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  • 1North American A type of beer with a bitter flavor and higher alcoholic content: amber-colored beers, ales, and stouts
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    • We have bitters, pale ales, ESB, stout, the whole range.
    • The tavern's ale may be bitter and stale, but it is extremely strong.
    • Mead has become the bastard son of wines, often ignored when it comes to the more flashy grape wines and aggressive beers and ales that are out there.
  • 1.1chiefly British Beer.
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    • As well as ensuring that the ales are served in first-class condition, beer buffs from the organisation will be on hand to answer questions about the brews and their distinctive qualities.
    • And it coincides with the opening at London Olympia of the Great British Beer Festival, a celebration of ales produced by independent UK breweries.
    • As the Town Hall celebrates the best of British beer there will be an extensive selection of ales from local breweries including a special Festival Beer.


Old English alu, ealu, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse ǫl. Formerly the word referred especially to unhopped or paler-colored varieties of beer.

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