430 of the Best Pale Ales, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

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New Planet Beer Company Brown Ale (54)

“This rich, dark, and decidedly tasty ale is brewed with coffee and cocoa which lend a complex and roasted flavor profile to balance the brown sugar notes of a typical American Brown Ale.”

New Planet Blonde Ale (63)

“Light and refreshing, our Blonde ale offers a straightforward taste profile with bright notes of honey and a subtle floral aroma with a crisp clean finish. Cascade hops.”

New Planet Belgian Ale (64)

“An ale created with a distinctly Belgian character. Bright, crisp, and refreshing with subtle spice and honey notes. Pairs beautifully with a range of foods. Sterling hops.”

New Holland Brewing Company Ichabod Pumpkin Ale (72)

“Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in this brew. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert.”

Avery Brewing Company IPA (74)

“Colorado’s hoppiest pale ale, Avery IPA demands to be poured into your favorite glass to truly appreciate the citrusy, floral bouquet and the rich, malty finnish.”

Tommyknocker Brewery Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale (74)

“A hearty brown ale brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses. The malty backbone is rounded out by an addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle.”

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale (74)

“Brewed with pureed pumpkins added to the mash and pumpkin-pie spices added to the end of the boil. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice dominate the flavor profile, with the hops playing in the background.”

Green's Quest Tripel Ale (75)

“Fairly light body for beer of this strength; spice and herb nose with flavors of candied fruit. Aromatic, long finish.”

Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead Ale (77)

“A crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor.”

Ecliptic Brewing Seventh Orbit (78)

Raspberries, along with Enigma and Ariana hops, blend perfectly with a touch of chocolate in a smooth golden ale.

Omission Beer Pale Ale (79)

“Bold and hoppy, Omission Pale is a hops-forward American pale ale, brewed to showcase the Cascade hops profile. Amber in color, Omission Pale’s caramel malt body complements its floral aroma.”

Upslope Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale (79)

“Adding organic Baby Bear pumpkins to malt and hops makes this truly a local farm-to-brewhouse collaboration. A custom blend of six spices rounds out the flavors in this beer.”

F.X. Matt Brewing Company Saranac Pumpkin Ale (79)

“A hearty ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger with a full body and amber color.”

Dust Bowl Brewing Co. California Line Vanilla Blonde Ale (79)

“A crisp, refreshing blonde ale perfect for our California climate. An addition of vanilla beans to the finished beer gives this relatively sweet ale a mild vanilla aroma and flavor reminiscent of cream soda.”

Green's Dubbel Dark Ale (80)

“Produced from all gluten-free ingre- dients. In the classic Dubbel fashion, a hint of dark-sugar and toffee flavor; and a traditional Belgian yeast bouquet.”

Portland Brewing MacTarnahan's (80)

MacTarnahan’s is a copper-hued amber ale dry-hopped with Cascades from the Northwest. Bright, crisp, and complex.

Brasserie Dunham Saison du Pinacle (81)

“Hoppy farmhouse ale brewed with rye, oats, and wheat and hopped with Australian and American hops. Fresh, lively, and hoppy when young, this beer also benefits from a bit of aging to reveal its _Brettanomyces_ character of farmhouse funk.”

Glutenberg American Pale Ale (82)

“Most likely the first gluten-free beer in the world that presents such a hopped character, our American Pale Ale is the true flagship of Glutenberg beers. Its citrus and caramel notes, coupled with a mild bitter finish, come together in perfect harmony.”

Victory Brewing Company Golden Monkey (82)

“This golden Belgian-style ale glows with goodness. The richness of imported malts and Belgian yeast are tempered by a sparkling approach and light body. It has considerable depth of character with abundant herbal, fruity notes.”

The Lost Abbey Zinners & Saints (82)

"A blonde sour beer aged over zinfandel grapes for 3 months, creating a tart, slightly sweet ale with tons of oak and Brett on the back end."

Destihl Synchopathic (83)

“Synchopathic is the cool harmonization of a tart and acidic sour ale with citrusy, fruity, and floral dry hops normally in concert with pale ales, with totally rad aromas and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, and hints of pine.”

Speciation Artisan Ales The Laurentian Series: Cuvée de Grand Lacs (83)

Blended from all five spontaneous batches on June 18, 2019, and bottle-conditioned for seven months.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Brother David’s Double Abbey-Style Ale (83)

“A dark brown body and aromas of cocoa, banana, cloves, a toasted nutty character, and flavors of chocolate- covered cherries and candied fruits. Subdued hops profile. Spicy, herbal notes complement the warm, slightly sweet finish.”

Alma Mader Brewing Small Oasis (84)

Effortlessly drinkable while still packing a mighty hop punch. This one finishes dry with aromas reminiscent of berries and dank peaches.

Garage Brewing Company 951 Blonde Ale (84)

A golden-hued, well-balanced beer that is crisp and most refreshing.

Sun King Brewing Orange Vanilla Sunlight Cream Ale (84)

Combines smooth malt character with the flavors of vanilla and orange, all with a crisp, clean finish.

Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale (84)

“A session sour mash-up of a crisp Kölsch, a salty Gose, and a tart Berliner Weisse with black limes, sour lime juice, and sea salt.”

West Sixth Brewing Co Smithtown Brown (84)

Balanced and complex brown ale with roasty caramel, molasses, and chocolate malt notes, and a subtle, earthy hop character.

Swamp Head Brewery Saison du Swamp (84)

“From the initial aromas of pepper and summer fruits to the lingering finish with a hint of floral hops, Saison Du Swamp is a bottle-conditioned ale that can be enjoyed in any season.”

Brasserie St. James 1904 (84)

“This 100 percent _Brettanomyces_-fermented ale is fermented in white-wine barrels for 4–6 months as the flavors and aromas develop. An earthy nose of dried flowers and straw lures you in to this dry farmhouse beer.”

Ell River Brewing Triple Exultation (84)

“Traditionally, old ales are dark, rich, and sweet, with avors of soft currant, fruit, and blackstrap molasses. While old ales typically have IBUs of 30-65, we put own own spin on the style by adding extra hops to ramp up the IBUs to 80!”

