Special Report

America’s 40 Most Delicious Beers

40. Pale Ale
> Style: IPA
> Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
> Location: Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina

Craft beer snobs may scorn at this bright, hop-heavy pioneering modern pale ale, made by one of America’s largest independent breweries in America, but its consistency and delightful flavor likely account for its No. 3 place in the American Homebrewers Association most recent ranking of the country’s best beers.

39. Fresh Squeezed
> Style: IPA
> Brewery: Deschutes Brewery
> Location: Bend, Oregon

A fragrant IPA, described by the brewery as a “citrus bomb,” balancing lemony and tropical fruit flavors against a solid core of malt.

Source: Courtesy of Central Waters Brewing Company

38. Ardea Insignis
> Style: Imperial stout
> Brewery: Central Waters Brewing
> Location: Amherst, Wisconsin

A rich, intensely flavored one-of-a-kind stout, aged for more than three years in 25-year-old bourbon barrels.

Source: Courtesy of Fair Isle Brewing

37. Alexandra
> Style: Saison/farmhouse ale
> Brewery: Fair Isle Brewing
> Location: Seattle, Washington

A maceration with fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) adds an exotic herbaceous note to this lightly citrusy farmhouse ale.

Source: Courtesy of Webb Chapel Beer & Wine

36. Le Terroir
> Style: Sour ale
> Brewery: New Belgium Brewing
> Location: Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, North Carolina

Sourness and a counterpoint of sweetness, with a hint of acidic bite, characterize this dry-hopped ale, barrel-aged for two years.