Looking for Pale Ale suggestions.

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  1. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    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 Aspirant (278) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan

    Arcadia Brewing Company Anglers Ale.
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  3. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,307) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Anchor Liberty Ale, perhaps a touch more than 'subtly' hopped, but still incredibly quaffable.
  4. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Disciple (370) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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  5. bulldogbrewhaus

    bulldogbrewhaus Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012 Virginia

    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. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,451) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    "You can never go wrong with SNPA." Ditto.

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  7. mscott1975

    mscott1975 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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 Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    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. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Devotee (425) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    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 Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    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 Aspirant (256) Jan 21, 2013 Kentucky

    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 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

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

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

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

    Stignacious Defender (660) Aug 24, 2011 New York
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    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. Lineuplord

    Lineuplord Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Half Acre Daisy Cutter is my pale ale of choice...
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  16. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,140) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    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 Poo-Bah (2,294) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    x3 for Deschutes's Mirror Pond.
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  18. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    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 Devotee (419) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois

    I like Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale
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  20. Barrel_age_me

    Barrel_age_me Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 Ohio

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

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,673) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    odells 5 Barrel PA
    FFF Alpha King
    Indeed Day Tripper
    Deschutes Red Chair
  22. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Headwaters by Victory. Dale's for sure. Zombie Dust if possible.
  23. ucfalum08

    ucfalum08 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Florida

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

    Roudy Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2009 Georgia

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

    19etz55 Disciple (325) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    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 Poo-Bah (2,015) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

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

    lester619 Zealot (529) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin
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    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. pressedmeat

    pressedmeat Initiate (143) Jan 7, 2013 New Jersey

    I'm going to have to agree with Liberty, but I recently started to really enjoy Dales.
  29. tjwarren

    tjwarren Disciple (349) Dec 31, 2008 Ohio

    Perfect choice - backup Great Lakes Burning River
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  30. weeare138

    weeare138 Poo-Bah (3,600) Apr 1, 2003 Pennsylvania

    If you ever make it to Philly, Boston, NYC, or VT, Hill Farmstead's Edward.
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  31. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

  32. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

  33. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    I'm guessing HopSlam is out of the question :slight_smile:

    What about something like a Black IPA?
  34. PatrickJamesMulcahy

    PatrickJamesMulcahy Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2012 Minnesota

    Indeed Day Tripper. Great beer.
  35. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Meyvn (1,187) Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

    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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  36. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,294) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

  37. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    A well balanced pale ale that I never get tired of.
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  38. MightyMan

    MightyMan Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I second Stone as a malt forward pale ale. The citrusy hops are delightful, just behind the sweet caramel malts.
  39. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
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    While I love SNPA and Mirror Pond, I hope Copperhead gets more attention!
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  40. dap325

    dap325 Initiate (151) Apr 2, 2009 New York

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