Winning the Great American Beer Festival

Who took home the big wins from the Great American Beer Festival?


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American-Style Amber or Red Ale

Troegs Brewing Company, which ended up taking home three gold medals this year, earned this top honor with their HopBack Amber Ale, a brew that displays a piney aroma along with a floral flavor that's well balanced by toasty caramel malt.

Amber or red ale is a catch-all phrase for beers that have a lighter color than a dark ale. They're typically amber to dark red in color and tend to be more malt forward. Hops flavors can range from very low to high -- as you'll note with Troegs' entry.

The name of the beer comes from a specialized vessel used in the Hershey, Pa. brewery that mixes whole flower hops through the concoction. This is a great pairing for a nice, hearty steak.

HopBack image courtesy of Bernt Rostad via Flickr/cc

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  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    Thank you for this article Clare! I enjoy a fine pint, but never know what to order so this should def help! I am so creating a Snooth's Top List of this brews :-)

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    I clicked on the pics for the Church Brew, impressive, must visit!

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

  • Snooth User: bmw1175
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    I can attest that Troegs Brewing Co. in Hershey, PA has exceptional tasting beer. I tried there "Mad Elf", potent but exceptional.

    Nov 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    The Church Brew Co. looks amazing. Its like a figment of someones imagination. I have got to visit.

    Nov 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

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