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West Coast Pale Ale
California Pale Ale
Aroma: Usually moderate to strong hop aroma from dry hopping or late kettle additions of American hop varieties. Citrusy hop aroma very
common. Esters vary from low to high. Diacetyl moderate to none.
Appearance: Pale golden to amber.
Flavor: Often moderate to high hop flavor. Citrusy hop flavor very common (such as from Cascades), but also other American hop variety
flavors are found. Malt flavor moderate relative to aggressive hop flavor and bitterness. Balance towards bitterness. Caramel flavor is usually
restrained. Diacetyl moderate to none.
Mouthfeel: Many are rather light, refreshing and more highly carbonated than many other styles, but body can reach medium. Carbonation
borders on effervescent in some examples.
Overall Impression: Should be refreshing.
History: An American adaptation of English pale ale.
Comments: In the past, this category also covered what is now called American amber ale. American pale ales differ from American amber
ales notably by being lighter in color, but also in having less caramel flavor and usually being balanced more towards hop bitterness.
Copper color, not too bitter with a pleasant floral aroma.
Includes: 6 lbs. Light and Amber DME, 2 oz. Cascade hop pellets, and dry ale yeast. Approx alc. 4.5% a.b.v.
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