Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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  1. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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  2. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Defender (646) Jul 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Smutty Finestkind
    Sierra Nevada Celebration
    Green Flash West Coast
    Victory Hopdevil
    Dogfishhead 75min (not quite a double?)

    Pioneer New Frontier
    Dogfishhead 90min
    FW Double Jack
    FW Wookey Jack
    Lagunitas Hopstoopid
  3. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (755) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    I need help on the one's not crossed out, otherwise, I've tried them and love them all...
    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Avery Maharaja
    Central Waters Illumination
    Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree
    Founders Devil Dancer
    Lagunitas Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    NEBCO Gandhi-Bot
    New Albanian Hoptimus
    Portsmouth Imperial IPA
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Stoudt's Double IPA
    Surly Abrasive
    Alpine Pure Hoppiness
    Bell's HopSlam
    Breckenridge 471 IPA
    Ram - Indy Hop Anonymous
    Terrapin Hopzilla
    Thomas Creek Up the Creek
    Upland Double Dragonfly
    Ninkasi Tricerahops
    Sun King Imperial Cream Dream II: Electric Boogaloo
    New Glarus Thumbprint IIPA
    Upland Double Dragonfly (Dry Hopped)
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Brew Kettle White Rajah
    Cigar City Jai Alai (White Oak)
    Cigar City Jai Alai
    Flat 12 Half Cycle
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Nectar Ales Nectar IPA
    Short's Huma Lupa Licious
    Sun King Chinookie
    Surly Furious
    Sweetwater IPA
    Alpine Nelson
    CB's Caged Alpha Monkey
    Central City Red Racer IPA
    Columbus IPA
    Dogfish Head ApriHop
    Fat Head's Head Hunter
    Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
    Founders Centennial IPA
    Half Acre Freedom of '78
    Kern River Just Outstanding
    People's Mound Builder
    Russian River Blind Pig
    Short's Freedom of '78
    Sun King Grapefruit Jungle
    Tyranena Bitter Woman
    NEBCO Sea Hag
    AleSmith IPA
    People's IPA
    Sixpoint Bengali Tiger
    Stone IPA
    Upland Dragonfly
    Dogfish Head 60 Minute
    Great Lakes Commodore Perry

  4. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Defender (646) Jul 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    How could I forget Devil Dancer!
  5. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Defender (676) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Ballast Point - Sculpin
    Bell's - Two Hearted
    Schlafly - TIPA
    Odell - IPA
    Bear Republic - Racer 5

    The Alchemist - Heady Topper
    Russian River - Pliny the Elder
    DC Brau - On the Wings of Armageddon
    Stone - Ruination
    Bell's - Hopslam
  6. garuda

    garuda Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2010 Pennsylvania

    IPA: Fat Head's Head Hunter, Flower Power

    IIPA: Heady Topper
  7. SpeedwayJim

    SpeedwayJim Poo-Bah (2,313) Jun 19, 2009 New York
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    Any and every IPA, IIPA from Hill Farmstead.

    Nothing comes close to that magical Vermont well water.
  8. ZPag

    ZPag Aspirant (234) Dec 3, 2012 New York
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    These are in no order really, just tops 5 of each.


    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Dogfish Burton Baton
    21st Hop Crisis
    Dogfish 120 Minute
    Jack's Abby Kiwi Rising (Even though it is a double IPL, I am counting it because it is delicious.)


    Jack's Abby Hoponius Union (Again it is an IPL, but it is so good.)
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Great Divide Titan IPA
    Sierra Nevada Celebration
    Stone IPA
  9. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,426) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    In no particular order:
    Cigar City Jai Alai
    Founders Centennial & Double Trouble
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Troegs Perpetual IPA
    Sixpoint Resin
    21A Hop Crisis & Brew Free! or Die
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid & A Little Sumpin Sumpin
    MBC Lunch
    SN Hoptimum
    Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA
    Victory Hop Wallop
  10. eporter66

    eporter66 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2008 New York

    My recent favorites (as I am continuously trying new IPA's)

    Laginutas IPA
    Loose Cannon
    Flower Power
    Widmer Bros - Rotator Series Shaddock IPA
    SN - Celebration

    I am enjoying this thread as there are many I have not tried. Those above have been in my rotation recently. There are many others I enjoy and look forward to trying - thanks for the lists everyone!

    I'm not as big a fan of the Imperials (although I have tried a few), just prefer the standard IPA's
  11. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    I have to redo my list. Ive had some great IPAs and DIPAs recently

    Columbus Brewing Co IPA
    3Floyds BrooDoo
    Head Hunter
    Great Lakes Hop Madness (formerly The Quitness)
    Hop Notch
    Founders Centennial
    Green Flash West Coast
    Foothills Jade
    White Rajah

    Columbus Brewing Co Bodhi
    Ruination 10th
    The Oracle
    Apocalpyse Cow
    Brooklyn Blast
    Waldo's 420
    Hop Stoopid

    in that order.
  12. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Initiate (140) Jul 12, 2012 California

    i only have energy for top 5.

