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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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

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  1. NWer

    NWer Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    Pliny the Elder
    Racer X
    Ace of Spades
    Trickster
    Cowiche Canyon Hop Lab
    do I have to stop at five?
    Hop Venom - sorry can't do it.
    Furious
    Abrasive
    Double Jack
    DuganA
    Ruination 10th
     
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  2. Whimpers

    Whimpers Dec 17, 2010 New York
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    1. Heady Topper
    2. Lagunitas Sucks
    3. Flower Power
    4. Pliny the Elder
    5. Dogfish Head 90
     
  3. Ish1

    Ish1 Feb 25, 2010 Minnesota
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    PtE
    Abrasive
    Hopslam
    Masala Mamma
    Wet
     
  4. takach79

    takach79 Apr 3, 2011 Indiana
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    1.PanzerWolf - FFF brewpub draft ONLY. (other Panzer bottles and/or drafts don't compare)
    2.Hopslam (bottle and/or draft anywhere)
    3.Holiday Sucks (bottle)
    4.Elder (draft or bottle anywhere)
    5. Heady (can) / Double Trouble (draft)
     
  5. denver10

    denver10 Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Odell's IPA
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Firestone Walker's Double Jack
    Dry Dock's Seven Seas
    Russian River's Pliny The Elder
     
  6. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    Heady
    Pliny
    Myrcenary
    Celebration
    Mongo
     
  7. smitherz22

    smitherz22 May 8, 2012 California

    IPA
    1) Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
    2) Maritime Brewery IPA
    3) KRBC Just Outstanding
    4) Union Jack
    5) Ranger

    IIPA
    1) Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild
    2) Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
    3) Pliny
    4) Stone Ruination
    5) Simtra
     
  8. smitherz22

    smitherz22 May 8, 2012 California

    That's what I was thinking when I read your list
     
  9. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Heady Topper
    Pliny
    Flower Power
    Double Daisy Cutter
    Furious
     
  10. smitherz22

    smitherz22 May 8, 2012 California

    Is the Columbus IPA called that because of the hops? If so....YUM! Who makes it?
     
  11. jmich24

    jmich24 Jan 28, 2010 Michigan

    DIPA
    1. Heady Topper
    2. FFF Dreadnaught
    3. Pliny
    4. Ninja vs. Unicorn
    5a. Double Trouble
    5b. Hopslam

    IPA.
    1. Two Hearted
    2. Zobie Dust (APA)
    3. Daisy Cutter (APA)
    4. Finest Kind
    5. Huma (Shorts)

    I included the APAs because they are very hop forward and very well could be classified if the ABV wasnt known.
     
  12. JamesMN

    JamesMN Jul 12, 2012 Minnesota

    Based on what I've had so far in no particular order:

    Odell IPA
    Ruination
    DFH 90
    Furious
    Saga
     
  13. rodrigueZflyingf0x

    rodrigueZflyingf0x Jun 11, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    DIPA
    1. Pliny
    2. Palate Wrecker
    3. Central City Imperial
    4. Green Flash Imperial
    5. Maximus

    IPA
    1. AleSmith
    2. Fat Tug
    3. Hopwired
    4. Sartori Harvest
    5. Green Flash West Coast
     
  14. vbiliyar

    vbiliyar Jan 13, 2008 Wisconsin

    Avery Maharaja
    FW Double Jack
    DFH 90 Minute
    Lagunitas Sucks
    SN Celebration

    Threw those last two in there as I'm hard-pressed to think of more DIPAs that I would put in a top 5 list... I've had both Heady Topper and Pliny, but I think I'm more a fan of sweeter DIPAs than really floral DIPAs.
     
  15. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    In no particular order:
    IPA:
    Rubicon IPA
    Masala Mama
    Alpine Duet
    Torpedo
    Steel Toe Size 7

    DIPA:
    Abrasive
    Heady Topper
    Pliny the Elder
    Founders Double Trouble
    Bell's Oracle
     
  16. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 May 18, 2011 Illinois

    Bell's Two Hearted Ale
    Three Floyds Dreadnaught
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    Flossmoor Station IPA
    Bell's Kalamazoo Hopsoulution
     
  17. CheeseheadNation

    CheeseheadNation Jul 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Rye Da Tiger is fuggin awesome, highly recommended.

