About American Style Pale Ale

About American Style Pale Ale
Despite their name, pale ales tend to appear amber in color. They range from 4.5-6% in alcohol and feature crisp, full-bodied flavors and aromas. U.S. versions of pale ales are crisper and feature a higher hop profile than original English versions of the style. Pale ales have become one of the benchmarks by which craft brewers are judged in the US. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale, Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Top Picks for American Style Pale Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company Dogtown Pale Ale
95 points
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced mango and pineapple, herb toast, and pepper with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish with notes of roasted root vegetables and citrus, watercress, and rye toast finish. A robust, wonderfully flavorful and hoppy American pale ale.
BrickStone Brewery Galaxy Down Under Pale Ale
95 points
Pale bright golden amber color. Tropical, citrusy aromas of spiced pineapples and mangoes, toasted hawaiian bread, bee pollen, and caramelized onions with a soft, vibrant, bubbly, off-dry medium body and a tingling, complex, long grilled tropical citrus, radicchio, and pepper finish. A fresh, nicely extroverted tropical hop bomb of flavor and goodness.
Brasseurs du Monde LInterdite 60 Min Pale Ale
94 points
Bright gold color. Interesting, fruity, floral aromas of spiced peaches and apples, apricot vinaigrette on greens, and lilacs with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long orange marmalade on rye toast, radicchio, kiwi relish, and pink pepper finish. Sort of a hybrid between an American and Belgian pale; very tasty nonetheless.
Awards: 2017 Best American Style Pale Ale
Two Roads Brewing Company Lil Heaven Pale Ale
94 points
Golden amber color. Interesting, tropical, savory aromas and flavors of pineapple-peach-pepper salsa, toasted hawaiian bread, and honeyed chives with a supple, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with shades of pine cone, peppery greens, and kiwi finish. A fun combination of savory and tropical hop notes.
BrickStone Brewery BrickStone APA
94 points
Bright old gold color. Rich, citrusy aromas and flavors of spiced mangoes and apricots, chive-garlic-herb bread, and pine blossom with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, long finish with nuances of tropical fruit custard, fresh herbs, and peppery greens finish. A super lively and tropical hop pale ale for fans of Zombie Dust and Heady Topper or sauvignon blanc.
Harpoon Brewery Rec League Hazy Pale Ale
93 points
Cloudy gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of orange pith, mango pit, eucalyptus, and cucumber salad with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-long finish evoking notes of tangerine gelato, papaya custard, baklava with orange flower water, and coriander finish. A bold, hop-forward ale with a very attractive brightness.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Burning River Pale Ale
93 points
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossom honeycomb on toast and butter roasted corn and nuts with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with accents of toasted lemon scone, orange melon salad, and radish finish. A superb pale ale with great balance, flavor and easy drinking style.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. Citra Extra Pale Ale
93 points
Amber color. Herbal, citrusy, piney aromas and flavors of grilled tropical fruits, fresh herbs, baguette, and creme brulee with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, long finish with nuances of peppered greens and pine sap finish. A luscious, robustly herbal and tropical IPA that will delight hopheads.
Deschutes Brewery Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale
92 points
Brilliant bright gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, peach-papaya yogurt, caramelized lemons, and blueberry scone with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish with accents of endive with peppers and pineapples, grapefruit peel, praline, and pine needle finish. A vivacious and toothsome pale ale with tons of West Coast hoppy character.
4 Noses Brewing Proboscis Simcoe Pale Ale
92 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Tropical, floral aromas and flavors of pineapple-mango salsa, peach pastry, orange blossoms, and chives with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, long finish with accents of spiced tangerines and radishes finish. A delicious, juicy and nicely astringent pale ale with great orangey hop flavor.