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Best American Pale Ales Ranked by the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championship

This Top Ten American Pale Ales list is from America's Best and from the results of the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championship.   
1. Sharptail Pale Ale – Montana Brewing - Montana
2. Mauna Kea Pale Ale – Mehana Brewing - Hawaii
3. Cascade Pale Ale – Stevens Point Brewing - Wisconsin
4. Dales Pale Ale, Oskars Blues Brewing - Colorado
5. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing - California
6. Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Deschutes Brewing - Oregon
7. Hurricane Reef Pale Ale, Florida Brewing - Florida

8. California Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing - California 
9. Heavy Seas Pale Ale - Clipper City Brewing  - Maryland
10. Cardinal Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing - Nebraska


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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