Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fermented alcoholic beverage containing malt and hops, similar to but heavier than beer.
  • n. A serving of this beverage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An intoxicating liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation and the addition of a bitter, usually hops.
  • n. A festival in English country places, so called from the liquor drunk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An intoxicating liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation and the addition of a bitter, usually hops.
  • n. A festival in English country places, so called from the liquor drunk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light-colored beer, made from malt which is dried at a low heat. See beer.
  • n. An ale-drinking; a festival or merrymaking at which ale was the beverage drunk.
  • n. A brew of ale; as much ale as is brewed at one time.
  • n. An ale-house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English ealu, alu; see alu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ealu, ealo, from Proto-Germanic *aluþ (compare Dutch aal, Swedish öl), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elu- ‘bitter’ (compare Latin alum ‘comfrey’, alūta ‘tawed leather’, Polish (Eastern) jełki, iłki ‘rancid’, Ancient Greek alýdimos ‘bitter’ and Albanian all ("reddish colour")). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Formerly, brewers made ale only twice a year, -- the _summer ale_ in

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • One such pumpkin ale is the Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House.

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  • The brewing process for the ale is the same, but just as the primary fermentation slows, the beer is transferred from the fermenter to a cask where it continues to ferment or condition.

    Long Island Beer Events

  • There was a coldness in the civility of Mrs Adams which persons of accurate speculation might have observed, but escaped her present guests; indeed, it was a good deal covered by the heartiness of Adams, who no sooner heard that Fanny had neither eat nor drank that morning than he presented her a bone of bacon he had just been gnawing, being the only remains of his provision, and then ran nimbly to the tap, and produced a mug of small beer, which he called ale; however, it was the best in his house.

    Joseph Andrews, Volume 2

  • Real ale is enjoying a revival, a report reveals today, as younger drinkers and women embrace a drink which may be shedding its traditional "flat cap" image.

    Real ale revival continues as women and young buy more

  • Rachel Evans, drinks quality manager of pub operator M&B, which runs Vintage Inns and Toby Carvery, said: "Cask ale is a fantastic match to food, with natural ingredients and strong flavours which complement many of the dishes on the menu."

    Real ale revival continues as women and young buy more

  • At the common table, gnawing on a rack of ribs and a joint of beef, drinking ale from a serving pitcher rather than a cup, sat a massive dark-haired barbarian.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • Don't miss out on this opportunity to try a fantastic pumpkin ale direct from the cask.

    Long Island Beer Events

  • If you have never had a pumpkin ale, you should know that there is a wide variation in the quality of the different versions out there.

    Long Island Beer Events

  • Some brewers gimmick-up their pumpkin ale with a sugar and spice rim.

    Long Island Beer Events

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