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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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

  1. rjvaudreuil

    rjvaudreuil Zealot (90) Minnesota Oct 21, 2010

    Racer 5
  2. Abrasive
    90 Minute
    Size 7
    Two Hearted
  3. Alchemist Heady Topper
    NEBCO Gandhi Bot
    Bells Hopslam
    RR Pliny
    Pretty Things Meadowlark
  4. BigRedEye

    BigRedEye Aficionado (105) Texas Aug 13, 2009

    1. Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA (no longer available...tear)
    2. Avery Maharaja (surprised not to see this on more people's lists)
    3. Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
    4. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (my "everyday" IPA)
    5. Bell's Two Hearted Ale (so sad it's not available in Texas)

    Honorable mention to Green Flash West Coast IPA and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (technically not an IPA, but it reminds me of #1). I've had Pliny the Elder and it does not make this list.
  5. BigRedEye

    BigRedEye Aficionado (105) Texas Aug 13, 2009

    yeah, you're right, i haven't had Heady Topper...
  6. BSW

    BSW Savant (250) California Jun 20, 2011

    Pliny the Elder
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Hop Stoopid
    Lil' Sumpin Sumpin
    Racer 5

    What can I say, I'm a Sonoma County homer!
  7. ilovermont

    ilovermont Aficionado (155) Vermont Jul 18, 2012

    Double Sunshine
    Abner et al. (any HF DIPA)
    Bad Boy
  8. Sea Monster is most diffidently not an IPA of any kind. It's an Imperial Stout!
  9. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (850) Michigan May 8, 2006

    I think you missed something hidden within that post.
  10. Roudy

    Roudy Savant (345) Georgia Aug 20, 2009

    Union Jack
    Blind Pig

    Pliny the Elder
    Double Jack
  11. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Aficionado (135) Oct 9, 2012

  12. DFH 90
    Double Jack
    Pliny the Elder
    Southern Tier Unearthly
  13. kojevergas

    kojevergas Champion (915) Texas Aug 15, 2010

    Exponential Hoppiness
    Pliny The Younger
    Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop
  14. rjknyy

    rjknyy Savant (265) Georgia Nov 7, 2009

    Pliny the Elder
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Bells Two-Hearted
    COAST Boy King
    Heady Topper
  15. dglgmut

    dglgmut Aficionado (105) New Jersey Jul 12, 2012

    There are really too many, but here are some of my favs:

    Stone Ruination
    Avery Dugana
    DFH Burton Baton
    Firestone Double Jack
    Lagunitas Maximus
  16. Jai Alai
    Just Outstanding
    Racer 5
    Two Hearted
  17. 1) Two Hearted
    2) Moon Man
    3) Hopslam
    4) Flower Power
    5) Double Trouble
  18. Hoplslam
    fresh ZD
    Aroma Coma
    Palate Wrecker
  19. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (710) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    No particular order:
    Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn
    Surly Furious
    New Glarus IIPA
    Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf/Dreadnaught (tie)
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  20. From what I've had...

    Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
    Great Divide 18th Anniversary
    Southern Tier Gemini
    Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination
  21. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Savant (340) New Hampshire Feb 19, 2012

    Heady Topper
    Founders Centennial IPA
    Founders Harvest
    Stone IPA
  22. kneary13

    kneary13 Savant (320) Massachusetts Jan 30, 2010

    1. Heady Topper
    2. PtE
    3. Lunch
    4. Ruination (not 10. think the original is better)
    5. Two-Hearted

    expecting Stone 'enjoy by 12.21.12' to be added to this list as MA is getting it. haven't read much about the others, but what i know about the concept leaves me to expecting nothing short of a new addition to the top 5.
  23. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Advocate (685) Ohio Nov 11, 2011

    Head Hunter
    Heady Topper
    Palate Wrecker
    All Day IPA
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  24. DerekCarruth

    DerekCarruth Savant (265) Georgia Aug 17, 2012

    1. Ruination--a distant first. Because of the price, not always in the fridge, but when it is it's a real treat
    2. Little Sumpin Sumpin--may not be an ipa, but damn, damn good
    3. Stone IPA--awesome
    4. Boulevard Double Wide--just got a growler and finished it by myself that night
    5. Sweetwater IPA--my hometown ipa that is always in the fridge
  25. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    In no particular order:
    Founders Devil Dancer (they call it a triple)
    FFF Zombie Dust
    FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf
    Stone Ruination
    Victory HopDevil
  26. avnick

    avnick Disciple (55) Pennsylvania Feb 27, 2011

    Hop Stoopid
  27. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Initiate (0) California Sep 10, 2010

    Three Floyds - Dreadnaught
    Russian River - Younger
    Alpine - Exponential
    Triple Rock - Rodger's Last Stand
    Bells - Hopslam
    Surly - Wet
    Odells - Myrcenary
    Avery - Maharaja (when super fresh)

    Kern River - Just Outstanding
    Alpine - Duet + Nelson
    Fatheads - Head Hunter
    Russian River - Blind Pig + Hopfather
    Drake's - Aroma Coma
    Odells - IPA
    Three Floyds - Broodoo + Zombie Dust (its an IPA, yep i said it)

    That is all. If I had a constant rotation of these beers I would be so happy.
  28. Damn hard category to pick five from...

    Drake's Aroma Coma
    Speakeasy Double Daddy
    Dogfish Head 90 minute (more balanced than the 120, I think)
    Russian River Pliny The Younger (The Elder almost makes the list, too!)
    Ballast Point Sculpin
  29. founder26

    founder26 Savant (460) Michigan Sep 9, 2009

    wait till you have heady topper! ;)
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  30. TheFlock

    TheFlock Zealot (75) Arizona Jan 1, 2010

    Heady topper, Pliny the elder, flower power, sculpin, hop knot (four peaks)
  31. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (585) California Nov 19, 2010

    Alpine Nelson
    Alpine Duet
    The Pupil
    Just Outstanding

    Racer X
  32. 1. Pliny The Elder
    2. Sculpin
    3. Blind Pig
    4. Palate Wrecker
    5. Lagunitas Sucks
  33. RyanSchwam

    RyanSchwam Savant (255) Delaware Oct 30, 2012

    DFH Squall
    FFF Dreadnaught
    Stone Green Tea 16th Anniversary
  34. turfy

    turfy Savant (385) Texas Mar 17, 2010

    Blind Pig
  35. fredmugs

    fredmugs Champion (920) Indiana Aug 11, 2012

    Update: Heady Topper goes to #2.
  36. Pick any 5 of Hill Farmsteads ipas/dipas and those are my favorite....seriously. In no particular order;

    Society and solitude 4
    Society and solitude 5
    Double citra
    Double galaxy
  37. Squidly

    Squidly Savant (450) New Jersey Nov 26, 2006

    Heady Topper
    Pliny the Elder
    DFH Burton Baton
    DFH 90 Minute
    Ithaca Flower Power
  38. dep0952

    dep0952 Disciple (55) Pennsylvania Jul 26, 2012

    Two hearted ale
    Libation st. Boniface
    2x ipa souther tier
  39. 1. MY HOMEBREW
    2. Fat Head's Headhunter
    3. Stoudt's DIPA
    4. Dogfish Head 90 Minute
    5. Stone Ruination
  40. Just gonna rattle off 10...

    Zombie Dust (APA, for all you critical putz's)
    Lag Sucks
    NN (okay)
    Pliny the Elder