Stylin' Brews: American Pale Ale

April 11, 2018

Stylin' Brews: American Pale Ale

The  Profile

Unlike the Australian pale ale we discussed a few weeks ago the American pale ale has worked well to define itself and, in true American style, it is bold, boisterous and much shoutier than pales ales from elsewhere in the world.

American pale ales are typically brewed with cleaner yeast and American hops, and it is these hops which really distinguish the American pale ales from their British and European counterparts. These hops, usually of the cascade variety, which originate from the Pacific Northwest of the country, are distinctively piney and citrusy and an often heavy-handed use of these hops brings the American pale ale a lot closer to the Indian Pale Ale style. American pale ales can often be on par, at least in bitterness, with more traditional IPA’s from Britain.

 

The History

The term “pale ale” first appeared in Britain in the early 1700’s. It was coined to describe beers which were being made with lighter malts that had been dried and roasted using coke, a process started in the mid-1600’s that was deemed to improve the all-round quality of the beer. The lighter malts led to a lighter beer, and although they’re by no means light in colour they’re much lighter than the beers the British public were drinking at the time.

As the century progressed the term “pale ale” became synonymous with the term “bitter”. This was a term used only by the public and not by the brewers and it has been thought to describe those beers that were noticeably hoppier than other forms of ale such as porters and milds.

The American pale ales were inspired more directly by the original pale ales from Britain than our Aussie pale ales were. In the mid 70’s two different brewmaster from two different breweries visited the UK, separately, and both brought back information on Scottish and English pale ales to use as the basis for their brew. The first, Anchor Liberty Ale, brewed by Anchor Brewing Company was first made in 1975 and is still being brewed and enjoyed today. This beer used only malt (no added sugar, which was common practice in America at the time) and used cascade hop.

The second brewmaster was less successful and his company brewed for less than six years. His beer was much more cascade hop forward and slightly darker; much more like the American pale ales we know today.

The first brewery to successfully commercialise the American pale ale style was the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company with their Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and they’re still brewing strong today.

 

If you want to sample the style of an American pale ale then we’ve got our Squealing Pig APA on tap down at the brewery for you! It’s not a “pure” American pale ale but it’s big on the hops (yes cascade) and has a balanced malt profile to complement them.






Also in TRBC Blog

Arabica VS Robusta Beans
Arabica VS Robusta Beans

August 15, 2018

The flavour of coffee, like wine, is affected by the soil, altitude and climate that it is grown in. Also, like wines grapes, the variety of bean used to brew coffees also contribute a lot to the flavours of your cup. Where coffee and wine differ here is that there are thousands of varieties of wine grapes and many different varieties have dedicated followings. With coffee, however, we don’t have this variation in the beans and you might be surprised to hear that there are only two types of beans that we use to produce most the worlds third most popular beverage; arabica and robusta. We are not saying these are the only varieties of coffee bean but they are the only ones used to produce coffee.

View full article →

Business Hours Update
Business Hours Update

August 06, 2018

Sundays - Thursday

10am - 8pm 

Fridays & Saturdays

10am - Midnight

View full article →

Stylin' Brews: Smoked Porter
Stylin' Brews: Smoked Porter

August 01, 2018

Porters are beers made with brown malts, creating a deep, dark coloured ale. These malts give off richer flavours of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and caramel, often with some vanilla and toffee swilling around in the glass too. Hops? Not too prominent a flavour here, mainly used just for bittering, and any hop flavour there is will complement the flavours of the malts.

View full article →