What are your top five pale ales?

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  1. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I see threads about best IPA, stout, imperial stout, sour, etc. all the time, but nobody ever seems to mention pale ales -- presumably because they're generally deemed as being "boring."

    Yes, I suppose Three Floyds counts...

    1.) Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    2.) Three Floyds Alpha King
    3.) Odd Side Ales Simcoe Sensation (Way above the rDev on this one)
    4.) Victory Headwaters
    5.) Half Acre Daisy Cutter

    Zombie Dust and Alpha King are a virtual tie... I may prefer Alpha King just because it seems to last longer past its bottling date.
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  2. RichD

    RichD Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    1. Blue Lobster Gold Claw (for now...)
    2. Hill Farmstead What is Enlightenment?
    3. Maine Beer Co. MO
    4. Hill Farmstead Edward
    5. Tree House Tornado

    Excuse my New England bias. Maybe trying something like Zombie Dust or Daisy Cutter would change my answers.
  3. markgugs

    markgugs Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New Jersey

    my list is, of course, based on what I can get or have gotten thanks to trades

    in no order:
    1) Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
    2) Dale's Pale Ale
    3) FFF Alpha King
    4) Deschutes Mirror Pond
    5) Half Acre Daisy Cutter

    never had Zombie Dust :slight_frown:
  4. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    According to my ratings:
    Blue Lobster Gold Claw
    Treehouse Tornado
    OB Dales Pale Ale
    Lagunitas New Dogtown
    Smutty Shaols Pale
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  5. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    One beer that actually lives up to the hype -- if you can get it fresh. I swear I had my last bottle about two months later (just 'cause) and it somehow managed to completely change, despite being stored in a fridge.
  6. bccrosley

    bccrosley Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2012 Connecticut

    1) pseudoSue
    2) Edward
    3) zombie dust
    4) daisy cutter
    5) MO

    TEKNISHE Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

    sierra nevada
    maine peeper
    victory headwaters
    nothing else is coming to mind
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  8. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy Initiate (0) May 6, 2010 Illinois

    Deschutes Hop Trip
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
    Three Floyds Alpha King
    Two Brothers Sidekick
    Alesmith X Pale Ale

    ZD is an IPA to me, but if you consider it an APA then that's near the top. Hop Trip was absolutely phenomenal though, and it's probably my favorite APA that I've ever had. Even better than ZD. And SN Pale Ale, as a timeless classic, gets an honorable mention.
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  9. Gorillahead

    Gorillahead Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2013 Missouri

    Kona Firerock
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Deschuttes Mirror Pond
    GI Honkers Ale
    Boulevard Pale Ale
    Schlafly Pale Ale

    Guess that makes six, but that seems to be my regular pale ale rotation.
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  10. A_Frayed_Knot

    A_Frayed_Knot Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Virginia

    Grateful Pale by Starr Hill
    Doggie Style by Flying Dog
    Ray-Ray by Center of the Universe
    Full Nelson VA Pale Ale
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  11. denver10

    denver10 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Deschutes Red Chair
    Deschutes Hop Trip
    Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    Odell St Lupulin
    Backcountry Pale Ale
  12. rozzom

    rozzom Pooh-Bah (2,534) Jan 22, 2011 New York
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    What is Enlightenment
    Zombie Dust (if we're going by what this is called rather than what it actually is)
  13. TheGator321

    TheGator321 Initiate (0) May 29, 2013 Connecticut

    peekskill's amazeballs best I've had.
    maine's mo
    HF edward
    blue lobster gold claw.
    tree house tornado.
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  14. BigGoersh

    BigGoersh Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Georgia

    That's a solid list. Never had Mirror Pond, but the other 4 are on my top 5!
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  15. kdb150

    kdb150 Initiate (0) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Whatever the last 5 pale ales I got at Tired Hands and Hill Farmstead are. Their pale ales are so much better than everyone else's, it's not even fair.

    Standouts are HF Nelson, and plain old HopHands from TH. Nelson especially, as Nelson Sauvin hops have been something of a revelation as far as hoppy beers go.
  16. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,826) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    I'll stick with American Pale Ales-
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    Anchor Liberty Ale
    Deschutes Mirror Pond
    Victory Headwaters
    Sun King Osiris
  17. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    In order:
    TG - pseudoSue
    FFF - Zombie Dust
    New Glarus - Moon Man
    Indeed - Day Tripper
    Deschutes - Red Chair

    Honorable mentions: (Lagunitas - New Dogtown, Odd Side - Citra, Odell - St. Lupulin)
  18. daw311

    daw311 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2014 Virginia

    FFF - Alpha King
    FFF - Zombie Dust
    Stone - Pale Ale
    Blue Mountain Brewery - Full Nelson
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
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  19. jburd19

    jburd19 Initiate (0) May 14, 2013 Ohio

    SNPA comes to mind first.
    Great Lakes Burning River is one of my favorites, I didn't see mentioned yet.
    The terrapin rye mention surprised me, had it last Sept when out of town, thought it had no taste at all, totally flavorless
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  20. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    Sticking to the American variety and going by the BA classification just to make things easy. In order:
    1. 3Floyds Zombie Dust (4.50)
    2. Crooked Stave Hop Savant (4.46)
    3. Fremont Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop (4.29)
    4. Green Flash Citra Session (4.23)
    5. Carton Brewing Boat Beer (4.11)

