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2012 Top Ten American Pale Ales in the United States

This Top Ten List of  American Pale Ale is from the results of the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.

1. Roadside Pale Ale - Mother Road Brewing
2. Sweatgrass APA - Grand Teton Brewing
3. Devils Ale - San Tan Brewing
4. Metolius Amber Ale - World Brews
5. Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing
6. Mission St. Pale - Firestone Walker Brewing
7. Ute Trail Pale Ale - Amicas
8. BrickStone APA - BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
9. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing
10. Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Mother Road Roadside American Ale

American Pale Ale
American pale ales range from deep golden to copper in color. The style is characterized by fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character producing high hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma Note that “floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character” is the perceived end, but may be a result of the skillful use of hops of other national origins. American pale ales have medium body and low to medium maltiness. Low caramel character is allowable. Fruity-ester flavor and aroma should be moderate to strong. Diacetyl should be absent or present at very low levels. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
OG: 1.044-1.050
FG: 1.008-1.014
Alcohol by Weight: 3.5-4.3%
IBU: 30-42
Color SRM: 6-14

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