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Scott Crawford

Scott Crawford

January 21 2012

Pale Ales

Looking for some suggestions.... lately I've been hooked on Southern Star's Pine Belt Pale, and last night came across Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA.  Both are fantastic brews. Any suggestions for other beers in this style/category?

Magnus Larsson
Magnus Larsson
January 21 2012 Permalink
Oppigårds Pale Summer Ale, Snake Dog, Nøgne Ø Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Sleepy Bulldog Pale Ale, Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA, Mohawk Extra IPA, Twisted Thistle IPA, Jämtlands India Pale Ale and Nils Oscar Hop Yard IPA are some that comes into my mind. I'll see if I can come up with some more names.
Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford
January 21 2012 Permalink
I recall you having mentioned Jamtlands IPA previously, but I haven't had any luck finding it locally. Of those on your list, what would you consider to be the top three?
Magnus Larsson
Magnus Larsson
January 27 2012 Permalink
They are all quite different. Some of the are more American in their use of hops whilst others are more British. It was quite some time since I got a proper IPA as I moved to France in work a couple of years ago and the beer culture here is quite different. They have a completely different range of types of beer here. Some of the ones I listed are Swedish (Oppigårds, Nøgne Ø (this one is Norwegian I believe) Mohawk, Jämtlands, Nils Oscar) which are a mixture of British and American style. Whilst Twisted Thistle is British and Flying Dog, Stone and Sierra Nevada are American in style. The Scandinavian beer might be quite difficult to get hold of them. I like Oppigårds' work. They are excellent at what they do, so is the Jämtlands IPA. Stone often deliver great beer as well, and the fruitiness of Sierra Nevada's beer is delightful. As you can imagine I am longing back to Sweden where I can get hold of some proper ale.
Jon Hebert
March 15 2012 Permalink
Scott, just finished reading the article on Rodeo Clown on the site. The beer is killer, it's a bit more robust than most IPAs which makes it all the better.