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May 2018 - Best IPA & Best Pale Ale

May 2018 - Best IPA & Best Pale Ale
This month's Beer feature is Best IPA & Best Pale Ale

Best IPA & Best Pale Ale Reviews

Rogue Ales 5 Hop Black IPA
96 points
Rich walnut color. Roasted aromas and flavors of mocha, dark toasted pumpernickel, chocolate orange peel, and pine forest with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, long coffee, baking chocolate, grapefruit and blood orange, and rapini finish. A impeccably balanced IPA with an affinity for grilled meats and great company.
Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser IPA
96 points
Old gold color. Herbal aromas and flavors of herb muffin, citrus scone, mango chutney, and pine blossom with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long peppered yams and greens and mint cream on fruit cake finish. A remarkably balanced, robust, and drinkable Imperial IPA that sets a benchmark for the category.
3 Stars Brewing Company Ghost White IPA
93 points
Bright gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of citrus, rosemary, and sweet pickle relish with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a seamless, charming, medium-long grapefruit custard, mango chutney, peppered greens, and hint of asian spices finish. A seamless and flavorful IPA that is artfully crafted.
Deschutes Brewery Hop Henge Imperial IPA
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of pine cone and needles and grilled citrus and root vegetables with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, long tangerine custard, peppered greens, honeyed mint and radish, and chai finish. A vibrant, flavor-packed Imperial IPA that is nicely approachable and balanced.
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 toasted lemon scone, orange melon salad, and radish finish. A superb pale ale with great balance, flavor and easy drinking style.
Reuben’s Brews Reubens Crush Hazy IPA
93 points
Hazy light gold color. Fruity, citrusy aromas and flavors of orange and grapefruit marmalades on raisin toast, yuzu and kaffir limes, and white plum with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long watercress with tangerine segments, honeyed radish, and lemon custard finish. A solid hazy IPA that delivers the juicy goods; brunch IPA.
Rogue Ales Straight Outta Newport...Oregon West Coast IPA
93 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemon zested four cheese pizza, honey dried orange, and pine needle with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long white chocolate covered orange peels, mango-pepper relish, arugula, and hint of wet pine finish. A delicious and flavor packed West Coast style IPA.
Rogue Ales Cold Brew IPA
93 points
Bright dark copper color. Roasted aromas and flavors of cold brew coffee and toasted chocolate coffee cake with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, long pepper, nutskin, and radicchio finish. A super successful marriage of dark roasted artisan coffee and IPA.
Collesi IPA
92 points
IPA
Cloudy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of lemon herb banana bread pudding, fine lavender soap, and sautéed lentils and greens with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length meyer lemon-pineapple salsa and spiced banana-pear custard finish. A delicious, sweet puffy cloud of an IPA that will appeal to all types of beer drinkers.
COOP Ale Works Alpha Hive Double IPA
92 points
Gold color. Aromas of dried citrus and mint, waxy orange blossom honeycomb, and grilled herb baguette with a chewy, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long spiced tropical fruits and melon, rapini, and pine needle finish. A brawny, chewy IIPA that will satisfy hop heads.
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 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.
HopLore Milford Ditch TIPA
92 points
Dusty gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cannabis, grilled mangos and concord grapes, bunt cake, and Szechwan button with a round, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a long pepper, pine and coca leaf tea, honeyed grapefruit and kumquat peels, and white chocolate pretzel finish. A supple and satisfying IIPA with a few interesting flavor twists.
O’Connor Brewing Company Heavy Footer Double IPA
92 points
Brilliant deep amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of frosted orange spice cake, macadamia nougat, and lemon zested lettuces with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long honeyed roasted citrus and nuts, dried apricot, and peppered greens finish. A rock solid IIPA that is sure to please; try in beertails.
Prairie Street Brewing Feather Eye Rye IPA
92 points
Deep amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasty fruit cake, roasted nut brittle, and citrus scone with honey butter with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, long caramelized radish, lemon pepper, and pine and thyme finish. A tasty and refreshing IPA with great flavor and style.