Black Project STARGATE² (84)

"For STARGATE² we take regular STARGATE and then add more fruit, for a total of more than 8 lbs/gallon. "

Firestone Walker Bretta Tangerine (84)

"A bouquet of citrus mingles with herbal notes, leading to funky, yeasty, citrus flavors. Soft cereal and oak aromas are enveloped by a firm acidity."

Moonraker Brewing Co. Bone Frog (85)

Hops: Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado. Malt: two-row, white wheat, flaked oats, dextrin.

Bent Water Brewing Company Suborbital (85)

A nebula of tangerine and tropical-fruit flavors will welcome you to another world while keeping you grounded on this one.

Perrin Brewing Company Gold Ale (85)

Crisp and subtly sweet, it's crafted with the traditional beer drinker in mind.

Perennial Artisan Ales Southside Blonde (85)

Dry, bitter, and popping with lemon, orange, and dried herbs, it finds balance through sweet pilsner malt, wheat, and a classic Belgian yeast strain.

Aspen Brewing Company Silver City Ale (85)

“A subtly kettle-soured session ale. Tart lemon and citrus flavor leaves you wanting more.”

Jackie O's Brewery Evelyn (85)

Oak-aged sour brown ale refermented with raspberries.

Wolf's Ridge Brewing Daybreak (85)

We infuse our pre-Prohibition-style ale with light roast beans from Columbus’ own One Line Coffee in addition to robust vanilla.

Adelbert's Brewery Scratchin' Hippo (85)

“Brewed in the style of a traditional artisanal French farmhouse ale. Its complex malt-driven flavor elicits notes of toasted caramel, roasted malts and cocoa, complemented by a mild sweetness.”

The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company Ligne Claire (85)

“Ligne Claire is a saison that’s a bit more traditional in style than our normal trend of modern, hops-forward farmhouse ales (such as those in our House Saison series).”

Suncrush Beer Tangerine Suncrush (85)

“A cold-conditioned sparkling ale, Suncrush is made with crushed fruit, matcha green tea (a natural source of caffeine and antioxidants), and natural flavors. Suncrush is also gluten- reduced and all-natural.”

Brewery Vivant Space Queen Immortal (85)

"Massive orange-citrus aroma gives way to notes of juicy peach and cantaloupe. Not aged with fruit, this beer is a study in the intersection of Lactobacillus and hops."

Birds Fly South Rustic Sunday (85)

"House mixed-culture... barrel-aged, rye-forward farmhouse ale with Hallertauer Blanc hops."

West Sixth Brewing Co Pennyrile Pale Ale (86)

Our pale ale has a big, fruity hop aroma with a taste that follows suit. A subtle and balanced malt character creates a canvas for the hops to shine.

Fremont Brewing Sky Kraken (86)

A contradiction of the senses offering ripe melon, juicy citrus, pineapple, and pepper flavors to the brave.

Stoudts Queen of Hops Brut IPA (86)

Brewed using Pilsner and pale-ale malts and flaked rice for added dryness. Then dry hopped with loads of Citra, Amarillo, and Azacca for a pungent yet crisp flavor!

Schilling Beer Co. Alexandr 10° (86)

“A sessionable pale lager inspired by similar Czech beers.”

Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers (86)

“98 percent ale and 2 percent ale with cherries added.”

Grand Teton Brewing Teton Ale (86)

A classic American-style amber with a rich copper color and smooth finish.

Perennial Artisan Ales Regalia (86)

“Inspired by the rustic farmhouse saisons of southern Belgium, Regalia is brewed with barley, wheat, and spelt and fermented with _Brettanomyces_. A sturdy malt character supports the array of flavors that the yeast provides.”

AleSmith Brewing Company Old Numbskull (86)

“Caramel and toffee notes abound in this deep copper-colored American Barleywine-style ale alongside toasted malt and a hint of ripe dark fruits. Old Numbskull showcases malt sweetness, intense American hops, and an aggres- sive bitterness.”

5:00 O'Clock Afternoon Ale Renegade Brewing (86)

“With a uniquely bready nose, this smooth easy-drinking beer contains qualities of a blonde and a Pilsner while being a unique creation. Sometimes beers are more than styles and titles; they are a state of mind.”

Prairie Artisan Ales Rainbow Sherbet (86)

“Summer-forward sour ale with raspberry, pineapple, and orange.”

Transient Artisan Ales O’Tay (86)

"Buckwheat saison aged in oak foeder."

Breakside Brewery #DistantFriends #DistantMemories (86)

Blend of 4 wild ales from our cellar. Conditioned on Oregon-grown raspberries.

Oskar Blues Guns 'N' Rose (86)

“Ale brewed with hibiscus and prickly pear.”

12 West Cuvee Verdad ALMA (86)

"Simple yet elegant table sour. Foeder-aged and bottle-conditioned."

Vista Brewing Velo de Flor (86)

"Uses a mixture of seven cultures to mimic the traditional spontaneous fermentations of southern Belgium."

Libertine Brewing That Girl is Boysen (86)

"A 2-year blend of spontaneous saison re-fermented with boysenberries."

Single Hill Brewing Company Pêche (86)

“A blend of golden strong ale and young house sour, refermented with white peaches.”

Fonta Flora Brewery Well, I'll Be! (87)

“A hazy pale ale dry hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic.”

Uinta Brewing Co. Hazy Nosh (87)

With big, juicy hop aromas of mango, orange, and pineapple juice, Hazy Nosh features low bitterness with a soft mouthfeel and a velvety, opaque appearance.

Russian River Brewing Co - Santa Rosa Row 2, Hill 56 (87)

Brewed with 100 percent Simcoe from the three original Simcoe hop-growing families.

Prison City Brewing 4 Piece with Strata (87)

Our single-hop pale-ale series features Strata from Oregon. Nice dank flavor and aroma. Great fruity and citrusy undertones as well.

Smuttynose Brewing Co. Big A IPA (87)

“Big A IPA is now a year-round, full-time beer! We’ll be brewing it more frequently and in smaller batch sizes to keep it as fresh as possible. Big A IPA has everything you’d want in a double India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt, more flavor!”

