pale ale


Definition of pale ale

: a usually medium-colored, very dry ale with a strong flavor of hops — see also india pale ale

Examples of pale ale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edward is about as perfect as a beer can be: a crisp but smooth American pale ale with just the right amount of hops and citrus. The Editors, Outside Online, 18 June 2020 India pale ale, the bolder, hop-forward ale commonly referred to as IPA, leads the pack as the most in-demand style of craft beer in the country, with no sign of giving up its position. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, 7 Oct. 2020 Tim Alicz moves canisters down a line that will be filled with Gumballhead wheat pale ale at Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Indiana, on May 19, 2022. Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune, 21 May 2022 The double beer release will feature Slightly Askew, an unfiltered modern helles lager, and #shoehaze, a pale ale with El Dorado and Cascade hops, on draft and in four-packs to go. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 His sunny, deflective approach to enforcing a chain of command suggested the influence of his years as an administrator in the California public-school system, and of his half-finished pint of pale ale. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Don’t forget a stop for a pale ale at Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. Jennifer Konerman, Sunset Magazine, 18 Mar. 2022 This year Ceria will introduce an American light lager with 2.5 milligrams of THC per bottle, and an India pale ale with ten milligrams per bottle, to offer a range of dosages to customers. Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2019 Where the Anosteké Blonde breaks with tradition, however, is that the pale ale is made with a mix of both French and American hops. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pale ale

1695, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2022

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