Top 10 Imperial IPAs

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  1. RAlmeida77

    RAlmeida77 Devotee (498) Apr 10, 2009 Massachusetts

    Tough to say but here's my top 10

    1. Headroom
    2. Dinner
    3. Artaic
    4. King Julius
    5. Swish
    6. Ghost in the Machine
    7. Upper Case
    8. Vicinity
    9. Epiphany
    10. Mastermind
  2. EnthusedAboutBeer

    EnthusedAboutBeer Zealot (583) May 13, 2013 New Jersey

    No particular order:
    Other Half All Green Everything
    DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Surly Abrasive
    Neshaminy Creek The Shape of Hops to Come
    Revolution 1ZENUFF(this stuff was amazing when fresh)
    Carton 077xx
    SN Hoptimum
    GL Chillwave
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  3. Bissel328

    Bissel328 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2015 Massachusetts

    Heady Topper
    Capt Daughter
    Green Flash West Coast
    Hop Stoopid
    90 Minute

    Not sure on the last 2 and not in order
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  4. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California

    Beachwood Greenshift
    Mother Earth Hop Diggity
    Societe Roustabout
    Pizza Port Barney
    Citra Showers
    Nelson Showers
    Enjoy By
    Knee Deep Lupulin River
    Knee Deep Hoparillo

    Oh how things have changed in a year:
  5. MyThoughtsExactly

    MyThoughtsExactly Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2015 Virginia

    Based on my own review scores.

    1.) Haze
    2.) Headroom
    3.) Afterimage
    4.) Mastermind
    5.) Artaic
    6.) Heady Topper
    7.) Triple Sunshine
    8.) Abner
    9.) Green Diamonds
    10.) S&S #1
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  6. NotHereForGold

    NotHereForGold Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2015 Wisconsin

    Good to see my favorite DIPA mentioned on here for once, it is unbeatable fresh.
  7. HeartofMiami

    HeartofMiami Champion (813) Sep 20, 2014 Florida

    From my ratings...

    Heady Topper
    All Green Everything
    Shape of Hops to Come
    Permanent Funeral
    Second Fiddle

    Runners up:

    Pliny, Green Diamonds, Galaxy High
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  8. Chcshammonde

    Chcshammonde Devotee (499) Sep 20, 2014 California

    This is a tough one. In no order:

    Enjoy By
    Pliny the Elder
    Lupulin River
    Summer Yulesmith
    Cellarmaker Double Dobis
    Space Cake

    That's all I got. Heady would be up there but I haven't had it but twice, I need a larger sample size :slight_smile:
  9. jdhops

    jdhops Initiate (130) Dec 30, 2011 Tennessee

    Russian River Pliny the Younger
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Hill Farmstead Abner
    The Alchemist Heady Topper
    Alpine Bad Boy
    Stone Enjoy By
    Alpine Pure Hoppiness
    Tree House Haze
    Wicked Weed Freak of Nature
    Bell's Hopslam
  10. RogelioRodriguez

    RogelioRodriguez Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2015 California

    Drakes Denogonizer is quite good. Moylans Hopsickle is another good California one.

    It really doesn't matter as long as it's fresh...brands don't mean anything in IPA if not fresh.
  11. Duhast500

    Duhast500 Meyvn (1,381) Nov 14, 2007 Rhode Island

    Treehouse Julius
    Treehouse Haze
    Heady Topper
    Wachusett Larry IPA
    Long Trail Limbo IPA
    Stone Enjoy By
    Alpine Hoppy Birthday
    Pliny The Elder
    Pliny The Younger

    What I came up with.
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  12. jsrose16

    jsrose16 Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2014 Illinois

    From what I've tried:
    1. Pipeworks Crimson Snapper
    2. Surly Abrasive
    3. Lawson's Finest Sip of Sunshine
    4. 3 Floyds Dreadnaught
    5. Pipeworks Citra
    6. Pipeworks Ninja v. Unicorn
    7. Surly Todd the Axeman
    8. Russian River Pliny the Elder
    9. Spiteful Cleetus the Slackjawed Yokel
    10. Pipeworks Killer Queen
  13. Cpmitchno1

    Cpmitchno1 Crusader (770) Jan 7, 2015 Virginia

    Based on ratings:

    Heady Topper- Alchemist
    PtE- Russian River
    2x4- Melvin Brewing Company
    Double Citra- Hill Farmstead
    Lupulin River- Knee Deep
    Hopocalypse- Drake's
    Secret Admirer- Alewerks
    Enjoy By- Stone
    Embrace the Loss- Ocelot
    Gandhi Bot- NEBCO

    The only one I'm scratching my head at and wishing I could try again is Hopocalypse. I remember enjoying it, but I'm not sure if I remember enjoying it that much. Only one way to find out...
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  14. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (2,762) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    Double Sunshine
    Bad Boy
    Billy Full Stack
    Captain's Daughter
    Tongue Tickles
    Enjoy By

    It keeps changing. Except for the top spot.
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  15. RichD

    RichD Champion (807) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    It's almost been a year since I updated this list. I think it's time for me to revisit my list.

