American Pale Ale (APA)

21st Amendment Bitter American Session Ale

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Bitter American is a “session ale” brewed by 21st Amendment in San Francisco, California. 21st Amendment is emerging from the receding glossary of American history, becoming a name recognized in more and more beer markets across North America. One of the things I love about 21st Amendment is their package design. Not only are they […] ... [Read more]

Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

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A surprising beer that caught me off guard by one of my favorite breweries.  Apparently this is a brewer’s choice concoction where they collectively decided on the malts, hops, ingredients, label design, and name.  I must say, I’m not a huge fan of the label and name partly because it does not sound like some […] ... [Read more]

Chi-Town Pier Pale Ale

Chi-Town Pier Pale Ale

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I’m from Chicago, and I love my city. It’s a hard working, comedy-loving place with some of the best food and beer in the country. On any given day I get to enjoy awesome beer and food from some great craft establishments: Half Acre, Metropolitan, Revolution, Haymarket, Two Brothers, Goose Island (RIP 2011) … and […] ... [Read more]

Epic Mayhem Pale Ale

Epic Mayhem

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Epic Brewing Co. (not to be confused with the US brewery in Utah).  Their tagline is “Epic Beer, it just tastes bigger.”  I would wholeheartedly agree.  Mayhem might not be the biggest beer, but it certainly is bad ass.  At only 35 IBUs it packs a punch that your taste buds will enjoy.  Dressed in […] ... [Read more]

Grand Teton Sweetgrass American Pale Ale

Grand Teton Sweetgrass American Pale Ale

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John:  I was looking for a nice beer to share with some buddies and knew that Grand Teton would give the quality I was looking for. I hadn’t tried their APA so a six pack was the way to go. It poured a cloudy amber with lots of effervescence. The lacy, big head lasted about […] ... [Read more]

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

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Tom: A flagship beer that was on the cutting edge of the canned craft beer trend in 2002. Dale’s Pale boast being the first craft beer to be canned paving the way an waiting for other breweries to catch up.  Some might argue that this beer has historic value, others cutting edge, yet some will […] ... [Read more]

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale

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Sierra Nevada is practically craft beer royalty. Founded in 1979, they were years ahead of their time and blazed a trail that craft brewers have followed ever since. Not only were they pioneers in brewing high quality American Ales, but they essentially introduced the United States to hops. Prior to Sierra Nevada’s flagship Pale Ale, […] ... [Read more]

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

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It smells like orange-flavored fruit snacks. And hops. Really, really good hops. It may be one of the best smelling beers that I’ve ever smelled. Mixed in is a slight bit of yeast, refreshing and cleansing. In color, it is a simple golden orange blend, clear and bright. There was a nice two finger head, […] ... [Read more]

Stone San Diego County Session Ale

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Teamwork. Its not a word associated with big beer. Can you imagine an InBev-Miller Coors collaboration? Escondido’s Stone Brewery, however, has made collaborative brews commonplace. The telltale light brown bottle sitting innocently on my local liquor store shelf, signaled to me of a potentially great brew, as my previous encounter with Stone’s collaboration was a […] ... [Read more]

Capital U.S. Pale Ale

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I haven’t thought about beer in a while. Now, its not quite as tragic as it sounds, I’ve drank beer recently, I just haven’t sat down and really thought about what I was tasting. Today, amidst Chicago’s 5th biggest snow storm on record, I thought it would be a good time to, well, think about […] ... [Read more]