  13. JebediahScooter

    JebediahScooter Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2010 Vermont

    This. Currently drinking an Abner that was kept cold for the two-day drive back to North Carolina.

    I also love the following:

    Sculpin on tap (nice that they now have bottle dates)
    Societe The Pupil (best IPA you've probably never heard of)
    Alpine EH, Duet, and Nelson
    Good People Snake Handler
    White Rajah
    Double Jack
    Have had some phenomenal cask-hopped versions of OHB's Death By Hops (Galaxy stands out)
    My own brews (nothing like drinking hoppy beers fresh, straight from the source)
  14. caponeduke

    caponeduke Aspirant (239) Jul 28, 2011 North Carolina
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    Founders Harvest is amazing
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  15. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    ..yep, 4got..Definite on the Columbus also.
  16. Iriepirate21

    Iriepirate21 Initiate (139) May 2, 2012 California

    Pizza Port Middle Man/Pseudo

    Imperial/Double IPAs
    Bad Boy
    Pure Hoppiness
    Enjoy by 12-21-12
  17. ChiPool

    ChiPool Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Illinois

    Odells IPA (single); Hopslam (double)
  18. ramoshms

    ramoshms Initiate (40) Feb 11, 2011 California
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    Blind Pig
    Racer 5
    Stone IPA

    Racer X
    White Knuckle
  19. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Mixing IPAs/DIPAs

    1. Celebration
    2. Ruination
    3. Two Hearted
    4. Hop Stoopid
    5. Hopslam
    6. Founder's Centennial
    7. Hoptimum
    8. 90 Minute IPA
    9. Stone's 16th Anniversary
    10. Founder's Harvest

    Haven't had PtE/Y, HT, Abrasive, Furious yet. Hopefully soon!
  20. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    - Local Dist. just got in some of the "famed" Zombie Dust everybody keeps talkin' about here. figured i try Her out -- u folks been makin me Want it Bad!

    * now, i'm not Really gonna (try) to piss any1 off, because i think its GOOD, Real good..wld i put it "Here" as one of the Best? - not a Chance

    .. like i said, it (is) Very good, but wld i put it in my top 5? - nope..i'd actually go so far as to say, it's a "little" Flat/"lighter" side -- I LOVE the bitter Hop taste they got goin on there NEEDS 2 "linger" longer ( if u don't know what i mean, maybe sumday Soon u will !) - i'm Not evn sure it wld make (my) top TEN list...Flower Power (is) that much bttr evn - (not sure its just my opinion more so as it might just be FACT) -- i'd put Ballast's Sculpin ahead of it too..its a bit Over-rated, SORRY. my advice to those who think it's THE best one out there...

    TRY More IPA's --- Period !

    - i wld def. buy it again, but i can think of (again) ;P...
    about 10 more of the top of my head that are just a "tweet" bttr. -- but Remember, Every1's different.. as are Palates ..& Taste, so..
    'cuz there are Plenty of folks out there that Still just (Don't) get it, when it comes dwn to good Beer.. LONG LIVE the " Advocate "-- i LOVE this site..REAL beer drinkers UNITE ! -- Happy New year to all !
  21. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    I'm assuming that lists that don't include Heady or Abrasive must be from people that haven't had them... :wink:
  22. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    Barley's Four Seas Imperial IPA
    Captain Lawrence Captains Reserve
    Heady Topper
    Summer Yulesmith
    Two Brothers Hop Juice
    Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
    Stone Ruination
    Burton Baton

    masala mama
    racer 5
    Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale
    Central City Red Racer
    Alesmith IPA
    Founders Centennial
    Three Floyds BrooDoo
    Selins Grove IPA

    I'm from Pittsburgh but have relocated to 1/2way between Pittsburgh and Cleveland

    My IPAwishlist

    Fresh Alpine Exponential Hoppiness
    Hill Farmstead Ephraim
    Citra DIPA
    Double Sunshine
    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Town Hall Mango Mama
  23. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    1. Racer 5
    2. Sculpin
    3. Hop Rod Rye
    4. Celebration
    5. Two Hearted

    1. Heady Topper
    2. Hopslam
    3. Lagunitas Sucks
    4. Maharaja
    5. Super IPA/Stone 10th anny
  24. Bubbadog

    Bubbadog Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 Oklahoma

    Roughtail Hoptometrist
    Stone Ten
    Stone Ruination
    SN Hoptimum
    Bells Hopslam
    BP Sculpin
    Racer 5
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    Dogfish 90
    Burton Baton

    wanting to try Both Plinys, Two Hearted, Heady Topper
  25. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,178) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Comrade Superpower is taking over the world these days.
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