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

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
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.
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.
Lagunitas Brewing Company New Dogtown Pale Ale
92 points
Brilliant color. Fruity, floral, attractive aromas and flavors of lemon mango chutney and custard, frosty pineapple cake, herbal honey, and pine with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with nuances of watercress, tangerine, peppercorn muffin, and marijuana finish. A vibrantly hoppy and very attractive pale ale with lovely tropical fruit notes.
Roc Brewing Co. Golden Pale Ale
91 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of citrus marmalade on toast points, dried peaches and mangoes, and herb pizza crust with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish revealing notes of spiced citrus and nectarine, cayenned kale and jicama, turmeric-saffron tea, and pine finish. A savory, well-balanced pale ale with fine crush ability.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. 420 Extra Pale Ale
90 points
Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted pretzel bread, pineapple custard tart, lemon-herb tea and taffy, and thyme honey and spinach artichoke dip in a bread bowl with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long finish manifesting notes of hint of radish and tropical fruit compote finish. A smooth and even citrusy pale ale that goes down easy.
Boyne Brewhouse Irish Craft IPA
90 points
Brilliant amber color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange-mango chutney, pineapple cake, pine blossoms, and forest floor with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of frisée with lemon vinaigrette, grapefruit, peppered rapini and radishes, and vegetable chips finish. A rock solid ipa-like pale ale with invigorating bitterness.
Reuben’s Brews Daily Pale
90 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cake, chive herb bread, and grapefruit marmalade with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish manifesting elements of fiddle head fern, kumquat, and mango finish. A bright, hoppy pale with excellent balance and palate waking astringency.