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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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

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  1. rjvaudreuil

    rjvaudreuil Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2010 Minnesota

    Racer 5
  2. theHoff77

    theHoff77 Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 Minnesota

    90 Minute
    Size 7
    Two Hearted
  3. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Alchemist Heady Topper
    NEBCO Gandhi Bot
    Bells Hopslam
    RR Pliny
    Pretty Things Meadowlark
  4. BigRedEye

    BigRedEye Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 Texas

    1. Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA (no longer available...tear)
    2. Avery Maharaja (surprised not to see this on more people's lists)
    3. Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
    4. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (my "everyday" IPA)
    5. Bell's Two Hearted Ale (so sad it's not available in Texas)

    Honorable mention to Green Flash West Coast IPA and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (technically not an IPA, but it reminds me of #1). I've had Pliny the Elder and it does not make this list.
  5. BigRedEye

    BigRedEye Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 Texas

    yeah, you're right, i haven't had Heady Topper...
  6. BSW

    BSW Aspirant (274) Jun 20, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Pliny the Elder
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Hop Stoopid
    Lil' Sumpin Sumpin
    Racer 5

    What can I say, I'm a Sonoma County homer!
  7. ilovermont

    ilovermont Initiate (43) Jul 18, 2012 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    Double Sunshine
    Abner et al. (any HF DIPA)
    Bad Boy
  8. ThomasMetal75

    ThomasMetal75 Devotee (425) Jun 15, 2009 Massachusetts

    Sea Monster is most diffidently not an IPA of any kind. It's an Imperial Stout!
  9. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    I think you missed something hidden within that post.
  10. Roudy

    Roudy Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2009 Georgia

    Union Jack
    Blind Pig

    Pliny the Elder
    Double Jack
  11. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012

  12. SkeeterBoganski

    SkeeterBoganski Devotee (487) Feb 25, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    DFH 90
    Double Jack
    Pliny the Elder
    Southern Tier Unearthly
  13. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,227) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Exponential Hoppiness
    Pliny The Younger
    Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop
  14. rjknyy

    rjknyy Aspirant (258) Nov 7, 2009 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    Pliny the Elder
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Bells Two-Hearted
    COAST Boy King
    Heady Topper
  15. dglgmut

    dglgmut Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    There are really too many, but here are some of my favs:

    Stone Ruination
    Avery Dugana
    DFH Burton Baton
    Firestone Double Jack
    Lagunitas Maximus
  16. RashyGrillCook

    RashyGrillCook Aspirant (260) Apr 30, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Jai Alai
    Just Outstanding
    Racer 5
    Two Hearted
  17. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    1) Two Hearted
    2) Moon Man
    3) Hopslam
    4) Flower Power
    5) Double Trouble
  18. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    fresh ZD
    Aroma Coma
    Palate Wrecker
  19. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (848) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    No particular order:
    Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn
    Surly Furious
    New Glarus IIPA
    Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf/Dreadnaught (tie)
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  20. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    From what I've had...

    Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
    Great Divide 18th Anniversary
    Southern Tier Gemini
    Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination
  21. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Meyvn (1,316) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    Heady Topper
    Founders Centennial IPA
    Founders Harvest
    Stone IPA
  22. kneary13

    kneary13 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    1. Heady Topper
    2. PtE
    3. Lunch
    4. Ruination (not 10. think the original is better)
    5. Two-Hearted

    expecting Stone 'enjoy by 12.21.12' to be added to this list as MA is getting it. haven't read much about the others, but what i know about the concept leaves me to expecting nothing short of a new addition to the top 5.
  23. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (735) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Head Hunter
    Heady Topper
    Palate Wrecker
    All Day IPA
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  24. DerekCarruth

    DerekCarruth Zealot (538) Aug 17, 2012 Georgia
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    1. Ruination--a distant first. Because of the price, not always in the fridge, but when it is it's a real treat
    2. Little Sumpin Sumpin--may not be an ipa, but damn, damn good
    3. Stone IPA--awesome
    4. Boulevard Double Wide--just got a growler and finished it by myself that night
    5. Sweetwater IPA--my hometown ipa that is always in the fridge
  25. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    In no particular order:
    Founders Devil Dancer (they call it a triple)
    FFF Zombie Dust
    FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf
    Stone Ruination
    Victory HopDevil
  26. avnick

    avnick Initiate (125) Feb 27, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Hop Stoopid
  27. penniwisdom

    penniwisdom Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 California

    Three Floyds - Dreadnaught
    Russian River - Younger
    Alpine - Exponential
    Triple Rock - Rodger's Last Stand
    Bells - Hopslam
    Surly - Wet
    Odells - Myrcenary
    Avery - Maharaja (when super fresh)

    Kern River - Just Outstanding
    Alpine - Duet + Nelson
    Fatheads - Head Hunter
    Russian River - Blind Pig + Hopfather
    Drake's - Aroma Coma
    Odells - IPA
    Three Floyds - Broodoo + Zombie Dust (its an IPA, yep i said it)

    That is all. If I had a constant rotation of these beers I would be so happy.
  28. lecoupdejarnac

    lecoupdejarnac Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2006 California
    Beer Trader

    Damn hard category to pick five from...

    Drake's Aroma Coma
    Speakeasy Double Daddy
    Dogfish Head 90 minute (more balanced than the 120, I think)
    Russian River Pliny The Younger (The Elder almost makes the list, too!)
    Ballast Point Sculpin
  29. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    wait till you have heady topper! :wink:
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  30. TheFlock

    TheFlock Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2010 Arizona

    Heady topper, Pliny the elder, flower power, sculpin, hop knot (four peaks)
  31. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    Alpine Nelson
    Alpine Duet
    The Pupil
    Just Outstanding

    Racer X
  32. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    1. Pliny The Elder
    2. Sculpin
    3. Blind Pig
    4. Palate Wrecker
    5. Lagunitas Sucks
  33. RyanSchwam

    RyanSchwam Aspirant (266) Oct 30, 2012 Delaware
    Beer Trader

    DFH Squall
    FFF Dreadnaught
    Stone Green Tea 16th Anniversary
  34. turfy

    turfy Aspirant (226) Mar 17, 2010 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Blind Pig
  35. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,530) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Update: Heady Topper goes to #2.
  36. Jimmyp7010

    Jimmyp7010 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    Pick any 5 of Hill Farmsteads ipas/dipas and those are my favorite....seriously. In no particular order;

    Society and solitude 4
    Society and solitude 5
    Double citra
    Double galaxy
  37. Squidly

    Squidly Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2006 New Jersey

    Heady Topper
    Pliny the Elder
    DFH Burton Baton
    DFH 90 Minute
    Ithaca Flower Power
  38. dep0952

    dep0952 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Two hearted ale
    Libation st. Boniface
    2x ipa souther tier
  39. Murphey

    Murphey Initiate (0) May 9, 2008 Pennsylvania

    2. Fat Head's Headhunter
    3. Stoudt's DIPA
    4. Dogfish Head 90 Minute
    5. Stone Ruination
  40. PhineasMcClintock

    PhineasMcClintock Meyvn (1,143) Oct 18, 2007 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Just gonna rattle off 10...

    Zombie Dust (APA, for all you critical putz's)
    Lag Sucks
    NN (okay)
    Pliny the Elder
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