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Beer Style: Golden Ale

In this segment I’ll be shedding some light on the different beer styles, what makes them different from other beers and give a few examples of great beers within the style.

Brewed to compete with pale lagers, golden ales originated in the UK and Australians have embraced them as one of our favourite styles. These days golden/blonde ales are brewed throughout the world and take on regional complexities while sharing some common qualities.

Whichever way you swing, golden ales are what most would expect a beer to look like; crystal clear, light in colour, sparkling and a thick head that lingers. They’re also really easy to drink!

What makes a Golden Ale?

Appearance: Straw to golden in colour, effervescent and a thick fluffy head.

Aroma: Usually malt forward with some hop aromas and yeasty esters. Overall the aroma should be sweet and light where each component is balanced nicely.

Flavour: Crisp and clean should be your first thought. A light to moderate bitterness will support the malty sweetness, but not dominate the flavours. Hop flavours aren’t a necessity, though if they aren’t present you’ll probably find more flavour out of the yeast.

Bottom Line: It needs to be crisp and clean with subtle and balanced flavours.

Notable Examples

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Beer Style: American Pale Ale

In this segment I’ll be shedding some light on the different beer styles, what makes them different from other beers and give a few examples of great beers within the style.

American Pale Ale

Pale Ales have taken Australia by storm over the last few years. In fact, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is often regarded as starting the craft beer revolution in America. In much the same way, our own Little Creatures Pale Ale introduced many Australians to a whole new range of beers. Since then, we’ve not turned back.

Pale Ales are divided between American (APA) and English (EPA) subtypes. There are quite a few differences between them,  but the key difference lies with the hop choices. An APA is hop forward and typically uses citrus/fruity hop varieties, while an EPA is more malty and uses earthy/spicy noble hops.

We typically see more APAs in Australia, so that is what I’ll focus my attention on here.

What makes a Pale Ale?

Appearance: Pale gold to deep amber are the most common.

Aroma: A citrusy hop variety is common, but not required. Low to moderate maltiness, either from caramel or speciality malts. There shouldn’t be much, if any, aromas from the yeast or their by-products.

Flavour: Hops should be quite prominent and overpower a clean malt character. Any sweetness from caramel malts should be balanced out with a stronger bitterness from the hops.

Bottom Line: It needs to be refreshing and hoppy, but ultimately balanced nicely to be a sessionable style.

Notable Examples

I love a good Pale Ale and while I started off on Little Creatures, I’ve come to relish a few gems:

  • Bridge Road Beechworth Pale Ale: Perfectly balanced hop/malt profile that is just an absolute pleasure to drink
  • Cavalier Pale Ale: This one is a bit sweeter than your average APA, but still has great fruity hop aromas and flavours.
  • Killer Sprocket Hey Juniper: A wildcard entry, but it is just so damn good. The juniper adds a really interesting and fun dynamic. Really yummy.

Leave a comment below and let me know what your favourites are.

Cheers!

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