Hop Butcher For the World Florida Citrus Commission (87)

“Simcoe-, Strata-, and NZH-102-hopped, plus Phantasm, triple India pale ale.”

Four City Brewing Company Four City Brewing Company St Cloud Belgian Style Dubble (87)

“Our Belgian ale made with pilsner, pale, and Munich malt with a generous amount of dark Belgian candi syrup.”

Stillwater Artisinal Ales Cellar Door (87)

“A base of German wheat and pale malts accented with Sterling and Citra hops that provide a blend of herbal grass and tangerine flavors and aroma. Gently finished off with white sage, lending a mild earthy spice character, and, of course, our house saison yeast.”

BKS Artisan Ales Simplicity & Patience (87)

“Dry-hopped pilsner with Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, and Hallertau Blanc hops.”

Birds Fly South Ale Project Czech-Style Pilsner (87)

A traditional Czech-style lager. Light bread notes leading into a bright dry finish.

Perrin Brewing Company Anniversary Amber Ale (87)

This deep, complex, malt-forward amber ale has notes of gooseberries, black currant, and a pleasant hop aroma.

Breakside Brewery Fall Apple Ale (87)

Lightly smoked amber ale with a kiss of mulling spice, blended and re-fermented with freshly pressed apple juice.

Fat Tire and Friends Fat Sour Apple Ale (87)

“Our Portland heroes at HUB pedaled Fat Tire straight to the apple orchard. This slightly sour homage starts out with a snap of tartness, courtesy of *Lactobacillus* and apple juice, then gets balanced with Fat Tire–inspired malty sweetness and a slight herbal bitterness. Nice ride, HUB!”

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales Saison Bernice (87)

"Dry and refreshing, Bernice is made of the freshest on-hand and locally available ingredients."

Perennial Artisan Ales Carolina Gold (87)

“Lagered saison ale brewed with heritage rice.”

Burial Beer Co Before Us, Above Us, Within Us Saison Ale with Grapefruit Zest and White Peppercorns (87)

“Made with freshly zested Florida grapefruit and crushed white peppercorns.”

Standard Brewing Love of Fate (87)

Blend of aged and young wild ales.

Indeed Brewing Co Day Tripper Pale Ale (88)

Four pounds of hops per barrel give this West Coast–style pale ale a heady, dank, and citrus-laced aroma supported by a complex and subtly sweet malt backbone.

Sun King Brewing Osiris Pale Ale (88)

An assertive West Coast–style pale with a distinct citrus-hop punch.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co Production Brewery Reef Donkey (88)

Our acclaimed dry-hopped American pale ale that drinks like a session IPA. Motueka, Ekuanot, and Citra hops give this beer a lemon/lime aroma with a citrus/tropical fruit flavor.

Light the Lamp Brewery Still Single (88)

“A Belgian- style single brewed with Mosaic and dry-hopped with Citra.”

Reuben's Brews Crushable (88)

“An approachable, bright, and hazy pale ale that is easy drinking with lush tropical-fruit aromas.”

1623 Brewing Hefeweizen (88)

“This refreshing ale is pale in color, with a pillowy mouthfeel that finishes bright and dry. Our Hefeweizen is distinctively German, with prominent banana and clove flavors.”

Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde (88)

“In a town famous for its bottled blondes, we’ve reset the bar. This golden ale combines citrusy and floral American hops with pale, Vienna, and wheat malts. It’s a balanced, sessionable brew.”

Birds Fly South Ale Project Saison is Dead: Mosaic (88)

Open-fermented house saison using our own _Brett_ blend and single-hopped with Mosaic.

Full Sail Brewing Co Amber Ale (88)

Malty sweet, reddish-amber hue, medium-bodied with a spicy, floral hop finish.

Prairie Artisan Ales Coolship Truck (88)

“A spontaneously fermented beer.”

Squatters Chasing Tail Orange Golden Ale (88)

“An English-style summer ale, this tail-wagger has already fetched a real name for itself in competition. Our premium barley rolls over with domestic and imported Golding hops for a delicate bitterness and cold, wet nose.”

Perennial Artisan Ales La Boheme (88)

Belgian-style ale aged in wine barrels with Michigan tart cherries."

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Yikes! (88)

"Subtle notes of lemon, citrus, and funk, followed by a refreshing tartness."

Roughhouse Brewing Floral Print - Farmhouse Ale with Flowers (88)

“Featuring calendula flower petals and fermented with yeast harvested on the property.”

Odd Breed Wild Ales Fresh Off The Farm with Kumquats (88)

“Aged in French oak puncheons before refermenting on fresh Florida kumquats.”

Sun King Brewing Party Energy (88)

Barrel-aged golden sour ale with funky pineapple and citrus character.

Urban Artifact Dilophosaurus Paw Paw (88)

A spontaneous sour ale with foraged Ohio pawpaws. Barrel aged and bottle conditioned.

Finback Brewery Totality (88)

Mixed-culture sour ale with pineapple and blueberry.

Pure Project Euphorik with Blackberry (88)

An American wild ale conditioned on local organic blackberries and aged in pinot noir French oak.

12 West Brewing Company Billet (88)

English-style brown ale with aromas of roasted nuts and chocolate. Slight earthy hop finish to balance the toffee-like malt backbone.

Standard Brewing Weeping Hand (88)

Wild ale aged on raspberries, bottle-conditioned.

Smuttynose Brewing Company Hayseed (88)

“Hayseed is a delicious sessionable farmhouse ale, also known as a grisette. Light-bodied, yet flavorful, Hayseed is like liquid sunshine: perfect after a hike, floating in the lake, or while playing fetch with your old brown dog.”

Lawson's Finest Liquids Above the Clouds (88)

“Our crisp, clear golden ale features notes of straw and fresh grain along with a subtle citrusy hops aroma. An approachable and light-bodied brew.”

Roaring Table Brewing Ex Libris 2021 (88)

“Mixed-culture wild ale pulled solera-style.”

