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APA (American Pale Ale)

It was the American craft brewers who picked up the legacy of India Pale Ales and reintroducing heavily hopped beers, except why simply replicate a somewhat neglected British style when so many great hops are available in the USA? Hops such as Cascade and Centennial characterise this style of stronger (around 5%) full-flavoured and heavily hopped beer, with brewers such as Sierra Nevada and and Anchor pioneering the style in the early 1980s. Today you’ll find this clean, hoppy style made (with American hops) all over the world.

The legacy in question dates back to the 19th century when strong hoppy beer (though not as hopped as some you’ll find these days!) from Britain was sent out to colonial India, benefiting from the conditions of the journey by sea, and gaining popularity ahead of other pale ales and beers of the time. Eventually Hodgson’s introduced their East India Pale Ale to the UK market, made fashionable by the interest in the empire and all things from India during the reign of Queen Victoria. Even back then some American hops were used, alongside those from Europe, although a majority of favoured English hops were used. Over the years the style typically became milder, lighter and less hopped until relatively recently.

Beavertown Gamma Ray American Pale Ale

33cl, 5.4%
Beavertown

Made with Best Pale, Caragold and Caramalt malts as well as Colombus, Bravo, Amarillo, Citra and Calypso hops (dry-hopped for days), this is a deliciously drinkable offering from popular craft…  More info

Beavertown Gamma Ray American Pale Ale
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$2.73

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale

36cl, 5.8%
Kona Brewing Co

A light, fruity pale ale from the Kona Brewing Company, which is based in Hawaii. They refer to it as a 'Hawaiian-Style' pale ale, and the label certainly fits the bill, doesn't it? The brewers make…  More info

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale
$2.40

BrewDog Vagabond Pale Ale

33cl, 4.5%
BrewDog

BrewDog's Vagabond Pale Ale is a tasty beer made with Extra Pale, Cara and Crystal Malts, as well as Centennial and Amarillo hops, Scottish water and their clean-fermenting house yeast. Though it…  More info

BrewDog Vagabond Pale Ale
$2.40

Atom Catalyst APA

44cl, 5.4%
Atom Brewing Co

An enjoyably punchy APA from brewing folks Atom in Hull. Propelled by a love of science and beer, they've created some marvellous brews named after various scientific odds and sods. What a wonderful…  More info

Atom Catalyst APA
$4.81

Lervig Lucky Jack Can

33cl, 4.7%
Lervig Aktiebryggeri

A well-balanced American Pale Ale, brewed in Norway by Lervig Aktiebryggeri, made with Pilsner and Caramel malts along with Citra, Amarillo and Chinook hops. Lucky Jack looks like he's searching for…  More info

Lervig Lucky Jack Can
$2.46

Edge Brewing Brass Knuckles

33cl, 9.2%
Edge Brewing

Brass Knuckles from Barcelona might sound like the title of a great album, but this is actually is marvellous American Strong Ale from Spain's Edge Brewing. It combines oodles of dark malts with a…  More info

Edge Brewing Brass Knuckles
$4.36

Evil Twin Hipster Ale

35cl, 5.5%
Evil Twin Brewing

A beer for the global hipster, the hipster beer without borders, just in case you don't happen to live in the kind of happening cities that may have been the subject of some other 'hip' releases.  More info

Evil Twin Hipster Ale
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Weird Beard Five O'Clock Shadow

33cl, 7%
Weird Beard Brew Company

Five O'Clock Shadow is an American-styled IPA from the Weird Beard Brew Co., combining a bundle of pungent hops with crisp malt notes.  More info

Weird Beard Five O'Clock Shadow
$3.05
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Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit

33cl, 5.5%
Magic Rock Brewing

A grapefruit variation on Huddersfield-based brewery Magic Rock's High Wire Pale Ale, inspired by America's West Coast. Loads of fruity hops with grounding notes of refreshing malts...  More info

Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit
$2.78
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Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

36cl, 5.2%
Victory Brewing Company

Headwaters Pale Ale from Pennsylvania's Victory Brewing Co., filled with Simcoe and Citra hops as well as water from the East Branch of Brandywine Creek. An aptly named water source for this beer...  More info

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale
$2.50
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Dark Star APA

33cl, 4.7%
Dark Star

Dark Star APA Can uses a yeast strain specially imported from the USA, Maris Otter malt to provide a light colour and dryness, and Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops for an American pale ale with…  More info

Dark Star APA
$2.69
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Fourpure Pale Ale

33cl, 5%
Fourpure Brewing Co.

