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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BoJangles, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. BoJangles

    BoJangles Aspirant (25) Feb 25, 2012

    double trouble
    burton baton

    two hearted
    racer 5
    stone ipa
    flower power

    im from CLEveland

    pliny elder
    pliny younger
    heady topper


  2. Imperials:

    Hop Wallop
    Double Trouble
    Double Simcoe IPA

    Standard American IPAs:

    Stone IPA
    SN Celebration Ale
    60 Minute IPA
    Loose Cannon Hop3Ale
  3. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,275) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader


    blind pig
    size 7


  4. potteryboy

    potteryboy Aficionado (150) Alabama Jul 17, 2009

    Heady Topper
    Pliny the Elder
    Double Trouble
    Lagunitas Sucks

    Standard IPA's:
    Modus Hoperandi
  5. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Odell's IPA
    Odell's IPA
    Odell's IPA
    Odell's IPA
    Odell's IPA

    Runner up: Firestone Walker's Union Jack

    Personally, not much of an IPA fan but do love me some Odell's IPA.
  6. ImJ2x

    ImJ2x Aficionado (175) California Jan 3, 2012

    DISCLAIMER: I don't want this thread to become a confrontational bitchfest. Personal taste is, by definition, completely subjective. So all opinions will be respected, ok? Now on to the fun...

    Being a self-avowed hopwhore, I absolutely crave big IPAs- pretty much daily. My personal Top 10 list is:

    1. Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary (yep, my all-time fav- don't hate)
    2. Alpine Double Nelson
    3. Alpine Bad Boy
    4. Russian River Pliny The Younger
    5. Alpine Nelson
    6. Stone Enjoy By x/x/xx
    7. Bootlegger's Knuckle Sandwich
    8. Alpine Exponential Hoppiness
    9. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
    10. Russian River Pliny The Elder

    Now please share your favs. And it doesn't necessarily have to be Top 10. 5 would be fine, or 7- whatever. And they can be single IPAs, doubles, triples- whatever. Thanks for playing.
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  7. Rempo

    Rempo Advocate (635) Indiana Jan 18, 2010

    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Avery Maharaja
    Central Waters Illumination
    Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree
    Founders Devil Dancer
    Lagunitas Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    NEBCO Gandhi-Bot
    New Albanian Hoptimus
    Portsmouth Imperial IPA
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Stoudt's Double IPA
    Surly Abrasive
    Alpine Pure Hoppiness
    Bell's HopSlam
    Breckenridge 471 IPA
    Ram - Indy Hop Anonymous
    Terrapin Hopzilla
    Thomas Creek Up the Creek
    Upland Double Dragonfly
    Ninkasi Tricerahops
    Sun King Imperial Cream Dream II: Electric Boogaloo
    New Glarus Thumbprint IIPA
    Upland Double Dragonfly (Dry Hopped)
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Brew Kettle White Rajah
    Cigar City Jai Alai (White Oak)
    Cigar City Jai Alai
    Flat 12 Half Cycle
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Nectar Ales Nectar IPA
    Short's Huma Lupa Licious
    Sun King Chinookie
    Surly Furious
    Sweetwater IPA
    Alpine Nelson
    CB's Caged Alpha Monkey
    Central City Red Racer IPA
    Columbus IPA
    Dogfish Head ApriHop
    Fat Head's Head Hunter
    Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
    Founders Centennial IPA
    Half Acre Freedom of '78
    Kern River Just Outstanding
    People's Mound Builder
    Russian River Blind Pig
    Short's Freedom of '78
    Sun King Grapefruit Jungle
    Tyranena Bitter Woman
    NEBCO Sea Hag
    AleSmith IPA
    People's IPA
    Sixpoint Bengali Tiger
    Stone IPA
    Upland Dragonfly
    Dogfish Head 60 Minute
    Great Lakes Commodore Perry
  8. my personal favorites:

    Heady Topper (I can't buy it, but have to put it #1 because it's so damn good)
    Fat Head's Head Hunter (my favorite non-imperial IPA - I have to drive a bit to get it, but it's worth it)
    FFF Dreadnaught (big fruity notes and great malty creaminess - plus, I can occasionally get it)
    Bell's Two Hearted (a wonderful IPA I can always get)
  9. Steimie

    Steimie Advocate (590) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    You missed one.
  10. Glad to see Head Hunter on that list. I'm drinking one now!!
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  11. Rempo

    Rempo Advocate (635) Indiana Jan 18, 2010

    They've all hit the spot. :)

    The sad thing is, the more opportunities I give the same IPA, many are likely to disappoint rather than be the same great experience. I've started just drinking IPAs on draft, when I know they're fresh.