Deschutes Brewery Lil’ Squeezy Juicy Pale Ale (89)

A blend of juicy hops and delicate malt character with fresh citrus flavors and zesty aroma.

Odell Brewing Co Drumroll Hazy Pale Ale (89)

Each year we select the rock-star hops of the harvest to craft this bold, juicy, tropically hop-forward brew, drumming up a citrus-inspired rhythm for what’s to come.

Burial Beer Co Malcontents of Dissonance Triple India Pale Ale (89)

“Double dry-hopped with loads of hand-selected Mosaic and Idaho 7, and a dab of Mosaic Cryo.”

Alvarado Street Brewery eight.1 (89)

“Double dry hopped pale ale with a trio of Cryo hops: Simcoe, Mosaic, and ‘Pop’ from YCH, with a little Zeus thrown in.”

Two Brothers Brewing Company Sidekick (89)

“Sidekick extra pale ale is a golden colored ale that is loaded with juicy citrus and passion fruit hops aroma yet balanced with malt and hops character. A true companion.”

Sovereign Brewing Dissensus (89)

“Belgian-style strong pale ale, aged in oak_._”

Aurora Ale & Lager Dark Ascent (89)

Imperial black lager. We utilized a hint of German smoked malt for a subtle smokey layer, then added maple syrup in the secondary.

Birds Fly South Ale Project Out Back Counting Stars (89)

Open-fermented, pitched onto hops and yeast at the same time for max biotransformation. Can-conditioned.

Ghostfish Brewing Company Lunar Harvest Pumpkin Ale (89)

"Golden amber in color, light body with subtle creaminess, flavors of pumpkin pie, sweet malt, fall spices, balanced with fruity esters from Belgian Ale yeast and a touch of hop bitterness."

New Belgium La Folie Holiday Edition 2020 (89)

A special run of our iconic sour brown ale, La Folie, in 750mL cork-and-cage bottles.

Founders Brewing Marvelroast (89)

Imperial golden ale with coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and milk sugar.

Brävery Brewing Canis Major (89)

Bourbon-barrel-aged imperial brown ale.

Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven La Trappe Quadrupel (89)

“La Trappe’s heaviest ale with an amber color. Aromas of banana, almond, vanil- la, and others. Its warm, intense flavor is rich and finely balanced. Malty sweet, slightly burnt, and pleasantly bitter with a sweet aftertaste.”

Brewery Ommegang Gnomegang (89)

“This blonde ale is a co-creation of Brewery Ommegang and Brasserie d’Achouffe. It employs five malts, two noble hops, and the Ommegang and Chouffe yeasts. Enjoy the smooth drinkability, fruity aromas and flavors, and warming finish.”

Perennial Southside Blonde (89)

“Southside Blonde is a sessionable Belgian-style blonde ale that is light-bodied and dry with a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Southside is a friendly pairing with a variety of foods and an approachable choice for all types of beer drinkers.”

Russian River Brewing Beatification (89)

100 percent spontaneously fermented wild, sour, and tasty handcrafted beer!"

Birds Fly South City Bus (89)

"Blended foeder sour aged on muscadine grapes."

Westbound & Down Brewing Company Meta Blackberry (89)

“A blend of golden sour ales refermented on whole blackberries.”

pFriem Family Brewers Pale Ale (90)

Go beyond the pale, with aromas of berry and citrus, notes of mango, cantaloupe, and a crisp, full, finish.

Burial Beer Co A Rather Genuine Expression of Apathy Double India Pale Ale with Peach & Lemon (90)

“Made with lactose, peaches, and Meyer lemons. Double dry-hopped with Galaxy, Idaho 7, Wai-iti, and Amarillo Cryo.”

Hop Butcher For the World Satan's Mile (90)

Amarillo, Chinook & Mosaic-hopped red India pale ale.

Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Gold Amarillo (90)

“Funky Gold Amarillo is the second beer in our dry-hopped sour-ale series. We took our sour golden ale, Gold, and gave it a heavy dosing of Amarillo hops. The result is a beer that is a mix of tropical fruit and Prairie funk. Notes of peach, orange, white wine, and citrusy *Brett* can be found in the flavor and aroma.”

Transient Artisan Ales Methodic Batch #2 (90)

Three-year blend of Southwest Michigan spontaneous beer, matured in oak barrels.

Civil Life Brewing Company Cream Ale (90)

Crisp, accessible, golden beer with low hop character and a clean finish.

Boston Beer Company Sam Adams Boston Ale (90)

“A ‘stock’ ale with a distinctly American character. We use earthy English hops along with the sweetness of caramel malts and ferment it as an ale but age it at cool temperatures.”

Perennial Artisan Ales La Cosecha (90)

['"Racked into French oak barrels for 9 months, then racked onto 1', '500 pounds of fresh Missouri peaches."']

Prairie Artisan Ales No Way Frosé (90)

“Sour ale with lime zest, strawberry, and pineapple puree, and juniper.”

Zebulon Artisan Ales House Saizon (90)

"Fermented with our house saison blend. Dry-hopped."

Ecliptic Brewing Tucana Tangerine Sour Ale (90)

“A bright twist of tangerine plays nicely with the balanced tartness and dry finish.”

Side Project Brewing Coexpressionalism Blauw (90)

Oak-aged Missouri and Oregon wild ale with blueberries.

Prison City Brewing Seward's Folly (90)

Blonde ale dry-hopped with Mosaic.

Bootstrap Brewing 1956 (90)

This crisp, dry golden ale is our lightest, most drinkable beer, balancing a light pilsener malt body with mild, pleasant German hop aroma.

Westbound & Down Brewing Company Milder Dan Brown (90)

English brown ale featuring notes of toffee, caramel, soft nuttiness, red apples, with a balanced sweetness and mild dark roast.

Elevation Beer Company Signal de Botrange (90)

“Signal de Botrange is a farmhouse ale aged in chardonnay wine barrels and is part of the brewery’s Double Black series. Named for the highest tower on the highest point in Belgium, Signal de Botrange is brewed in tribute to the traditional farmhouse beers of the Wallonia region.”

Stillwater Artisanal Stateside Saison (90)

“Naturally brewed with the finest European malts and fresh aromatic hops from the United States and New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability.”

