Before you dive too deep into the best pale ales on earth, it’s worth taking stock of what the delicious golden elixir really is. Put simply, a pale ale is an amber-coloured beer style brewed with pale malt. While in recent times, craft beer lovers have seriously turned the screws on what you can actually do within that space, the term pale ale has actually been around for centuries. According to Mitch Steele’s 2013 publication, IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale, the first advertisements for pale ales started appearing in the Calcutta Gazette as early as 1784, describing the beer as a “light and excellent” pale ale. Importantly, brewing practices and hop quantities have changed over the years, producing a range of tastes and strengths within the pale ale family.