Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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  1. dynajack1

    dynajack1 Initiate (160) Jul 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Flower Power
    Union Jack

    Heady Topper
    10th Anniversary Ruination
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
  2. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy Devotee (456) May 6, 2010 Illinois

    In no particular order:

    Two Hearted Ale
    Founder's Harvest
    Green Flash IPA
    Racer 5

    Pliny the Elder
    FFF Rye'da Tiger
    Double Trouble/Devil Dancer
  3. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,416) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Blind Pig
    Alpine Duet
    Just outstanding
    size 7

    Double Jack
  4. MeMyselfNAles7

    MeMyselfNAles7 Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2009 Puerto Rico

    My Fav 5 IPA
    Sierra Nevada Celebration
    Smuttynose Finest Kind
    Bells Two Hearted Ale
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    Victory HopDevil

    Fav 5 Double IPA
    DogFish Head 90 Minutes
    Hebrew Lennys RIPA
    Harpoon Leviathan IPA
    Samuel Adams Third Voyage
    Flying Dog Double Dog
  5. AJDePaul

    AJDePaul Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Illinois
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    FFF - Zombie Dust (APA)
    Two Hearted
    90 Min
    Founders - Centennial
    Bear Republic Racer 5

    Heady Topper
    Double Sunshine
    Ninja V Unicorn
  6. GilGarp

    GilGarp Poo-Bah (1,846) Mar 14, 2007 Colorado

    Off the top of my head?.. Some or all have likely been mentioned already but...

    Odell IPA
    Racer 5
    Red Racer
    Two Hearted

    Pliny the Elder
    Dry Dock Seven Seas
  7. mattdbh

    mattdbh Aspirant (205) Feb 21, 2009 California
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    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Drake's Aroma Coma
    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    SN Celebration Ale

    RR Pliny the Younger
    RR Pliny the Elder
    SN Hoptimum
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    Stone Ruination
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  8. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,330) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    When I'm craving that signature pine/citrus-hop IPA flavor, these are my 5 (+1) favorite IPAs - in alphabetical order:

    Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA
    Breckenridge's 471 IPA
    Founders' Centennial
    Founders' Double Trouble
    Green Flash's Palate Wrecker
    Shipyard's XXXX IPA

    ...BUT, based on the style classifications on BA and the reviews/scores I've done/given, it seems my true favorite IPAs are not typical IPAs...

    Hop God Reserve (more like a BSPA? - reminds me of a Duvel more than an IPA)
    Piraat (nothing at all like other IPAs in taste - a real gem, and one of my all-time faves)

    SN's Torpedo (slightly more along the lines of an American strong ale)

    DFH Burton Baton (that barrel-aging creates a unique taste)
    DFH's 90 minute IPA (chewier and maltier than most)

    *Honorable mention:
    TIPA (triple IPA):
    Founders' Devil Dancer (is there even another triple IPA?)

  9. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Double Sunshine
  10. Lincolnman

    Lincolnman Initiate (177) Nov 1, 2012 New York

    Sam Adams, SouthernTier Brewing,
    Grumpy Monk 2xIPA
    Latitude 48 Unearthly.
  11. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 California

    IPA: Nelson, Duet, Just Outstanding, The Pupil, Blind Pig

    DIPA: Double Nelson, Bad Boy, PP Carlsbad Poorman's IPA, Lagunitas SF Fusion, Double Jack
  12. Joesnow

    Joesnow Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 North Carolina

    Odell Myrcenary
    Avery Maharaja
    Oskar Blues Deviant Dales
    Ithica Flower Power
    Firestone Walker Union Jack
  13. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Defender (614) Aug 10, 2010 New York
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    Dude, how does it feel to be so much better/way too good for DFH? You're just too cool fo' skool! You should send Sam some of your own masterful proprietary recipes, so he can finally learn how it's done by the pros.
  14. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    pale ale
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  15. nyctrance2

    nyctrance2 Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 New York

    No order....
    AleSmith IPA
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Ithaca Flower Power
    FW Union Jack
    Cigar City Jai Alai

    FW Double Jack
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    Southern Tier Unearthly(Oak Aged)
    Capt. Lawrence Captain's Reserve
    Wachusett Larry
  16. Gentleman

    Gentleman Initiate (75) Jun 6, 2012 California
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    Dude... Come on people... Maybe you guys have not had this stuff. More than five but the best!!! (no particulare order):
    Kern Citra
    Kern Just outstanding
    Knee Deep Simtra
    Bad boy
    Hoppy Birthday
    Heady Topper
  17. gshak

    gshak Zealot (512) Feb 20, 2011 Texas

    FWIW (unordered list):
    IPAs - Stone IPA, Sculpin, Big Eye, Racer 5, Smuttynose
    DIPAs - Pliny, Maharaja, Hoptimum, Lagunitas Sucks, Deschutes Hop Henge
  18. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    In no real order:

    Two Hearted
    Heady Topper (this is crack and I need more)
    Lakefront (always can get it fresh and for $8, can't go wrong with that)
    Zombie Dust (though I only had it on tap once, but damn, really wish I could grab a 6er sometime somehow, those 5 pints were NOT enough)

    I haven't had many of the BA favorites such as any of the HF brews, Pliny, etc. One day, I suppose.
  19. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    there was a thread like this a couple weeks ago but i'll give it another go
    1 Zombie dust
    2 zombie dust
    3 zombie Dust
    4 Zombie Dust
  20. mfdish

    mfdish Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2011 Nevada

    Green Flash
    Racer 5
    Hopalong Cassidy

    Not necessarily in that order.
  21. borderican

    borderican Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 California
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    1.) Pliny the Elder
    2.) Drake's- Aroma Coma
    3.) Kern River-Just Outstanding
    4.) Citra
    5.) Alpine Brew-Bad Boy(DIPA)

