Overview for the American Pale Ale

The American Pale Ale is a hop-forward brew that has less alcohol strength, is less bitter and is more approachable than the American IPA. Its clean and balanced palate makes use of New World or American hop varietals. Prior to the explosion of the American IPA, the American Pale Ale was the most popular craft beer style in the United States.

Style Expectations

A pale, refreshing and hoppy ale, yet with sufficient supporting malt to make the beer balanced and drinkable. The clean hop presence can reflect classic or modern American or New World hop varieties with a wide range of characteristics. An average-strength hop-forward pale American craft beer, generally balanced to be more accessible than modern American IPAs.

Appearance

Pale golden to light amber. Moderately large white to off-white head with good retention. Generally quite clear, although dry-hopped versions may be slightly hazy.

Aroma

Moderate to strong hop aroma from American or New World hop varieties with a wide range of possible characteristics, including citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, or melon. None of these specific characteristics are required, but hops should be apparent. Low to moderate maltiness supports the hop presentation, and may optionally show small amounts of specialty malt character (bready, toasty, biscuit, caramelly). Fruity esters vary from moderate to none. Dry hopping (if used) may add grassy notes, although this character should not be excessive.

Flavor

Moderate to high hop flavor, typically showing an American or New World hop character (citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, melon, etc.). Low to moderate clean grainy-malt character supports the hop presentation, and may optionally show small amounts of specialty malt character (bready, toasty, biscuity). The balance is typically towards the late hops and bitterness, but the malt presence should be supportive, not distracting. Caramel flavors are often absent or fairly restrained (but are acceptable as long as they don\\\\\\\'t clash with the hops). Fruity yeast esters can be moderate to none, although many hop varieties are quite fruity. Moderate to high hop bitterness with a medium to dry finish. Hop flavor and bitterness often lingers into the finish, but the aftertaste should generally be clean and not harsh. Dry hopping (if used) may add grassy notes, although this character should not be excessive.

Mouthfeel

Medium-light to medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Overall smooth finish without astringency and harshness.

Reviews

Up River

American Pale Ale  •  Central 28 Beer Company

Up River is an American Pale Ale by Central 28 Beer Company that blends hoppy citrus, pine, herb, and resin with bready malt. Read More

Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale

American Pale Ale  •  Einstök Ölgerð

Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale is an American-style Pale Ale brewed by Einstök Ölgerð that balances grass and citrus hops with toffee and toasted bread. Read More

Citra Hopped Live Pale Ale

American Pale Ale  •  Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Citra Hopped Live Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale by Southern Tier Brewing Co. that balances citrus and peppery hops with cracker malt and tropical fruit. Read More

Rock ’N’ Roll

American Pale Ale  •  Birrificio Le Baladin

Rock ’N’ Roll, an American-style Pale Ale by Birrificio Le Baladin blends yeast and doughy bread with floral hops, citrus, coriander, and pepper. Read More

Oneida

American Pale Ale  •  Modern Times Beer

Oneida is an American Pale Ale by Modern Times Beer that’s light and balanced with flavors of pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and doughy bread. Read More

Miami Pale Ale

American Pale Ale  •  Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

Miami Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale by Biscayne Bay Brewing Company is a hop bomb that’s floral and herbal with a lively feel. Read More

Glorious

American Pale Ale  •  Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

Glorious is an American Pale Ale in the New England style by Lord Hobo Brewing Co. that smacks the palate with floral, herbal, and citrusy hops. Read More

Grunion

American Pale Ale  •  Ballast Point Brewing Company

Grunion is an American Pale Ale by Ballast Point Brewing Company that brilliantly blends west-coast hoppiness with toasty malt. Read More

Invasion Pale Ale

American Pale Ale  •  Cigar City Brewing

Invasion is an American Pale Ale by Cigar City Brewing that blends tropical fruits and spicy hops in a sessionable brew. Read More

DankStar

American Pale Ale  •  Civil Society Brewing Co.

DankStar is an American Pale Ale by Civil Society Brewing Co. that bombards the palate with dank pine, citrus hops, and balanced with doughy malt. Read More

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