Pump Station Pale
Evans’ Pump Station Pale Ale is a classic American Pale Ale, quite a hoppy with the aromas of Amarillo and Crystal hops and German Munich malt to balance. This is a truly delicious and highly sessionable hoppy American Pale Ale. The veritable gold standard for America Pale Ale. 5.4 ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) is a style of American beer based at least originally on beers of the British pale ale tradition. They are gold to amber in color and generally their flavor and aroma is centered around the citrusy and pine character of American hops with caramel-like malt flavors and fruity esters from the ale yeast playing a supporting role. The style evolved in tandem with a renewed interest in ales and the resurgence of microbreweries in the United States, which brought about a new focus on American hops. Low caramel character is allowable. Fruity-ester flavor and aroma should be moderate to strong. Diacetyl should be absent or present at very low levels. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
Pale ale was a term used for beers made from malt dried with coke. Coke had been first used for roasting malt in 1642, but it wasn’t until around 1703 that the term “pale ale” was first used. By 1784, advertisements were appearing in the Calcutta Gazette for “light and excellent” pale ale. By 1830, the expressions “bitter” and “pale ale” were synonymous. Breweries would tend to designate beers as pale ale, though customers would commonly refer to the same beers as bitter. It is thought that customers used the term bitter to differentiate these pale ales from other less noticeably hopped beers such as porter and mild. By the mid to late 20th century, while brewers were still labeling bottled beers as pale ale, they had begun identifying cask beers as bitter, except those from Burton on Trent, which tend to be referred to as pale ales regardless of the method of dispatch.
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