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Mild Ale

Five hundred years ago, almost all British beers existed as both stale and mild ales. From its earliest use through the 18th Century, the term "mild" referred to an entire class of ales. These beers were much bigger than today's mild (perhaps 20 °P or more) and they were served young and sweet with residual malt sugars. Any beer could be called mild as long as it lacked the sourness of aged beers, such as stale or stock ale.