American Pale Ale could be considered the equivalent to an English Bitter, Pale ale is the go to style of beer and is most often the first beer brewed by any commercial brewery. Whilst pretty much every country in the world has a pale ale, i.e a beer made predominantly with Pale Ale malt, the American Pale Ale with its use of big American varieties of hops stands out in its own right.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is perhaps the beer that is most synonymous with the style, typical interpretations of pale ale are pale gold to amber, anything too dark would become an American Brown ale.
Hop bitterness is medium to high and aroma is high in most cases with a lot of breweries opting for varieties like Cascade, Centennial or Colombus. Yeast character is often cleaning letting the hops and malt shine on their own and mouthfeel is medium with moderate to high carbonation.
IBUs: 30 – 45
SRM: 5 – 14
OG: 1.045 – 1.060
FG: 1.010 – 1.015
ABV: 4.5 – 6.2%