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Best Aged Beer Brewed in the United States

This Top Ten Aged Beer list is  from the results of the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.

1. Lovely Cherry Baltic Porter - Bend Brewing - Oregon
2. Auld Heritage - Rueben's Brewing – Washington
3. 15 - Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia
4. 2012 Great Scott - Peticolas Brewing - Texas
5. 2009 Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewery - Meadville, PA
6. COLOSSAL ONE - Port City Brewing - Virginia
7. Old Trainwreck Barleywine - Silver Moon Brewing - Oregon
8. 2010 Old Guardian Barley Wine - Stone Brewing - California
9. Triple Overhead - Mother Earth Brewing - North Carolina
10. Melange a Trois, Nebraska Brewing Co., Papillion, NE

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Aged Beer
Aged Beers are any range or color from very light to black. Aged Beers are any beer aged for over one year. A brewer may brew any type of beer of any strength and enhance its character with extended and creative aging conditions. Generally, but not exclusively, beers with high hopping rates, roast malt content, high alcohol content, and/or complex herbal, smoke or fruit content lend themselves to aging. Beers which are wood aged, or exhibit Brettanomyces characters or sour/acidic beers should be classified or entered into other categories if those options are available. Beers in this category may be aged in bottles or any type of food grade vessel. Aged character may manifest itself in mouthfeel, aroma and flavor. Often aged character is an expression of oxidative reactions that either bring individual extreme characters into harmony or are characters unique unto themselves. Sherry, fruity and hop transitions are common during aging. No matter what the effect, the overall balance should be balanced, harmonic and not extreme or distastefully aggressive. The level of changes created by aging will vary with different types of beer types. Lighter flavored beer types may often manifest aggressive and distasteful oxidation. Whereas higher elevations of hops, malt or alcohol can help create synergies with “good” oxidative change. To allow for accurate judging the brewer must provide additional information about entries in this category. Comments could include classic style or experimental nature of the beer being aged, the material in which the beer was aged glass, stainless, etc.), length of aging time, or other information describing the ageing process. Beer entries not accompanied by this information will be at a disadvantage during judging.

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Top 10
Ales & Lagers
in the USA

Golden Ale
Blonde Ale
English Summer Ale
English Pale Ale

English IPA
Imperial IPA
Imperial Red Ale
English Mild Ale
 English Brown Ale
American Stout
Oatmeal Stout

Imperial Stout
Old Ale 
Barley Wine
Scottish Ale
Strong Scottish
Irish Red Ale
American Amber
American Pale Ale
American IPA
American Brown Ale
German Alt
German Kolsch
German Wheat
Belgian Saison
Belgian Ale
Belgian Abbey Ale
Belgian Lambic
Belgian Witbier

American Light Lager
American Pilsner
Premium Lager

Amber Lagers
Bohemian Pilsner
German Pilsner
Munchner Helles

Munchner Dunkel
Vienna Lager

American Cream Ale
American Wheat
American specialty wheat

Fruit/Vegetable beer
Pumpkin beer
Herb and Spice beer
Chocolate Beer
Coffee beer
Rye/Roggen Beer
Wood / Barrel
Aged beer
Aged strong beer

Wood/Barrel Stout
Smoked/Rauch beer
Specialty Ales/Lagers

 Root Beer

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