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Top 10 Belgium Pale Ales Brewed in the United States

This Top Ten List of Belgium Blonde/Pale Ales is  from the results of the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and
1. The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing - Washington DC
2. Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Hop - Krebs Brewing - Oklahoma
3. Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Michigan
4. Criterion - Valiant Brewing - California
5. White Hatter - New Holland Brewing - Michigan
6. Jean-Claude Van Blond - Wit’s End Brewing - Colorado
7. Babe’s Belgian Vanilla Blonde Ale - Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse - California
8. Rainmaker Ale - Stormcloud Brewing - Michigan
9. Green Flash Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing - California
10. Hill Farmstead E. - Hill Farmstead Brewery - Vermont


The Citizen - DC Brau Brewing - Washington DC


Belgian Pale Ale
Belgian pale ales are characterized by low, but noticeable, hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma Light to medium body and low malt aroma are typical. They are light gold to deep amber in color. Noble-type hops are commonly used. Low to medium fruity esters are evident in aroma and flavor. Low levels of phenolic spiciness from yeast byproducts may be perceived. Low caramel or toasted malt flavor is okay. Diacetyl should not be perceived. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
OG: 1.044-1.054
FG: 1.008-1.014
Alcohol by Weight: 3.2-5.0%
IBU: 20-30
Color SRM: 4-12 7  

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