Schlafly Beer Farmhouse IPA (90)

“The focus of this beer is twofold: the farmhouse ale characteristics imparted by the French saison yeast and the IPA hops profile founded in Mosaic’s characteristics and complemented by Centennial.”

Smuttynose Brewing Company Gravitation (90)

“This is a deep chestnut, dark ale brewed using Belgian specialty malts. The resulting flavor is a viscous mix of dark fruit, rum, toffee, and raisins balanced with aromatic fruitiness of the Belgian yeast.”

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Rigor Mortis ABT (90)

“Strong brown ale inspired by Belgian Trappist beers. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavors, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavors.”

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Chandelle (90)

“Our blonde ale is aged for a year in white-wine barrels with our house sour- ing culture. Then we add fresh apricots. The tart flavors and aromas of the fresh fruit balance the sour base.”

New Belgium La Folie Grand Reserve PX (90)

"Our iconic sour ale acidified in premium Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, infused with Tahitian vanilla beans and bottled on nitro."

Standard Brewing VooDoo Funk (90)

['"Berliner weisse', 'style ale, fermented and aged in oak for 3 months, then bottle conditioned."']

August Schell Astral Fusion (90)

"Mango and raspberry."

Transmitter Harvest 7 (90)

"Mixed- fermentation sour aged in oak then conditioned with blueberries and blackberries in secondary."

Broad Brook Brewing Company Biere de Pêche (90)

“A Belgian-style blonde ale brewed with peaches, cinnamon, and vanilla.”

Dutchess Ales GB Pale Ale (91)

A uniquely balanced and bright pale ale that owes a bit to Dutchess Ales’ West Cost and U.K. roots. Fermented by Duchess Ales’ house hybrid Kölsch yeast.

Rosenstadt Brewery LLC German-Hop Pale Ale (91)

German-grown Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria hops create an unusual flavor profile with notes of tangerine and orange.

Hop Butcher For the World Airglow (91)

Strata-hopped hazy pale ale.

Hop Butcher For the World How Giant is Giant? (91)

“Motueka, Simcoe, and Citra-hopped triple India Pale Ale.”

Tröegs Independent Brewing Perpetual IPA (91)

“Artisanal meets mechanical in a state of IPA we call Perpetual. Cycling through our HopBack vessel and dry-hopping method, this imperial pale ale emerges rife with sticky citrus rind, pine balm, and tropical fruit.”

Goose Island Beer Company Goose IPA (91)

“Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hops lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hops finish.”

Melvin Brewing Hubert MPA (91)

“A welcomed handshake to your taste buds. Light, crisp, fresh, and a little bitty bitter. Lets just say he won’t be that jerk that leaves you at the bar at 2 a.m. He’s low in alcohol. What a nice guy, that Hubert.”

Wallenpaupack Brewing Company English Pale Mild Ale (91)

"This English Style Session Ale is very light in body and alcohol content but packed with toffee flavor from English malts."

Cigar City Golden Ale (91)

“Built for the warmer months, our Golden Ale is brewed with American Willamette hops and pale wheat malt to create a low-alcohol American golden ale that balances bread-like malt flavors with herbaceous hops and a vibrant carbonation.”

Oddwood Ales Saison (91)

“Fermented entirely in oak barrels with a magical blend of Belgian and _Brettanomyces_ yeasts. Months of aging lend this ale its soft notes of tropical fruit, wine-soaked oak, and glorious funk.”

Oskar Blues Brewery Guava Rodeo Sour Ale (91)

“Notes of papaya, passion fruit, and melon.”

pFriem Family Brewers Belgian-Style Dark Ale (91)

“Fig dipped in dark chocolate, ripe fruit, and toffee.”

Great Divide Brewing Co Colette Farmhouse Ale (91)

“Fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish.”

Silver City Brewery Old Scrooge Christmas Ale (91)

“Intriguing notes of apple, cherry, and apricot abound.”

Seventh Son Brewing Co Stone Fort (91)

Toasty brown ale with a round, full mouthfeel and a pleasant aroma. Light roasted notes, leather, biscuit.

Our Mutual Friend Brewing Memory Rediscovered (91)

A mixed-culture sour ale with peaches and vanilla. Medium acidity, dry, slightly tannic finish.

The Commons Brewery Maybelle (91)

“A farmhouse ale aged in white-wine barrels with _Brett._”

Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace (91)

“An unfiltered golden farmhouse ale with a clean malt flavor and Sorachi Ace hops standing front and center. Dry-hopping releases Sorachi Ace’s bright, spicy aromatics that harmonize with Pilsner malt and Belgian ale yeast.”

Founders Brewing Company Curmudgeon (91)

“This old ale is brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill, then oak-aged. The result is a rich, malty delight that’s deceptively smooth and drinkable.”

Anderson Valley Brewing Winter Solstice (91)

“Boasting a deep amber hue and rich mouthfeel, the creamy nish will lift your spirits. Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tease the senses making this the perfect ale to share during the cold days and long nights of winter.”

Avery Brewing Company Spontanea (91)

“We gave our yeast a vacation. The crit- ters on the grape skins did all the work! Completely spontaneous fermentation! This ale was brewed with cabernet sau- vignon grape must and aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels.”

Dry Dock Apricot Blonde (91)

“A misty golden blonde ale fermented with shiploads of fruit. A crisp clean finish and just enough apricot to make this a favorite. Combine with sunshine and friends for full effect.”

Monday Night Vinology: Syrah (91)

"Hybridized American wild ale fermented in French Oak foeders, cofermented with syrah grapes."

Marin Brewing Co. San Quentin's Breakout Stout (91)

“The ultimate stout, this ale is big, rich, and malty. Our stout has a creamy texture unsurpassed by any of our other ales. Black in color, with a thick, long-lasting tan head. Its dark color and deep-roasted flavor come from the use of roasted and black barleys.”

Green Cheek Beer Company SoMa Aroma (92)

The aroma and flavor are ridiculous, with hits of kiwi, honeydew, cotton candy, grape, and Meyer-lemon oil.

