pale ale


Definition of pale ale

: a usually medium-colored very dry heavily hopped ale

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Local beers are on the drink list, too; a pale ale from Oliver Brewing Company hit the spot. Tim Smith,, "Downtown gets a new French accent from Chez Hugo bistro," 20 Apr. 2018 Over the past two decades, as craft beer has boomed, Americans have developed a strong preference for hoppy brews like India pale ales, driving up demand for the crop. Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, "Something’s Brewing in the Lab: Beer Without Hops," 20 Mar. 2018 The HomeBrew will have five beers available: an American IPA, an American pale ale, an English stout, a Belgian-style Witbier, and a dry Czech pilsner. Sam Byford, The Verge, "LG will show a ‘capsule-based craft beer’ machine at CES next month," 11 Dec. 2018 The India pale ale was once been a craft beer darling, but the bold style has worked its way into practically every bar across the world. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best IPAs You've Got to Try," 8 May 2017 The upstarts sell everything from standard stouts, sours and pale ales to coconut curry wheat beer, avocado honey ale and beard beer, made with yeast brushed from a brewmaster’s whiskers. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Beer Makers’ Steps to Mitigate Climate Change Might Not Be Enough, Study Shows," 15 Oct. 2018 Cosmic Bloom, a pale ale brewed with wheat and popping with flavors of lime zest and strawberry, is a standout. Gary Dzen,, "Bottles: Maine brewers expand — and Bay State benefits," 11 June 2018 The lyrics reference the ingredients in Dogfish Head's new tart pale ale Dragons & YumYums. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Record Store Day special vinyl LPs includes Bowie, Prince and Taylor Swift," 20 Apr. 2018 The lineup includes Death by Coconut, Ten Fidy imperial stout, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Dale’s pale ale cans, with a dollar from each sale being donated. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Tap tracker: Bell's, Surly, Oskar Blues and Dog Fish Head bring brews to Chicago," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pale ale

1708, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pale ale

: a type of ale that has a pale color and a somewhat bitter taste

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