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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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

  1. NWer

    NWer Advocate (720) Washington Mar 10, 2009 Verified

    Pliny the Elder
    Racer X
    Ace of Spades
    Cowiche Canyon Hop Lab
    do I have to stop at five?
    Hop Venom - sorry can't do it.
    Double Jack
    Ruination 10th
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  2. Whimpers

    Whimpers Advocate (645) New York Dec 17, 2010 Verified

    1. Heady Topper
    2. Lagunitas Sucks
    3. Flower Power
    4. Pliny the Elder
    5. Dogfish Head 90
  3. Ish1

    Ish1 Savant (425) Minnesota Feb 25, 2010 Verified

    Masala Mamma
  4. takach79

    takach79 Aficionado (235) Indiana Apr 3, 2011 Verified

    1.PanzerWolf - FFF brewpub draft ONLY. (other Panzer bottles and/or drafts don't compare)
    2.Hopslam (bottle and/or draft anywhere)
    3.Holiday Sucks (bottle)
    4.Elder (draft or bottle anywhere)
    5. Heady (can) / Double Trouble (draft)
  5. denver10

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

    Odell's IPA
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Firestone Walker's Double Jack
    Dry Dock's Seven Seas
    Russian River's Pliny The Elder
  6. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Colorado Nov 24, 2011

  7. IPA
    1) Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
    2) Maritime Brewery IPA
    3) KRBC Just Outstanding
    4) Union Jack
    5) Ranger

    1) Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild
    2) Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
    3) Pliny
    4) Stone Ruination
    5) Simtra
  8. That's what I was thinking when I read your list
  9. nc41

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

    Heady Topper
    Flower Power
    Double Daisy Cutter
  10. Is the Columbus IPA called that because of the hops? If so....YUM! Who makes it?
  11. jmich24

    jmich24 Advocate (535) Michigan Jan 28, 2010 Verified

    1. Heady Topper
    2. FFF Dreadnaught
    3. Pliny
    4. Ninja vs. Unicorn
    5a. Double Trouble
    5b. Hopslam

    1. Two Hearted
    2. Zobie Dust (APA)
    3. Daisy Cutter (APA)
    4. Finest Kind
    5. Huma (Shorts)

    I included the APAs because they are very hop forward and very well could be classified if the ABV wasnt known.
  12. JamesMN

    JamesMN Savant (410) Minnesota Jul 12, 2012

    Based on what I've had so far in no particular order:

    Odell IPA
    DFH 90
  13. DIPA
    1. Pliny
    2. Palate Wrecker
    3. Central City Imperial
    4. Green Flash Imperial
    5. Maximus

    1. AleSmith
    2. Fat Tug
    3. Hopwired
    4. Sartori Harvest
    5. Green Flash West Coast
  14. vbiliyar

    vbiliyar Savant (305) Wisconsin Jan 13, 2008

    Avery Maharaja
    FW Double Jack
    DFH 90 Minute
    Lagunitas Sucks
    SN Celebration

    Threw those last two in there as I'm hard-pressed to think of more DIPAs that I would put in a top 5 list... I've had both Heady Topper and Pliny, but I think I'm more a fan of sweeter DIPAs than really floral DIPAs.
  15. In no particular order:
    Rubicon IPA
    Masala Mama
    Alpine Duet
    Steel Toe Size 7

    Heady Topper
    Pliny the Elder
    Founders Double Trouble
    Bell's Oracle
  16. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Savant (400) Illinois May 18, 2011

    Bell's Two Hearted Ale
    Three Floyds Dreadnaught
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    Flossmoor Station IPA
    Bell's Kalamazoo Hopsoulution
  17. CheeseheadNation

    CheeseheadNation Aficionado (150) Indiana Jul 4, 2012 Verified

    Rye Da Tiger is fuggin awesome, highly recommended.

