About Flavored Ale

About Flavored Ale
This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing category. Flavored ales may be flavored with, or affected by, the addition of unusual ingredients including chocolate, coffee, chili peppers or even juniper. In addition, the base beer may be related to almost any classic beer style. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements, and overall drinkability. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Williams Brothers Alba Scots Pine Ale, Southern Tier Pumking and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.

Top Picks for Flavored Ale

Argus Brewery Golden Prairie Honey Ginger Beer
94 points
Pale clear light gold color. Aromas of plantain, vanilla bean, saltine cracker, and lavender with a silky, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, brisk candied lemon peel, sesame, candied ginger, and coconut flake finish. A snappy, tasty ginger flavored beer that will be versatile.
Revelation Craft Brewing Co-Conspirator Apricot Sour Ale
90 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of dried peach and apricot, grain husks, and dried pineapple with a satiny, tart, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a nuanced, medium-long corn masa, birch water, and toasted baguette finish. A nice evolving palate makes one beg for another sip of this interesting fruited sour.
Stawski Classic Honey Beer
90 points
Gold color. Aromas of buttered corn husk, fresh baked baguette, and hint of chestnut honey and caramel with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long apple butter and honey on toast, ripe pear and honeydew melon, and peppered watercress finish. A pure and tasty honey flavored ale with nice length, balance, and solid beer character underneath the fruity sweetness.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Mango Blonde Ale
89 points
Minutely hazy pale gold color. Weird aromas of white bread, rosemary oil, dried orange peel, and almond croissant with a lean, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry thin body and a graceful, short wheat toast, orange marmalade, apricot pit, and pressed flowers finish. A crushable and balanced mango-y refresher.
Big Boss Brewing Co. Shutterbug Barrel-Aged Peach Ale
87 points
Cloudy gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttered sourdough toast, peach chutney, and ricotta with a supple, crisp, effervescent, sourish light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish displaying touches of peach skin and pit, butter roasted almond, and pretzel mix finish. A pleasant lightly sour peach accented ale.
Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Pumpkin Ale
87 points
Brilliant sunburst color. Spicy aromas and flavors of fresh baked pumpkin pie with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish with notes of celery soda and sasparilla, gingerbread with pears, carrot cake, and radish finish. A nice pumpkin beer that will appeal to many.
Revelation Craft Brewing Buckberry Sour Ale
86 points
Cloudy sunburst color. Aromas of grilled foraged mushrooms, fallen raspberry, peanuts, malt, and southern biscuit with a satiny, racy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length rhubarb and salted blood orange finish. A dusty, earthy fruited sour for the curious.
Revival Brewing Co. Night Swimah Belgian-Style Raspberry Wheat Ale
85 points
Pale golden amber color. Herbal, grassy, unusual aromas of lavender, sweet basil, earl grey tea, and bitter melon rind with a round, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length juniper, eucalyptus, pine resin, and white wine finish. An herbaceous spa-like beer.
Rogue Ales Santas Private Reserve Cherry and Raspberry Belgian Dark Ale
84 points
Mahogany color. Inviting, sweet aromas and flavors of bright, delicate cherry, toasted pumpernickel, cool whip, and sweet caramel with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that exhibits overtones of lemon curd, berry chutney, and melba toast finish. A fruity, cheerful ale.
Big Boss Brewing Co. Saints On Raspberries Barrel-Aged Sour Ale
84 points
Clear copper color. Sourish aromas and flavors of raspberry balsamic vinaigrette on mesclun and reduced lemon with a supple, racy, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of nutskin, pickled okra and berries, and hint of nail polish remover finish. A nice sour raspberry flavored beer to whet the appetite at the table.