Top 5 American Pale Ales!

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  1. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Post 'em!

    Alpha King
    Zombie Dust
    Great Lakes Burning River
    Lagunitas New Dawgtowne
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  2. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Alpha King

    Just a few I like
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  3. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Agree except for Bells. Blando
  4. mattdbh

    mattdbh Aspirant (205) Feb 21, 2009 California
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    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Deschutes Hop Trip
    Russian River Row 2/Hill 56
    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

    I want to try Zombie Dust... bad!
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  5. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,419) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    I know Zombie Dust calls itself an APA, but by ABV and flavor I'm keeping it at an IPA.

    First and foremost, credit has to be given to the #1 - Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It's still a perfect formula. Behind it, in no order -

    Alpha King
    Dale's Pale Ale
    Daisy Cutter
  6. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,229) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Deschutes's Red Chair
    Odell's St. Lupulin
    Oskar Blues's Dales Pale Ale
    Deschutes's Hop Trip

    Not sure where to go for my 5th. Thinking I will give it to Stone's Pale Ale for being the APA that turned me on to the style.

    Lots of good ones I have yet to try.
  7. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Forgot about St of my favorite beers ever
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  8. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    1.) Zombie Dust
    2.) Moon Man
    3.) Daisy Cutter
    4.) Hazed & Infused
    5.) Hopsession
  9. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    The ones I've had, in order of preference...

    1. Fremont Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop
    2. 3 Floyds Zombie Dust
    3. Fremont Summer Ale
    4. Deschutes Red Chair
    5. Deschutes Fresh Hop Mirror Pond

    Honorable mention to Hop Trip and SNPA
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  10. CelticAleMan

    CelticAleMan Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California

    These are my top 5 beers that are listed as pale ales on BA:

    Hoppy Birthday
    Zombie Dust
    Humulus Wet
    Row 2 Hill 56
    Daisy Cutter
    (Probably in that order, but could change depending upon my mood)

    Red Chair is not all that far behind, and is much more plentiful (when in season) than the rest.
  11. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Drakes 1500
    FW Pale 31
    Daytime IPA
    Widmer Drifter
    Caldera Pale Ale
  12. UnkleFester

    UnkleFester Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2010 Kansas

    1. SNPA
    2. Tallgrass 8-Bit
    3. Deschutes Mirror Pond
    4. Great Divide St. lupulin
    5. Free State Copperhead
  13. dbol

    dbol Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2007 California
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    in no particular order...

    zombie dust
    pale 31
    red chair
    tallgrass 8-bit
    yards philly pale ale
  14. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    The only APAs i've had are:

    NG moon man
    FFF alpha king
    Stone pale ale
    SN pale ale
    Flying Dog Doggie Style
    Ale Asylum Hopalicious
    Lake Louie Arena

    Of those, only FFF alpha king and NG moon man really wowed me, in that order of preference. alpha king was so juicy and flavorful it was kind of astounding.
  15. tone77

    tone77 Poo-Bah (4,706) May 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    3 Floyds Zombie Dust
    Sun King Osiris
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
    Crazy Mountain Mountin Livin
    Fort George Sunrise OPA
  16. mikel5489

    mikel5489 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2011 Connecticut

    Zombie Dust
    Galaxy Pale NEBCO
    HF Riwaka
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  17. Pensfan

    Pensfan Disciple (339) Feb 21, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Edward (one of the best beers I've ever had and the only HF beer I've had)
    Zombie Dust
    Daisy Cutter
    Mirror Pond
  18. mkennedy119

    mkennedy119 Devotee (456) Nov 13, 2011 Illinois
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    Zombie Dust
    Moon Man
    Daisy Cutter
    Emmett's Victory Pale
  19. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,131) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Very glad to see someone Mirror Ponde Ale. I fell in love with it over the summer.
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  20. brew3crew

    brew3crew Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2010 Ohio

    Does no one on this website (sorry to those who already said it) realize zombie dust is a GIANT marketing ploy to be put in the APA range. You are all fools for thinking its an APA. A fool or someone who doesn't drink alot of the style. It is at worst an IPA, possibly a DIPA. You know why it is such a good APA? Cuz its hopped like an IPA. Seems simple. /rant
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  21. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Don't mince words, tell us how you really feel.
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  22. IceAce

    IceAce Champion (859) Jan 8, 2004 California

    The lack of SN Pale Ale references (thus far) is apalling...kudos to those of you who dared mention it!
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  23. JustinQ

