The term ‘ale’ is derived from the Old English ‘alu’ or ‘ealu’. Brewed extensively throughout the medieval world, it was an important source of hydration and nutrition. English-style, top fermented ales were drunk on a daily basis by most of the population. Lower alcohol versions were often served alongside a household’s daily meals, or with bread. Higher alcohol ales were specially brewed for recreational purpose, or celebrations. Seasonal brews were also common, with stronger ales preferred for winter, or autumnal days.
Today, a wide spectrum of ales exist. With a characteristic fruity aroma, they tend to vary in strength, colour and clarity (some may appear hazy, when cask conditioned). To help you choose an ale to suit your occasion, our products are often placed in one of three categories: Pale Ale, Amber Ale and Strong Ale.
One of the world’s major beer styles, Pale Ale is made from top fermenting ale yeast and pale malts - resulting in refreshing, flavours with hints of fruit. A classic ‘Indian Pale Ale’ (IPA) style is also now growing in popularity.
Best drunk on its own - chilled to ease the heat of a summer’s day - or sometimes served with a range of lighter foods, Dan Murphy stocks a variety of Pale Ales, for example:
Amber Ales range in colour from light copper through to dark brown. Slow fermenting, they present a richer flavour than a Pale Ale - tending to have a fuller ‘mouthfeel’.
As with other Ales, these beers stand up well on their own, or match well with steaks and richer foods. Our Amber Ale recommendations include:
Strong Ales are still predominantly made with pale malts, but are a much richer and complex beer. Amber to reddish copper in colour, they offer a bold fruity, aromatic and malty flavour - one to savour.
With their robust flavours these beers will more than match roast meat, a rack of lamb, or gourmet game pie. Our Strong Ale selection includes:
Bag loads of whole Chinook and Cascade hop flowers that are sourced from Washington and Oregon in the US as well as some local flowers from Tasmania are thrown at this beer, creating an intense citrus and grapefruit aroma and flavour...
Guaranteed to turn heads, this is the beer that inspired a new generation of ale drinkers. With its fruity and floral characters, balanced with a crisp bitterness, Coopers Pale Ale has a compelling flavour which is perfect for every occasion...
Fat Yak first impresses with its golden colour, distinctive, hop driven, fruity and herbaceous aromas, giving characteristic passionfruit and melon notes, followed by a whack of hop flavour at the finish. The taste is refreshingly clean on the palate.