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.
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.
> 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.
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.