    JustinQ Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 California

    Mirror Pond
    Row 2 Hill 56
    Kona Firerock
    Dales Pale ale
  24. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Disciple (313) Feb 18, 2009 Indiana
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    Alpha King
    Zombie Dust
    Mirror Pond
    Daisy Cutter
  25. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    Zombie Dust
    Alpha King
    Daisy Cutter
    Burning River
  26. MLucky

    MLucky Aspirant (286) Jul 31, 2010 California

    I know, right? My favorite APA: Pliny the Younger!
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  27. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    DFH Shelter
    Anchor Humming Ale
    Dale's Pale Ale
  28. onemanarne

    onemanarne Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2009 Washington

    Wow. My thoughts 99%.....just haven't tried the ZD
  29. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,431) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    You must. You must.
  30. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    I know they call it an APA and I am going to always rate it as one till they change it. I brewed a beer very similar to that with citra hops and I know for sure that it is nothing like an APA I have done in the past. I ended up with 62 IBUs.

    I really dont care how they categorize this beer, its one of the best on the market
  31. BeerThirty

    BeerThirty Initiate (97) Mar 7, 2012 California
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    Hoppy Birthday
    Daisy Cutter
    Sierra Nevada
    Mirror Pond
  32. Halcyondays

    Halcyondays Poo-Bah (3,820) Jun 27, 2007 California

    Alpha King
    Green Flash 30th St.
    Anchor Humming
    Marin Mt. Tam
    Strand 24th St.
  33. brew3crew

    brew3crew Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2010 Ohio

    You are right. It's a very good beer. But look at the title of the thread. As a homebrewer you know! Don't be a sheep to their marketing!
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  34. diamondc

    diamondc Zealot (587) May 30, 2006 Texas

    Deschutes NWPA Red Chair
    Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale

    I really can't think of any other one right now.
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  35. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    I wouldn't say I am being a sheep, I seriously don't give a damn how they label it. If it tastes great, that is all that maters. Maybe they improvised on a style of pale ale and this is what they came up with. I understand the argument, but really in the end it doesn't matter. Sierra Nevada calls Torpedo an EXTRA IPA... That isnt really even a style, but thats what they call it because its between an IPA and DIPA. I would call Zombie Dust a Extra Pale Ale then.
  36. muletrane

    muletrane Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Maine Beer Co. Peeper Ale
    Maine Beer Co. MO
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
    Breaker Brewing Lunch Pail Ale
    Victory Headwaters Pale Ale
  37. Jspriest

    Jspriest Disciple (376) Feb 9, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Absolutely not a DIPA. I'm fine with Zombie Dust being the direction APAs are headed. Dale's accidentally started us on this path a long, long time ago, and I welcome its trend of overhopping, though the abv could run a point lower. For the record, Zombie Dust won a bronze at GABF (a blind judging in which marketing plays no part) this year in the American-Style Pale Ale category. The marketing ploys I hate more are when breweries put out underhopped American IPAs with hop-pun names and hop depictions on the label.

    HF Edward
    HF Single Hop Moteuka
    Tired Hands HopHands
    Deschutes Red Chair
    Maine Beer Co. Peeper
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  38. cadizkyguy

    cadizkyguy Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Kentucky

    Glad to see some love given to Sun King's Osiris... a very good APA in a 16 ounce can.... whenever I see it at Bourbon & Canal in Terre Haute, or Winetree East Liquors in Evansville, I need to pick up a four pack... I also enjoy Zombie Dust, from Three Floyds, Pride & Joy, also from Three Floyds, and Schlafly's Dry Hopped APA... all very good beers.
  39. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,558) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I gotta show love for The Brew Kettle Four C's.. it's true to style and is what a pale ale should be, IMO. I also love Great Lakes Burning River. I'm sure I sound like a homer, but as for traditional pale ales, that's all I need.

    And I love Zombie Dust as much as the next person, but it's a hybrid..
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  40. CelticAleMan

    CelticAleMan Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California

    I agree that ZD should be considered an IPA, but is nowhere near a DIPA. Kinda ridiculous to claim it is an APA. I was just saying that in another thread earlier today. But it is listed as an APA on here and was in that category at GABF and I like it a lot so I included it in my top 5. And yes, the fact that it is a like an IPA is why I like it more than many other true APAs.:wink:
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