Craft Beer Awards 2015 Winner: Best North American Ale

The boldly bitter and fragrant hop varieties that distinguish these ales have already become incredibly popular since they were released by West Coast growers in the ’70s. While these hops are most closely associated with the India pale ale (IPA), brewers have successfully introduced them to a range of styles, from pale and amber ales to reds and browns, and event stouts.600x600_NAale GOLD:Bridge Brewing North Shore Pale Ale(North Vancouver)A textbook West Coast pale ale: sweet, bright, and zesty, with a big hops and balanced finish. SILVER:Central City Brewing Red Racer Pale Ale(Surrey)A clean, dry take on the style with a welcome heft to the full malt body. BRONZE:Double Mountain Brewery Vaporizer Pale Ale(Oregon)Fruity and light summer patio quaffer of an unfiltered, dry-hopped pale ale.