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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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

  1. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    Zombie Dust
    Zombie Dust
    Zombie Dust
    Zombie Dust
    Zombie Dust
    Zombie Dust
    Zombie Dust
    Zombie Dust
    Zombie Dust
     
  2. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Advocate (690) Indiana Aug 13, 2009

    Artic Panzer Wolf
    Dreadnaught
    Apocalypse Cow
    Hopslam
    Ruination
    Two Hearted Ale
    Hoptimum
     
  3. Trystero

    Trystero Savant (280) Ohio Jul 28, 2009

    Single IPA: Columbus IPA, White Rajah, Duet, Union Jack, Meadowlark, Lunch, to name a few of my recent favorites.

    Double IPA: Columbus Bodhi, Heady Topper, Double Sunshine, Alpine/New Belgium Super IPA, Gandhi-bot
     
  4. I love me some IPAs. Here are my top 10 (IPA and DIPA) in no particular order.

    Pliny the Elder
    Pliny the Younger
    Alpine Duet
    Surly Furious
    Heady Topper
    Flower Power
    Finest Kind
    Drakes Aroma Coma (had it once, fell in love)
    Sculpin
    Union Jack
     
  5. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (760) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Tried to narrow it down to just a few....

    90 Minute IPA
    Hoptimum
    Stoopid
    Ruination IPA
    Centennial IPA
    Hopslam

    Seems like a list of stuff you'd expect... But, hey, the reason these IPA's are always highly touted is because they are good, right? To me, these IPA's all stand out for one reason or another from other IPA's, while remaining enjoyable and easy to drink.
     
  6. I'll do 6 of Each.

    IPA:
    Union Jack
    Finest Kind
    Racer 5
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Celebration
    Lunch

    DIPA:
    Pliny the Elder
    Hoptimum
    Ghandi Bot
    Double Sunshine
    Boulevard Double Wide
    Hop Stoopid
     
  7. Bige413

    Bige413 Aspirant (40) Sep 25, 2012

    Heady
    Hoptimum
    Hop-15
    Lunch
    Flower Power
    Majaraja
    Meadowlark
    Maximus
    Deaviant Dales
    Big A's

    Being MA with the occasional trip to VT, i can only read about the hill farmsteads, pliny's, three floyds etc...
     
  8. brewbetter

    brewbetter Savant (400) Nauru Jun 2, 2012

    Duet, Exponential, Hop 15, Maximus, Deviant Dale's, Sculpin, Ruination

    I can't rank
     
  9. Celebration
    Pliny
    Two Hearted
    Hop Stoopid
    Firestone Walker IPA
    Duet
    Hop 15
     
  10. Disclaimer: Still haven't had Heady Topper

    My Top 10:

    PTE
    Sucks
    Nelson
    Hopslam
    Just Outstanding
    Two-Hearted
    All Day IPA
    Sculpin
    Stone IPA
    Double Jack
     
  11. premierpro

    premierpro Savant (290) Michigan Mar 21, 2009

    Arcadia IPA on draft!
     
  12. Little sumpin sumpin
    Little sumpin wild
    Bedlam
    Torpedo
    Two hearted
    Hopslam
    Hop Stoopid
    Hoptimum
    NG IIPA
    Resin
    Sucks
    Sure I'm missing some good ones but those are some that came to me right away
     
  13. NarrowG8

    NarrowG8 Disciple (65) Oct 1, 2012

    Top IPA's: Heady Topper, Stone IPA, Bell's Two-Hearted

    I agree with someone's earlier reply about great IPA's being tasted another time can be somewhat of a disappointment when tried again... not sure why. These are very consistent IMO. I'd love to try many that I can't seem to find but are rated very highly. Being in DC area, a newer brewery DC Brau also has Corruption IPA which I tried yesterday and upon first tasting is very respectable.
     
  14. Sierra Nevada Celebration
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Olde Hickory Death by Hops
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    Wedge Iron Rail
    Founders Harvest Ale
     
  15. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Savant (330) New York Mar 3, 2010

    Personal favorites :

    IPA

    Flower Power
    Union Jack
    Sculpin
    Alesmith IPA
    Lunch
    Meadowlark (new favorite)

    DIPA

    Basically all of Hill Farmsteads DIPA's. They're all outstanding.
    Heady Topper
    Ruination
    Lawsons Double Sunshine (probably my favorite hoppy beer ever).
    Pliny (classic).

    Basically, I've come to the conclusion that Vermont is making the best IPA's/DIPA's for my palette.
     
  16. jmw

    jmw Savant (430) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    One of my new personal favorites as of last night: Williamsburg AleWerks' Caledonia.
    The reviews that it has don't do it justice, but in all honesty there are very few beers out there like this one to develop a palate for. If you can pry yourself away from the extreme DIPA world and want to try a great example of what a real historical IPA probably was, get this one.
     
  17. No particular order;

    Founders Harvest Ale
    Flower Power
    Union Jack
    Sucks
    Ruination
    Nelson
    Duet
    Finest Kind
    Double Sunshine
    West Coast IPA
    Racer 5
     
  18. My highest rated IPA is Dogfish Head 75-Minute from cask at the brewpub (4.58), but I'm most likely to be picking up cases (based on taste, value, and availability) of 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die, Bell's Two Hearted, DFH 60 Minute, Cigar City Jai Lai, or Troegs Perpetual...

    My highest rated DIPA is Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary (4.55), but I'm most likely to be picking up cases (based on taste, value, and availability) of DFH 90 Minute, Duclaw Serum, Heady Topper, Lagunita's Hop Stoopid, or Weyerbacher Double Simcoe...
     
