English or American? We explain all at Beerwulf
Don't be fooled by the name, whether it’s an American or English, pale ale can be anything from copper-bronze, amber to gold. This hoppy, biscuity, malty beer falls beautifully between dark, heavy stouts and light, refreshing lagers.
The American modern brewing revolution owes much of its credit to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, a classic example of an accessible American pale ale. It’s a classic modern example of the style, the beer that transformed the idea of Pale ale in the 1980s.
Another notable American pale ale Beavertown Gamma Ray. Jam-packed with juicy malts, tropical flavours and a huge dose of American hops makes it punchy and highly delicious!
Alternatively, English pale ale is hopped with the classic English hop varieties. The English hops provide the bitterness in the beer whereas American varieties generally have stronger aromas of floral, citrus and spiciness.
Due to its floral, citrusy notes, pair an American pale ale with lighter dishes such as salads or chicken. But that’s not to say pale ale from America can’t handle the heat, as it will also complement a robust chilli or any fare that carries a hint of tongue-tingling spice.
An English pale ale on the other hand will be great with some hearty British pub food or switch up the plate for a platter of soft and hard cheeses and treat your taste buds to a surprisingly pleasant taste sensation.
Both our pale ale kegs and Beavertown Gamma Ray Value Case make excellent gifts! Check out our Beer Gift page for more inspo!