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Ale, which is a prevalent type of beer is brewed with a yeast which ferments at the top (top-fermenting yeast) this is also a warm fermenting method. Historically, the term referred to a drink brewed without using hops. This results in a sweet, fruity taste and is full-bodied
In common with most beers, ale has a bittering agent added to balance the sweetness of the malt, and this acts as a preservative.