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill Calculator Crazy (92)

Citra and Riwaka hops offer candy-like tropical fruit aromatics and flavors amid restrained but present bitterness and a full-bodied impression on the palate.

De Ranke XX Bitter (92)

“Very bitter but still balanced. Distinct hop taste.”

Stone Brewing Company Ruination Double IPA 2.0 (92)

“For the second incarnation of our India pale ale, we employed dry hopping and hop bursting to squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the hops...”

BarrieHaus Beer Co. Ice Works Cold IPA (92)

“Citra, Mosaic, and Cashmere hops. Made with our Haus lager yeast and fermented at traditional ale temps.”

Perennial Artisan Ales Frances (92)

Fermented entirely with yeast captured in south city St. Louis in the early spring of 2015, and aged in American oak for 16 months.

Prairie Artisan Ales Birra (92)

Birra is a light, sessionable farmhouse ale. It is crisp with notes of black pepper and orange and goes perfectly with food.

Rowley Farmhouse Ales I live for Merlot (92)

"This is a golden sour ale aged in chardonnay barrels then referemented to dryness on local organic merlot grapes."

The Ale Apothecary El Cuatro (92)

"El Cuatro with cherries, aged in a port barrel."

Odd Breed Wild Ales Red Vermouth (92)

“Turbid-mashed, mixed-culture wild ale aged... in red vermouth barrels.”

Odd Breed Wild Ales Syrah Bugs (92)

“Aged in syrah barrels before refermenting with syrah grapes and wild blueberries.”

BKS Artisan Ales Collection (bottled on: 7/21/21) (92)

“[Aged] with a blend of _Brettanomyces_ isolates and wild-captured yeast and _Lactobacillus._”

Perennial Artisan Ales Devil's Heart of Gold (92)

“Wheat wine–style ale aged in bourbon barrels.”

Alibi Ale Works Giant Steps (92)

“A bourbon barrel–aged English-style barleywine.”

Jackie O's Brewery Cool Beans (92)

This full-bodied golden ale delivers a rich and creamy mouthfeel married with a bright and fruity coffee character.

Pondaseta Brewing Co. The Beckiest (92)

Classic blonde ale base, brewed with pumpkin and cinnamon, conditioned with local coffee and pumpkin spice.

The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company Homegrown Saison (92)

“Modern farmhouse ale brewed with 100 percent Pennsylvania malt, re-fermented in the bottle. Drink fresh or age.”

Prison City Seward's Folly (92)

“Blonde ale dry hopped with Mosaic. Dry, clean, toasted malt backbone and a citrusy finish.”

Rodenbach Vintage 2015 (92)

"Black cherry, raspberry, and a hint of lime, but also some richer burgundy aroma. All that fruit is buoyed by a splash of biscuity malt. The gentler tartness emphasizes the red-wine character."

Baere Brewing Company Bring The Greenback (92)

“Mixed-culture sour ale aged on spruce tips.”

Burial Beer Co A Most Melancholy Visual Double India Pale Ale (93)

“Mashed with Epiphany triticale and oats. Double dry-hopped with Motueka, Mosaic, Enigma, and finished with Simcoe Cryo.”

Eddyline Brewery Epic Day Double India Pale Ale (93)

“A complex malt bill with a platform that allows the pungent hops blend with notes of grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, and resin to truly shine. This is sure to satisfy the thirst of the most aggressive hopheads while maintaining remarkable drinkability.”

Schlafly Beer/The Saint Louis Brewery, LLC Pale Ale (93)

"This English-inspired classic helped spark the country’s craft beer revolution. The copper-colored, mildly spiced session ale offers a hint of fruitiness a refined balance of hops and malt, giving drinkers a taste of our genuine approach to brewing great beer."

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Foggy on the Details (93)

“Double dry hopped oat pale ale.”

Rockwell Beer Company Byrd Up! (93)

Rye pale ale lightly dry hopped with Simcoe and Michigan Cascade.

American Solera Handsome Brothers (93)

Double-dry-hopped session pale ale with Citra Cryo and Sabro Cryo.

Wise Man Brewing Chosen Vehicle Mosaic (93)

Aromas of bright tropical fruit and grass lead to stone fruit and citrus on the palate of this crushable pale.

Fort George Brewery City of Dreams (93)

A Mosaic-heavy, drinkable, hazy pale ale from the City of Dreams (Astoria, Oregon).

Brasserie de la Senne Taras Boulba (93)

“Noble hop session beer. It develops fragrances of Noble hops in dry hopping, which give it herbal, floral, and light citrus notes.”

Transient Artisinal Ales Ardent with Apricot (93)

“Our flagship barrel-fermented saison, aged on apricots and fermented with a mixed culture.”

Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales Kilter (93)

"Spontaneous honey ale with raspberry and vanilla."

Aurora Ale & Lager Stay Out of Malibu! (93)

“Fruited Berliner weisse with milk sugar; steeped with cardamom, Earl Grey tea, and pomegranate.”

Fonta Flora Brewery Carolina Custard (93)

Barrel-aged Appalachian wild ale with pawpaw fruit.

Silver City Brewery Sultry Siren (93)

Barrel-aged raspberry sour ale.

Brasserie St. James Red Headed Stranger (93)

“Our gold medal-winning red farmhouse ale uses a lesser-known Belgian yeast strain at higher temeratures to create a rich palate. A blend of spices and whole-cone hops add a peppery floral nose, and finest specialty malts create a smooth delicate body that finishes dry.”

Wicked Weed Brewing Fille de Ferme (93)

“A tart farmhouse ale brewed in the rustic spirit of Belgian-style farm beers. Primary fermented with our house Brett culture and blended with golden sour ale. We then add honeysuckle and fresh orange peel and age the beer in our foeder.”

Wicked Weed Brewing Company Amorous (93)

“This beer is a blend of both Brett barrels and sour barrels, dry hopped with a bouquet of American hops to accentuate the tropical and citrusy profile of our wild yeast.”

Boulder Beer Buffalo Gold (93)

“A Colorado favorite since 1989, Buffalo Gold is the definitive golden ale. The mild maltiness gives way to a floral character generated by a perfect balance of Cascade hops. It’s an easy-drinking beer that still packs a stampede of flavor.”

