Ales were some of the first beers brewed and use top fermenting yeast which rise to the top of the brewing tank, to be skimmed off when fermentation is complete. Ales generally have a more robust taste and aroma than lagers and come in many varieties including Bitters, Milds, Pale Ales, Amber Ale, Nut Brown, etc. The robustness of ales match well with fuller-bodied meals such as steak, pork and lamb.