Don’t be fooled by the name, the Pale Ale is no shrinking violet. This popular beer style gets its name because of the use of pale malted barley which gives it a lighter colour.
Generally Pale Ales have a more equal malt-to-hop balance. The hops are definitely present, but fairly moderate. In saying that, the taste of Pale Ales varies, you can get easy drinking fruity ones and those that display heavier hop characters. It comes down to the type and amount of hops used in the brewing process.
Types of Pale Ale
American Pale Ale: Big citrus, piney hop characters and a medium to high level of bitterness. Pair it with spicy Mexican!
Indian Pale Ale: To balance the strong hop flavour, lightly dried and roasted pale malts are often used as they provide a warming malt finish. Order one with a madras curry.
Australian Pale Ale: Slightly yeasty with passionfruit notes, making them extremely easy drinking. Goes a treat with fresh seafood.
English Pale Ale: Richer in colour and maltiness with less emphasis on hoppy aromas. Give it a whirl with roast chicken.
Enjoy a selection of Australia’s best pale ales in Craft Cartel’s Connoisseur Mixed Case.