Black Project OXCART (2018) (93)

"Traditionally made blend of 1-, 2-, and 3-year-old spontaneous ale. The beer had an average age of 22 months at bottling and has since aged in the bottle for about 1 year."

Funkwerks Kriek (93)

"Produced from a blend of beers aged in a variety of oak barrels with the addition of Montmorency tart cherries."

Amalgam Landscapes (Orchard Blend) (93)

"Blend of golden sours aged on Colorado-grown Red Globe Peaches and Ovation Nectarines."

Area Two Experimental Blood Peach (93)

"A balanced tartness from the stone fruit and wild cultures mingles with an oaky character to produce... lambic-style funk notes."

Cerebral Brewing Lucidity 01 (93)

“Oak-aged sour ale with blackberry, black currant, and Ugandan vanilla beans.”

St. Elmo Brewing Company Smalls (94)

“A radical hazy pale ale.”

Cerebral Brewing Muscle Memory (94)

House APA with Citra, Idaho 7, and Motueka. Bursting with grapefruit, orange marmalade, and peach.

Broad Leaf Local Beer Chromatic Shatter (94)

“Everyday-drinking hazy pale ale with Talus, Mosaic, and Citra.”

The Bruery Thr3e (94)

“We blended Black Tuesday and our Anniversary ale into our barleywine-style ale base.”

Transient Artisan Ales Cuvier (94)

“Oak barrel–fermented farmhouse ale. A lactic-forward barrel-fermented saison, aged 6 months in fresh wine barrels.”

Two Roads Brewing Holiday Ale (94)

["“Our Holiday Ale is inspired by the little known bière de Noel style, a subset of bière de garde. Bière de Noel, which translates as 'Christmas Beer", "' tends to exhibit a more malty profile than a typical bière de garde.”\n"]

Pure Project Lief (94)

Our second batch of our Méthode Traditionnelle (M.T. III) blend of one-, two-, and three-year-old spontaneously fermented ale.

New Belgium Brewing Dayblazer (94)

“A refreshing golden ale, brewed with the finest malts and hops, giving a sweet, crisp citrus finish with just a hint of honey. Winner of the silver medal in the American-Style Cream Ale category at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.”

Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvee Rene (94)

"Dry, appetizing, complex, energizing blend of aged and young lambic." What our reviewers thought:

Monday Night Pervasive Species (94)

"A wild ale fermented with Lacto, Brett, and a saison yeast strain in a French oak foeder."

Yeast of Eden Native Ghosts (94)

"Inoculated with native microflora in our coolship."

Crooked Stave Mama Bear's Sour Cherry Pie (94)

"The result of blending carefully chosen batches of Origins with a heavy-handed addition of Montmorency cherries."

Cascade Brewing Peche Fume (94)

Pêche Fumé is a blend of wheat ales brewed with cherrywood-smoked malt and aged in oak barrels for up to 14 months."

The Veil Brewing Co. Melancholia and Uncertainty (94)

"A blend of 13-month-old... mixed-fermentation farmhouse-inspired ale, and fresh, young, clean, oak-fermented farmhouse-inspired ale."

Blackberry Farm Brewery Farm & Fury (94)

"Farmhouse ale... co-fermented with a wild yeast strain from Trillium. Aged on... peaches."

Resident Culture Comparison Is the Thief Of Joy (94)

"Mixed-culture ale... refermented on... strawberries."

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Nec Bones (94)

“American wild ale matured with Honey Fire nectarines.”

Sun King Brewing Sunlight Cream Ale (95)

Balances smooth malt complexity with a crisp, clean finish.

Perennial Artisan Ales Owen (95)

"Owen is a table-strength saison, kettle- and dry-hopped with Mosaic."

BKS Artisan Ales Rockhill & Locust (95)

English style dark mild ale.

Beachwood Blendery Latent Owl (95)

Belgian-style sour ale aged in gin barrels.

Sun King Brewing Midnight Choir (95)

Dark sour ale with tart flavors of raspberry and cherry, balanced with a full body and finish.

Perrin Brewing Co. Lazarus Sour (95)

"Sour blonde aged in used French oak wine barrels and naturally soured."

Firestone Walker Brewing Co Primal Elements (95)

“Pineapple, mango, and tangerine sour ale ripened in oak barrels.”

Burial Beer Co A Postulation on Precarious Thought and Transient Delusion Double India Pale Ale (96)

“Mashed with loads of oats and whirlpooled with Citra Incognito and Simcoe Cryo. Double dry hopped with Citra, Nectaron, Strata, and a dab of Citra Cryo.”

Breakside Brewery Strata Strata Strata (96)

A pale ale featuring our selected lots of 2020 Strata.

Maplewood Brewing Company Charlatan (96)

American pale ale generously hopped with Citra, Centennial, and Simcoe hops for fresh citrus flavors with mild, earthy pine notes.

Perennial Artisan Ales Elliot (96)

Dry, with a clean lactic bite. It finishes with complex Brett and light oxidation that we find beautiful in beers like this.

Russian River Brewing Co - Santa Rosa Janet's Brown Ale (96)

Caramel, toffee, chocolate, with a firm contribution of hop bitterness. JBA was Mike "Tasty" McDole's well known homebrew recipe that Mike shared with many homebrewers the world over.

Telegraph Brewing White ale (96)

“A classic, unfiltered Belgian-style white ale brewed with coriander, orange peel, and locally grown chamomile flowers.”

Burial Beer Co Too Much To Bear Cuvee of Cognac, Bourbon, and Calvados Barrel-Aged Strong Ales (96)

“Strong ale bases aged on Cognac, bourbon, and Calvados barrels for one to two years.”

Ghostfish Brewing Company Shrouded Summit Belgian White Ale (96)

“A wintry burst of juniper and citrus plus aromatics of banana, citrus, and clove.”

Avery Brewing Pomona (96)

A pomegranate and blueberry barrel-aged tart ale.

