In preparation for the holiday weekend, The New York Times tasted pale ales. Not surprisingly, a bunch of Philadelphia area brews made the cut, including Sly Fox, Stoudts and Dogfish Head. (I will say I was saddened not to see Yards' Philly Pale Ale on the list; it's excellent, but perhaps not available widely enough for consideration.)
The reviewers had this to say about our hometown suds:
By contrast, Stoudt’s American Pale Ale and Sly Fox’s Phoenix Pale Ale, Nos. 3 and 4 on our list, were subtler brews, with more apparent malt flavors than the top two yet with delicate hop accents that merged harmoniously.
Other noteworthy brews included Shelter Pale Ale from Dogfish Head, a light and subtle beer from a brewer known for its extravagances.