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What's English pale ale?

The origins of English pale ale date back to the 19th century. The city of Burton-on-Trent is the birthplace of this brew. Also known as extra special bitter (ESB), this drink has a well-balanced flavor of malt and hop bitterness. It's a gold-to-bronze hued beverage with considerable head. Brewers use top fermentation to produce this variety of beer. The hard water of its origin city gives this drink brilliant clarity.

What's the flavor of this beer?

This bitter pale ale has earthy notes with an herbal-English hop flavor. It features medium to high hop bitterness, with a mix of buttery and malty aromas. This beer uses yeast strains that give it a fruity touch, in terms of aroma and flavor. It has a moderate malt flavor but may also include caramel notes. This is a pleasant-tasting and understated beer that's richly flavored and medium-bodied. As you sip this ale, you'll find that it has a dry finish with low carbonation.

Serving this drink

This English-style beer tastes best when served chilled between 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This refreshing drink looks invitingly delicious in nonic pint glassware. Standard pint glasses work well too.

Food pairings with English pale ale

Like other ales and beers, the medium to high hop bitterness of this craft pale ale pair well with tangy flavors of mature English cheddar. This variety of cheese balances the light fruitiness and toasty caramel hints of the beer. Traditional British pub food, such as a savory shepherd's pie, complements the earthy herbal hop flavor of this beverage. Spicy cuisines such as Indian and Southeast Asian cooking styles also blend well with the medium to strong bitterness of this beer. Bolder English-style pale ales with a hoppier flavor pair well with meaty dishes such as pork ribs or roast beef.

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