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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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

  1. Heady
    Alpine Bad Boy
    Alpine Nelson
    S&S 4
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  2. jamvt

    jamvt Advocate (590) Massachusetts Aug 5, 2005 Verified

    Heady Topper - The Alchemist
    Double Sunshine - Lawson's
    Harlan - Hill Farmstead
    Head Hunter - Fat Head's
    Hoponius Union - Jack's Abby
  3. Out of the ones I've had:


    1. Firestone Walker Union Jack
    2. Russian River Blind Pig
    3. Bell's Two-Hearted
    4. Ithaca Flower Power
    5. Bear Republic Racer 5


    1. Alchemist Heady Topper
    2. Lawson's Double Sunshine
    3. Coast Boy King
    4. Russian River Pliny the Elder
    5. Bell's Hopslam
  4. Hindsight

    Hindsight Savant (255) Ohio Oct 8, 2011

  5. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    Not to Bastardize the OP's intent:

    1) Green Flash WC IPA
    2) FW Union Jack
    3) Founders Centennial

    1) Lagunitas Maximus
    2) Hopslam

    I could easily live with just these. Yep.....easily.
  6. scootsmal

    scootsmal Savant (270) New York Aug 15, 2012

    Being an east coaster its tough to get my hands on some west coast favorites:

    Flower Power
    3HB The Kind
    Union Jack
    60 Minute
    Smutty Finest Kind

    Hoponius Union would be on this list but I think its considered a Pale Lager
  7. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Advocate (515) Texas Apr 13, 2010

  8. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Champion (880) Indiana Aug 13, 2009 Verified

    1. Artic Panzer Wolf
    2. Dreadnaught
    3. Apocalypse Cow
    4. Hopslam
    5. Two Hearted
  9. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Advocate (560) Massachusetts Jun 8, 2011 Verified

    This is a cool list. I bummed I didn't try meadowlark when it was around.
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  10. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Advocate (560) Massachusetts Jun 8, 2011 Verified

    What happened on 6/25?
  11. yummybeer

    yummybeer Savant (280) Pennsylvania Apr 14, 2012 Verified

    1. SZRP of Doom (Founders one-off, blew my doors off!)
    2. Head Hunter
    3. Nelson
    4. Ephraim
    5. PtE

    Man, just making this list makes me want to drink my list.
  12. IPA
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Surly Furious
    CCB Jai Alai
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    FW Union Jack

    RR Pliny the Elder
    Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA
    Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich
    Brooklyn Blast
    FW Double Jack
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  13. ALEnBALE53

    ALEnBALE53 Initiate (15) Nov 1, 2012

    Racer 5
    Union Jack
    Sculpin-Love Big Eye as well
    Ithaca Flower Power
    West Coast (Green Flash)

    Named 6 but there is just too many i love
  14. HeyJim

    HeyJim Savant (395) Pennsylvania Sep 22, 2012

    I'll keep an eye out. Thanks for the suggestion. Looks like it gets distro'd here.
  15. VaTechHopHead

    VaTechHopHead Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2008

    Kern Citra
    Heady Topper
    White Oak Jai Alai
    2011 Surly Wet (citra hops)
  16. unclejazz

    unclejazz Advocate (605) New York Oct 24, 2011 Verified

    Brew Kettle White Rajah
    Pretty Things Meadowlark
    Columbus IPA
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Bear Republic Racer 5

    Hill Farmstead Ephraim
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    O'Dells Myrcenary
    NEBCO Ghandi Bot
    Kuhnhenn DRIIPA
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  17. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Savant (330) Virginia Jan 28, 2012

    From what I can get locally, not including seasonal/limited relase beers:

    DC Brau - Corruption
    Firestone Walker - Union Jack
    Green Flash - West Coast IPA
    Founders - Reds Rye
    Bells - Two Hearted

    DC Brau - OTWOA (I guess this is limited but it's relased multiple times each year so I'm including it)
    Green Flash - Imperial IPA
    Firestone Walker - Double Jack
    Stone - Ruination
    Lagunitas - Hop Stoopid
  18. tronester

    tronester Advocate (655) Oklahoma Nov 25, 2006

    Stone Ruination
    Anchor Liberty Ale
    Marshall Atlas IPA (on cask)
    RR Pliny the elder
    Stone IPA
  19. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (690) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    Pretty sure the guys who haven't listed HT just haven't had it yet...;)

