Ale is a type of beer made from malted or germinated barley using top fermentation method. Ales are made using brewer’s yeast which ferments the barley quickly and tends to give higher alcoholic concentration, producing a sweet and fruity taste. “Hops” are added to the sweet ales to compensate for the sweetness and to impart a slight bitter herbal taste.
Here are some top 10 ales of all times:
Great Divide “Hibernation Ale”: From Denver, this winter seasonal beer is made by Great Divide Brewing Company. It has a reddish brown glow in the bottles. Caramel malt in the ale makes it a slick drink like hot rum. This beer tastes good when kept for aging for at least a year in cold dark room. It costs about $2.5 for 12 oz. The aromas of milk chocolate and peanut brittle compete with the herbal minty hops to tingle your senses. Read more about this beer here.
Sierra Nevada “Celebration Ale”: Sierra Nevada makes some of the most selling pale ales and the celebration ale is an annually brewed beer which comes out only in the winter weather. Celebration ale is revered as the icon of micro-brewing in America and is a seasonal beer. The grainy caramel malt along the sticky sappy cascade hop aromas is sure to take your taste buds to a next level. Winner of awards, check out more information about the beer here.
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale: Taking the name from the infamous event of Cuyahoga River in Cleveland catching fire in 1969, this ale beer is light amber colored with a foamy two finger head. The head is small but it sticks around for most of the glass. It has a citrus smell with a faint smell of roasted malt. The smell is mostly of the hops. The taste is also mostly of the hops, hint of spices over slight toasted and sweet caramel malt and a tangy citrus finish in the end. It is one of the smooth American ales. Read more about it here.
Firestone Pale Ale: Also known as Firestone Pale 31 Ale, this beer is manufactured by California’s Firestone Walker Brewery Co. Smooth and crisp, this beer is golden colored and goes down quite easily. It has a crisp floral citrus like hop aroma with a medium bodied dry malt finish. This beer is suitable while barbecuing on deck with friends. Check out more about this beer here.
Corsendonk “Christmas Ale”: This is a Belgian beer out during Christmas season. It is dark hued and rich and is best suited on a chilly cold winter night. As you pour the beer, there is a pleasant aroma of dessert spices along with the floral hops, star anise and coriander. Unlike other beers, this ale has a sweet malty flavor and is not bitter. If you don’t like beer because of its bitterness, this is the one for you. Read more about this ale.
Stone Pale Ale: This ale is the southern Californian interpretation of the classic British pale ale style. It is a robust and full bodied beer which is dark amber in color. It has a delicate hop aroma with a rich malt flavor. Click here for more information.
Newcastle Brown Ale: This is also a winter beer. It has a dark brown color and is opaque. It is very flavorful and goes down smooth. It has a sweet and malty taste with only a slight hint of the hop. It has a sweet malt smell balanced with the hop’s aromas. Get more information here.
Upper Canada Dark Ale: This is one of the classic brown ales which have a moderate bitterness in its taste and is medium bodied. It has a deep roasted malty flavor with a hint of caramel and hazelnut. The smell is kind of fruity and malty. Click here for more information.
Stone Brewing Co. “Double Bastard 2006”: “Double Bastard” is a spinoff of Stone brewery’s famous “Arrogant Bastard” ale. The oak aged, vintage ale is dark maroon in color and does not have any head or bubbles. This winter seasonal ale is best when cellar aged for one or two years. It has a sweet candied smell and flavor. Check out more information here.
Anchor Liberty Ale: Liberty ale uses special top-fermenting yeast during fermentation. It has a deep golden color with orange tinges. Dry hopping adds lots of flavor and aroma to the ale. It has a nice malty and fruity aroma and tastes a soft earthy hop at first. It has a soft caramel flavor with a tinge of bitterness in the end. Click here for more information about the ale.