American-Style Pale Ale
American pale ales range from deep golden to copper in color. The style is characterized by fruity, floral and citrus like American-variety hop character producing high hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Note that “floral and citrus like American-variety hop character” is the perceived end, but may be a result of the skillful use of hops of other national origins. American pale ales have medium body and low to medium maltiness. Low caramel character is allowable. Fruity-ester flavor and aroma should be moderate to strong. Diacetyl should be absent or present at very low levels. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
Origin: North American
Recommended Glassware: Mug or Stein
Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.044-1.050 (11-12.5 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.008-1.014 (2-3.5 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 3.5-4.3% (4.5-5.6%)
Bitterness (IBU): 30-42
Color (SRM): 6 – 14º L
Sub-style guidelines used with permission of the Brewers Association, www.beertown.org.