If you’ve been reading along with us for a while now, you’ll know that we love beer and in particular ales. There’s nothing better on a hot day than a cool crisp ale while reclining on a chair next to the lake.
Without further ado here is our top 10 list of ales from around the world!
10) Blue Point Summer Ale is an American blonde ale brewed in New York. Blue Point markets their flagship ale as a cure for the summertime blues and we’ve got to say – it sure works!
9) Belhaven Scottish Ale is about as traditional a Scottish ale as you will find. Featuring a ruby coloring and nutty flavor, it’ll surely quench your thirst while leaving a wonderful aftertaste. I’ll let you guess where it’s brewed.
8) Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale. I sat at my computer for half an hour trying to figure out how to dictate my impression of this ale. All I could come up with was “Malt”. Belgian ales are traditionally malty but this one takes the cake. It’s absolutely delicious. Blue Moon advertises that it has a citrus taste and aftertaste but admittedly all we could taste was a caramel malt taste. Also – it might be a Belgian pale ale but it’s brewed in the good old USA.
7) Grimbergen Blonde is an actual Belgian ale (although in some cases it’s brewed in France). The taste is very similar to that of Blue Moon’s however we feel that the malt taste doesn’t overpower the caramel taste.
6) Runoff Red IPA is a fantastic American ale. It’s so good in fact that it placed 1st at the World Beer Cup for American-style Red ales. Brewed in Colorado, they made their product unique (and odd) by adding a pine taste to it. It might sound awful but don’t knock it till you try it!
5) Alexander Keith’s Pale Ale was featured as the best in our Top 10 Canadian beers. It’s one of Canada’s top selling beer and for a regular run of the mill IPA, still has a fantastic taste.
4) Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale is another ale we’ve featured before. They took number 8 in our Top 10 American Beers last year. Smuttynose gets extra points for its awesome name but as the name Old Brown Dog implies, this ale is just so darn reliable.
3) Perhaps we just like ales with funny names because number 3 goes to Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale. Kilt Lifter is the flagship product of Four Peaks Brewing Company. Kilt Lifter is a four time winner at the Great American Beer Festival and is our favorite ale to drink with a nice rack of BBQ ribs.
2) Stone Levitation Amber Ale is an EXTREMELY bold tasting ale. Taking a sip is like punching your tongue with flavor. Lots of brewers have tried packing lots of flavor into an Amber ale but Levitation is the only one we’ve actually actively enjoyed.
And the best ale in the world is…
1) Samuel Smith’s Organic Best Ale is just as the title infers – The Best Ale. It’s the most well rounded ale we’ve ever tasted. We’ve never been one to lean towards organic products (theirs nothing wrong with organic – just not worth the extra cash) but Samuel Smith sure makes it worth while.
Think we missed an ale? Let us know in the comments below! Perhaps we’ve never tasted it and you’ll be introducing us to our new favorite beer!