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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