Beer Styles 201 – Golden Ales
These light coloured ales tend to be clear, crisp and dry, so they go well with foods that, like their colour, are light.
By The Beer Community on Mar. 22, 2016
Style Name: Golden Ale
Substyle/Region: In England, these are called Summer Ales. In North America, they include anything from Light Ale and Cream Ale to Blonde Ale.
Appearance: These beers are usually clear with a colour that ranges from straw to amber and a weaker head.
Flavour & Aroma: The malt gives these beers grainy or bread flavours and a sweet character. They also have a fruity character from the yeast and a slight hop bitterness.
Palate & Mouthfeel: With moderate carbonation and medium weight, these beers have little to no after-taste and a smooth texture.
Food Pairings: Think summer foods and lightness. Foods like grilled chicken, seafood, pasta, light salads and mild cheeses.
Comments: These beers are not as popular in North America as they are in UK, Europe and South America.
Serving Suggestion: This is a hot weather beer for sure, but there is still a big debate as to whether it should be served chilled or at room temp. Use your own judgement.
Similar Beer Style: Pale Lager
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