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AHA Guideline

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Classic English-Style Pale Ale

Classic English-Style Pale Ales are gold to copper colored. Chill haze may be evident only at very cold temperatures. Low to medium malt aroma and moderate to strong fruity-ester aroma are present. Hop aroma is medium to medium-high. Low to medium malt flavor is present, and low caramel character is allowable. Hop flavor is medium to medium-high. Earthy and herbal English-variety hop character is the perceived end, but may be a result of the skillful use of hops of other national origins. Hop bitterness is medium to medium-high. Fruity-ester flavors are moderate to strong. Absence of diacetyl is desirable, though, diacetyl is acceptable and characteristic when at very low levels. Body is medium.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.040 - 1.056 (10 - 13.8)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.008 - 1.016 (2.1 - 4.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.50% - 4.20% (4.40% - 5.30%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (20 - 40)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 5 - 12 (10 - 24)