  19. Alextricity

    Alextricity Advocate (700) Michigan Jun 18, 2012

    Racer 5
    Two Hearted
    Torpedo


    I have a few other IPAs reviewed, but those are my favorite 3 so far. Centennial IPA by Founders would be forth.
     
  20. dpjosuns

    dpjosuns Savant (280) Illinois Dec 8, 2009

    Bell's Hopslam
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Bell's Oracle
    Stone Ruination 10A
    Stone Ruination
    Dogfish Head Burton Baton
    Dogfish Head 90 Minute
    Ballast Point Big Eye
    FFF Apocalypse Cow
    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    Revolution Anti-Hero
     
  21. GeckoPunk

    GeckoPunk Savant (285) Connecticut Jul 29, 2012

    7 Favorite IPAs
    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Stone Ruination IPA
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Lagunitas Maximus
    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    NEBCO Gandhi-Bot
    Bell's HopSlam

    7 Most wanted IPAs - (Currently)
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Kern River Citra
    FFF Dreadnaught
    Avery Maharaja
    Lagunitas Lagunitas Sucks
    Dogfish Head ApriHop
    Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

    There are so many others that I missed, but here's my list off the top of my head (no pun Heady Topper) :D
     
  22. PtY
    PtE
    Dreadnaught
    Bad Boy
    Pizza Port Poorman's DIPA
    Drake's Hop Salad
    Just Outstanding
    Celebration Ale
     
  23. Some of my favorites, in no particular order:
    Founders Centennial
    Sierra Celebration
    DFH Burton Baton
    Stone Ruination
    Southern Tier Unearthly
    Union Jack
    Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
     
  24. alamode

    alamode Savant (330) Massachusetts Mar 25, 2007

    Bell's Two Hearted
    Uinta Hop Notch
    Maine Lunch
    Stone Ruination
    Avery duganA
    NEBCo Ghandi Bot
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
    Firestone Union Jack
    Dogfish Squall (the 1st two releases)
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Russian River Blind Pig
     
  25. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,135) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002

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  26. He'Brew Hop Manna IPA.
     
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  27. In particular order...
    the first bottling of Lawson's Double Sunshine
    Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy
    Lawson's Triple Play
    The Alchemist's Heady Topper
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Russian River Blind Pig
    Alpine Nelson
     
  28. Thedaver4220

    Thedaver4220 Savant (260) Illinois Nov 11, 2011

    Zombie dust
    Two-hearted
    Lagunitas IPA and day time
    Great divide Hercules
    She-wolf(half acre/FFF collab)
     
  29. Ale Asylum Bedlam (Belgian IPA, but oh well)
    Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
    Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
    Bells Hopslam
    New Glarus IIPA

    And so many more...
     
  30. Bobheed

    Bobheed Savant (355) Texas Dec 27, 2010

    Pliny the Elder
    Simtra
    Sculpin
    Ruination
    Blind Pig
    Double Jack
    West Coast
    Le Freak
    Harpoon Leviathan
    Burton Baton
    Hoptimum
    Lagunitas Sucks

    That was just off the top of the dome though, I'm sure there are ones I'm leaving out
     
  31. Looking at my Hads and Reviews...

    Heady Topper
    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Hill Farmstead Ephraim
    FFF Dreadnaught
    Zombie Dust
    Alpine Nelson
    KR Citra
    Stone Enjoy By
    Hill Farmstead What Is Enlightenment
    To round out the top 10, PtE I suppose. Could also be a variety of HF pales/DIPAs.

    And of course I can't get one of those in my local distro. Awesome...
     
  32. zombie dust is an american pale ale fyi. Don't wanna be that guy but had to say it haha :p
     
  33. So is What Is Enlightenment. They're hoppier (and far tastier) than many IPAs though. I know I bent the rules a bit lol.
     
  34. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (375) New York Aug 1, 2012

    Let me guess your from California
     
  35. My favorite hop-forward pale ales, in particular order...
    Hill Farmstead Single Hop Citra
    Stone/Ballast Point/Kelsey McNair San Diego Session
    Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    Tired Hands The Everyday Complications of Too Long for a Beer Name
    Maine MO
     
  36. Genuine

    Genuine Savant (415) Connecticut May 7, 2009

    Celebration ale
    Heady topper
    Ghandi-bot
    Hop stoopid
    Finch thread less iPA
     
  37. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (540) Washington Dec 13, 2011

    RPM & Hop Venom
    Zombie Dust
    Double Sunshine
    PtY & PtE
    Nelson
    Hop Slam
    Abrasive
    Dreadnaught

    EDIT - how could I have forgotten Heady Topper!!!
     
  38. Domingo

    Domingo Champion (945) Colorado Apr 23, 2005

    Odell, 90 Minute, Jai Alai, Sweetwater, Titan, Hop Abomination, Green Flash, Stone, Union Jack.
     
  39. jhhollier

    jhhollier Savant (285) Louisiana Feb 4, 2008

    90 minute
    Hoptimum
    West Coast IPA
    Endeavour
    Resin
    Racer 5
    Ruination

    If I was forced to pick only one of those it would be 90 minute
     
  40. rmcnealy

    rmcnealy Savant (330) Illinois Jan 13, 2006

    Bell's Hopslam!
    Founder's Devil Dancer
    Surly Abrasive
    Founder's All Day IPA (one of the best sessionable around)
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker


    and really diggin' Revolution Anti-Hero these days
     

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