    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Tree House King Julius
    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    Hill Farmstead Double Citra
    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Nebco Gandhi Bot
    Beer'd Wet Dogs and Capsized Boats
    Fiddlehead Second Fiddle
    Trillium Vicinity

    No it's not New England based at all....
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  16. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,389) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    Not really a fan of the style but i like these...

    Carton- 077XX
    Victory- Dirtwolf
    Sam Adams- Rebel Rouser.
  17. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    My top 10 according to my ratings:
    1. Pliny the Elder
    2. Heady Topper
    3. Double Jack
    4. Resin
    5. Port Brewing Hop 15 Ale
    6. Noble Ale Works Tongue Tickles
    7. Kern River Brewing Shuttle Bunny
    8. Saint Archer Mosaic IPA
    9. Green Flash West Coast IPA
    10. Port Brewing Mongo
  18. bigchos

    bigchos Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2015 New York

    1. Focal banger
    2. Heady topper
    3. Trillium congress St ( I know it's not a DIPA)
    4. SOS
    5. Singlecut Billy full stack
    6. Dinner
    7.Pliny the elder
    8. Tesseract ( Grimm)
    9. Double dose OC/ Lawsons
    10. Avery raja
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  19. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Meyvn (1,089) Nov 3, 2013 California

    1. Pliny the Younger
    2. Pliny The Elder
    3. Heady Topper
    4. Hoptimum
    5. Double Jack
    6. Hop Stoopid
    7. Enjoy By
    8. Dirt Wolf
    9. Simtra
    10. Hop Crisis
  20. precariouslydaniel

    precariouslydaniel Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2013 Virginia

    No particular order:

    1. Evil twin molotov cocktail
    2. Weyerbacher double Simcoe
    3. Lagunitas Lil' Sumpin Extra
    4. Moylan's hopsicle
    5. Stone enjoy by
    6. Hardywood bourbon barrel dipa
    7. Green flash palate wrecker
    8. Bear Republic Apex
    9. Dogfish head Burton Batton
    10. Flying Dog the Truth (seriously love it)
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  21. Marklaker

    Marklaker Zealot (574) Jun 5, 2014 Florida

    Too much a newbie to draft my own list, but quite sure your #3 and #9 will be included when I consume enough hops to know better.
  22. sbh50

    sbh50 Initiate (109) Feb 6, 2015 Ohio

    Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker
    Citra High
    South of Eleven
    Hop Juju
    El Lupulo Libre
    Mandala Simcoe
    Mandala Centennial
    Space Cake

    On my radar to try: Creeper, Konkey Dong, On the Wings of Armageddon, Hopslam
    Of course I wouldn't mind to try some Heady, Pliny, King Sue :grinning:
  23. Comparison_Ford

    Comparison_Ford Disciple (386) Apr 4, 2014 New York

    Grimm Afterimage
    Grimm Tesseract
    Grimm Cloudbusting
    Grimm Lambo Door
    Other Half All Green Everything
    Other Half Green Diamonds
    Threes Superf*ckingyawn
    Hill Farmstead Abner

    If I added two more beers, the only purpose they would serve is to fulfill the requirements of making a "top 10" list. These are the only Imperial IPAs that matter to me. The other ones I've had don't hold a candle.
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  24. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Poo-Bah (1,839) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
    Society Trader

    This could change tomorrow- no order.
    Captains Daughter
    Sip O Sunshine
    Hop Ranch
    Ghandi Bot
    Epiphany (#1)
    Enjoy by
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  25. rjd722

    rjd722 Crusader (715) Nov 17, 2013 Maryland

    1. Dirtwolf (Victory)
    2. Enjoy By 12.25.15 (Stone)
    3. Burton Baton (Dogfish Head)
    4. Double Jack (Firestone Walker)
    5. Hop Wallop (Victory)
    6. Resin (Sixpoint)
    7. Ruination Double IPA 2.0 (Stone)
    8. Sorry Not Sorry IPA (4 Hands/Bale Breaker/Stone)
    9. Hoptimum Imperial IPA (Sierra Nevada)
    10. Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA (Green Flash)
  26. TonyLuvsBeer

