Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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  1. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (856) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    In order

    Regular Ipas:
    Ccb Jai alai
    Stone ipa
    Two hearted ale

    Double ipas:
    10th anniversary ruination
    Pliny the elder
  2. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2002 New Jersey

  3. Aleforme

    Aleforme Disciple (300) Nov 26, 2008 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Alesmith IPA
    Ace of Spades
    Racer 5

    And yes, I left Heady off the list intentionally. I found it good, but not outstanding. Still got one left in the fridge with better IPAs slotted ahead of it.
  4. olympicgatorade

    olympicgatorade Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2011 New Jersey

  5. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (452) Apr 17, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Not in any order

    Anything Alpine

    And if we're including APAs.....then I guess ZD
  6. YCantWeNotBeSober

    YCantWeNotBeSober Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2012 Michigan

    Bell's Two-Hearted has a special place in my heart. My first "real" beer. As a poor college student drinking busch-light out of a plastic solo cup I took a sip of good ol' 2<3 and my life changed. Now every sip of this sacred ale brings me back to that moment of uncertainty, curiosity, and eventual love (in that order) of the magnificent hop and the many craft brews that shortly followed.
  7. Stoney123

    Stoney123 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    Weird..Have not had 7 of your ten....
    1. Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15
    2. RR Pliny the Younger
    3. Ballast Point Sculpin
    4. The Alchemist Heady Topper
    5. Port Mongo/Stone Ruination
  8. JamesMN

    JamesMN Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 Minnesota

    All within my top 12 ratings of all beers I've reviewed:

    1. Odell IPA
    2. DFH 90 Minute
    3. Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
    4. Stone Ruination
    5. Stone IPA
    6. DFH 60 Minute
    7. Summit Saga
  9. Jeffboyardee123

    Jeffboyardee123 Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 New York
    Beer Trader

    I'd have to go with"

    1. Heady Topper
    2. HF - Ephraim
    3. Alpine - Bad Boy
    4. Knee Deep - Simtra
    5. Alpine - Pure Hoppiness
    6. Green Flash - Palate Wrecker
    7. Ruination 10th Anniversary
    8. Moylan - Hopsickle
    9. Pliny the Elder
    10. Port - Mongo

    Might have forgotten some.
  10. SamuelJackson45

    SamuelJackson45 Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I'll make it simple. Too many to name and not enough time to type. Nuff said.
  11. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (183) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Fyne Fladda Rock
    Tryst Raj IPA
    Dark Star Hophead
    Oakham JHB
    Acorn Barnsley Bitter
    Fyne Jarl
    Thornbridge Seaforth
    Verulanum IPA
    Tempest Long White Cloud
    Belhaven IPA
  12. Azzy

    Azzy Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

    in Texas?

    St. Arnold Endeavor and Elissa
    Southern Star ProAM
  13. Hawkharvs

    Hawkharvs Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2012 Iowa

    Odell IPA
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  14. Mosstrooper

    Mosstrooper Meyvn (1,004) Jul 17, 2008 California

    I love Pliny the Elder and really liked Green Flash's West Coast IPA, but those I haven't had enough to comment on.

    My standbys:
    1. Saint Arnold Elissa IPA: Maybe it's just nostalgia, but when I was living in Houston I loved this stuff. A good old-school IPA.

    2. Bell's Two Hearted: A go-to beer for me to get at bars when I was in Florida for Navy training. So damn good.

    3. I don't know what it is, but I really have a thing for Belgian IPAs- I pretty much love every one that I've had.
  15. smcolw

    smcolw Poo-Bah (7,228) Jan 16, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Stone IPA is my favorite. Followed by Chaman from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel and Final Frontier by To ├śl. I need to try Pliny offerings if I ever find them.

    But I'd like to offer a surprising suggestion--Harpoon IPA. It's not in my top IPAs but it is a very easy to drink beer that will always please me.
  16. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    this one is easy. Columbus Brewing Co. IPA and two-heated.
  17. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,270) Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Great list! I loved 10th anniversary, it was awesome!
  18. ChiPool

    ChiPool Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Illinois

    New Glarus Thumbprint DIPA, Dready, Surly Furious, Odells, FFF Broo Doo (Harvest?), HopSlam
  19. jisom123

    jisom123 Disciple (319) Aug 21, 2008 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    1. Fegleys Hop'solutely
    2. Broodoo
    3. Double Jack
    4. Pliney
    5. Sculpin
  20. cpjtr9559

    cpjtr9559 Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2007 New York

    superfriends,heady topper,120,flower power,hopslam
  21. texasdrugaddict

    texasdrugaddict Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 New Mexico

    1.Odell - Mycernary
    2.La Cumbre-Evelated IPA
    3.SKA- Modus Hoperandi
    6.Left Hand-400lb Monkey
    7. FFF- Artic Wolf
    8. Oskar- Deviant Dales
    9. Six Point- Resin
    10. SN-Celebration
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  22. ripps1

    ripps1 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 New Jersey

    In no particular order.

