Vote for The Best American Pale Ale

Best American Pale Ale

One of the tastiest, easiest to drink styles of beer is the American Pale Ale. Not quite as strong as a full fledged IPA, this style of beer showcases the American hop, while maintaining warm weather time drinkability.

We’d like your input in selecting the Best American Pale Ale. We’ve nominated 20 highly regarded APAs to choose from, however you are also able to write in a vote in the comment section below.  Voting ends May 16, 2013 at 5PM PDT. Here are a few guide lines for the poll, to ensure a level of fairness and fun.

  • Any beer not on the list may be “written in” by using the comment feature at the bottom of this page.
  • In order for your write in to be eligible, it must be considered an American Pale Ale by either or Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale is mighty tasty, but considered an English Style Pale Ale. Same goes with Deschutes Mirror Pond.
  • A complaint doesn’t equal a vote.
  • If a write-in starts making progress, that beer will be added to the poll as an option, and we will tally those votes to reflect it’s standing in the poll.
  • Our ‘Poll System ‘tracks by IP address, so if your buddy in the cubicle next to you votes, you may not be able to cast your vote on that same network.
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Best American Pale Ale?

  • Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale (15%, 616 Votes)
  • Firestone Walker Pale 31 (11%, 458 Votes)
  • 3 Floyds Zombie Dust (10%, 442 Votes)
  • Toppling Goliath PsuedoSue (9%, 382 Votes)
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (8%, 358 Votes)
  • Alesmith X (8%, 345 Votes)
  • Maine Beer Co. Peeper (7%, 303 Votes)
  • 3 Floyds Alpha King (5%, 224 Votes)
  • Flying Dog Doggie Style (3%, 134 Votes)
  • Drakes 1500 Pale Ale (3%, 123 Votes)
  • Bootleggers Palamino Pale Ale (3%, 121 Votes)
  • Stone Pale Ale (3%, 116 Votes)
  • Alaskan Free Ride APA (2%, 102 Votes)
  • Hill Farmstead Edward (2%, 99 Votes)
  • Russian River Row 2/Hill 56 (2%, 87 Votes)
  • Mikkeller All Others Pale (2%, 84 Votes)
  • Half Acre Daisy Cutter (2%, 67 Votes)
  • Deschutes Red Chair NWPA (1%, 48 Votes)
  • Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale (1%, 46 Votes)
  • Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale (1%, 42 Votes)
  • Widmer Brothers Alchemy Ale (1%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,221

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  1. Bill Fischer says

    Sierra Nevada is the first Pale Ale I fell in love with & remains tops on my list of likes.

  2. Scott says

    If you haven’t tried Toppling Goliath’s beer, do yourself a favor and make a trip to the taproom in Decorah, Iowa. Beautiful scenery and beer bursting with flavor. You will not regret it! PsuedoSue is amazing! Once they expand, those of you in the dark will be exposed to their delicious beer. Cheers!

  3. Jason says

    Dale’s Pale Ale from Oskar Blues. It is amazing beer and comes in a red white and blue can, doesn’t get any more american than that.

  4. Jayson Nelson says

    If PsuedoSue(Toppling Goliath) was available to a larger market it would certainly be on the list!

  5. MikeP says

    Ska Brewing Company’s Euphoria Pale Ale is my favorite… Cans or draft, available only in winter.

  6. Wayne Faris says

    My favorite APA is Cardinal by Nebraska Brewing Company. Only on tap for now but will be going into cans for distribution this summer.

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