By: Michelle Klug
Photo: © the food passionates/Corbis
Ales can range from light to dark, and encompass a variety of flavors and styles. Stouts, pale ales, IPAs, and porters are all ales. Ales are usually more flavorful than lagers and are distinct because they are top-fermented, meaning a thick layer of yeast rises to the top during brewing and releases flavor components called esters.
Color: Light amber to dark brown
Taste: Citrusy, hoppy, full-bodied
Alcohol Content: Medium to high, 5-10+%