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What's a strong ale beer?

Also known as old ale or stock ale, this style of beer features higher ABV content than many other beers. Spanning across a variety of styles, strong ale beers contain ABV above 5%, often going up to 7% and 11%. The beer features a dark amber tone. Its flavor, aroma and character vary greatly depending on the style and variety.

The flavor profile of American strong ale

American strong ale has rich flavor notes of malt and hops, featuring medium to high bitterness. As soon as you sip this drink, hoppy aromas greet your senses. Next, you'll taste fruity scents of citrus, grapefruit, kiwi, and cherry. A hint of toasty, caramel flavor from the malt highlights the sweet, fruity notes of dark fruit. This drink leaves a well-balanced profile on the palate, encompassing alcohol hints with moderate bitterness and mellow, malty sweetness. The rich flavor of this brew means you need robust dishes to complement it. Roast meat or poultry dishes featuring a sauce or glaze with sweet and caramelized notes blend well with the malty sweetness of this beer. This American-style pale ale contrasts with spicy dishes such as Mexican tacos for a well-balanced flavor profile.

What's a Scottish ale?

Scottish ale is a variety of strong ale with a full-bodied, malty flavor and a deep, dark brown color. The hop taste is subtle when compared to English- or America-style strong ales. Brewers use incomplete fermentation to give this ale sweet caramel notes. This drink offers a malt-forward character with a soft and chewy mouthfeel. It's best served chilled between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit in thistle glassware. The beer pairs well with sharply flavored cheeses as well as a variety of meats.

Ales come in endless styles and varieties, giving you the chance to experiment with new flavors. Manufacturers create aged ale in wooden or oak barrels that give the ale its complex taste and aromas.

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