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Top 10 Golden / Blonde Ales Brewed in the United States

This Top Ten List of Blonde Ales is  from the results of the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and
1. Sweetwater 420 - Sweetwater Brewing - Georgia
2. Steelhead Extra Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing - California
3. Foam Top - Beachwood BBQ & Brewing - California
4. High Road Everyday Ale - Badger Hill Brewing - Minnesota
5. Golden Warrior - Valholl Brewing Company - Washington
6. Kiwanda Cream Ale - Pelican Brewing - Oregon
7. Hill Farmstead Life Without Principle #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery - Vermont
8. Ommegang Game Of Thrones #1 - Iron Throne Ale - Brewery Ommegang - New York
9. Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Maine
10. Honey Badger - Appalachian Mountain Brewery - North Carolina


Gold Medal Winner - Sweetwater 420


Golden or Blonde Ales Style

Golden or Blonde ales are straw to golden blonde in color. They have a crisp, dry palate, light to medium body, and light malt sweetness. Low to medium hop floral aroma may be present but does not dominate. Bitterness is low to medium. Fruity esters may be perceived but do not predominate. Diacetyl should not be perceived. Chill haze should be absent.
FG: 1.008-1.016
Alcohol by Weight: 3.2-4%
IBU: 15-25
Color SRM: 3-7  

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