I was looking at the new top beer rankings here on BA and noticed than many of the top beers in a style were really low-ranking in the overall ranking. So, I poked around a bit, and decided to produce my own ranking of the top styles. Note: this does not involve any sophisticated statistics. I am merely ranking the styles in order of the overall ranking of the #1 beer of the style. For example, American Imperial Stout's top beer in the style is also the top beer overall, so that style is #1. Here are the top 25, in order: American Imperial Stout Russian Imperial Stout New England IPA American Imperial IPA Belgian Fruit Lambic Belgian Quadrupel (Quad) Belgian Lambic American Imperial Porter Belgian Gueuze American Pale Ale (APA) American Wild Ale Belgian Saison British Barleywine English Old Ale American Barleywine American Strong Ale American Stout Berliner Weisse English Oatmeal Stout English Sweet / Milk Stout American Porter Belgian Dubbel Flanders Red Ale American IPA Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut Interesting on how far down American IPA is and how many sours are in the top 25. I wonder if the relative ranking of IIPA and APA to American IPA is due in part to the stripping of all of the NEIPAs out of AIPA, while not creating a NEIIPA or NEAPA style. Just a thought without any real investigation. And, for grins, here are the bottom 25: 87 Chile Beer 88 European Strong Lager 89 Munich Dunkel Lager 90 Braggot 91 American Dark Wheat Ale 92 Belgian Dark Ale 93 California Common / Steam Beer 94 German Maibock 95 English Dark Mild Ale 96 English Bitter 97 German Bock 98 Irish Red Ale 99 Russian Kvass 100 American Brut IPA 101 American Amber / Red Lager 102 English Pale Mild Ale 103 Belgian Faro 104 German Roggenbier 105 American Light Lager 106 European Pale Lager 107 Low Alcohol Beer 108 American Malt Liquor 109 Japanese Rice Lager 110 American Adjunct Lager 111 Japanese Happoshu BTW, the #1 Japanese Happoshu is #43,898 overall, and the #1 AAL is #39,221 overall. Also, there is a huge difference between the "top" and the "bottom" of the worst list... the worst of the worst really dives down the overall ranking ... (Yeah, I do go off chasing rabbits sometimes...) Now, this ranking is subject to all kinds of anomalies (such as a very highly ranked #1 of style that is atypical of the style as a whole, and the overwhelming of a style with 5692 variations from a highly hyped brewery, etc.).