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Pale. 1 In Irish and English history, that district of indefinite and varying limits around Dublin, in which English law prevailed. The term was first used in the 14th cent. to designate what had previously been called English land. Outlying districts were styled the marches, or border lands. In the time of Henry VIII the Pale extended N from Dublin to Dundalk and c.20 mi (32 km) inland from the coast. It disappeared in the ensuing years as the English control of the whole of Ireland was made effective. There was another English Pale in France, comprising Calais and the surrounding area, until 1558.

2 In Russia the Pale designated those regions in which Jews were allowed to live. The Jewish Pale was established in 1792, when it comprised the areas annexed from Poland in the first partition. The area was extended (partly as a result of further annexations), but even within the Pale the Jewish population was subjected to many restrictions. Most of these were in force until the Russian Revolution of 1917.

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the name of an English colony in southeastern Ireland founded by Anglo-Norman feudal lords in the 1170’s. The name entered into use in the second half of the 14th century.

The borders of the Pale changed in the course of the struggle of the invaders with the population of the independent part of the island. Castles and fortifications were erected in the border zone. By the late 15th century the Pale comprised the presentday counties of Louth, Meath, Dublin, and Kildare. The Pale served as the base for the Complete subjugation of Ireland by the English in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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1. A flat strip (slat) or round stake, usually of wood; set in series to form a fence.
2. An area enclosed by such stakes.
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Full Sail Brewing has just announced the release of an English Pale Ale as the next beer in their rotating line of Pub Series ales.
This no-nonsense full-bodied premium ale from Daniel Thwaites' Brewery in Lancashire (founded in 1807 and still family run) uses Fuggles and Goldings hops and English Pale Ale malt.
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The National Home Brew Winners, Matt Tucker and Jake Tucker from Oviedo, FL won a silver medal for their English Pale. While, Stacy Myers took a bronze for her ale, Horseman of the Hopocalypse Ale in the Rye/Roggen category, and Phil Sullivan also took a bronze for his Sully's Belgian Blonde in the Belgian Ale Category.
Select canned beers will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded in nine categories: IPA; American Pale Ale; English Pale Ale; Wheat Beers; Stouts and Porters; Ambers and Browns; Golds, Blondes, Pilsners and Light Lagers; Fruit; and Specialty Beer.
The awards ceremony will include Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in nine categories: IPA; American Pale Ale; English Pale Ale; Wheat Beers; Stouts and Porters; Ambers and Browns; Golds, Blondes, Pilsners and Light Lagers; Fruit; and Specialty Beer.
The first beer to get the new labels is our Pub Style, that's our mainstay, it's an English pale ale brewed with American hops and our infamous Ringwood yeast.
Americans (Left Hand, Deschutes and Sierra Nevada) swept the porter category, and the English bitter category (Caldera, Deschutes and Uinta) and the English pale ale category (Oskar Blues, Flying Dog and Deschutes).
"It definitely has more hops than an English pale, but you don't get any bitterness until the finish," Marry added.