Last Pale Ale You Had That Wasn't "Forgettable"

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  1. grumpy

    grumpy Initiate (0) May 24, 2005 Missouri

    Stone 2.0
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  2. EnthusedAboutBeer

    EnthusedAboutBeer Zealot (568) May 13, 2013 New Jersey

    Fresh Carton HopPun is really unique and delicious
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  3. binnys21

    binnys21 Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2008 Illinois

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  4. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,588) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Founders Pale Ale is really exceptional and drinks like a hoppy pilsner. Also, Griffin Claw Grind Line Pale Ale is also really good.
  5. AugustusRex

    AugustusRex Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Canada (ON)

    Timothy Taylor's Landlord Pale Ale
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  6. chrisjws

    chrisjws Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2014 California

    Last epic one was Pseudo Sue. The ones are Cellarmaker are far from forgettable. Trillium Fort Point Galaxy Dry Hopped definitely hit the spot. Lagunitas Citrisinesus was damn good.
  7. Cameron_como

    Cameron_como Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2015 Missouri

    Tallgrass 8-Bit. Much prefer it over Daisy Cutter
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  8. droptop27

    droptop27 Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2015 New Jersey

    Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale was pretty great, although it's listed as a Saison on BA.
  9. bushycook

    bushycook Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2011 Virginia

    Any Tired Hands APA.
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  10. KG710

    KG710 Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2014 Georgia

    Creature Comforts Automatic
  11. Matt141

    Matt141 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2015 Texas

    Since you asked for not forgettable instead of best, I gotta say Brash EZ-7. Holy crap what a punch in the mouth for a pale. Just as much flavor as a DIPA. I'm kind of scared of what their IPAs are going to be like.
  12. Mr_Buttons

    Mr_Buttons Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2015 California

    Cellarmaker's Tiny Dankster. New favorite SF craft beer bar.
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  13. MaxPowers

    MaxPowers Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2014 Michigan

    Kuhnhenn loonie kuhnie
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    TEKNISHE Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I forget, but I had one recently that was really good.

    *Edit - just saw bushycook's post and it jogged my memory. It was Tired Hands Hop Hands. It was up there with Maine Brewing Co. and perhaps better. Just so balanced and a clean finish. I'm sure the freshness helped, but cot dayum.
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  15. bigtizz123

    bigtizz123 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2014 Ohio

    Agreed on the Headwaters, not sure why that doesn't get more love. Can't wait for that in the cans. Do yourself the favor and pick up fresh Grunion ASAP. It's the best pale I've had in recent memory, maybe ever. You will not care about paying $2.50 per bottle once you try it.
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  16. Nmelione

    Nmelione Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2014 New Jersey

    Black Hog - Mosaic
  17. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,928) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    Just yesterday, by coincidence. Upper Hand's Upper Peninsula Ale. I was expecting your standard run-of-the-mill APA (refreshing but not necessarily exciting) but the damn thing left me wanting another one immediately. Must be the mosaic.
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  18. jmasher85

    jmasher85 Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2015 Maryland

    Flying Dog's Doggie Pale Ale, once I drank it alongside some fettuccini alfredo - killer combo!
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  19. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,108) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    Ballast point Grunion. So flavorful. Oh, and Lagunitas Citrusinenenennenen.
  20. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,406) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois

    This, over and over again.
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  21. johnjohnbeer

    johnjohnbeer Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2012 Ohio

    One that hasn't been mentioned that I really enjoyed.

    Revolution - Fist City

    Edit: just saw the other post. Either way. Tasty.
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  22. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Poo-Bah (1,945) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Proclamation's Derivative dry hopped with Galaxy, hands down.
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  23. heymikew

    heymikew Meyvn (1,001) Mar 18, 2011 California

    Faction A-Town
    Delicious and hoppy
  24. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (552) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    If fresh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is forgettable to you, then you don't actually like beer.
  25. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (553) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Another vote for Mo. All the elements were there. Perfect.

    The Lagunitas CitruSinensis was delicious but 7.9% Pale Ale????? That's not a pale ale.
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  26. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    Revolution Fist City
    Lagunitas Citrusinensis
    for starters
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  27. Ipaupaweallpa

    Ipaupaweallpa Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2014 Alabama

    One claw rye pale ale. Wow
  28. JaefromLA

    JaefromLA Initiate (0) May 19, 2015 California

    Another vote for grunion. on tap at a beer fest last time I had it. Actually stood out from the 3 ipas I had just before it. Excellent brew also saints devotion by lost abbey. Not an APA though. Belg pale with brett... so good.
  29. BeerBrose

    BeerBrose Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2015 Illinois

    The only reason Zombie Dust isn't forgettable is because all the hipster lumber-sexuals won't stop asking for it every store they walk in, hardly because of it's actual flavor.

    I would say a Pale Ale I have a hard tome putting down, or forgetting how much I like drinking it, is Victory Headwaters. I frequent it, and I'm never disappointed. Not rare, not expensive, just great.
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  30. Danmullens1

    Danmullens1 Meyvn (1,240) Mar 24, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I second the HHG—been drinking the shit out of the stuff. In fact, I'm drinking one now.

    Also the venerable Moon Man & Alpha King, along with Psuedo Sue, Daisy Cutter, Fist City, and Icy Bay have been going down pretty well this Summer.
  31. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (358) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    In the past week or so I've had Fullers London Pride, Pretty Things Fringe, Night Shift Whirlpool, and the OP's own Ballast Point Grunion. I remember them all.
  32. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (553) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Can't believe I didn't say this first. My favorite new fridge staple. It is so good that the only thing I forget is that it is considered a PA. Just love it.
  33. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (443) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    I love ZD and PS .. But if juicy, hoppy American Pale Ales are your thing --- there isn't another in this great land that can hold FPPA XYZ's jock strap....this is an incredible brew and folks need to seek it out.
  34. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Disciple (397) Feb 19, 2013 South Carolina

    Tree House Present Moment. Extra in a trade and boy was it spectacular.
  35. jds16

    jds16 Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2007 Ohio

    Zombie Dust, MO (Maine), Daisy Cutter, Seventh Son Humulus Nimbus, Grunion within the past two weeks were not forgettable.
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  36. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (263) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    I came to say Tree House's Lights On. Just finished a big ol' jug of it
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  37. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (263) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    awesome pic. phenomenal beer
  38. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,848) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    Agreed, just had a grunion for the first time yesterday and loved it, although hard to see how it's not an ipa.
  39. cjgator3

    cjgator3 Poo-Bah (3,426) Jan 19, 2006 Florida

    Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale is my go-to pale ale because I can always get it fresh and it never lets me down. Great beer!
  40. scbeerman

    scbeerman Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2015 South Carolina

    Grunion > Sculpin. To me SNPA is unforgettable, but not in a good way - it's pretty average at best.
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