Top 5 American Pale Ales!

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  1. sullenbee

    sullenbee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Michigan

    Gotta love Dale's Pale Ale, fell in love with it while camping out west this summer. Wish I could get it here, because honestly, it is probably my fave.
    Yes yes, to zombie dust. So damn good, but I can't get my hands on it much anymore. Shame.
    Also on my list would have to be a Michigan local, Odd Side Citra Pale Ale.
    Newbie Perrin Brewing has a pretty solid pale as well.
  2. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,322) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Alpha King
    Day Tripper
    Moon Man
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  3. islandboi8204

    islandboi8204 Aspirant (258) Jul 28, 2011 New York
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    Alpine Hoppy Birthday
    Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    Hill Farmstead Edward
    Russian River Row 2 Hill 56
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
  4. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,211) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Funny you mention Dale's. IIRC, the brewer was quoted on this site as knowing it's an IPA but going with Dale's Pale Ale because it sounded better. We did a Zombie Dust clone and the malt bill for that puts it in IPA territory for sure.

    That said, all the beers from milds to quadrupel IPA's are all Pale Ales.
  5. NJR19056

    NJR19056 Initiate (135) Mar 23, 2011 Pennsylvania

    What is Enlightenment?
    Daisy Cutter
    Bitter American
  6. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,990) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Anchor Humming
    Victory Headwaters
    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    Lagunitas New Dogtown

    They all hit that sweet spot between character and balance; I'd be more than happy quaffing any of those all afternoon and into the night, which is how I tend to evaluate Pale Ales.
  7. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,224) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Maine Mo
    NG Moon Man
    Victory Headwaters
    Troegs PA
    HA Daisy Cutter
  8. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,453) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I have a hard time putting anything from 3F into an APA column, they're great no matter what they call them, but more IPA than not.

    Burning River
  9. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (165) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois
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    Alpha King
    Dales Pale Ale
    Daisey Cutter
    Hopslam (if it's more than 3 days old) otherwise it's Moon Man
  10. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,549) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    Three Floyds Alpha King
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
    Flat 12 Walkabout
    Hill Farmstead Edward

    Luckily four of those five are available in the Midwest!
  11. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
    Ipswich Ale
    Hazed & Infused

    Not a style I usually buy, only have them if its a SNPA (with only other options BMC) or something coming from a variety pack.
  12. dciBA

    dciBA Aspirant (258) Dec 23, 2007 Maine
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    Rising Tide Daymark
    MBC Peeper
    MBC Mo
    HF Edward
  13. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    1. NEBCO Galaxy Pale Ale (not many will have tried this but if you have, hopefully you agree)
    2. Victory Headwaters
    3. SNPA
    4. Dale's
    5. Daisy Cutter
  14. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    Well I do not know that I can think of 5 I really love that are true pales. Dales and Alpha King are IPA's by all measures of IBU's, Hop content and ABV.

    The only Pale I really drink over and over is
    1. NG Moon Man
    2. NG Moon Man
    3. NG Moon Man
    4. NG Moon Man
    5. SN Pale Ale
  15. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Meyvn (1,019) Aug 29, 2008 Australia

    Liberty Yakima Monster
    Daisy Cutter
    St. Lupin
  16. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Zombie Dust
    Mother Earth Second Wind
    Alpha King
    Burning River

    Honorable mention has to be Gansett Summer and Victory Summer Love.
  17. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    SN Pale Ale
    Daisy Cutter
    New Dogtown
  18. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy Devotee (456) May 6, 2010 Illinois

    Zombie Dust SNPA Half Acre Daisy Cutter Alpha King Brau Bros. Super Pale Ale
  19. Beach_Bum

    Beach_Bum Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Illinois

    my thoughts exactly. Though if that's the ranking from top down id put daisy ahead of SN.

    Schlaflys AIPA is an awesome beer too, though since IPA present I'll exclude from ranking.
  20. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    My favorite is Smuttynose Shoals pale ale...CHEERS
    I cant believe theres no love for this beer yet, im apalled
  21. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    Sad to see Ska not get any love :slight_frown:

    In no order:
    FFF Zombie Dust
    HA Daisy Cutter
    Moon Man
    Ska Euphoria
    FFF Alpha King

    (i love you too SNPA)
  22. ArchEnemyBrew

    ArchEnemyBrew Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Washington

    Hoppy birthday
    Fremont Cowiche canyon fresh hop
    Zombie dust
    RR happy hops
    La cumbre 1/2 Nelson
  23. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (331) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Agreed. St. Lupulin is phenomenal. I was thinking year rounds when I made my list. This is one of my top 5 for sure.
  24. Aleforme

    Aleforme Disciple (300) Nov 26, 2008 Washington
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    No particular order,

    21st Amendment Bitter American
    Firestone Walker Pale 31
    Alesmith X
    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    7 Seas British Pale Ale - I know it's a british pale ale but whatever.
  25. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    I want Zombie.....
  26. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,222) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I'll throw out a plug for BJ's Piranha Pale. For a "chain" brewpub, that stuff is delicious.

