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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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

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  1. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle IPA
    (512) IPA
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  2. ripps1

    ripps1 Aug 28, 2012 New Jersey

    Flower Power and Kane Head High.
  3. baconman91

    baconman91 Dec 13, 2009 Ohio


    i'm not so sure i cld Narrow it dwn to 2..i've had Most of them (i'm a True IPA guy), Not all (--that's short of impossible, there's so many), including Fat Head (last yr's IPA winner) & Sculpin -- both are good..but Frankly i think a bit Over-rated -- -- there ARE bttr out there.

    -Ithaca Flower Power
    -both Sierra Nevada's.. Hoptimum & Torpedo
    -Stone IPA
    -both Victory's.. Hop Wallop & Hop Devil
    -Dogfish Head makes sum Good ones too
    -surprisingly, Sam Adams Whitewater is a bit Refreshing on a Hot Summer day, its a Wheat IPA..if u didn't know, u cldn't tell ( i generally HATE Most wheat beers, but That one is Damn good )

    ..i cld probly give a top 20 straight off the top of my head. Name TWO ?! -- simply just too damn difficult, depends on your mood really..they all taste different. AND opinions vary..not everything taste the same to evry1.
  4. Glass_Half_Full

    Glass_Half_Full May 3, 2012

    Surly Furious and Three Floyds Broo Doo

    Furious can fuck off if we can call Zombie Dust an IPA

    Bell's Two Hearted is a runner-up
  5. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    Head Hunter and White Rajah.
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  6. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Sep 16, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Columbus Ipa
    Head Hunter Ipa
    honorable mention -
    White Rajah
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  7. haddon

    haddon Jul 13, 2009 Kentucky

    Green Flash & West 6th.
  8. Utley12

    Utley12 Jun 10, 2007 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    DFH 60 Minute and Sculpin. Honorable mention: RR Blind Pig.
  9. jacewg

    jacewg Jan 7, 2012 District of Columbia

    So hard to narrow down: white rajah and Schlafly tasmanian

    Honorable mention: duet, sculpin, blind pig, flower power, lunch

    I didn't do a good job of narrowing that down.
  10. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Mar 19, 2012 Ohio

    Putting only 2 at the top is tough. So many good breweries nailing this style. But I'll go with local...

    Columbus Brewing IPA
    Fat Head's Head Hunter

    Out of state - Odell and Union Jack.
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  11. NWer

    NWer Mar 10, 2009 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Black Raven Trickster
    Surly Fruious
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  12. rozzom

    rozzom Jan 22, 2011 New York
    Beer Trader

    MBC Lunch
    HF Susan

    Honourable mention: Thornbridge Jaipur (if on a well handled cask in the UK)
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  13. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I cant pick 2, but I can pick 4. Head Hunter, Columbus Brewing Co. IPA, Two-Hearted, and 3Floyds Broo Doo.
  14. jefftennis

    jefftennis Oct 6, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Flower Power and Sculpin
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  15. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    HF Susan is outstanding, and I couldn't only pick two if I had to, there's at least 6 or so really serious IPA's out there.
  16. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Aug 1, 2012 New York

    Green flash WC
  17. suspect

    suspect Apr 12, 2010 New York

    Flower Power and Surly Wet
  18. jrnyc

    jrnyc Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    # 1 is easy, Alpine Nelson.
    # 2 not so easy, but let's go with Green Flash WC IPA

    Honorable mention to Flower Power, Stone and Head Hunter and Founders Harvest Ale
  19. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Nov 9, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    at this point in time,
    1. troeg's perpetual ipa
    2. schlafly tasmanian ipa
  20. RichD

    RichD Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
    Beer Trader

    Maine Beer Lunch
    SN Celebration Ale

    Honorable Mention
    Red Racer 5

    DISCLAIMER: I have not yet had Heady Topper or Pliny but those are double IPAs.
  21. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 May 1, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Lunch, head hunter, Columbus, jai alai, daisy cutter, furious
  22. soulkeeper1369

    soulkeeper1369 Jun 18, 2007 Maine
    Beer Trader

    Harlan IPA
    Maine Beer Company Lunch IPA
  23. Finatic

    Finatic Jan 16, 2011 Florida

    Flower Power
    Jai Alai
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  24. fox227

    fox227 Nov 19, 2010 California

    It's been a long time since I had them, but until I try them again and decide otherwise, it's Alpine Nelson and Duet.
  25. denver10

    denver10 Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    1. Odell's IPA
    2. Bell's Two Hearted or Brew kettle's White Rajah. Only had both these these once or twice so I could use a few more tries of each to make my final determination.

    Lots I haven't had.
  26. RyanSchwam

    RyanSchwam Oct 30, 2012 Delaware
    Beer Trader

    Flower Power & Sculpin
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  27. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Nov 2, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Prohibition Big Daddy

    Blind Pig, Hopnotch and Racer 5 are pretty swell too.
  28. nharres

    nharres Feb 8, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Two Hearted and Nelson
  29. chicano4craft

    chicano4craft Apr 18, 2009 Colorado

    Odell IPA and Surly Furious
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  30. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Jul 5, 2009 Kansas


    Ska Modus Hoperandi
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  31. BigCheese

    BigCheese Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Union Jack and Finest Kind.

    I'd include Hoponious Union also, but its a lager.
  32. robinsmv

    robinsmv Jun 24, 2010 Florida

    Jai alai
    Two hearted
  33. YumYumGumGum

    YumYumGumGum Jul 25, 2011 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Founders Harvest Ale
    Foothills Jade
  34. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    flower power, sierra celebration
  35. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    This is ever changing for me but as of today I would say...

    Bells Two Hearted and Lakefront IPA, when Ale Asylum Bedlam and Ballistic are in season I drink them like water.... Bedlam should be year round!
  36. tectactoe

    tectactoe Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Celebration, Two Hearted.
  37. scootsmal

    scootsmal Aug 15, 2012 New York

    3HB The Kind
    Stone IPA

    Tough to choose 2 though. These are my defaults i guess.
  38. klaybie

    klaybie Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    Sierra Nevada Celebration and Racer 5. Kind of hard to pick a top 2...so many good ones. Sculpin would be but I don't have access to it regularly to really know.
  39. unclekeith

    unclekeith Sep 4, 2012 Alaska
    Beer Trader

    Anchorage Brewing Frequency (non-bret)
  40. Dools9

    Dools9 Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Lunch and Sculpin, Alesmith IPA a close third.
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