Jackdapantyrip wrote:What type of ales have no flavor? Must have not been India pale ales.
Technically, "ale" is contrasted only with "lager" as a category of beer. Neither refers to the "style" of beer (IPA, porter, stout, etc), but instead refers to the varieties of yeast used in brewing. Ales and lagers can both run the gamut from light to dark, low ABV to high, sweet to bitter, and so on. Indeed, I am fairly certain that Guinness is an ale, while most of the crappy mass-produced American beers are lagers. That being said, there may be subtleties of American English vs British English that I am not picking up on. ;)