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Looking for Pale Ale suggestions.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Jacurdy60, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. I'm partial to stouts and porter, but I want to take a break from them for a week or so and want to try any kind of pale ale (preferably nothing too estery or hoppy). I'm low on options, however I have access to any kind of Sierra Nevada ales, Founders Centennial Pale Ale, and Great Divide Double IPa. What would you recommend as a subtly hopped pale ale?
  2. premierpro

    premierpro Savant (385) Michigan Mar 21, 2009 Subscriber

    Arcadia Brewing Company Anglers Ale.
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  3. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    Anchor Liberty Ale, perhaps a touch more than 'subtly' hopped, but still incredibly quaffable.
  4. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Savant (440) Illinois Apr 7, 2011 Beer Trader

  5. You can never go wrong with SNPA. I am a big fan of New Belgium Dig. Lagunitas Pale Ale is also a tasty brew. Cheers.
  6. "You can never go wrong with SNPA." Ditto.

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  7. Founders Centennial is an ipa and probably a little hoppier than you're looking for. Founders does make a solid pale ale, also. As someone else already said, Sierra Nevads Pale Ale is a great place to start.
  8. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    Can you get Fuller's ESB or London Pride?

    Besides SNPA try Bells Midwest Pale Ale, Ska Euphoria, Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale...
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  9. Deschutes Mirror Pond, if it is in your area, but I see you are from Alabama so maybe a bit of a stretch. Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale?
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  10. lsummers

    lsummers Advocate (535) California Jun 21, 2010

    Definitely try Yard's Philadelphia Pale ale, if you get it in your area.

    I also second Levitation, but that is kinda hoppy for it's low abv.
  11. jman005

    jman005 Advocate (565) Kentucky Jan 21, 2013

    I'd recommend Great Lakes Burning River..Solid pale or Hazed & Infused is a good one from Boulder Beer if you can find either of those.
  12. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    I actually quite like Trader Joe's Mission St. Pale Ale. Very nice session pale ale.
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  13. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    I like flying fish palefish and dales pale ale is always a solid choice
  14. nyyfanatic213

    nyyfanatic213 Advocate (595) New York Aug 24, 2011 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Victory's Headwaters Pale Ale if you can get it
    Great Divide's Denver Pale Ale
    Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale

    SNPA is THE standard as far as I am concerned
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  15. Half Acre Daisy Cutter is my pale ale of choice...
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  16. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Deschutes mirror pond for sure, firestone walker dba is a standout as well along with boulevard brewings pale ale. All three are subtly hopped and more malt forward than most american pales.
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  17. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    x3 for Deschutes's Mirror Pond.
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  18. Only you can decide what is good or not. You will start to see a lot more pale and blonde beers in the next month or so due to spring/summer coming. Keep any eye out for them. Grab a mix sixer and start trying different ones. Have fun.
  19. MaxOhle

    MaxOhle Savant (410) Illinois Nov 10, 2012

    I like Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale
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  20. Barrel_age_me

    Barrel_age_me Zealot (95) Ohio Dec 26, 2012

    I completely agree with the Great Lakes Burning River posts! Great pale ale
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  21. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,285) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    odells 5 Barrel PA
    FFF Alpha King
    Indeed Day Tripper
    Deschutes Red Chair
  22. Headwaters by Victory. Dale's for sure. Zombie Dust if possible.
  23. ucfalum08

    ucfalum08 Aficionado (195) Florida Jan 20, 2013

    They've been mentioned but Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues Dale's and Victory Headwaters
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  24. Roudy

    Roudy Savant (400) Georgia Aug 20, 2009 Subscriber

    +1 to FFF Alpha King. Just homebrewed a clone of it.
  25. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    Can't go wrong with Sierra Nevada. It's a classic!
    If you are on a budget Saranac's pale ale is good and very reasonably priced. Good luck.
  26. steveh

    steveh Champion (970) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    Just had this recently and enjoyed it a lot -- brewed for TJ's by Firestone Walker.
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  27. lester619

    lester619 Advocate (625) Wisconsin Apr 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    I doubt if you can get it there either, but I thought Stone's version was just about perfect. I'm still pissed they stopped shipping to WI.
  28. I'm going to have to agree with Liberty, but I recently started to really enjoy Dales.
  29. tjwarren

    tjwarren Savant (320) Ohio Dec 31, 2008

    Perfect choice - backup Great Lakes Burning River
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  30. If you ever make it to Philly, Boston, NYC, or VT, Hill Farmstead's Edward.
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  31. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Advocate (515) Florida Jun 13, 2012

  32. I'm guessing HopSlam is out of the question :)

    What about something like a Black IPA?
  33. Indeed Day Tripper. Great beer.
  34. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale used to be in the top 50 beers on this site, and for good reason. It set the bar which all others have been measured with since
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  35. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

  36. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Advocate (745) Oklahoma Oct 22, 2010

    A well balanced pale ale that I never get tired of.
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  37. I second Stone as a malt forward pale ale. The citrusy hops are delightful, just behind the sweet caramel malts.
  38. While I love SNPA and Mirror Pond, I hope Copperhead gets more attention!
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  39. dap325

    dap325 Aficionado (200) New York Apr 2, 2009

    I got a 6 pack of Grey Sail Flying Jenny for Christmas and really enjoyed it.
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