Since it made its way into the beer scene, ale has continued to grow in popularity. You may have heard of India Pale Ale - the most popular type of IPA. Apart from IPA, there are many different varieties of ale beer including pale ale, brown ale, and Belgian ale.
What is an ale?
Ale is a type of beer. There are two main types of beer; lager and ale. Ale is made from hops, grain, yeast, and water. Ale beer is made by a top-fermenting process where the yeast ferments at the top of the tank. Ale ferments at warmer temperatures around 60-75 ℉. The warmer temperatures allow the yeast to release more fruity and spicy flavors than compared to lighter and crisper flavors found in lagers. Lager can be either a light or dark color due to the toasting of the grains which were used to brew the beer.
What is the difference between lager and ale?
The main difference between lager and ale is the fermentation process. Lager beer uses a bottom-fermentation process where the years gather at the bottom of the fermentation tank. With ale, yeast is formed at the top and this is known as top-fermenting.
Lager and ale have a vastly different flavor profile. Lager is well-known for having a crisp, clean, refreshing taste. Ale, on the other hand, has more bitter and hoppy flavors. Typically, lager has a lower alcohol content than ale.
Lager is a much newer beer than ale. Ale beer has been around since people began brewing beer with hops back in 1000 A.D. Lagers weren’t discovered until the 1500s.
What are the flavors of ale beer?
Typically, ale beer has a more spicy and fruity flavor than lagers. There are so many different types of ale, each with its own unique flavor profile. The most popular flavors you'll notice in ale beer are caramel, fruit, and malt.
- Red Ale has a medium body with high hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma.
- English Pale Ale & American Pale Ale have a medium body with low maltiness, caramel, and fruity flavors.
- Belgian Ale has a light to medium body with a low malt flavor with notes of caramel and hops.
- Indian Pale Ale (IPA) has a full, bitter flavor with a high concentration of hops.
- Scotch Ale is very light-bodied with a low hop bitterness.
- Canadian Style Ale has a slightly creamy and spicy flavor with a medium to low bitterness.
Is ale beer high in carbs?
Ales will typically have a carbohydrate content of about 10 to 20g of carbs per beer. Ale beer is no higher in carbs than any other beer. If you're looking for a low-carb beer then it might be a good idea to look for a light beer like Bud Light or Coors Light.