It accentuates the malt flavor which is working against you in a pale ale. You want a drier finish so the hops come through.Does it not work in a Pale ale because it doesn't go well with a strong hop flavor?
Agreed..I did 10 gallons of home grown cascade pale ale with 5 gallon s05 and 5 gallon s04. The s04 has a fair amount of fruity estery and ended up at 1.017..s05 was 1.015.Good for blonde ale, not so much for a pale ale IMO.
Next time I am up in Edmonton I will have to let ya know! I fly Chicago to Edmonton on occassion!I think it depends if you're talking about an APA or a British Pale Ale. I think you'd be ok with a British Pale Ale. Diffenately not an American.
Still it would be better suited for Stouts, Porters, Milds, etc.
The only ale I would use 05 over 04 would be a West Coast APA like Sierra Nevada but, even that I'd rather use the East Coast Ale.Well, what about a Redhook ESB clone? I just pitched S-04 onto my first AG 2 days ago. Is this supposed to be a maltier beer that would benefit from the fruity/estery profile?
I have the ingredients for a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale look alike next weekend, and had already planned to use the S05 for that.