    Another one is the Backcountry Pale Ale (formerly Telemark IPA). So, so drinkable with hops that work together to add both flavor and bitterness.
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  27. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    MBC Peeper
    MBC MO
    Fremont Cowiche Canyon

    Haven't had ZD or DC though
  28. OTB

    OTB Disciple (386) Sep 2, 2011 California

    Zombie Dust, god I wish we could get this in So Cal. Hoppy Birthday, New Millineum and WHale from Alpine, Row 2 Hill 56, and SNPA.

  29. Hawkharvs

    Hawkharvs Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2012 Iowa

    #1 Zombie Dust

    The rest:
    Moon Man
    New Dog town
  30. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Devotee (476) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Been seeing some love for Victory Headwaters... Little anecdote about it:

    My brother-in-law is family friends with a lot of the folks at Victory. They catered and served the beer at my sister and his wedding and everything was great. My (then) fiancee and I decided to have them cater our wedding too. When we went to the brewpub to pick out our entrees, they had us on the other side of a room from a private tasting event. They were sampling Headwaters to a crowd of maybe 15 people about a month before the public release. The man running the tasting ended up letting my fiancee and I have a pint since he figured we were good folks if we knew their event coordinator. Needless to say, we chose headwaters to be one of the two beers we offered at our wedding (the other being festbier due to it being an early October wedding) and it has remained my favorite PA to this day. I can't imagine that will ever change if for nothing other than the sentiment of it.

    Cheers :slight_smile:
  31. mikel5489

    mikel5489 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2011 Connecticut

    It's ok I would let Three Floyds fool me any day!

    Oh and does this sound familiar?

    A- orange color with a nice white head
    S- faint citrus smell. Not much else
    T- alot like it smells. Faint pale malt. Makes ne realize why I don't like apas.
    M-mesium body and smoitj
    O-nice pale ale. Not my style at all but this one is above average

    Still an apa when it's all said and done.
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  32. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    These are absolute musts to this list, especially MO. I thought daisy cutter alright not amazing.

    Edward is by far the best though. With MO second, from anything I have had
  33. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Three Floyds- Zombie Dust
    Stone- Pale Ale
    New England Brewing- Galaxy Pale Ale
    Maine Beer Co.- MO
    Grey Sail Brewing- Flying Jenny Pale Ale
  34. kpacedo

    kpacedo Aspirant (206) Nov 24, 2009 California
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    Drakes 1500
    Lagunitas New Dogtown
    Andersen Valley Poleeko Gold
  35. AJacob81

    AJacob81 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2010 Illinois

    Zombie Dust
    Moon Man
    Daisy Cutter
    Alpha King
    Founders Dry-Hopped
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  36. JulianC

    JulianC Aspirant (204) Mar 9, 2012 Illinois
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    My order 1-4. Undecided on 5.
  37. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Zealot (533) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    Deschutes Red Chair
    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    3F Alpha King
    Flying Dog Doggie Style
    And I guess SNPA just because it is a classic and still excellent.

    Haven't had Zombie Dust so I can't get in on that debate.
  38. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Row 2 Hill 56
    Drakes 1500
    Alpha King
    Devil's Postpile Pale

    Honerable mention New Dogtown Pale Ale
  39. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    These three for a more modern take on the style:
    Widmer Drifter
    Victory Headwaters
    MBC Peeper

    These for nailing the execution of the old school US pale ale stye:
    Firestone Walker (whatever one they brew as Yardhouse pale ale)
    Troeg's Pale Ale

    Pretty tired of the floral bomb SN Pale Ale has become over the years.
  40. Kubrickx

    Kubrickx Zealot (500) Sep 1, 2012 Illinois

    Zombie Dust
    Alpha King
    Daisy Cutter
    New Dogtown
    Dale's Pale Ale

    I'm sure this list will change as I try out more APAs.
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