English Pale Ale Beer Recipes

English pale ale, sometimes referred to as bitter, is a category of styles differentiated by original gravity. The styles can also differ in hop qualities, malt profile and fermentation characteristics. Compared to American pale ale, the English versions tend to be less hoppy and sometimes more malty. If possible, serve on cask as real ale for an authentic English pale ale experience.

Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Newtonian ESB

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This beer recipe is featured in the July/August 2015 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This extra special recipe, courtesy of Gravity Brewing in Louisville, Colo., is a delicious ESB that's a perfect levity for thawing out after all those dark winter brews. Go more in depth into evaluation for this beer by reading "The Path to Cloning" by Amahl Turczyn (Zymurgy, Jul/Aug 2015) for tips and tricks for brewing your favorite craft beer.

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Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Up the Junction Bitter

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Brian Phad of Lockport, IL, member of the PALE homebrew club, won a bronze medal in Category #8: Pale British Ale with a Strong Bitter during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Phad’s Strong Bitter was chosen as a top three entry among 243 entries in the category.Read More

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Standard/Ordinary Bitter

Craictastic Ordinary Bitter

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Patrick Leon of San Diego, CA, member of the QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity), won a gold medal in Category #8: Pale British Ale with an Ordinary Bitter during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI, with the help of Nick Corona. Leon and Corona's Pale British Ale was chosen as the best among 243 entries in the category.Read More

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Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Denizens Brewing Co. Lowest Lord ESB

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This extra special bitter is a more hop-forward version of the English bitter from Denizens Brewing Co. With classic ESB notes of toffee and biscuit, they use a mix of English and American hops to create a floral and herbal balance with the malt.

This homebrew recipe is featured in 51 Craft Beer Clone Recipes 2019. Find out what recipe was featured for your state!

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Special/Best/Premium Bitter

Brewlab 1995 Best Bitter

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Keith Thomas is a member of the The British Guild of Beer Writers and has been writing technical pieces for almost 20 years. He is the coordinator of training courses specializing in brewing technology, yeast and brewery microbiology, beer purity, flavor analysis, and more. This recipe was taken from an article he wrote in the September/October 2017 issue of Zymurgy on carbonation and oxidation in traditional UK Cask Ales.

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Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Firehouse Brewing Co. Swarthy Beaver English Pale Ale

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The oldest operating brewery in South Dakota, Firehouse Brewing Co. in Rapid City shares their recipe for an English pale ale brewed with biscuit and dark crystal malts balanced by Fuggle hops.

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