a much greater volume of hops in order to withstand trips to India. IPAs are known for their bitter flavor and strong alcohol content. They tend to pair well with red meat and sauce-heavy foods.
Pale ales have quickly become a staple of the craft beer community. Hopefully, you've learned a bit what makes this bitter, hops-heavy brew such a treat.
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