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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Beer Style (Book 16)
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Brewers Publications; 2 Sub edition (April 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937381691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937381694
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Makes me want to brew a batch.
L. Aaron Dougherty
Their is a reason why this book is the first in the series.
Douglas Fisher
This is a very well done book on beer.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. Langowski on August 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Any homebrewer that enjoys making and drinking pale ales needs this book. As an avid reader of the Classic Beer Styles Series, I feel that the author has taken some of the best aspects of the previous 15 books and combined it all into one, making this one of the most useful in the series. The second edition of the book is a tremendous improvement over the first.
The book is longer than most of the others in the series, but only because the author broke the pale ale category into many subcategories. He does not discriminate - he explains all pretty much equally. The recipes are different and thoroughly presented; the method of dispensing each is even specified. All in all, a very useful reference for the homebrewer.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Philosofool on February 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Terry Foster's "Pale Ale" is to be commended for it's excellent treatment of this historical style of beer, and it can be recommended both to the style's homebrewers and enthusiasts.

Foster writes about the history of pale ale with verve. This section shines among all the others. I know of no source that is more informative nor more engrossing on the subject of the history of this beer, or even english beer in general (though I have not read any other books in this series.) Foster not only explains the evolution of pale ale in isolation, but also its relationship with other beers that have been its commercial rivals through out history.

Foster is a clear advocate of the British Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and shows his CAMRA biases. But this bias never taints a candid discussion of Pale Ale as discovered both in England and the U.S. Indeed, as an American with no experience with Real Ale, I quite enjoyed his discussion of Real Ale: while reading, I more than once considered how to brew and (especially) to serve a bitter in the "real" way--a subject which he discusses in some detail. In addition, Foster is an open advocate of innovation--never does he scold the brewer who wants to innovate on this classic style, though he does warn against calling serious deviations "Pale Ales", something he considers both harmful and misleading.

Homebrewers with a great deal of experience with pale ales will not find themselves learning a great deal that's new about pale ale brewing. The book is not intended for those with no experience brewing: if you are trying to learn to brew for the first time, get Charlie Papzian's "Complete Joy of Homebrewing" or John J. Palmer's "How to Brew". In general, I found the chapter on Brewing Pale Ales to be pretty standard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doug Fisher on April 5, 2004
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You will be getting good information on Hops, both varieties and flavor characteristics, and malts, their flavor and color contributions. Terry Foster does an excellent job of explaining the science behind ale brewing which is applicable to most styles of brewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Fisher on August 31, 2006
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IF the answer is yes, you have to buy this book. There is a wealth of information of grains, hops, and their flavor contributions to your beer. Not just to pale ales but to how different grains will affect different styles of beer. Their is a reason why this book is the first in the series. Buy it first and the rest will fall into place. Great book to own whether you are a homebrewer, like me, or a professional brewer.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Burchfield on April 5, 2001
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I liked the historical information, the main reason for my rating, but was disappointed in the lack of brewing information. Maybe it will tell you enoough to get an idea of whether or not you actually want to brew Pale Ale but you won't learn the how part.
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I found this book to be a useful addition to my homebrewing library. Well written and clear. Good background and history on one of the foundations of the craft brewing experience. Lot's of good recipes for both whole grain and extract brewers.

If you want to know and understand good beer, you need to know and understand Pale Ale. This book will help with that.

Cheers!
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This book has excelence in my opinion. Foster knows how to come around with the subject, starting with the history of beers in England direct to the mashing, ending on the cellar's casks. If you want history, you got it; if you want definition, you got it; if you want to know how to brew and drink this amazing beer, well, it is in this book! Foster yet points his experience and personal preferences, explaining why's. Sincerely, this book got rank #1 in the classic series, even for an advanced brewer, it has plenty of tricky knowledge worth learning. I do strongly recommend this one. (If you got the 1st edition, buy this new one; it comes with a lot new knowledge and statements)
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