Reuben’s Brews Crikey IPA
92 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toasted onion bread, tres leche cake with dulce de leche gelato, and orange-mango cream pie with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, long spiced roasted pineapples and mangoes, pita bread, and greens finish. A wonderfully fruity and savory IPA with everything in its proper place.
Samuel Adams New England IPA
92 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of muddled citrus peels and grilled bread with herb butter with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, long honey roasted tropical fruits, radicchio and Swiss chard, hint of lemon pepper, and honeyed yams finish. A delicious, balanced, and effortlessly drinkable juicy IPA that will be a great introduction to the style.
COOP Ale Works F5 IPA
91 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Savory, fruity aromas of twice baked potato candied yams with oregano, flower pot, glazed ham with pineapple, and mint chai with a satiny, medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long mint cookie, pepper, and radicchio finish. An interesting flavor ride of an IPA.
Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA
91 points
Bright dark copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized tropical fruits, cornbread pudding, praline, and candied grapefruit peel with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long honeyed citrus, roasted nuts, and grilled fruitcake finish. A delicious juicy IPA with great balance and instant appeal.
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
91 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of corn pudding with herbs, toasted pretzel-pepper bread with grapefruit-onion marmalade, and dried tropical fruits and pears with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long pineapple cake, honeyed radish sprouts, and herbs de Provence finish. A delicious, vibrant, and artfully balanced IPA hits the high notes as it hits the spot.
Barley Creek Brewing Co. Superhop Triple IPA
90 points
Amber color. Citrusy aromas of kale salad with citrus vinaigrette, dried pineapple and mango, and mustard seed with a supple, finely carbonated, medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, long orange and grapefruit marmalades on rye, rapini, and pepper finish. A brawny bitter brew with a fruity center.
Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond Pale Ale
90 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Aromas of toast with kiwi-lemon curd, spiced butter roasted corn, dried fruits and ginger, and nut oil with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-long radicchio, candied lemon peel, and nutskin finish. A light and tropical English-Style Pale Ale that doesn’t skimp on lush aromatic hops.
O’Connor Brewing Company Great Dismal Black IPA
90 points
Dark walnut color. Aromas of coffee with coffee cake, cacao nibs, and lettuce with lemon zest with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length chocolate nuts, hint of red hots candy, and pink pepper finish. A very tasty black IPA that will go great with spicy roasted food.
Prairie Street Brewing Prairie Street IPA
90 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Aromas of spicy citrus custard, toasty pannetone, and buttery jalapeño cornbread toast with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length chocolate mint cookie, rapini with citrus zest, and rosemary finish. A very nice dry, astringently hoppy IPA that hits all the right notes and cleanses the palate.
Short Fuse Brewing Co. Loosey Juicy New England Style IPA
90 points
Dull hazy old gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of grilled citrus, grapefruit marmalade on sourdough toast, hint of mint cream, and pine cone with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long papaya mango custard, peppered greens, and spiced yams and squash finish. A very tasty and well balanced juicy styled IPA.
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 hint of radish and tropical fruit compote finish. A smooth and even citrusy pale ale that goes down easy.
Barley Creek Brewing Co. Citrabellum Double IPA
89 points
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossom honeycomb, peppered roasted corn and yams, and sautéed greens with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long honeyed citrus zests and peppered root vegetables and bitter greens finish. A nice chewy Imperial IPA with fruity and savory streaks for the table.
Bravo! All Star Chef Brew New England Style Pale Ale
89 points
Cloudy golden amber color. Odd aromas and flavors of singed spices and alpine herbs, grilled root vegetables and citrus, and menthol mint with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length spicy bread pudding, ginger and lemongrass, and spinach paneer finish. An interesting New England pale ale with lots of exotic spices.
Crooked Ewe Brewery Wampus Monster DIPA
89 points
Dusty dark copper color. Funky, curious aromas and flavors of funky unpasteurized blue triple cream cheese, grilled sourdough pizza bread, and roasted Brussels sprouts with polenta with a thick, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity fat body and a warming, interesting, long peach-orange creme brulee, salted caramelized nuts and popcorn, pepper focaccia, and radicchio finish. A very intense, chewy and savory Imperial IPA that blazes its own unique flavor trail.
