16. Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust
-Three Floyd’s Brewing Co., Munster, Indiana
“This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale will be one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse,” so says the Three Floyds. But while you’re in the land of the living with functioning taste buds that crave suds not brains, give this single-hop craft original a try. Aromatic, with herbs, flowers and citrus, the Three Floyds use high quality hops from the Yakima valley in Washington. It’s a hard pale to find, but well worth the search.
17. Sierra Nevada
-Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
An all around solid Pale Ale. Medium bodied with mild yet fragrant hops, Sierra Nevada is a go to craft beer that should be readily available at any decent bar or corner store. It’s got a slight bitter finish on the mouth that fades into the other flavors mingling around in the glass.
18. Arrogant Bastard Ale
-Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA
We’re not worthy! If you can’t take the bite in this bottle than you better go back to shotgunning brewski’s light. “You probably won’t like it,” to quote the Arrogant Bastards, it’s “doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.” Arrogance in a bottle indeed, but hoppy and bold nonetheless.
-Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Extremely rare, but the reviews seem to unanimously suggest that this is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, pale ales being brewed in America today. The Brewers at Hill Farmstead chose to immortalize their grandfather who shares the same name. “In his honor, this American Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Edward’s well… aromatic and flowery, with Impressions of citrus and pine.” You might just have to make your way to this sleepy corner of Vermont to taste perfection.
20. Dale’s Pale Ale
-Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Lyons, CO
Big bodied with hints of grapefruit and bready malt. Dale’s has more in your face hops than your average pale. Definitely one for the hop-crazy beer lover. And what's that? It comes in a can too!