All time favorite 'shelf' APA?

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  1. Dizbro21

    Dizbro21 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2010 Connecticut

    Flying Jenny if fresh.
     
  2. Pantalones

    Pantalones Devotee (464) Nov 14, 2014 Virginia

    Of those I've had, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the one I go back to most frequently. Sweetwater 420 and Starr Hill Grateful are also good (which reminds me, I haven't had either of those two in quite a while. Maybe I should change that when my first paycheck from the new job comes in...)
     
  3. cetherid

    cetherid Devotee (429) Aug 23, 2010 Indiana

    Zombie Dust, Fist City, or Brickstone APA
     
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  4. larryi86

    larryi86 Poo-Bah (5,040) Apr 4, 2010 Delaware
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    As afar as shelf APAs go it is hard to bet Serria Nevada Pale Ale. Yes, there are better pales out there, but when in comes to price and availability SNPA is very hard to beat.
     
  5. Rosinante

    Rosinante Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2014 Massachusetts

    Agreed, but crazy expensive on a per oz. basis
     
  6. twizzard

    twizzard Defender (648) May 11, 2013 New York
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    Damn! I need to check out some of these brews!
     
  7. brianbeze

    brianbeze Initiate (0) May 27, 2015 Missouri

    Schlafly APA $6.58 and beautifully balanced
     
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  8. mikevanatta

    mikevanatta Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2014 Minnesota

    Red Chair, Mirror Pond, pseudoSue (which is now around more than Red Chair, actually!) ... I'm happy with any of them in my fridge.
     
  9. egoo33

    egoo33 Initiate (196) Apr 18, 2010 Illinois

    To this day freshest keg I have ever had and the people at the brewery are super cool
     
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  10. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Initiate (0) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Rarely hardly ever drink APAs. IMO they're the vanilla of craft beer.
     
  11. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (532) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    APA, has always been hit or miss for me with a lot more misses. Normally I find them to be too bitter(& I like IPA/IIPAs) or some other off putting taste beyond one or two. Recently enjoyed these, though reviews not posted, yet.
    Fist City
    A Tiny Beautiful Something (Wow)
    Space Station Middle Finger (So glad it was a Wow, with that name, it better be!)
    >>>as far as the OPs question probably Sierra Nevada for all time "shelf" king, price & availability.
     
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  12. MUTINY

    MUTINY Meyvn (1,135) Feb 6, 2015 Virginia

    First vote for O'Connor Norfolk Canyon Pale.
     
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  13. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (287) May 24, 2014 Alabama
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    CC Invasion PA and SNPA but lately I have been drinking either hoppier pilsners or full IPA's
     
  14. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (532) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Or it's new age brother "Session" IPA:rolling_eyes:
     
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  15. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Meyvn (1,077) Feb 5, 2014 Virginia
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    Old School - SN Pale Ale
    Newer School - FW Pale 31
     
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  16. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,931) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico
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    Odell St. Lupulin and Deschutes Red Chair
     
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  17. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Devotee (407) Feb 19, 2013 Kentucky
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    Rhinegeist Pure Fury
    SN Pale Ale
     
  18. Yellolab2010

    Yellolab2010 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2014 Pennsylvania

    SNPA
    CC invasion
     
  19. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (182) Mar 14, 2007 California

    Says the guy with a Santa Claus hat on his dog.
     
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  20. JoeyStats707

    JoeyStats707 Aspirant (299) Jan 28, 2014 California
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    going with Alpine Hoppy birthday, just lovely.
     
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  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,565) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I personally do not perceive onion in Grunion but I have read posts by others that they do taste onion in that beer.

    http://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/onion-bombs.332495/

    Cheers!
     
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  22. Jnashed

    Jnashed Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2014 Virginia

    We have different shelves....
     
  23. vfgccp

    vfgccp Poo-Bah (3,929) Oct 28, 2010 New York
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  24. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (384) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Maine Beer Co.'s MO.
     
  25. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (242) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I like vanilla
     
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  26. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Initiate (0) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Yes it is. What's the connection you're going for?
     
  27. nickmantia

    nickmantia Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    MBC MO
     
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  28. Lotus1197

    Lotus1197 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2015 Florida

    I agree 100%
     
  29. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,792) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Backcountry Pale Ale, Hazed & Infused, Odell 5 Barrel, Dale's, Ska Euphoria & Odell St. Lupulin (when in season).
     
  30. bigda83

    bigda83 Initiate (154) Feb 13, 2014 New York
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    I'm another Grunion fan. Sometimes I get lucky and the local Wegmans will mark them in the create a pack section. They've had regular and grapefruit Sculpin in there too. Not always the freshest, but solid to get a nice deal on those brews.
     
  31. Pete_2112

    Pete_2112 Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2014 Colorado

    Dale's Pale Ale
     
  32. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (3,206) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Right now, it's this one: Calvert Good Company. I've brought home a few growlers full of this, and recently bought a couple six-packs. When I think of a solid everyday pale ale that I actually want to drink every day, this is the one that comes to mind.

    I *REALLY* wish this brewer would start bottle dating, however (though they are very young, to be fair...)
     
  33. Ale_Jedi

    Ale_Jedi Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2015 California

    Lagunitas Pale Ale is my go-to. Also, Liberty Ale and Elysian's Loser
     
  34. jphipps83

    jphipps83 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2009 Wisconsin

    Does Pseudosue count? I bought it off the shelf last week.
     
  35. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,551) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    I used to really enjoy Harpoon Ale, but I believe it's been brewery only for several years now.
     
  36. BillW

    BillW Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2014 Virginia

    While it may be a bit regional, I really enjoy Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewing in Charlottesville, VA.
     
  37. jcos

    jcos Aspirant (212) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    FW Pale 31 is the best pale ale when it is not cold out, and at 4.9% is a way better "session IPA" than any of those dirty hop water brews...
     
  38. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Defender (686) Nov 5, 2012 Arizona
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    If it were 2 bucks a bottle, I'd splurge pretty often, but at 13.99 per I'm more inclined to look at IPA's or seasonal APA's and save the Grunion for special occasions. Hop Trip will definitely occupy a large space in my beer fridge this weekend!
     
  39. cale_dooper

    cale_dooper Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Daisy Cutter, and Two Brother's Sidekick
     
  40. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (15,090) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri
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    Dale's Pale Ale
     
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