    Ruination 10th Ann. (wish I would have bought more than 2 bottles)
  18. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    (512) IPA
    Alpine/New Belgium Super IPA
    Sixpoint Resin
    Southern Star Pro-Am 2012
    Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
  19. Regular IPA

    Smuttynose Finestkind
    Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (I miss this)
    Stone IPA
    Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo

    Double/Imperial IPA

    Southern Tier Oak-Aged Unearthly
    Stone Ruination (wish I could have gotten a hold of one of the anniversary ones)
    Stone-Ishii Green Tea IPA
    Legacy Hoptimus Prime
    Stone 14th Anniversary Empyrial IPA
  20. Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
    Avery's The Maharaja
    New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
    Santa Fe Happy Camper
  21. jhhollier

    jhhollier Savant (285) Louisiana Feb 4, 2008

    Saint Arnold Endeavour
    Sixpoint Resin
    Avery Dugana
    Dogfish Head 90 Min.
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

    Honorable mentions: Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary, Bear Republic Racer 5, Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  22. genitempo

    genitempo Aficionado (230) Texas Jun 19, 2011

    I'm amazed SS PA-12 didn't get more hype. That beer is a shit ton of awesomeness in a can.
  23. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    If only BA took Texas more seriously, I think it would've been as sought after as Heady Topper.

    Thank you for leaving it all for me ;)
  24. Green Flash West Coast IPA
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    Sixpoint Resin
    Oskar Blues Deviant Dales
    Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
  25. The next one
    The one after that
    Two Hearted Ale
    The last one of the night
  26. VncentLIFE

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

    Columbus Brewing Co. (Columbus, OH) makes it. Its absolutely fantastic.
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  27. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,060) New York Mar 12, 2009 Verified

    Boy King

    White Rajah
    Flower Power
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  28. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,195) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Verified

    Founders Double Trouble

    Still have Nelson, Union Jack, Hop15 and Mongo, Alesmith, and Sculpin on deck and Heddy en route. I need to get drinking.
  29. ChickenSandwichCarl

    ChickenSandwichCarl Aficionado (180) Maine Aug 29, 2012 Verified


    10 Barrel Apocalypse
    Boneyard RPM
    Maine Beer Co. Lunch(pre 6/25 batches)
    Firestone Walker Union Jack
    Oxbow Freestyle #8(The Chronic)


    Heady Topper
    Marshall Wharf's Can't Dog
    Boneyard Hop Venom
    Pliny the Elder
  30. Rob-P

    Rob-P Aficionado (180) Iowa Feb 29, 2012 Verified

    Zombie Dust
    Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget
    Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue
    Modus Hoperendi

    Two comments: yes, I know I can't count and yes, I know 3 of these are "technically" APA's!
  31. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Savant (440) Connecticut Sep 4, 2011 Verified

    double sunshine
    Triple play
    Heady, Kern Citra, SS#4, Hopslam.
  32. jageraholic

    jageraholic Advocate (500) Massachusetts Sep 16, 2009 Verified

    Heady Topper
    Flower Power
    Modus Hoperandi
  33. copybingo

    copybingo Zealot (85) Pennsylvania Aug 26, 2011

    I knew you must be an east coaster when I saw your favs. If you can get Heavy Seas Loose Cannon I'd give it a try. I'd put it in the same category.
  34. jageraholic

    jageraholic Advocate (500) Massachusetts Sep 16, 2009 Verified

    damn, i forgot meadowlark and Lunch...also Be hoppy.
  35. Dreadnaught
    Flower Power
  36. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Um...yeah, I'm going to have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there.
    stayclean and cavedave like this.
  37. vrbulldog22

    vrbulldog22 Advocate (535) Ohio Sep 5, 2010 Verified

    ruination 10th anniversary
  38. 5 Union Jacks
  39. Keith238

    Keith238 Savant (300) New Jersey Jul 31, 2007

    In no particular order:
    Flower Power
    Deviant Dales
    90 Min
    2 hearted
  40. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    IPA (in no particular order)
    • Mikkeller - Single Hop Nelson Sauvin
    • Three Floyds - Zombie Dust
    • DC Brau - The Corruption
    • Bell's - Two Hearted
    • Bear Republic - Racer 5

    DIPA/IIPA (in no particular order)
    • DC Brau - On The Wings of Armageddon
    • The Alchemist - Heady Topper
    • Oskar Blues - Gubna
    • 21st Amendment - Hop Crisis
    • Dogfish Head - 120min IPA with at least 2-3 years of age