    And since three of those skirt the line between styles (ZD and GF Citra could be IPAs and Hop Savant has a very "Belgian" pale ale feel to it), here are three more honorable mention that could take their place if we wanted to get restrictive about fitting within the APA style:
    1. Deschutes Red Chair
    2. Odell St. Lupulin
    3. FW Pale 31
    All that being said, I would never turn down a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
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  21. markgugs

    markgugs Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New Jersey

    since that was me, I'll comment. now I haven't had it in roughly 1 year - I never see it on shelves in NJ anymore - it's definitely NOT flavorless. I mean think about it, rye is probably THE most flavorful type of grain. not sure if you had it in bottle or on tap, but perhaps it was bad/old/served improperly?
  22. thewaterispoison

    thewaterispoison Devotee (389) Jun 22, 2010 California

    FW Pale 31
    Drakes 1500 Pale Ale
    Almanac Extra Pale Ale
    Knee Deep Citra Pale Ale
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  23. michman

    michman Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2005 Illinois

    sierra nevada
    alpha king (love zombie dust too, just too hard to call a pale ale for me personally)
    sam smiths organic pale
    fullers london pride
    half acre daisy cutter
  24. meb3476

    meb3476 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    1. HF Edward
    2. Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale
    3. Bells Two Hearted
    4. Treehouse Tornado
    5. Prohibition Pig Pale Ale
  25. wardenclyffe

    wardenclyffe Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 Virginia

    5 bottles of Zombie Dust
  26. jburd19

    jburd19 Initiate (0) May 14, 2013 Ohio

    Picked up a 6 pack,served bottle to glass. Not sure of the age, was expecting something like ruthless rye, got nothing. Only time I ever had it. Guess I need to revisit, supposed to start distro my way (WV) next month
  27. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    1. Oskar Blues - Dales Pale Ale
    2. Victory - Headwaters Pale Ale
    3. Horseheads- Pale Expedition Ale
    4. Troegs - Pale Ale
    5. Southern Tier - Live
  28. Steve_Oldrati

    Steve_Oldrati Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania

    My top 5:

    1. PseudoSue
    2. Edward
    3. The Light That Spills Out Of The Hole In Your Head
    4. Zombie Dust
    5. Moon Man
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  29. Hendrick24

    Hendrick24 Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2013 Wisconsin

    1. PseudoSue
    2-5. Toppling Goliath Xhops - Yellow, Blue, Green, Red

    Honorable mentions: Moon Man, Zombie Dust, SNPA

    I like TG :wink:
  30. teledeluxe

    teledeluxe Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2013 Illinois

    1 Zombie Dust
    2 Alpha King
    3 MO
    4 SideKick
    5 Founders Dry Hopped Pale
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  31. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    According to my ratings:

    1. HF Edward
    2. FFF Zombie Dust
    3. MBC Peeper
    4. Victory Headwaters
    5. SNPA

    That little exercise made me thirsty.
  32. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Grand Pooh-Bah (5,290) Mar 6, 2013 New York
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    Amazeballs- Peekskill
    Galaxy- New England Brewing Company
    Live- Southern Tier
    Headwaters Pale Ale- Victory
    Citra- Hill Farmstead

    Honorable mentions:
    Edward- Hill Farmstead
    Frank- Community Beer Works
    Super Fuzz- Elysian
  33. AHeaston8

    AHeaston8 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2013 Ohio

    - New Dogtown
    - Zombie Dust
    - Sierra Nevada
    - Denver Pale Ale
    - GL Burning River
  34. hopsputin

    hopsputin Grand Pooh-Bah (3,787) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    1. Mirror Pond
    2. Two Hearted
    3. Mo
    4. Red Chair
    5. Troegs
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  35. garuda

    garuda Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2010 Pennsylvania

    No particular order:
    Zombie Dust, Alpha King, Red Chair, MO, Edward
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  36. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Row2 / Hill 56
    Happy Hops - Simcoe
    Zombie Dust
    Faction Pale Ale
    New Dogtown Pale & Drakes 1500 neck and neck for my #5 spot
  37. SteelSaw

    SteelSaw Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2013 Indiana

    I don't want to seem like I am riding a hype train :grinning:. But I have only tried five pale ales so here they are. All are good though.

    No particular order.
    1. Alpha King
    2. Zombie Dust
    3. Pride and Joy
    4. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    5. Gumball Head (classified as American pale wheat ale).
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  38. SeanBond

    SeanBond Pooh-Bah (2,578) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    1) Beer Hates Astronauts (Half Acre)
    2) Sculpin
    3) Alpha King
    4) Union Jack (Firestone Walker)
    5) Daisy Cutter, Zombie Dust or Mr. Goroboros (can't decide)

    I generally drink DIPAs, so my list of IPAs/APAs isn't as comprehensive as it could be.
  39. dougfur

    dougfur Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 New York

    (Not in order)
    Founders All Day (can't believe no one else has said this).
    Zombie Dust
    Ace Hole

    I really need to try this "amazeballs" stuff...
  40. Johnny_Muir

    Johnny_Muir Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2014 New Jersey

    Deschutes Mirror Pond
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