Short Fuse Brewing Co. Bee-33
89 points
Dull gold color. Dank aromas and flavors of roasted citrus and root vegetables, praline, corn with ham and beans, and frisee and edible with a chewy, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long orange marmalade on rye raisin toast, candied mangos, and peppered greens finish. A big chewy double IPA with nice tropical fruit notes and a big wallop of refreshing bitterness.
Stanley Park Brewing Trail Hopper IPA
89 points
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of candied lemon rind, thyme honeycomb, pine blossom, and hint of turkey jerky with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length orange pepper jelly on raisin toast and endive and mint finish. A nice savory IPA that will pair nicely with a wide variety of dishes.
Crooked Ewe Brewery Turtle Tamer IPA
88 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Citrusy, interesting aromas of roasted citrus, lemon herb scone, chestnut honey drizzled nuts, and lemon lavender cleanser with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-to-long mango chutney, lemon pepper, and grapefruit sorbet finish. A spot-on IPA with a great balance of fruitiness and bitterness.
Stanley Park Brewing Windstorm West Coast Pale Ale
88 points
Brilliant old gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of pine needles, citrus peels, and toasted polenta with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length orange marmalade on wheat toast, lemon pepper, and arugula finish. A rock solid ale with nice balance of hops and malt.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Hatchery Series #5 New England Style IPA
88 points
Hazy gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of orange and papaya juices and tapioca with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long candied grapefruit peel, concentrated orange juice, and radicchio finish. A juicy but dry New England Style IPA with a balanced approach to bitter; a great summer pairing.
3 Stars Brewing Company Stardust Double IPA
87 points
Clear light gold color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted corn and peas, lemon soufflé and scone, and peanut sauce with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length candied citrus peels, grapefruit gelato, melon sorbet, and nut finish. A surprisingly mellow and understated Imperial IPA with great flavor.
Gaslight Brewery B.A. Massive Session IPA
87 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Toasty, inviting, green aromas and flavors of citrus scone, roasted pineapple on arugula, scalloped potatoes with fresh chives and herbs, and crispy chicken skin with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a medium mesclun with radishes, peppered nuts, fine cocoa powder, and sandalwood incense finish. A complex, appetizing, and refreshingly bitter session IPA that will be great to pair with.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Hop Dish IPA
87 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Aromas of citrus peel, pine, cajeta and soufflé, and greens and peas with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, buoyant lemon herb pepper muffin and radish finish. A pleasant easy going IPA that will cover most bases.
O’Connor Brewing Company El Guapo Agave IPA
87 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of papaya-mango salsa and edible flowers, pineapple cream Danish, chive and herb blend, and sweet potato with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a seamless, odd, carefree yams with mint, coconut-date bar, endive, and nutskin finish. A subtle flavored IPA that is a pleasure to drink.
Reuben’s Brews Bits & Bobs IPA
87 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of honeyed peaches, gooseberry and mangos, stewed beans and greens, hard cheese rind, and hop dust and schmaltz with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, relaxed tangerines and grilled pineapple, radicchio, pepper, and custard finish. A vivacious tropical IPA that achieves irresistible balance and style.
Samuel Adams Rebel Anytime Session IPA
87 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of citrus, pine, and pepper bread with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy dried oranges, peppered lettuces and carrots, mango jam on sourdough toast, and white peach finish. A nice easy drinking session IPA.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Triple Tail Tropical IPA
87 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Tropical aromas of pineapple mango mint chutney, spicy apple-banana tart, scallion and geranium blossom, and bloody orange menthol rub with a satiny, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, long onion marmalade on raisin toast, guava relish, and kale finish. A fun, tropical flavor packed IPA with a nice savory, herbal streak.
Prairie Street Brewing Peacock Pale Ale
86 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Earthy aromas and flavors of chocolate nut muffin, citrus yogurt, and hint of stewed vegetables with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree lemon curd on rye toast and peppered greens finish. A nice savory pale ale that will shine at the table.
COOP Ale Works Spare Rib Session Pale Ale
85 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, and pickled mangoes with a satiny, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a polished, brisk nut toast, cucumber-jicama relish, and radish spouts finish. A light and breezy session ale.