    Hopslam
    Pliny
    Deadnaught
    Ruination 10th Ann. (wish I would have bought more than 2 bottles)
     
  18. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    (512) IPA
    Alpine/New Belgium Super IPA
    Sixpoint Resin
    Southern Star Pro-Am 2012
    Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
     
  19. Angrysizefries

    Angrysizefries Jul 31, 2009 New Hampshire

    Regular IPA

    Smuttynose Finestkind
    Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale (I miss this)
    Stone IPA
    Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo

    Double/Imperial IPA

    Southern Tier Oak-Aged Unearthly
    Stone Ruination (wish I could have gotten a hold of one of the anniversary ones)
    Stone-Ishii Green Tea IPA
    Legacy Hoptimus Prime
    Stone 14th Anniversary Empyrial IPA
     
  20. imperialbeerdude

    imperialbeerdude Feb 5, 2012 Colorado

    Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
    Avery's The Maharaja
    New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
    Santa Fe Happy Camper
     
  21. jhhollier

    jhhollier Feb 4, 2008 Louisiana

    Saint Arnold Endeavour
    Sixpoint Resin
    Avery Dugana
    Dogfish Head 90 Min.
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

    Honorable mentions: Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary, Bear Republic Racer 5, Sierra Nevada Torpedo
     
  22. genitempo

    genitempo Jun 19, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    I'm amazed SS PA-12 didn't get more hype. That beer is a shit ton of awesomeness in a can.
     
  23. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    If only BA took Texas more seriously, I think it would've been as sought after as Heady Topper.

    Thank you for leaving it all for me ;)
     
  24. PghBeerAlien

    PghBeerAlien Feb 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    Sixpoint Resin
    Oskar Blues Deviant Dales
    Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
     
  25. GeddyLeeRocks

    GeddyLeeRocks Oct 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    The next one
    The one after that
    Two Hearted Ale
    Perpetual
    The last one of the night
     
  26. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Columbus Brewing Co. (Columbus, OH) makes it. Its absolutely fantastic.
     
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  27. cavedave

    cavedave Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    IIPA
    Heady
    Pliny
    Kryptonite
    Boy King
    Abrasive

    IPA
    White Rajah
    Flower Power
    Lunch
    Meadowlark
    Sculpin
     
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  28. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Hopslam
    Dreadnaught
    Founders Double Trouble
    Myrcenary
    Hopsickle

    Still have Nelson, Union Jack, Hop15 and Mongo, Alesmith, and Sculpin on deck and Heddy en route. I need to get drinking.
     
  29. ChickenSandwichCarl

    ChickenSandwichCarl Aug 29, 2012 Maine
    Beer Trader

    IPA's

    10 Barrel Apocalypse
    Boneyard RPM
    Maine Beer Co. Lunch(pre 6/25 batches)
    Firestone Walker Union Jack
    Oxbow Freestyle #8(The Chronic)

    DIPA's

    Heady Topper
    Abner
    Marshall Wharf's Can't Dog
    Boneyard Hop Venom
    Pliny the Elder
     
  30. Rob-P

    Rob-P Feb 29, 2012 Iowa

    Zombie Dust
    Edward
    Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget
    Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue
    Furious
    Modus Hoperendi

    Two comments: yes, I know I can't count and yes, I know 3 of these are "technically" APA's!
     
  31. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    Abner
    Ephraim
    double sunshine
    Triple play
    Heady, Kern Citra, SS#4, Hopslam.
     
  32. jageraholic

    jageraholic Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Heady Topper
    Flower Power
    Sculpin
    Ruination
    Modus Hoperandi
     
  33. copybingo

    copybingo Aug 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I knew you must be an east coaster when I saw your favs. If you can get Heavy Seas Loose Cannon I'd give it a try. I'd put it in the same category.
     
  34. jageraholic

    jageraholic Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    damn, i forgot meadowlark and Lunch...also Be hoppy.
     
  35. Onenote81

    Onenote81 May 27, 2008 North Carolina

    Dreadnaught
    PtE
    Flower Power
    Furious
    Sculpin
     
  36. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Um...yeah, I'm going to have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there.
     
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  37. vrbulldog22

    vrbulldog22 Sep 5, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    PtE
    heady
    bodhi
    sculpin
    ruination 10th anniversary
     
  38. tabascosigned

    tabascosigned Oct 4, 2012 Virginia

    5 Union Jacks
     
  39. Keith238

    Keith238 Jul 31, 2007 New Jersey

    In no particular order:
    Flower Power
    Deviant Dales
    Sculpin
    90 Min
    2 hearted
     
  40. ao125

    ao125 Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    IPA (in no particular order)
    • Mikkeller - Single Hop Nelson Sauvin
    • Three Floyds - Zombie Dust
    • DC Brau - The Corruption
    • Bell's - Two Hearted
    • Bear Republic - Racer 5

    DIPA/IIPA (in no particular order)
    • DC Brau - On The Wings of Armageddon
    • The Alchemist - Heady Topper
    • Oskar Blues - Gubna
    • 21st Amendment - Hop Crisis
    • Dogfish Head - 120min IPA with at least 2-3 years of age
     
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