Definition of ale
1 : an alcoholic beverage brewed especially by rapid fermentation from an infusion of malt with the addition of hops
2 : an English country festival at which ale is the principal beverage
Examples of ale in a Sentence
The bar serves two very different ales.
Recent Examples of ale from the Web
Who needs Michelin stars when you’re at the bar with that po’ boy and an icy honey ale, entertained by the kitchen staff doing its thing?
Scaldis Pêche Mel (8.5 percent) is a Belgian amber ale that drips with fresh peach flavors.
Ten beers were on tap, five of which were bitter-meets-fruity pale ales, IPAs and double IPA.
Dale’s Pale Ale is as well known as any pale ale on the market despite being almost as strong as an IPA.
Dark in coloration, Anak is scheduled to be accompanied at the fest by Ironwood's Catkin pale ale.
Taste: This wheat ale, brewed with lemongrass, is a bit on the thin side but has a decent smack of Lemondrop hops on the finish.
More impressive to hop snobs, however, the band recently worked with the San Diego craft brewery Belching Beaver to release Phantom Bride IPA, a limited-run ale that’s as far removed from Coors Light as Deftones are from Celine Dion.
The ale did score points for high drinkability, always a winning quality in our book.
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Origin and Etymology of ale
Middle English, from Old English ealu; akin to Old Norse ǫl ale, Lithuanian alus
First Known Use: before 12th century
ALE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ale for English Language Learners
: an alcoholic drink that is similar to beer
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Definition of ale for Students
: an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops that is usually more bitter than beer
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