Best APA

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Pgarand, Sep 23, 2018.

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  1. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    Yep. Big big flavor for a smallish beer.
  2. riegler

    riegler Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2015 Iowa

    Pseudo Sue, Daisy Cutter, Blvd Single Wide are some of my go-tos
  3. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

    Every bar in America should keep on tap the king of Pale Ales..Sierra Nevada.
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  4. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,884) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Some of it might relate to me not being able to buy it, but I still really like Alpha King. It's obviously heading into IPA territory, but I like it whatever it is.
    On the milder end of things, I think Boulder Hazed & Infused is wonderful.
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  5. rtrasr

    rtrasr Savant (1,008) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    I should add another Pisgah Pale Ale, I can get it only in North Carolina. It is delicious.
  6. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I stopped at Three Floyds 10 days ago to have lunch and get some Zombie Dust before heading back to Michigan from a trip. I looked at the Three Floyds beers page here on BA and clicked on the header for the ratings column, and guess what, Alpha King is the second highest rated Three Floyds beer (behind Zombie Dust). So I had to buy some of that beer too. I'm certain I've had it many years ago before I became a hop head and I didn't appreciate it back then. It is a pale ale that is well deserving of its praise/ranking.
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  7. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,884) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    My memory isn't the best, but I believe Alpha King used to be a long-time BA top 25 beer. I think it might have even been top 10 back in the Celebrator, Westy 12, Hop Devil days.
    I still like that caramel malt + piney hop character. It feels like a lot of beers that followed that path have either been discontinued or reformulated, so Alpha King is probably as unique as it has ever been right now.
  8. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,514) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire

    [​IMG] This one El Dorado Falcon is so crushable and tasty that you would slap your grandmother for a second can.
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  9. dagmer

    dagmer Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois

    Alpha King and for me there's nothing close.My love for this beer is borderline pathological. I love it the same as I did back in the late 90's when The Hopleaf bar started serving it. Since then I've referred to Sundays as Alpha King day.
  10. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I grabbed some singles to tick a few days ago, and grabbed a couple Boulder beers. Having forgot the reason I stopped trying them years ago. They've all got this odd funkiness. Everyone I've had has had it. Maybe it's the house yeast? Maybe it's water? But, no more, never again for Boulder for me.
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  11. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Maven (1,281) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Three more IL APAs that I enjoy (in addition to Daisy Cutter, Lizard King, etc.) are Brickstone APA, Revolution Fist City, and Two Brothers Sidekick.

    Let me not forget Founders Mosaic Promise. One of my favorite beers, period.
  12. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Best I ever had.
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  13. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,670) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Their Shake Chocolate Porter is the only one that I can stomach anymore.
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  14. pbrian

    pbrian Pooh-Bah (1,994) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    I bought I six of that yesterday (cans for $7.99 to boot, store probably broke up 15 packs) and thought of this thread. But after thinking about it, a single hop beer like this with a very simple malt profile is more of a specialty beer than a Pale Ale. Just because a beer is 5.5% and hoppy does not alone make it a pale ale. great beer though.
  15. deadwolfbones

    deadwolfbones Pundit (771) Jun 21, 2014 Oregon

    Daisy Cutter and Sumpin' Easy are both very good.
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  16. mikeg67

    mikeg67 Pooh-Bah (1,949) Nov 12, 2010 New Jersey

    There are plenty of great APAs. Just to name a few:
    Kane Sneakbox
    Carton HopPun
    SNPA of course
    Great Lakes Burning River
    Maine Beer MO
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
  17. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Grand Pooh-Bah (3,463) Sep 3, 2008 California
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Love (and miss) that beer. But (personal subjective opinion) I did feel it closer to an amber than an APA... though definitely somewhere in the middle.

    My favorite us whatever is available and freshest from the lengthy list that follows:

    Mirror Pond
    Row 2 Hill 56
    Zombie Dust
    Pseudo Sue
    Fort Point PA
    Moonraker Crush Series
    Daisy Cutter
    Nearly all APAs from Cellarmaker and Faction
    Born Yesterday
    pFriem Mosaic Pale
    Russell Kelly
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  18. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Pooh-Bah (1,751) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Easily my all time favorite.
    I’ll also add Rupture, Drumroll, and Mirror Pond.

    Nothing beats Hubert though imo
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  19. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Yes it does as long as there is a standard pale-colored malt base. It's just a different twist on any more-normal APA recipe. :slight_smile:
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  20. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,374) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Any APA from Hill Farmstead. I think they are the benchmark for how to pack so much flavor in a beer under 6% with nice body to it as well.

    Store bought, I'm a fan of quite a few, but SNPA hasn't been doing much for me lately. I know I'll get hate mail for stating that but it just has felt like a very bland APA lately to my tastes. I'll go for some English pales (or IPAs) to mix it up now and then, and they are very satisfying change of pace after a constance bombardment of American Hop Juice.
  21. ESHBG

    ESHBG Pooh-Bah (1,857) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    PA is a style I have barely explored for some reason but every time I have one I think why don't I drink these more? Some really hit that perfect balance between malt and hops for me, Daisy Cutter comes to mind. Victory Headwaters is decent and of course SNPA, which I found to be quite hoppy when I first got into craft but now, even fresh, it's pretty balanced to me. Mirror Pond is great too.

    This discussion has inspired me to explore this style a little more.
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  22. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Maven (1,281) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    No, the fact that it is a Pale Ale makes it a Pale Ale.
  23. pbrian

    pbrian Pooh-Bah (1,994) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    I concede... call it a pale ale if you wish, or if the guidelines says it's true, but I still don't look at it as a pale ale. Although it is pale, and it is an ale....
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  24. Crawfish61

    Crawfish61 Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2013 Louisiana

    Parish Brewing Envie. I love the DDH version but the regular is almost as good and much less expensive. If I find on tap it is the beer I will drink.
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