As some of you know, I brew my own beer directly from the grain, and I'd have to say I'm pleased with the results. It's far superior to the crap that you get when you buy one of those homebrew kits, in terms of both quality and taste.
My current commercial favourite is the India Pale Ale available from Propeller, a brewing company located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada. Highly, highly recommended if you're someone that appreciates a strong-flavoured ale.
http://ratebeer.com/beer/propeller-pale-ale/6825/ - this site gives its score from the finicky bunch of us homebrewers. Find your favourite there and see if it matches up.
edubacation re India Pale Ale
Pale Ale is a standard English product which uses little "dark-roasted" malt in its recipe, resulting is a very light-coloured beer. The India Pale Ale is of special note because it was actually brewed in Britain for consumption of their overseas contingent that was placed in the colony of India in the last century.
Purist ale has only three ingredients - water, hops, and germinated and kiln-dried barley which is known as malt - and possibly some sugar and a clearing agent to precipitate out the cloudiness, depending on its desired alcohol percentage and appearance. When boiled with the ale, the hops add bitterness, flavour and aroma, but also act as a natural preservative due to their sanitizing properties.
Because the ale was stored in casks for very long times at sea and its destination was through tropical waters that caused the casks to warm up, the shippers took advantage of hops' preservation capabilities by "over-hopping" the ale. The result is a much stronger-tasting and stronger-smelling ale that won't spoil easily, but it's still balanced between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness if done right.
By the way, neither I nor the site linked to above recommend Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale. http://ratebeer.com/beer/alexander-k...pale-ale/1518/ - most people that know a lot about beer are really offended that this beer contains the word "india" in the name, as it's not nearly strong or flavourful enough.