    Triples(Bonus points)
    6.) Houblon Chouffe
    7.) Knee Deep-Simtra
  22. borderican

    borderican Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 California
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    Cali boy!!
  23. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    RR Pliny the Welder
    Stone Urination
    Bells Two Fisted
    Cigar City Jai -Lo
    Stone IP alot
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  24. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,901) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    Combining is hard, as i will be unable to mention many fantastic beers:

    Bell's Hopslam
    Three Floyd's Dreadnaught (only had it once, sad)
    Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
    Founder's Harvest Ale
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

    Well, that's six, and I am leaving off fantastic beers from Surly, Odell and Stone.
  25. GeckoPunk

    GeckoPunk Initiate (163) Jul 29, 2012 Connecticut

    I had Troeg's Perpetual IPA this weekend for the first time thanks to a trade from a great BA here (You know who you are... Thanks for the Evo Lot#3 and Dogfish Head 120, also!). I agree that it's up there with your post.

    As for my Top 5 which is changing all the time... Except for Heady Topper :grinning:

    Alchemist - Heady Topper
    New England Brewing Co. - Ghandi Bot
    Green Flash - Imperial IPA
    Ithaca - Flower Power
    Troeg - Perpetual IPA
  26. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Nice to see Flower Power getting the love it should. That beer is almost perfect.
  27. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (217) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    I tried to point this out in the first page of this thread but Zombie Dust is classified as an American Pale Ale. This thread is about IPA/DIPAs.
  28. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (217) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
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    I had one last night and maybe I got some that was too old or something but there was hardly any flavor to Flower Power.
  29. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    The latest batch is ticked for January on the side of the bottle. When it's fresh it's a mango/guava hoppy bomb.
  30. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    lol, I've heard this before. I stand by my statement zombie dust blows all other ipa's/dipa's out of the water
  31. shuggy

    shuggy Initiate (136) Dec 22, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    1. My homebrewed "house" DIPA
    2. Whatever other homebrewed IPA/DIPA I have on tap
    3. Fathead's Head Hunter
    4. Ithaca Flower Power
    5. Lagunitas Sucks
  32. Fahz

    Fahz Disciple (314) May 31, 2012 New York
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    On my list of hads looking fwd to trying many more!

    Southern Tier 2xIPA
    Dogfish 90
    Firestone Double Jack
    Founders Devil Dancer
    Victory Hop Wallop

    Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Firestone Union Jack
    Deviant Dales
  33. ComRock12

    ComRock12 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 Massachusetts

    In no order:
    Two Hearted
    Hoponius Union (ok, so it's a lager, but I don't know of a class for IPLs)
  34. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Man, lots of east coast stuff here, I'll represent some West Coast, as that's mainly what I've had outside of a few beer festivals, and we obviously can hold our own as well.

    My top 5 IPAs:

    Odell IPA
    Racer 5
    Elysian Idiot Sauvin
    Deschuttes Inversion
    Port Wipeout

    double IPA's:

    Odell Myrcenary
    Avery Dugana
    Flying Dog Raging Bitch
    Pliny (younger or Elder)
    Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
  35. BAstoutsNsours

    BAstoutsNsours Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Florida

    Awww, what? You have a hard-on for DFH and my post offended you and your big beer god Sam? Sooo sowey, so sowey. Hey bro, want some hops with that malt you be drinking?
  36. SamJory

    SamJory Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    1. Phillips Amnesiac Double IPA
    2. Stone Ruination
    3. Odell Myrcenary
    4. Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
    5. Southern Tier 2XIPA

    1. Phillips Hop Circle IPA
    2. Central City Red Racer IPA
    3. Sierra Nevada Celebration
    4. Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
    5. Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA
  37. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Poo-Bah (6,425) Dec 25, 2009 Pennsylvania
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  38. Satchboogie

    Satchboogie Savant (978) Oct 16, 2010 New Hampshire
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    1. Hill Farmstead could easily just take all top 5, but I'll put them all in a tie for #1 --
    1a - Abner
    2a - Double Galaxy
    3a - Society & Solitude #4
    4a - Ephraim
    5a - Nor
    5b - Double Citra
    2. Heady Topper
    3. Double Sunshine
    4. Kern River Citra
    5. Founders Double Trouble
    Honorable Mentions:
    Boy King, Dreadnaught, Galactic Double Daisy Cutter
    Overrated but still good - Pliny the Elder

    1. Holy Cow
    2. Sculpin
    3. Blind Pig
    4. Kern Just Outstanding
    5. Smuttynose Finestkind
    Left a TON of great IPAs out. There are just way too many good IPAs out there to do a top 5.
  39. caguiar

    caguiar Initiate (132) Jul 5, 2011 New Hampshire
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    A blind tasting of these styles led me to:
    1. HFS Abner
    2. Heady Topper
    3. Surly Abrasive
    4. Alpine Nelson
    5. MBC Lunch

    Honorable mentions:
    Pliny, Sculpin, Flower Power, and Society & Solitude 4.
  40. haruspexvic

    haruspexvic Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2012 Illinois

    stone ipa
    modus hoperandai
    la cumbre elevated
    union jack

    double jack
    stone enjoy by 9 21
    arctic panzer wolf
    90 min
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