Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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  1. cerp66

    cerp66 Initiate (23) Sep 20, 2007 South Carolina

    Deviant Dale's IPA
  2. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,021) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    No particular order:
    Jai Alai/Humidor Series Jai Alai
    Deviant Dale’s
    Zombie Dust*
    90 Minute/Squall
    GD Rumble IPA
    Mikkeller I Beat yoU
    Evolution Lot No. 3

    *= only had once but was an instant favorite.

    Honorable mention:

    Never had, but dying to try:
    Palate Wrecker
  3. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2011 Ohio
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    Fat Heads Headhunter, Brew Kettle White Rajah, Columbus IPA, Great Lakes Commodore Perry, Bell's Two Hearted.

    Sup Ohio haterz?
  4. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,021) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Oh, and if Belgian IPAs count (saw someone list Le Freak and BP White earlier):

    A Little Sumpin’ Wild
    Tramp Stamp
    Dubbel Cannon
    Le Freak
    BP White IPA
  5. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (715) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    New Glarus Thumbprint IIPA
    Odell Myrcenary Double IPA
    Surly Furious
    Two Brothers Resistance IPA
    Three Floyds Rye'da Tiger
  6. JohannBock

    JohannBock Aspirant (223) Jul 14, 2011 Virginia

    I'm going to forget at least one great one be here they are from what I've had:

    1. Heady Topper
    2. SN Celebration
    3. Victory HopDevil
    4. Troegs Perpetual IPA
    5. Smuttynose Finestkind
    6. Bells Two Hearted
    7. Founders Red RyePA
  7. muletrane

    muletrane Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Heady Topper (My all time favorite beer)

    Flower Power
    Troegs Perpetual IPA
    Racer 5
    Two Hearted Ale
    Founders Double Trouble
    Founders Centennial IPA
    Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA
    Breaker Brewing Company I Love PA IPA
    Goose Island IPA
    Lagunitas IPA
    Hop Stoopid
    Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA
  8. muletrane

    muletrane Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2006 Pennsylvania

    and Celebration Ale.
  9. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (468) Aug 30, 2012 California

    Off the top of my head:
    Stone 15th Anny Black IPA
    DFH 60 Minute
    Knee Deep - Simtra
  10. mwrecording

    mwrecording Aspirant (210) Nov 14, 2009 Maryland

    Heady Topper is one of my favorite beers, let alone my favorite IPA.

    Of the ones I can here:
    Lagunitas Maximus(though you can throw in just about any of their beers)
    Deviant Dales
    Loose Cannon(I think being able to often get week old bottles helps)
    Double Simcoe
  11. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,102) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    modus hoperandi (suprised nobody else gave ska any love)
    odell ipa
    deschutes chainbreaker wipa
    deschutes chasing freshies (i could drink this all day every day, so well balanced)
    stone enjoy by
    dry dock seven seas
    founders double trouble
    deviant dales
    dales pale ale
    upslope ipa
    happy camper
  12. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    Two Term
    80 Acre
  13. CardinalMike05

    CardinalMike05 Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2012

    Relatively new to the craft brew, or more so to branching out into trying new/more expensive stuff so my list won't be terrible interesting most likely. Also going to mix DIPA's and IPA's. Anyways..I had the pleasure of living in NorCal for a time, though sadly I no longer live there. That said, my number one will start off with my favorite beer on the planet...

    1. Pliny the Elder (I'd kill to get my hands on it again)
    2. Double Jack
    3. Ruination
    4. Raj IPA (it was my first IPA to my knowledge and will always have spot in my heart)
    5. Racer 5

    Was only going to do 5, but....I gotta get Seirra Nevada on the list. So

    #6 Torpedo
  14. CardinalMike05

    CardinalMike05 Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2012

    Good call on Modus. I love that beer.
  15. sailorastro

    sailorastro Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2011 Connecticut

    Heady Topper
    90 Minute IPA
    75 Minute IPA
    Ghandi Bot
    Harpoon IPA
    Stone Ruination IPA
    SN Hoptimum
    SN Torpedo
    Sixpoint Resin
  16. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,121) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
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    Just "hop"pin on this thread. Reading 4 pages of the best IPAs around has me salivating! I wonder what I'll be drinking when I get home?...
    So here goes:

    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Bells The Oracle (surprised to only see this on 1 other list)
    Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
    Brash The Bollocks (fairly new to the scene & super intense)
    Avery Maharaja
    3 Floyds Dreadnaught
    Bells Hopslam
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    21st Amendment Hop Crisis (am I really the only one here that loves this?)
    Southern Tier Unearthly
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (best DIPA bomber value ever!)
    Oskar Blues Deviant Dales
    Clown Shoes Eagle Claw Fist (which they call an imperial red but but it belongs here on MY list)

    So many more awesome ones out there, but themz my favs.
  17. Kinsman

    Kinsman Champion (873) Aug 26, 2009 California

    In no particular order
    SN Celebration
    Smuttynose Finestkind
    Portsmouth Bottle Rocket
    Lawsons Chinooker'd
    FW Union Jack
    Stone IPA

