Difference between ale and beer
Ale vs Beer:
Beer and ale, both popular beverages, deserve a spot among the list of most wanted beverages of the world. While the differences between the two beverages hardly cross the mind of many while sipping an ale or a beer, it may matter to quite a few who are indeed interested in finding out the differences between the two. This article is aimed at the curious few who are in fact, interested in observing the differences between these two famous beverages.
What is ale?
Ale can be described as a type of beer which is derived from malted barley by use of a warm fermentation method. It typically has a bittering agent that is used as a balancing agent that will counteract with the sweetness of the malt while it also acts as a preservative. Originally, ale was given this bitterness with a mixture of herbs and spices called gruit which was later on replaced by hops, which is a female flower cluster which is now being used as a common flavoring ingredient in beer. Some popular types of ale are IPA’s, Hefeweizens, scotch ales etc
Despite the bittering process, ale is known for its sweet and fruity flavors. Ale and bread were popular sources of nutrition in the medieval world. Brewing of ale is traditionally done in the caves of Germany which are quite cold during the winter season.
What is beer?
Considered as the third most popular beverage in thew world next to water and tea, beer is a widely consumed and considered as one of the oldest beverages in the world. Beer is made through a process of brewing and fermentation of sugars mostly gained through cereal grains, particularly malted barley and malted wheat.
Beer is once again sub divided in to ale and larger which makes ale, merely a type of a beer.
Beer usually has a 4%-6% of alcohol although this could range from 1%-20% at times. Beer dates back as far as the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations and forms an important part of the culture of beer consuming countries world wide by way of beer drinking festivals, etc.
Difference between ale and beer?
Both beverages make use of fermentation vessels but ale is typically brewed at a considerably high temperature than beer. Also, the place where the fermentation of yeast occurs in the container determines the difference between ale and larger as ale uses the yeast that comes up on the top in the form of bubble as a fermentation agent whereas larger uses the yeast that is going through the fermentation process at the bottom of the container. This brewing process is usually done in the least amount of time as possible leaving as less room for the beverages to spoil as malt can be spoilt very easily. Both beverages use brewer’s yeast as a means to speed up the fermentation process but the flavors of the beverages are distinctly different. Ale is of a much brighter, vivacious and a richer flavor whereas beer is a much milder, clearer and a cleaner taste. Also ale contains a higher content of alcohol than in beer and ale is also known to be quite aromatic.