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Top 5 American Pale Ales!

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by sacrelicio, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. sullenbee

    sullenbee Savant (340) Michigan Jan 15, 2010

    Gotta love Dale's Pale Ale, fell in love with it while camping out west this summer. Wish I could get it here, because honestly, it is probably my fave.
    Yes yes, to zombie dust. So damn good, but I can't get my hands on it much anymore. Shame.
    Also on my list would have to be a Michigan local, Odd Side Citra Pale Ale.
    Newbie Perrin Brewing has a pretty solid pale as well.
  2. gatornation

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

    Alpha King
    Day Tripper
    Moon Man
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  3. islandboi8204

    islandboi8204 Savant (425) New York Jul 28, 2011 Beer Trader

    Alpine Hoppy Birthday
    Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    Hill Farmstead Edward
    Russian River Row 2 Hill 56
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
  4. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,070) New York Mar 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    Funny you mention Dale's. IIRC, the brewer was quoted on this site as knowing it's an IPA but going with Dale's Pale Ale because it sounded better. We did a Zombie Dust clone and the malt bill for that puts it in IPA territory for sure.

    That said, all the beers from milds to quadrupel IPA's are all Pale Ales.
  5. Edward
    What is Enlightenment?
    Daisy Cutter
    Bitter American
  6. TongoRad

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

    Anchor Humming
    Victory Headwaters
    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    Lagunitas New Dogtown

    They all hit that sweet spot between character and balance; I'd be more than happy quaffing any of those all afternoon and into the night, which is how I tend to evaluate Pale Ales.
  7. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    Maine Mo
    NG Moon Man
    Victory Headwaters
    Troegs PA
    HA Daisy Cutter
  8. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    I have a hard time putting anything from 3F into an APA column, they're great no matter what they call them, but more IPA than not.

    Burning River
  9. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Savant (430) Illinois Sep 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    Alpha King
    Dales Pale Ale
    Daisey Cutter
    Hopslam (if it's more than 3 days old) otherwise it's Moon Man
  10. aasher

    aasher Poobah (1,270) Indiana Jan 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    Three Floyds Alpha King
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
    Flat 12 Walkabout
    Hill Farmstead Edward

    Luckily four of those five are available in the Midwest!
  11. SNPA
    Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
    Ipswich Ale
    Hazed & Infused

    Not a style I usually buy, only have them if its a SNPA (with only other options BMC) or something coming from a variety pack.
  12. dciBA

    dciBA Savant (400) Maine Dec 23, 2007

    Rising Tide Daymark
    MBC Peeper
    MBC Mo
    HF Edward
  13. 1. NEBCO Galaxy Pale Ale (not many will have tried this but if you have, hopefully you agree)
    2. Victory Headwaters
    3. SNPA
    4. Dale's
    5. Daisy Cutter
  14. Well I do not know that I can think of 5 I really love that are true pales. Dales and Alpha King are IPA's by all measures of IBU's, Hop content and ABV.

    The only Pale I really drink over and over is
    1. NG Moon Man
    2. NG Moon Man
    3. NG Moon Man
    4. NG Moon Man
    5. SN Pale Ale
  15. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Advocate (615) Australia Aug 29, 2008

    Liberty Yakima Monster
    Daisy Cutter
    St. Lupin
  16. Zombie Dust
    Mother Earth Second Wind
    Alpha King
    Burning River

    Honorable mention has to be Gansett Summer and Victory Summer Love.
  17. SN Pale Ale
    Daisy Cutter
    New Dogtown
  18. Zombie Dust SNPA Half Acre Daisy Cutter Alpha King Brau Bros. Super Pale Ale
  19. Beach_Bum

    Beach_Bum Aspirant (45) Illinois Oct 24, 2012

    my thoughts exactly. Though if that's the ranking from top down id put daisy ahead of SN.

    Schlaflys AIPA is an awesome beer too, though since IPA present I'll exclude from ranking.
  20. seplo

    seplo Savant (490) Connecticut Sep 8, 2009 Beer Trader

    My favorite is Smuttynose Shoals pale ale...CHEERS
    I cant believe theres no love for this beer yet, im apalled
  21. Grohnke

    Grohnke Savant (405) Illinois Sep 15, 2009

    Sad to see Ska not get any love :(

    In no order:
    FFF Zombie Dust
    HA Daisy Cutter
    Moon Man
    Ska Euphoria
    FFF Alpha King

