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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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

  1. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle IPA
    (512) IPA
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  2. ripps1

    ripps1 Advocate (545) New Jersey Aug 28, 2012

    Flower Power and Kane Head High.
  3. baconman91

    baconman91 Advocate (505) Ohio Dec 13, 2009


    i'm not so sure i cld Narrow it dwn to 2..i've had Most of them (i'm a True IPA guy), Not all (--that's short of impossible, there's so many), including Fat Head (last yr's IPA winner) & Sculpin -- both are good..but Frankly i think a bit Over-rated -- -- there ARE bttr out there.

    -Ithaca Flower Power
    -both Sierra Nevada's.. Hoptimum & Torpedo
    -Stone IPA
    -both Victory's.. Hop Wallop & Hop Devil
    -Dogfish Head makes sum Good ones too
    -surprisingly, Sam Adams Whitewater is a bit Refreshing on a Hot Summer day, its a Wheat IPA..if u didn't know, u cldn't tell ( i generally HATE Most wheat beers, but That one is Damn good )

    ..i cld probly give a top 20 straight off the top of my head. Name TWO ?! -- simply just too damn difficult, depends on your mood really..they all taste different. AND opinions vary..not everything taste the same to evry1.
  4. Surly Furious and Three Floyds Broo Doo

    Furious can fuck off if we can call Zombie Dust an IPA

    Bell's Two Hearted is a runner-up
  5. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Savant (390) Ohio Jul 15, 2012

    Head Hunter and White Rajah.
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  6. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Champion (845) Ohio Sep 16, 2010 Verified

    Columbus Ipa
    Head Hunter Ipa
    honorable mention -
    White Rajah
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  7. haddon

    haddon Savant (285) Kentucky Jul 13, 2009

    Green Flash & West 6th.
  8. Utley12

    Utley12 Aficionado (200) Pennsylvania Jun 10, 2007 Verified

    DFH 60 Minute and Sculpin. Honorable mention: RR Blind Pig.
  9. So hard to narrow down: white rajah and Schlafly tasmanian

    Honorable mention: duet, sculpin, blind pig, flower power, lunch

    I didn't do a good job of narrowing that down.
  10. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (355) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    Putting only 2 at the top is tough. So many good breweries nailing this style. But I'll go with local...

    Columbus Brewing IPA
    Fat Head's Head Hunter

    Out of state - Odell and Union Jack.
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  11. NWer

    NWer Advocate (720) Washington Mar 10, 2009 Verified

    Black Raven Trickster
    Surly Fruious
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  12. rollom

    rollom Advocate (730) New York Jan 22, 2011 Verified

    MBC Lunch
    HF Susan

    Honourable mention: Thornbridge Jaipur (if on a well handled cask in the UK)
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  13. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (795) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    I cant pick 2, but I can pick 4. Head Hunter, Columbus Brewing Co. IPA, Two-Hearted, and 3Floyds Broo Doo.
  14. jefftennis

    jefftennis Savant (350) Pennsylvania Oct 6, 2009 Verified

    Flower Power and Sculpin
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  15. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Verified

    HF Susan is outstanding, and I couldn't only pick two if I had to, there's at least 6 or so really serious IPA's out there.
  16. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    Green flash WC
  17. suspect

    suspect Savant (435) New York Apr 12, 2010 Verified

    Flower Power and Surly Wet
  18. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (850) New York Mar 21, 2010 Verified

    # 1 is easy, Alpine Nelson.
    # 2 not so easy, but let's go with Green Flash WC IPA

    Honorable mention to Flower Power, Stone and Head Hunter and Founders Harvest Ale
  19. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Savant (465) Indiana Nov 9, 2012 Verified

    at this point in time,
    1. troeg's perpetual ipa
    2. schlafly tasmanian ipa
  20. RichD

    RichD Champion (925) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012 Verified

    Maine Beer Lunch
    SN Celebration Ale

    Honorable Mention
    Red Racer 5

    DISCLAIMER: I have not yet had Heady Topper or Pliny but those are double IPAs.
  21. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Savant (280) Florida May 1, 2012 Verified

    Lunch, head hunter, Columbus, jai alai, daisy cutter, furious
  22. soulkeeper1369

    soulkeeper1369 Savant (250) Maine Jun 18, 2007 Verified

    Harlan IPA
    Maine Beer Company Lunch IPA
  23. Finatic

    Finatic Savant (300) Florida Jan 16, 2011

    Flower Power
    Jai Alai
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  24. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    It's been a long time since I had them, but until I try them again and decide otherwise, it's Alpine Nelson and Duet.
  25. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,030) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    1. Odell's IPA
    2. Bell's Two Hearted or Brew kettle's White Rajah. Only had both these these once or twice so I could use a few more tries of each to make my final determination.

    Lots I haven't had.
  26. RyanSchwam

    RyanSchwam Savant (330) Delaware Oct 30, 2012 Verified

    Flower Power & Sculpin
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  27. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Champion (990) California Nov 2, 2012 Verified

    Prohibition Big Daddy

    Blind Pig, Hopnotch and Racer 5 are pretty swell too.
  28. nharres

    nharres Savant (350) Illinois Feb 8, 2012 Verified

    Two Hearted and Nelson
  29. chicano4craft

    chicano4craft Savant (320) Colorado Apr 18, 2009

    Odell IPA and Surly Furious
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  30. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Champion (975) Kansas Jul 5, 2009 Verified


    Ska Modus Hoperandi
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  31. Union Jack and Finest Kind.

    I'd include Hoponious Union also, but its a lager.
  32. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    Jai alai
    Two hearted
  33. YumYumGumGum

    YumYumGumGum Savant (280) Virginia Jul 25, 2011 Verified

    Founders Harvest Ale
    Foothills Jade
  34. flower power, sierra celebration
  35. This is ever changing for me but as of today I would say...

    Bells Two Hearted and Lakefront IPA, when Ale Asylum Bedlam and Ballistic are in season I drink them like water.... Bedlam should be year round!
  36. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    Celebration, Two Hearted.
  37. scootsmal

    scootsmal Savant (270) New York Aug 15, 2012

    3HB The Kind
    Stone IPA

    Tough to choose 2 though. These are my defaults i guess.
  38. klaybie

    klaybie Savant (275) Illinois Nov 15, 2009

    Sierra Nevada Celebration and Racer 5. Kind of hard to pick a top 2...so many good ones. Sculpin would be but I don't have access to it regularly to really know.
  39. unclekeith

    unclekeith Savant (475) Alaska Sep 4, 2012 Verified

    Anchorage Brewing Frequency (non-bret)
  40. Lunch and Sculpin, Alesmith IPA a close third.