Gaslight Brewery Ekuanot Wet Hopped IPA
85 points
Bright golden amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of poached egg with cheese, lemon-kiwi soufflé, stollen bread, and sautéed spinach with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long herbed citrus peels, pine, hint of crystallized ginger and ginseng tea, and peppercorns and green coffee beans finish. A savory and exotic IPA with intriguing herb and spice notes.
O’Connor Brewing Company Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale
85 points
Clear gold color. Toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of onion focaccia, toasted nuts and grain, pinecone, and pepper dust with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a sleek, brisk collard green, pepper, and birch bark finish. A pleasant, easy drinking pale ale for carefree sessioning.
Short Fuse Brewing Co. IPA-Bomb Galaxy Single Hop Series
85 points
Hazy gold color. Aromas of baked sweet potato, wax candle, raw turnip and cabbage, and pine needle with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length honeyed orange zest, radicchio, pepper roasted root vegetable, and hint of mint finish. An earthy, spicy, savory IPA for the table.
3 Stars Brewing Company Sonic Hummingbird Double IPA
84 points
Dull yellow color. Green, interesting aromas and flavors of fresh chopped romaine, green tomato, and snap peas with papaya vinaigrette, spiced kumquat, and roasted corn with lemon butter with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long candied yams and dates, orange sorbet, and toasted fig bread with pepper jelly finish. A delicious and super sessionable Imperial IPA with a green smoothie like character.
Gaslight Brewery Citra Wet Hopped Red IPA
84 points
Clear reddish mahogany color. Interesting aromas of floral honey on cinnamon rolls, dried fruits and citrus, ginger teriyaki sauce, and cucumber relish with a satiny, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium gingerbread with cherry jam, spiced nuts, coffee yogurt, and radish sprouts finish. A very malty IPA that drinks like a winter ale.
Gaslight Brewery Easy RYEder Rye IPA
84 points
Medium gold color. Vegetal, curious aromas and flavors of succotash with ham and mushrooms, boiled mustard greens, sourdough toast with goat butter, and overripe citrus with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry medium body and a tingling, unusual, breezy grilled bread, cigar butt, and rapini and radish finish. A dry and savory IPA for the table.
Mankato Brewery Mad Butcher IPA
84 points
Clear amber color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of honey roasted citrus, boiled mustard greens and okra, toffee, and hint of orange vinaigrette with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long caramelized kumquat, exotic orange juice, arugula with strawberries, and pepper finish. A funky, fruity IPA.
O’Connor Brewing Company Lil S.I.P.A. Session IPA
84 points
Clear gold color. Aromas of sour cream, peach custard Danish and coffee blossoms, succotash, and creamed spinach and glue with a supple, effervescent, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a brisk endive, dusty turnip, potting soil and loam, and nutshell finish. A dry and austere IPA with a notable vegetal streak.
Bravo! Citropolous IPA
83 points
Murky deep amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of beer nuts with pepper, pencils and paper and leather shoes, flan and brewer’s yeast, and scallion and woodsy herbs with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lettuces, caramelized grilled pineapple and grapefruit, and grass finish. A solid hazy IPA with nice chewy, caramelized malt and fruit flavors.
Naughty Monk Brewery Reel Naughty IPA
83 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Aromas of roasted corn and Brussels sprouts, caramelized citrus and root vegetables, and pine with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, astringent grapefruit rind, rapini, and orange pepper finish. A very savory and extra hoppy old school IPA for hopheads.
Rogue Ales 4 Hop Session IPA
83 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Interesting, smoky aromas and flavors of fire pit and lava, grilled citrus and baguette, and grapefruit blossoms with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long grilled root vegetables and romaine, white cigar ash, mulch, and miso finish. A curious, smoky IPA that mashes up rauchbier and IPA in a table-centric manner.
Short Fuse Brewing Co. Purple Juice Cannon
82 points
Hazy color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry coulis, grape jam on raisin toast, lime sherbet, and artichoke hearts with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-length cornbread cakes and grape sherbet finish. A tasty lightly grapey ale with a fun appeal.
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