Ale is one of the two major styles of beer, the other being lager. The primary characteristics of ale are:
- It is top fermented, meaning the yeast floats on the top of the wort in the fermenter rather than settling to the bottom.
- It is fermented at warmer temperatures, generally above 60°F.
- It is the oldest form of beer.
- Ale is typically fruitier and more full-bodied than lager.
Random facts about lager:
- In some American states is the term determined by law (wrongly) to indicate a brew of more than 4 percent weight (5 by volume).
- The word ‘ale’ comes from the Old English ealu, in turn from the Proto-Indo-European base *alut-, which holds connotations of “sorcery, magic, possession, intoxication.”
There are many different kinds of ale:
- Pale ale
- Dark ale
- Brown ale
- Light ale
- Irish red
- Old ale
- Cream ale
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