    Heady Topper
    Modus Hoperandi
    B&B man beer
    Flower power
    Hop notch
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  20. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Champion (870) California Oct 24, 2009 Verified

    RR PtY
    RR Blind Pig
    KR Citra
    KR 5th Anny
    Alpine Expo
    Alpine Nelson
  21. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Champion (910) New Jersey Jan 25, 2002 Verified

    I'll go with the same five I used in the thread from last month:

  22. HOMEPL8

    HOMEPL8 Savant (250) Virginia Dec 26, 2010

    Two Hearted
    Uninion Jack
    Loose Cannon Hop3
    Green Flash West Coast

    Double Jack
    Elephino DIPA Red Rock/90 Min tied
  23. Shumania

    Shumania Aficionado (205) Virginia May 26, 2009

    Two Hearted
    Mad Fox Orange Whip
    Red Racer
    Selin's Grove IPA

    Double IPAs
    Heady Topper
    DC Brau For Others
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  24. jstilwell

    jstilwell Savant (410) Massachusetts Oct 21, 2008 Verified

    Flower Power
  25. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (610) California Dec 12, 2009 Verified

    1. Kern Citra
    2. Heady topper
    3. Pliny the Elder
    4. Just Outstanding IPA
    5. Racer 5
  26. celfan

    celfan Advocate (590) Vermont Jul 4, 2004 Verified

    1. Hill Farmstead Abner
    2. Lawson's Double Sunshine
    3. Heady Topper
    4. Kern Citra
    5. Pliny the Elder
  27. HighWine

    HighWine Savant (430) Illinois Dec 11, 2010 Verified

    Bells The Oracle
    Heady Topper
    Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
    Pliny E & Y
  28. BAstoutsNsours

    BAstoutsNsours Initiate (0) Florida Sep 21, 2012

    1) Lawson's Chinooker'd
    2) Heady Topper
    3) Aroma Coma
    4) Pliny
    5) Hopslam

    These people stating DFH have obviously never had a great IPA. I once thought DFH was good too, now I rarely buy the stuff.
  29. I Gotta go with Heady Topper as my #1 the rest are just 4 I love in no particular order.

    -Avery (got me to love IPAs)
    -Troegs Perpetual
    -Southern Tier (both regular and unearthly, happy with either)
  30. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Verified

    Easy question to answer. They are the 5 I rated the highest.
  31. celfan

    celfan Advocate (590) Vermont Jul 4, 2004 Verified

  32. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (620) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Verified

    Sucks, Stoopid, Sculpin.

    Anything with an "s" really.
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  33. heffnate77

    heffnate77 Savant (260) New York Nov 18, 2011

    Heady Topper
    Society&Solitude #3
    Brooklyn Blast - I'm surprised I only saw 1 of these from the above postings...blew me away when I first tried it.
  34. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,135) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Verified

    Odell, Pliny (either), Dreadnaught, Hopslam, Hop Abomination, 90 Minute.
  35. DFH 90 Min
    Lakefront Eye P A
    New Glarus Moon Man
  36. fatbeats18

    fatbeats18 Savant (265) Texas Feb 22, 2011 Verified

  37. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (665) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    Flower Power

    Heady Topper
    Double Sunshine
  38. gradergator

    gradergator Savant (300) Ohio May 14, 2012

    FFF - Zombie Dust (APA)
    The Brew Kettle -White Rajah
    Fat Heads -Headhunter
    Founders - Centennial
    Bear Repbulic _ Racer 5

    FFF - Dreadnaught
    Stone - Ruination 10th
    FFF - Artic Panzer Wolf
    Great Lakes - Erie Monster
    Bell's - Hopslam
  39. seplo

    seplo Savant (490) Connecticut Sep 8, 2009 Verified

    Flower Power
    Fuzzy Baby Ducks
    Two Hearted

    Pliny The Elder
    Heady Topper
    Gandhi Bot
    Hop Slam
    Big A

    These are in no particular order
  40. cinghialetwo

    cinghialetwo Zealot (90) Oct 20, 2012

    1 proper job
    2 the kernel ipa