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Pale Ale.

Book examines the pale ale style

Brewer's Publications recently announced the release of the first volume in its Classic Beer Styles Series: Pale Ale by Terry Foster.

A fine contribution to the ever-growing literature on beer and beer enjoyment, Pale Ale fully examines the giant of British beers, providing a complete portrait for brewer and connoisseur alike. As with subsequent volumes in the Classic Series, Pale Ale is organized to cover all aspects of the making and enjoying of this world-class beer style.

The 134-page book begins with an overview of the history of pale ales. Beyond its complicated background, pale ales have been subjected to market complexities, Foster indicates. The affects of the Russian Imperial Stout on the development of the India Pale Ale and the emergence of the pale ale as a dominant beer style are dramatic. The role of bottles and the controversy behind casks and adjuncts are also explored in all their complexity.

The text next peruses profiles of the classic examples of this style. From gravity to aroma and flavor, the three main groupings, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, and Bitter, are looked at in depth.

The third chapter is dedicated to the making of good ales. It begins with analyses of the various ingredients including a detailed examination of the mineral makeup of brewing water. In the section on equipment, extensive material is presented on the uses of casks and beer engines. The remaining half of the chapter looks at brewing, packaging and serving pale ales.

Recipes for a full range of various pale ales follow, with ordinary, Anglo-American, India Pale Ale, session bitters and some special British examples. Along with details on ingredients, comes a qualitative description of the style. The chapter concludes with descriptions of well-known British and American pale ales.

With the illustrations, glossary and index, Pale Ale gives the reader a complete experience of the favorite beer of the new brewer. The work is available to non-Association of Brewers members for $11.95 from Brewer's Publications, P.O. Box 287, Boulder, CO 80306-0287; or phone (303) 447-0816.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Date:Aug 13, 1990
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