Smuttynose completes hat-trick of GBBF wins

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The best American real ale at this year's Great British Beer Festival has been recognised as the Smuttynose Brewery's Big A IPA. This is the third...

The best American real ale at this year's Great British Beer Festival has been recognised as the Smuttynose Brewery's Big A IPA.

This is the third time Smuttynose has received the award, known as the Michael Jackon award after the legendary beer writer.

Smuttynose, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is now the the most successful brewer in the competition's history.

Its Big A IPA, a 9.7 per cent ABV India Pale Ale, is described by CAMRA's US bar team as having an "orange and citrus fruit, with a nicely balanced body, a hint of malt and a bunch of alcohol, and perhaps a hint of honey. The beer ends nicely with a lingering hop dryness."

Beers were judged by a panel of GBBF volunteers, and the American craft brews were assessed on taste, aroma and finish.

Second place went to Clipper City's Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (7.3% ABV) and third to Lost Abbey's Older Viscosity 2009 (12.5% ABV).

Ian Garrett, organiser of the award, said: "The competition is incredibly tight and many US brewers are keen to get their cask beers over to us.

"American beers are still renowned in the UK for the adventurous use of hops, and have led the way in the field of experimental beer styles."

The GBBF 2010 is showcasing more than 180 beers from the US.

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