    Actually, something weird happened with my copy and paste and a bunch pasted that weren't supposed to. Oh well...
  12. ImJ2x

    ImJ2x Aficionado (175) California Jan 3, 2012

    Living in SoCal, I've never tried any of those. But I'd sure like to taste Heady (and Hopslam).
  13. immobilisme

    immobilisme Savant (410) Illinois Nov 8, 2005

    No, he missed all of the Hill Farmstead IPAs.
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  14. I haven't had as much as others here (relatively new to craft beer) so my list is a little limited, but so far the toppers are (in no particular order)

    southern tier unearthly ipa
    lagunitas maximus
    lagunitas lil' sumpin' sumpin'
    bell's two-hearted ale
    centennial ipa
  15. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Savant (305) Oregon Feb 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Hop Venom
    Blue Dot (on draft at HotD bottles wildly vary)
  16. Hophead717

    Hophead717 Advocate (565) Massachusetts Oct 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    I do not accept any list as valid if it does not contain Heady Topper.
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  17. ImJ2x

    ImJ2x Aficionado (175) California Jan 3, 2012

    Amen on the Blue Dot. The bottles DO vary, from wonderful to wtf.
  18. ImJ2x

    ImJ2x Aficionado (175) California Jan 3, 2012

    I can't include a beer I've never had. That includes Heady, Hopslam, Citra, and many more. But I'll get around to it...
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  19. nicks6217

    nicks6217 Savant (430) California Jan 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    Double sunshine
    Heady topper
    Just Outstanding
    Bad Boy
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  20. Steimie

    Steimie Advocate (590) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

  21. turfy

    turfy Advocate (520) Texas Mar 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    Odell's IPA
    Union Jack
    Blind Pig
    Pure Hoppiness
    Just Outstanding
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  22. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (870) New York Mar 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    Ruination 10th
    Enjoy By
    Founders Harvest Ale
    PTE on tap
  23. Roger85

    Roger85 Advocate (695) Illinois Aug 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    FFF Alpha King, Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination, and Bells Two Hearted are my faves so far.
  24. ImJ2x

    ImJ2x Aficionado (175) California Jan 3, 2012

    Glad to see Ruin10 getting some love. :)
  25. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    TBK White Rajah
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Fat Head's Head Hunter

    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    FFF Dreadnaught
    Bell's Hopslam
    Columbus Bodhi

    I just narrowed it down to 4 for each style. I could name a million for each, there are a ton of great ones out there..
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  26. Damn! I forgot to include Hopslam! Thank you for reminding me.

    Living in SoCal, I know you have access to some wonderful beers (including IPAs). I've been fortunate enough to get to try a few of them. Heady and Hopslam are definitely worth trading for. You shouldn't have to give up too much to get them either. As far as I know, Heady is made continuously. Hopslam is seasonal, but it's easy to get in its distribution area when it's released in Jan/Feb.
  27. ImJ2x

    ImJ2x Aficionado (175) California Jan 3, 2012

    Yep, I'm gonna have to figure out how this whole "trading" thing works. :)
  28. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,275) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    size 7
    alpine duet
    blind pig
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  29. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Advocate (560) Colorado Dec 19, 2010

    Odell, Two Hearted, Just Outstanding, Heady Topper, Flower Power, Furious, Sculpin
    ^^think they are mostly IPA's
  30. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Savant (315) Aug 20, 2012