A West Coast-inspired hoppy session ale from Fourpure with malt that doesn't just make up the numbers.  More info

Fourpure Pale Ale
$2.46
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Thornbridge Chiron

33cl, 5%
Thornbridge Brewery

Thornbridge Brewery have attempted to brew a well-balanced pale ale of sophistication and complexity, which explains the slightly curious name. Chiron was the most wise and civilised centaur…  More info

Thornbridge Chiron
$2.95
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Edge Brewing Plutonium Typhoon

33cl, 5.5%
Edge Brewing

Edge Brewing in Barcelona teamed up with Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado, USA, to create the Plutonium Typhoon pale ale. Hop fanatics will be very interested in a selection of weird and wonderful…  More info

Edge Brewing Plutonium Typhoon
$3.74
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Dark Star Revelation

33cl, 5.7%
Dark Star

Dark Star Revelation is an American-style pale ale that goes heavy on the hops. Five different strains, including Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, Crystal and Warrior are dry hopped during conditioning,…  More info

Dark Star Revelation
$2.69
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BrewDog Hop Fiction Can

33cl, 5.2%
BrewDog

BrewDog's Hop Fiction, now available in a can! Get your grubby mitts on one of these metallic cylinders if you're the sort of person that likes their beers with intensely fruity hop notes.  More info

BrewDog Hop Fiction Can
$2.45
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Long Man Brewery American Pale Ale

50cl, 4.8%
Long Man Brewery

A hop-forward American-style Pale Ale brewed by the Long Man Brewery in beautiful Sussex.  More info

Long Man Brewery American Pale Ale
$3.34
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Wild Beer Bibble

33cl, 4.2%
The Wild Beer Co

'Bibble', we are told, means "to drink regularly" in Somerset. Wild Beer Co. therefore decided this was the perfect name for this unfined 'everyday' beer!  More info

Wild Beer Bibble

Barcelona Beer Co. Barcelona Beer

33cl, 5%
Barcelona Beer Company

What do you think of when you think about Barcelona? Beaches? Football? Art? Skateboarding? How about beer?! Yes, this is the Barcelona Beer Co.'s very own Barcelona Beer, an APA made with Magnum,…  More info

Barcelona Beer Co. Barcelona Beer
$2.74
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Brixton Brewery Atlantic APA

33cl, 5.4%
Brixton Brewery

Tropical fruit notes abound with the Atlantic APA from Brixton Brewery - they use a combination of Vic Secret, Citra, Simcoe and Galaxy hops to create this one.  More info

Brixton Brewery Atlantic APA
$2.90
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Tiny Rebel The Full Nelson

33cl, 4.8%
Tiny Rebel

As the Newport-based microbrewery describe it, The Full Nelson is Tiny Rebel's "Maori Pale Ale", featuring the wonderful notes of the Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand!  More info

Tiny Rebel The Full Nelson
$2.73
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Pressure Drop Pale Fire

33cl, 4.8%
Pressure Drop Brewing

Pressure Drop's Pale Fire is a marvellous pale ale packed full of hop goodness. The London-based brewers have used different combinations of hops over the years to create this, including Amarillo and…  More info

Pressure Drop Pale Fire
$2.95
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To Øl Reparationsbajer

33cl, 5.8%
To øl

A gluten free (and rather refreshing) pale ale from To Øl, made with generous helpings of American and New Zealand hops.  More info

To Øl Reparationsbajer
$4.06
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Edge Brewing Hoptimista

33cl, 6.6%
Edge Brewing

Edge Brewing's Hoptimista is the Barcelona-based team's take on a West Coast IPA, made with Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hops. It's also been dry-hopped to give it an extra burst of hoppy…  More info

Edge Brewing Hoptimista
$3.83
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Lervig Lucky Jack

33cl, 4.7%
Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Ahoy! It's a tasty APA from Lervig Aktiebryggeri in Norway! This is made using a combination of Pilsner and Caramel malts along with Citra, Amarillo and Chinook hops. Lucky Jack is still looking for…  More info

Lervig Lucky Jack
$2.46
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