    HF Abner
    Heady Topper
    HF Society & Solitude #4
    Wachusett Larry
    FW Double Jack
  18. mattdbh

    mattdbh Aspirant (205) Feb 21, 2009 California
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    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Russian River Pliny the Younger
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Stone Ruination
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    Lagunitas IPA
    Firestone Union Jack
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    Knee Deep Simtra
  19. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    I've never tasted Pliny or HT. But from the IPA's I have had: (in no particular order)

    Finest Kind (excellent fresh)
    Stone IPA (terrific citrusy flavors)
    Torpedo (great any day)
    Goose Island EIPA (my fave EIPA)
    Resin (I enjoy taking my time with this one)
    DFH 90 (big, bold, complex)
    2XIPA (similar to Stone's)
    Celebration (vert tasty and sessionable)
    DFH 60 (great on tap)
    Founders Double Trouble (a very enjoyable sipper)
  20. vernalagnia

    vernalagnia Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Vermont

    DFH 90 minute
    Terrapin Hopsecutioner
    Amnesia Copacetic
  21. iwantmorehops

    iwantmorehops Aspirant (232) Sep 25, 2010 Vermont
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    Double Sunshine
  22. tendermorsel

    tendermorsel Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2006 Massachusetts

    It depends on my mood/what I am doing.

    For a regular session IPA it doesn't get any better than Smutty IPA. Relatively cheap available very quaffable.

    Double Sunshine is insanely good as an occational treat. Same with Heady Topper. Sean Hill knows what he is doing with hops too. Most of his IPA's DIPA's are dank as hell.

    I like Blind Pig a lot too. Better than Pliny to be honest.

    The Kernel brewery out of London makes killer IPA's. Lot's of different one off beers with different hops. Seriously under the radar brewery on this side of the pond.
  23. AndrewBV

    AndrewBV Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2012 Connecticut

    Victory HopDevil
  24. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,491) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    You asked for favorite IPA's an your list is about all DIPA's.

    IPA's = Flower Power, Furious, Duet, Two Hearted Ale. Putting in ZD here whether they call it an APA or not. Blind Pig. In no particular order except Two Hearted which pulls up the rear on the list.

    DIPA's = HT, Pliny, Kern Citra
  25. Hessian257

    Hessian257 Devotee (486) Mar 22, 2011 New Jersey
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    Looking back on my hads:

    Finest King
    Two Hearted
    Zombie Dust

    Heady Topper
    Burton Baton
    Pliny the Elder
  26. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,491) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Ah, I forgot about Sucks, should be around soon too. IMO from memory , but very close to Pliny in flavor profile.
  27. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    i have a ton but top would be

    Pliny The Elder
    Heady Topper
    Smuttynose IPA
    Flower Power
    Blind Pig
    Centennial IPA
    Two Hearted
    Green Flash West Coast IPA

    just to name a few
  28. Gannon81

    Gannon81 Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2012 Oregon

    Caldera IPA
    Double Mountain Hop Lava
    Hop Ottin'
  29. CSQ1111

    CSQ1111 Devotee (409) Jan 10, 2010 Kentucky

    IPA is my favorite beer style, and there are so many that I enjoy that it is hard to specify here.

    But I do like to keep a sixer of either Two Hearted or Stone IPA in the fridge at all times. This satisfies my hop craving and also provides two excellent gateway crafts to offer to my BMC drinking neighbors.

    I'll also try to have some local variety that is not readily available here in Western Kentucky to satisfy my sense of adventure. Currently, I have a six pack of Westbrook IPA from South Carolina which is VERY tasty.

    Next up, Fat Head Head Hunter IPA from Ohio.
  30. Stogies

    Stogies Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2012 Florida

    Mine are...

    Heady T
    Z Dust
    Lawsons Hopzilla
    Funky Buddha Scoundrel
  31. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    Odell's IPA, All Day IPA, Day Time IPA, Two-hearted Ale, Ranger IPA bombers and Wanderer IPA (ok, that's six, but no DIPA. Like 'em. Don't love 'em.)
  32. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (217) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
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    Is Zombie Dust an IPA?
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  33. pk18

    pk18 Aspirant (252) Jun 12, 2012 Wisconsin
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    It's an APA.
  34. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Mine apparently are:

    1.) Pliny the Elder
    2.) Nelson
    3.) Heady Topper
    4.) Masala Mama
    5.) Union Jack
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  35. HeyJim

    HeyJim Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Still a lot of exploring to do, but thus far :

    Troeg's Perpetual
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Bell's Two-Hearted
    Victory HopDevil
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
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  36. pk18

    pk18 Aspirant (252) Jun 12, 2012 Wisconsin
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    1) Heady Topper
    2) Pliny the Elder
    3) Dreadnaught
    4) Double Jack
    5) Hopslam
  37. ferillo

    ferillo Devotee (489) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Boy King
  38. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    Oh, I forgot Hoplam, a DIPA I actually want repeaters of.
  39. Ynot2

    Ynot2 Initiate (142) Jul 24, 2009 California
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    Drakes 1500
    On deck
    Sea Monster
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  40. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Pliny the Elder
    Heady Topper
    Society & Solitude #4
    Double Sunshine

    no attempt to rank... it's too hard once you get to the top tier.
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