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APA - American Pale Ale

What is a American Pale Ale?

American Pale Ale (APA) is a refreshing and hoppy, ale, with enough supporting malts to guarantee drinkability. ABV ranges between 4.5 and 6,2 ABV, and bitterness goes from 30 to 50 IBUs. Hops can range from traditional to modern American hops. Appearance is pale to light amber, and flavours and aromas are hoppy with floral and fruity notes. It is lighter and cleaner than English Pale Ales, and more accesible that modern day American IPA's.

What is the difference between a American Pale Ale and a American IPA?

American IPA's are more hopped, while APA's are more ballanced towards malt. – American IPA's tend to have a higher ABV and a cleaner malt base. – Both styles can overlap, so sometimes is the brewer who choses which style does apply to the beer.


American Pale Ale is a beer style pioneered by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, a brewery from USA. The American craft beer movement soon took this style as a way to differentiate themselves from the commercial lager. One of the diferential points was the use of Cascade hops, a variety developed in the 70s by Oregon State University.