Pale American Ale

BJCP 2021:


The Pale American Ale category encompasses a variety of ales that are characterized by their pale color and the prominent role played by American hop varieties, which lend these beers a distinctive hop-forward profile. These beers typically feature moderate to high hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma, including citrus, floral, piney, resinous, or fruity notes common to American hops. The malt character is usually supportive and clean, providing a balance without overpowering the hops. The finish is generally dry to medium-dry.

Styles included within this category are the American Pale Ale (APA), Blonde Ale, and variants that put a uniquely American spin on traditional styles through the use of characteristic ingredients like American hops or yeast strains. These styles can differ from other categories in their emphasis on the specific attributes associated with New World hop varietals. Unlike more malt-forward British counterparts or robustly bitter IPAs (which have distinct categories), the beers in this category strike a balance that leans towards hoppy freshness while maintaining an overall approachability.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
4.0 < 5.3 < 6.6 %


In Database
16 < 36 < 57 IBU


In Database
6 < 12 < 21 EBC
3 < 6 < 11 SRM

Original Extract

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9.9 < 12.8 < 16.0 °P
1.040 < 1.052 < 1.066 OG

Final Gravity

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1.5 < 2.9 < 4.6 °P
1.006 < 1.011 < 1.018 FG

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