  31. Steimie

    Steimie Advocate (590) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    Size 7 is a good call. Unappreciated (unknown) outside of MSP but worth seeking out.
  32. California is second-to-none when it comes to great beers. Russian River sours and fresh Pliny the Elder make great trading currency, as do big beers from Firestone Walker, Deschutes, Lost Abbey, and Hair of the Dog. All these breweries have fairly limited distributions and folks out East always love to get their grubby paws on some of it.
  33. miketd

    miketd Advocate (615) Ohio Mar 2, 2006 Beer Trader

    Buckeye Amarillo IPA
    Head Hunter
    White Rajah
    Columbus IPA
    Humidor Jai Alai
    La Cumbre Elevated
    Blind Pig
    Firestone Union Jack
    Port Brewing High Tide
    Port Wipeout

    I could go on but that's enough...
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  34. ImJ2x

    ImJ2x Aficionado (175) California Jan 3, 2012

    Holy crap. I forgot a beer I only had once (and I'm told it will never be brewed again), but thoroughly enjoyed. From a new upstart in SD (north county)- Societe Everyman's IPA. (At 10% abv, it's actually a "TIPA.") I'm gonna slot it in at #7. But I hate to bump PtE completely off my list, so now it's my Top11 IPAs:

    1. Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary (yep, my all-time fav- don't hate)
    2. Alpine Double Nelson
    3. Alpine Bad Boy
    4. Russian River Pliny The Younger
    5. Alpine Nelson
    6. Stone Enjoy By x/x/xx
    7. Societe Everyman's IPA
    8. Bootlegger's Knuckle Sandwich
    9. Alpine Exponential Hoppiness
    10. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
    11. Russian River Pliny The Elder
  35. tzieser

    tzieser Advocate (585) Arizona Nov 21, 2006

    i was gotta bitch and moan that this has been discussed 100000000x over, but the new forums have purged all of the old ones out so good call starting up a "Favorite IPA" thread :)

    me? i typically go for whatever is fresh and local so lately it has been Mayflower IPA. if i could get CC Jai Alai that would be my go-to.

    favorite DIPA of all time though was a split tie between Heady Topper and Double Sunshine. Edward was delicious too and Pliny is great but impossible to come by in my region.
  36. ScottO

    ScottO Savant (355) California Mar 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    In no particular order (except Citra which is head and shoulders above the others)

    Pliny the Elder
    Just Outstanding
    Bad Boy
    Pure Hoppiness
    Exponential Hoppiness
    Racer 5
    Port Brewing Anniversary Ale
  37. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Champion (870) Illinois Feb 13, 2010

    I'll play, mixing IPAs with DIPAs

    Schlafly AIPA
    Two Hearted
    Double Trouble
    DFH 90 Min
    Jai Alai
    NB Ranger
  38. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Advocate (505) Washington Nov 12, 2011

    Heady Topper
    Hop Venom
    Green Flash Imperial
    60 Minute
    Fremont Interurban
    Sound Humulo Nimbus
    Black Raven Wisdom Seeker
    Alesmith IPA
    Port Mongo

    I think Two Hearted might be my favorite though.
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  39. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Southern Star Pro-Am (absolute favorite all-time)
    (512) IPA
    Independence Brewing Stash IPA (reformulated)
    Dogfish Head 120 Minute
    Stone Ruination
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    Sixpoint Resin
    Bear Republic Racer 5
  40. Altenor

    Altenor Aficionado (240) California Aug 12, 2011 Beer Trader

    My absolute fav is Bad Boy from Alpine Beer Co. It´s just an amazing IPA. Second place would be PtE which is also impressive.

    Others in no particular order:

    Firestone Union Jack
    Port Brewing Wipe Out and Hop 15
    Ballast Point Dorado and Sculpin
    Ruination 10th
    Green Flash Imperial and Palate Wrecker
    Alpine Nelson and Duet

    Recently tried Femme Fatale from Evil Twin. It's an IPA with brett and was quite interesting if I must say. Has anyone else tried it yet?

    Yet to try Heady Topper, Hop Slam, Hill Farmstead, and Lawson's, but I am starting to trade and looking forward to trying them. We'll see how much my list changes after that.