    (i love you too SNPA)
  22. Hoppy birthday
    Fremont Cowiche canyon fresh hop
    Zombie dust
    RR happy hops
    La cumbre 1/2 Nelson
  23. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    Agreed. St. Lupulin is phenomenal. I was thinking year rounds when I made my list. This is one of my top 5 for sure.
  24. Aleforme

    Aleforme Savant (460) Washington Nov 26, 2008 Beer Trader

    No particular order,

    21st Amendment Bitter American
    Firestone Walker Pale 31
    Alesmith X
    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    7 Seas British Pale Ale - I know it's a british pale ale but whatever.
  25. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Savant (315) Aug 20, 2012

    I want Zombie.....
  26. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,145) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I'll throw out a plug for BJ's Piranha Pale. For a "chain" brewpub, that stuff is delicious.

    Another one is the Backcountry Pale Ale (formerly Telemark IPA). So, so drinkable with hops that work together to add both flavor and bitterness.
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  27. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (420) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

    MBC Peeper
    MBC MO
    Fremont Cowiche Canyon

    Haven't had ZD or DC though
  28. OTB

    OTB Savant (465) California Sep 2, 2011

    Zombie Dust, god I wish we could get this in So Cal. Hoppy Birthday, New Millineum and WHale from Alpine, Row 2 Hill 56, and SNPA.

  29. Hawkharvs

    Hawkharvs Aficionado (225) Iowa Sep 9, 2012

    #1 Zombie Dust

    The rest:
    Moon Man
    New Dog town
  30. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Advocate (590) Minnesota Oct 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Been seeing some love for Victory Headwaters... Little anecdote about it:

    My brother-in-law is family friends with a lot of the folks at Victory. They catered and served the beer at my sister and his wedding and everything was great. My (then) fiancee and I decided to have them cater our wedding too. When we went to the brewpub to pick out our entrees, they had us on the other side of a room from a private tasting event. They were sampling Headwaters to a crowd of maybe 15 people about a month before the public release. The man running the tasting ended up letting my fiancee and I have a pint since he figured we were good folks if we knew their event coordinator. Needless to say, we chose headwaters to be one of the two beers we offered at our wedding (the other being festbier due to it being an early October wedding) and it has remained my favorite PA to this day. I can't imagine that will ever change if for nothing other than the sentiment of it.

    Cheers :)
  31. It's ok I would let Three Floyds fool me any day!

    Oh and does this sound familiar?

    A- orange color with a nice white head
    S- faint citrus smell. Not much else
    T- alot like it smells. Faint pale malt. Makes ne realize why I don't like apas.
    M-mesium body and smoitj
    O-nice pale ale. Not my style at all but this one is above average

    Still an apa when it's all said and done.
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  32. These are absolute musts to this list, especially MO. I thought daisy cutter alright not amazing.

    Edward is by far the best though. With MO second, from anything I have had
  33. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (675) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    Three Floyds- Zombie Dust
    Stone- Pale Ale
    New England Brewing- Galaxy Pale Ale
    Maine Beer Co.- MO
    Grey Sail Brewing- Flying Jenny Pale Ale
  34. kpacedo

    kpacedo Savant (345) California Nov 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    Drakes 1500
    Lagunitas New Dogtown
    Andersen Valley Poleeko Gold
  35. AJacob81

    AJacob81 Savant (290) Illinois Mar 15, 2010

    Zombie Dust
    Moon Man
    Daisy Cutter
    Alpha King
    Founders Dry-Hopped
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  36. JulianC

    JulianC Savant (460) Illinois Mar 9, 2012 Beer Trader

    My order 1-4. Undecided on 5.
  37. Deschutes Red Chair
    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    3F Alpha King
    Flying Dog Doggie Style
    And I guess SNPA just because it is a classic and still excellent.

    Haven't had Zombie Dust so I can't get in on that debate.
  38. SNPA
    Row 2 Hill 56
    Drakes 1500
    Alpha King
    Devil's Postpile Pale

    Honerable mention New Dogtown Pale Ale
  39. These three for a more modern take on the style:
    Widmer Drifter
    Victory Headwaters
    MBC Peeper

    These for nailing the execution of the old school US pale ale stye:
    Firestone Walker (whatever one they brew as Yardhouse pale ale)
    Troeg's Pale Ale

    Pretty tired of the floral bomb SN Pale Ale has become over the years.
  40. Kubrickx

    Kubrickx Savant (420) Illinois Sep 1, 2012 Subscriber

    Zombie Dust
    Alpha King
    Daisy Cutter
    New Dogtown
    Dale's Pale Ale

    I'm sure this list will change as I try out more APAs.