pale ale


Definition of pale ale

: a usually medium-colored very dry heavily hopped ale

Examples of pale ale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stormcloud specializes in Belgian beers and its flagship ale is Rainmaker Ale (5.2% ABV), an orange-red pale ale that won a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival, the Oscars of craft beer, in 2014. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Here are 5 Michigan craft beers to crush at your Super Bowl party," 26 Jan. 2020 In its place, bottles of craft pale ales, IPAs and the like, with their fancy labels, became de rigueur. oregonlive, "Happy birthday, beer can: Flashy labels are all the rage, and here are 10 sweet NW designs," 24 Jan. 2020 Beer styles: Amber, IPA, pale ale, imperial IPA, hazy IPA or fresh-hopped beer. Jeremy Meyer, The Know, "A beginners’ guide to pairing beer and food," 2 Oct. 2019 In addition, the brewery offers a rotating selection of pilsners, lagers, pale ales, stouts, and more. al, "Birmingham Food: new restaurants, breweries, and wine shops," 7 Jan. 2020 The Funf Null Drie (503) is a full-bodied pale ale that’s hoppy and appeals to a Northwest palate, walking up to an IPA but keeping its feet planted in Germany. Andre Meunier,, "Rosenstadt, Rose City’s wandering star of German-style beers: Portland Breweries Series," 21 Aug. 2019 The Hammond brewpub is known for serving 18th Street styles Here Comes the Reaper IPA, Fox and the Hunted porter, Rise of the Angels double IPA and Candi Crushable session pale ale. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Award-winning 18th Street Brewery confirms plans for Indianapolis site," 17 Dec. 2019 But this full-bodied hoppy pale ale walks up to an IPA while keeping its feet firmly planted in Germany. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "I’ve visited 40 Portland breweries so far in 2019; here is my favorite beer from each," 22 Nov. 2019 This fresh-hop pale ale is fruit-forward with notes of honeydew and cantaloupe, along with some spice and a solid yeasty maltiness. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "I’ve visited 40 Portland breweries so far in 2019; here is my favorite beer from each," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pale ale

1708, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Pale ale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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