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Old 02-22-2010, 06:53 PM   #1
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What brewery do you think brews the best examples of standard American styles, such as APA, Amber, IPA, Porter, and Stout? There are many that brew great IPA's but bad stouts or porters. Who's the best across the board?

I'm going with Deschutes

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Old 02-22-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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Sierra Nevada.

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Old 02-22-2010, 07:54 PM   #3
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As much as I like to inject new though and debate, I doubt you will have a better widely available example than Sierra Nevada. I think they are the commercial example for all styles you listed except amber in the BJCP.

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As much as I like to inject new though and debate, I doubt you will have a better widely available example than Sierra Nevada. I think they are the commercial example for all styles you listed except amber in the BJCP.
Yeah SN stout is good and it's in the BJCP, but there is no roasted barley in it and it doesn't seem to epitomize the American stout. I feel their dark beers are lacking. You can't think of another brewery that does it better than them, across the board?
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I like O'dells brewery but I don't think they have a Stout available on a regular basis.

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Perhaps I am worn out from my Monday, but off hand I cannot. I think Brooklyn Makes some real nice beers, and they do not quite get the recognition they deserve, but SN really to me seems to nail the styles. Now that is not to say they are my favorite examples of the styles, I would have to pick and choose for each style to answer that, and SN would not be tops on any one style for me.

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Yeah SN stout is good and it's in the BJCP, but there is no roasted barley in it and it doesn't seem to epitomize the American stout. I feel their dark beers are lacking. You can't think of another brewery that does it better than them, across the board?
I think their porter is a style example.

i've never had their stout.
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actually Deschutes is looking pretty good,

They are in the examples for:

10A APA (mirror pond)
10B Amber/Red (Deschutes Cinder Cone Red)
12B robust porter (Black Butte)
13E american stout (obsedian stout)
13F RIS (abyss)

The only thing is they are missing in the IPA category although their inversion IPA is relatively new.

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I was looking through the BJCP list, and Deschutes is consistently on almost every classic example list. I've never had their beer before, so I can't really comment on it.

As far as Sierra Nevada, they have the quintessential examples of a lot of styles, but not the best IMO. I'd list Bells as personal favorites in IPA (Two Hearted), Brown (Best Brown), Wheat (Oberon). They also make some damn fine Stouts, although I'm not sure if they would really be considered American Stouts.

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For the five styles listed, Rogue. They are listed as a classic example in 3. Juniper Pale Ale (formerly Yellow Snow Ale) is a subtle variation on pale ale and is very good. They have two Amber ales (one a BJCP classic example). They make more IPA like beers than anybody, it is not even close, and Yellow Snow IPA is clearly a classic example though too new to have been listed in the last revision.

Their stout is pretty much the American Stout.

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