Area Two Experimental Brewing Gueuze (96)

Our one-of-a-kind gueuze is a tradition-inspired blend of one-, two-, and three-year-old lambic-style ales.

Jester King Brewery Biere de Miel (96)

“Our Bière de Miel is a dry, well attenuated, unspiced farmhouse ale brewed, fermented, and bottle conditioned with raw Texas wildflower honey. Naturally occurring wild yeast and bacteria impart a sense of place in this unfiltered, unpasteurized, 100 percent bottle-conditioned beer.”

Firestone Walker 805 (96)

“A light, refreshing blonde ale created for the laid-back California lifestyle. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by a touch of hops, creating a versatile beer with a clean finish.”

Springdale See You in the Pit (96)

"Cherry and raspberry get rowdy with our barrel-aged golden sour for sweet and sour riffs of fruit, funk, and acid."

Urbanrest Brewing Company Wine Barrel Blonde (96)

“Blonde ale fermented with monastery yeast. Conditioned in French oak red-wine barrels.”

Night Shift Brewing, Inc Whirlpool (97)

Explosively juicy. Refreshingly light. Big notes of grapefruit and clementine. Generously dry hopped with Mosaic and Ella.

Bend Brewing Co Killer Stashe: Amarillo (97)

Killer ’Stashe began as a revival of the classic American pale ale and has evolved into a modern NW pale showcasing a single hop variety.

Hop Butcher for the World Kielbasa King (97)

"Mosaic- and Nelson Sauvin–hopped double India pale ale."

Alvarado Street Brewery Anniversary Ale V 2019 (97)

Aged in Heaven Hill and Four Roses bourbon barrels and Woodford Rye whiskey barrels.

Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top Production Facility American Strong Ale (97)

“Ale barrel-aged and finished on oak cubes.”

Prison City Brewing Laser Brain (97)

Blonde ale fermented with Brettanomyces and souring bacteria. Dry hopped with Galaxy and Mosaic.

Firestone Walker Agrestic (2019) (97)

"Wood-derived toast, lemon pith, and rosewood swirl on the nose and palate, followed by a harmony of vanilla, coconut, and Earl Grey tea."

TRVE Brewing Company Axioma (97)

"A blend of 1- and 2-year-old traditional spontaneous ales."

Upland Brewing Oak Timbre (97)

"Oak Timbre is Basis, our blonde ale, aged on Indiana-grown chambourcin grapes for 6 months in brand-new oak wine barrels. The result is a sour ale that pours deep burgundy with wine-like flavors and aromas complemented by tannins pulled from the fresh barrels."

Resident Culture Farm Mentality (97)

"Mixed-culture ale barrel-aged in red wine barrels for over two years and refermented on over 5.5 lb per gallon of fresh South Carolina peaches."

Outer Range Brewing Co Tilted Pale Ale (98)

Hops: Citra, Strata, Riwaka. Tasting notes: melon, kumquat, grapefruit.

Cellarmaker Brewing Company Christopher Riwakan (98)

Made with 100 percent New Zealand Riwaka hops, this pale ale has all the tropical notes to give you a smash hit.

Upland Brewing Wheat Ale (98)

“In the tradition of the Belgian wit–style, Upland Wheat Ale is unfiltered, allowing suspended yeast to create a cloudy, golden appearance. This is an everyday, every meal type of beer. It’s comforting on a cold winter day and refreshing on a hot summer evening.”

The Veil Brewing Company Culminate (98)

Our first ever blend of turbid-mashed one-, two-, and three-year old spontaneously fermented lambic-inspired ales designed in the spirit of Belgian gueuze. The layered flavors of funky fruit, cheesy hops, gentle oak, a bright citrus acid profile, and a pleasant natural carbonation give this beer unrivaled complexity for its strength.

Russian River Brewing Supplication (98)

"Ale aged in pinot noir barrels with cherries."

The Rare Barrel Avec des Amis (98)

"A blend of golden sour beer, mixed-culture saison, and hopped wheat beer aged in oak barrels and fruited with fresh white peaches and white nectarines."

Jolly Pumpkin The Regifted (98)

"The Regifted is a sour fruit saison with passion fruit, cherry, blackberry, raisins, dates, and ginger. Rosy-hued, packed full of ginger, berries, and passion fruit in the front followed by a bright acidity and clean finish. This is a gift you will regret regifting!"

Epic Brewing Oak & Orchard Rose (98)

"Perfectly pink with rose hips, hibiscus, and strawberry."

Reuben's Brews Wormwood Scrubs (98)

“Brewed in the tradition of 19th-century British strong ales and conditioned in oak with _Brettanomyces claussenii._”

Speciation Artisan Ales Extropian (99)

"Foeder-aged sour ale with peaches, cinnamon, and vanilla."

pFriem Family Brewers Belgian Christmas Ale (99)

“Brewed with coriander in a rich, dubbel base, its toffee aromas and hints of fresh, ripe orange will leave Santa feeling generous.”

Beachwood Blendery Sketches of Senne: Apricot & Rhubarb (99)

Belgian-style sour ale fermented and aged in oak barrels with apricot and rhubarb.

Scratch Brewing Company Strawberry Sumac (99)

Sour ale brewed without hops, fermented with our wild house culture, refermented on strawberries and sumac.

Hill Farmstead Florence (99)

"Belgian-inspired wheat ale."

Hop Butcher Run to Daylight (100)

"Citra-, Simcoe-, Strata-, and Galaxy-hopped triple India pale ale brewed with honey."

Perennial Artisan Ales Maman 2018 (100)

2018 Maman was aged for 12 to 14 months in Rittenhouse Rye barrels before blending and packaging. It’s our purest expression of beer in oak and presents a luxurious combination of cocoa, caramel, vanilla, and ma-ple wrapped up with a big boozy bow.

Beachwood Blendery Coolship Chaos (100)

"Inspired by the Belgian lambic tradition, spontaneously fermented and aged in oak barrels."

Beachwood Blendery Funk Yeah (100)

"Inspired by the Belgian gueuze tradition. Blend of 1-, 2-, and 3-year-old barrels inoculated with our culture and a few barrels from our spontaneous program for the perfect blend of acidity and character."