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.
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.
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
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
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.
Christopher Leon and Sam Almerico of Cypress, TX won a bronze medal in Category 8: Pale British Beer during the 2018 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Portland, OR. Leon and Almerico’s strong bitter ale earned 3rd place among 234 entries in the category.
Louis Strowger of Brewmerton, WA, member of the West Sound Brewers, won a gold medal in Category 8: Pale British Ale during the 2018 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Portland, OR. Strowger's best bitter was chosen as the best among 234 entries in the category. Read More
Scott Anderson of Salt Lake City, UT won a gold medal in Category #7: English Pale Ale during the 2017 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Minneapolis, MN with the help of Dave Anderson. Anderson’s English Pale Ale was chosen as the best among 247 entries in the category.Read More
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 Zymurgyon carbonation and oxidation in traditional UK Cask Ales.