    Pliny the Elder
    Heady topper
    Surly Abrasive
    Kane Head High
    Carton 077xx
    Flower power
    Stone Ruination
  23. Finatic

    Finatic Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Florida

    :slight_smile:Love me some Odell.

    1.Odell IPA
    2.Flower Power
    3.Heady Topper
    6.Jai Alai
    7.Union Jack
    8.Racer 5
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  24. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    citra from kern river
  25. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,292) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico


    Odell's IPA is my staple. Bell's Two Hearted would be too if only I had access to it and been able to have it more than only once.

    Firestone Walker's Double Jack
    Dry Dock's Seven Season IIPA
    Russian Rivers Pliny The Elder
    Breckenridge's 471 (sounds like I have been lucky with my experiences and always gotten good batches).
  26. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    75 min
    90 min
    flower power
    stone enjoy by...
    stone 16th anniversary
    racer 5
    squall (rip)
    last chance IPA
    little sumpin sumpin
  27. texasdrugaddict

    texasdrugaddict Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 New Mexico

    Yeah I do too. The reg IPA is my go to beer and the Mycernary is My Alltime Fav. Beer.

    Haha. Just saw your AV.
  28. incapacitant

    incapacitant Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    Founders Double Trouble
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Boundary Bay IPA
    DFH Burton Baton
  29. johnyb

    johnyb Crusader (701) Aug 11, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    White Oak Jai Alai
    DF 90
    Alpine Nelson
    Stone Ruination 10th
  30. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,292) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

  31. Alex1976

    Alex1976 Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2011 Washington

    Sound Humulo Nimbus
    Black Raven Wisdom Seeker
    my two favorites of the moment, but both pliny's have a special place in my heart along with blind pig and hop slam
  32. printer1

    printer1 Initiate (181) Aug 29, 2005 Iowa

    Psuedo Sue
    Pliny The Elder
    Arctic Panzer
    Big Sky
  33. tone77

    tone77 Poo-Bah (5,104) May 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Heady Topper
    SN Ruthless Rye IPA
    Elevated IPA
    Red Racer IPA
    21st Amendment IPA
    Blue Point White IPA
    Terrapin Hopsecutioner
    X-114 IPA
    Pako's IPA
  34. maximep

    maximep Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2009 New York

    Hop Ottin', for the haters.

    No love in these mean streets for this one.
  35. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,330) Oct 24, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    Favorite ale hop bombs:
    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker

    Favorite lager hop bombs:
    Mikkeller Hop Burn Low
    Jack's Abby Hoponius Union
  36. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    Alpine Nelson
    Alpine Bad Boy
    Alpine Double Nelson
    Alpine Duet
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Russian River Blind Pig
    The Alchemist Heady Topper
    Lawson's Triple Play
    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    Stone Enjoy By
  37. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    FFF Dreadnaught(all time fav)
    RR IPA
    Alpine Nelson
    Harmon St. Helens
    Knee Deep Citra
    Kern River Just Outstanding
    Dbl Mtn Killer Green
    Boneyard RPM
    Ballast Point Dorado
    HoTD Blue Dot
    Bells Hopslam
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Lagunitas Waldos
    Ithaca Flower Power
  38. rodlavers

    rodlavers Defender (617) Jun 20, 2012 Maryland

    head hunter tops my list, as of right now
  39. Hoptometrist

    Hoptometrist Meyvn (1,059) Mar 19, 2011 Ohio

    Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA
    Boneyard RPM IPA
    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    Columbus IPA
    Stone IPA
    Bear Republic Racer 5

    3F Arctic Panzer Wolf
    21st Amendment Hop Crisis
    Columbus Creeper
    DFH Burton Baton
    Pliny the Elder
    Founder's Double Trouble

    Honorable mention:
    Zombie Dust (one of the best beers I have ever had, although considered a pale ale)
  40. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (743) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    A little Sumpin' Sumpin' Sumpin' Sumpin' Sumpin'
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