With fifty-nine pale ales entered into the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show, it is safe to assume this is a popular style for Australian beer drinkers. Best of all, thirty-five of the ales received a Sydney Royal medal, including ten Gold, and with just about fourteen weeks until the festive season begins that gives you time to try at least one a week and choose your holiday period favourite.
Pale Ale is fruity, crisp and perhaps copper in colour. It is made with predominantly pale malt, hence the colour and has been known as pale ale since about 1703.
For Australian Pale Ales, our judges awarded Gold to Hope Brewery Pale Ale and Vale Brewing's Vale Tropic Ale. Hope Brewery produces a fruit driven ale whilst Vale’s is juicy with a hint of summer stone fruits.
In the American Style, Pale Ale class our judges favoured Bridge Road Brewers Beechworth Pale Ale, Sydney Brewer's Paddo Pale and Modus Operandi Brewing's Modus Pale. The Beechworth is a perfect match with spicy foods, Paddo Pale is malty and bitter, whilst the Modus Pale is pine, citrus, crisp and clean.
India Pale Ale delivered a Gold to Tribe Breweries Stockade Brew Co IPA 8-Bit, a perfect match with crispy-skinned dishes.
Pale Ale Other Styles is a big category and received four Golds - Modus Operandi Brewing's Wippa Snippa, Hope Brewery's XPA, J. Boag And Son Brewing's James Boag's Wizard Smith's Ale and Frenchies Pale Ale by Frenchies.
Wippa Snippa is a mid-strength with a smooth body and tropical fruit flavours, the XPA has a solid bitterness and toffee malt flavour, Wizard Smith's Ale is a traditional English Pale Ale whilst Frenchies Pale Ale is American pale Ale with the aroma of spring flowers.
Our Sydney Royal Beer & Cider judges described the pale ale classes as full of standouts with some great drinkability so if you're after your summer style, give an Australian-produced Pale Ale a go.
Looking for other medal winning beers? Visit rasnsw.com.au/sydney-royalcompetitions/competitions/beer--cider/results/