    TonyLuvsBeer Aspirant (226) Mar 28, 2015 Michigan

    No particular order, from what I've had:

    1) PtE
    2) Hopslam
    3) Great Lakes Chillwave
    4) FFF Permanent Funeral
    5) FFF Dreadnaught
    6) Alpine Pure Hoppiness
    7) Revolution Unsessionable
    8) Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn
    9) Kuenhenn's DRIPA
    10) Stone Enjoy By
  27. Kuaff

    Kuaff Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Alaska

    These are the ten with my best review scores:

    Enjoy By 4.61
    Ruin10 4.8
    Sumpin' Extra 4.63
    Green Flash Imperial IPA 4.6
    Pure Hoppiness 4.74
    Hop Ranch 4.61
    Palate Wrecker 4.69
    Ruination 2.0 4.64
    Oak Aged Unearthly 4.68
    Midnight Sun Gluttony 4.65
  28. mstrcrwly

    mstrcrwly Aspirant (228) Dec 21, 2013 New York

    of the ones i've no particular order

    Enjoy By
    Burton Baton
    Double Jack
    Green Diamonds
  29. tjames921

    tjames921 Initiate (93) Jan 21, 2009 Ohio

    Haven't had too many from out of Ohio, in no particular order

    Hop JuJu
    Roller Blabe
    Konkey Dong
    South of Eleven
    Galaxy High

    Close - Enjoy By, Hopslam, Citra High, Unsessionable

    Looking to try soon - Hop Ranch, Hi-Res, Resin, Dirtwolf, El Lupulo Libre
  30. unhyped

    unhyped Initiate (87) Feb 13, 2015 Oregon

    1.Notorious/ boneyard
    2. sticky hands/ block 15
    3. safeword/ breakside
    4.tank slapper/ barley Brown's
    5.head shake/ barley Brown's
    6.hop venom/ boneyard
    7. hop henge/ deschutes
    8.half hitch/ crux fermentation project
    9.lupulin river/ knee deep
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  31. mikeitt222

    mikeitt222 Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2015 Connecticut

    Captains Daughter
    Southern Tier 2X
    Captains Daughter
    Captains Daughter
    Captains Daughter
    Stone Enjoy By
    Captains Daughter
    Hop Stoopid
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  32. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,959) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
    Society Trader

    I think you forgot Captains Daughter.
  33. kwakwhore

    kwakwhore Zealot (566) Nov 1, 2004 North Carolina

    In no particular order:
    Double Jack
    Freak of Nature
    Heady Topper
    Enjoy By
    The Calling
    Summer Yulesmith
    Exponential Hoppiness
  34. TheElectricOne

    TheElectricOne Defender (648) Jan 31, 2015 Rhode Island

    Lot of New England in this thread. That won't stop with my top 10, based on ratings:

    1. Heady/The Alchemist
    2. Headroom/Trillium
    3. Epiphany/Foundation
    4. All Green Everything/Other Half
    5. Vicinity/Trillium
    6. Artaic/Trillium
    7. Hopulization/Stoneface
    8. Haze/Treehouse
    9. Wet Dogs and Capsized Boats/Beer'd
    10. Captain's Daughter/Grey Sail
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  35. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Disciple (396) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    Good list, I am similar with a few variations.
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  36. frekky

    frekky Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2015 Massachusetts

    After #'s 1,2, & 3 the list is in no order but those are my top 3.


    Julius/Tree House
    Pliny the Elder/Russian River
    Upper Case/Trillium
    Enjoy By/Stone
    Double Citra/Hill Farmstead

    definite NE bias.
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  37. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Disciple (396) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    Not ranking them in any order

    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #4
    Smuttlabs Shebang
    Foley Brothers Pieces of Eight
    Foley Brothers Fair Maiden
    Fiddlehead Second Fiddle
    Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf
    Trillium DDH Melcher Street (it is 7.3, I'm calling it a double)

    If you bump DDH Melcher, then sub in Sip of Sunshine.
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  38. BryanP

    BryanP Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2013 North Carolina

    Dinner is awesome! Paid heavily for a case last year, worth every penny.
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  39. BrewNoob1

    BrewNoob1 Disciple (371) Jan 8, 2015 Minnesota

    Pliny the Elder
    120 minute IPA
    Surly Wet
    Permanent Funeral
    Ninja vs. Unicorn
    Heady Topper
    King Sue
  40. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (519) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    I haven't had a lot of DIPAs yet, but here's my list so far.
    1) Double Sunshine
    2) Space Cake
    3) Tesseract
    4) Myrcenary
    5) Ninja vs. Unicorn
    6) Pliny the Elder be continued...
    #320 Dan_K, Dec 10, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2015
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