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Homebrewers Keith Baute and John Showalter's American


Ale earned Gold at the 2010 American Homebrew Association Awards while fellow

MECA Brewers member Michael Pearson won Bronze for his American IPA, leading to

the "Gambrinus Club Award" for MECA. Named for King Gambrinus, the (unofficial)

Patron Saint of Beer, this award is given to the club having the most Final

Round points per the number of entries from the club in the National Homebrew


Foam Blowers of Indiana members Brian Steuerwald took


for Wood-Aged Beer and Andrew Korty took bronze for English Brown Ale.

Pale ale also "came up gold" at both Rock Bottoms. Pale ale

is characterized as a complex, full-bodied brew with a delicate balance between

malt and hops to produce distinctive aroma and flavor, a fruity, caramel

quality being one combination.Pale ale types include: Amber, Biere de Garde, Burton, English bitter,

Golden, India Pale Ale (IPA), Irish Red Ale, Strong Pale Ale, and American


Ale, which is distinctly different from American Pale Lager, described as very

pale and light-bodied with only a trace of malt flavor and lacking hop presence

in taste and aroma, with the frequent use of rice or corn as adjuncts.

Worldwide, the best-known example is likely Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser. It

lacks the complexity of pale ales. The proof is in American Dream Pale Ale

currently on tap at both Rock Bottoms. Brewer Jerry Sutherlin, at RB downtown

says, "The English might have invented the style, but we American Brewers have

taken it up a notch with our Pacific Northwest indigenous hops! This ale has

just enough malt profile to bring out the amazing citrus notes of the copious

amounts of Amarillo hops. We're talking scoops and scoops of hops here,

people." Brewer Liz Laughlin at RB College Park describes her "hop lovers

American Dream as an American-style India Pale Ale featuring intense hop

bitterness, flavor and aroma, with fruity, floral and citrus-like American


character featuring Nugget, Centennial and Cascade hops."


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