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Mild Ale

Mild ale is a low-gravity, malty beer that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1600s or earlier. Modern Mild Ales are mainly dark coloured with an abv of 3% to 3.6%, though there are examples of up to 6% abv.

The term mild originally meant young beer or ale as opposed to "stale" aged beer or ale. In more recent times it has been interpreted as denoting "mildly hopped".

Light Mild is generally similar, but pale in colour. There is some overlap between the weakest styles of Bitter and Light Mild, with the term AK being used to refer to both. The designation of such beers as "Bitter" or "Mild" has tended to change with fashion. A good example is McMullen's AK, which was rebadged as Bitter after decades as a Light Mild. AK - a very common beer name in the 1800s - was often referred to as a "mild Bitter Beer" interpreting "mild" as "unaged".

Once sold in every pub, Mild experienced a catastrophic fall in popularity after the 1960s and was in danger of completely disappearing from many parts of the United Kingdom. However, in recent years the explosion of microbreweries has led to a modest renaissance, and an increasing number of Mild (sometimes labelled 'Dark') brands are now being brewed.

See also: Beer, Ale
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mild_ale
Last modified: 7 September 2009
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