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AHA Guideline

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International-Style Pale Ale

International-Style Pale Ales are gold to light brown. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures. Low caramel malt aroma is allowed. Hop aroma is absent to high. Very low to medium maltiness is present. Low caramel malt flavor is allowable. Hop flavor is very low to high, highlighted by a wide range of hop characters unlike those typical of fruity, floral, citrus-like or other American-variety characters, tropical fruity Australian varieties and/or earthy, herbal English-varieties. Hop bitterness is medium to high. Fruity-ester flavor and aroma should be low to high. Diacetyl should be absent or present at very low levels. DMS should not be present. Body is light to medium.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.040 - 1.060 (10 - 14.7)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.006 - 1.014 (1.5 - 3.6)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.50% - 5.20% (4.40% - 6.60%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (20 - 42)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 5 - 14 (10 - 28)