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Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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

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  1. marcron03

    marcron03 May 24, 2011 California

    deschuttes chasin freshies and great divide fresh hop pale ale :)

    oh wholefoods market in newport beach is doing 20% off american craft beers tomorrow election day.
     
  2. anichols70

    anichols70 Jun 15, 2010 New Hampshire

    No particular order...

    Ruination
    Heady Topper
    Union Jack
    Founders Centennial
    90-minute
     
  3. BrianJohnson

    BrianJohnson Nov 5, 2012 South Carolina

    In order of greatest love to only great love:
    Dogfish Head 120 Minute (only found it a couple times)
    Dogfish Head 90 Minute
    Terrapin Hopsecutioner
    Smuttynose
    Victory Hopdevil
     
  4. zac16125

    zac16125 Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Double IPAs:
    By my ratings:
    Hopslam
    110k OT (had it the day it came out, super fresh it was AMAZING)
    Heady Topper
    Boy King
    Dreadnaught

    By my memory, would be the above, with consideration of Oak Aged Unearthly and Yulesmith Summer.

    IPAs
    By my ratings:
    Sculpin
    Westbrook IPA
    Oak Aged Jai Alai
    Alesmith IPA
    Stone IPA

    per my memory, the above plus consideration of Masala Mama
     
  5. kpacedo

    kpacedo Nov 24, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    1. Younger
    2. Elder
    3. Alesmith IPA
    4. Heady
    5. ZD

    Honorable mention:
    Ruination
    Racer 5
    Green Flash WC
    Torpedo
    Coronado Idiot
     
  6. DanE

    DanE Feb 24, 2012 Connecticut

    No one cares but....

    #1. NEBCO Sea Hag (if this is all I had, I wouldn't be sad)

    NEBCO Gandhi-Bot
    FFF Artic Panzerwolf ( I haven't had dreadnaught)
    Pliny the Elder
    Green flash Hop Hed Red / G'Knight (IPA-ish and IIPA-ish, respectively)

    Honorable mentions Green flash WC IPA and Double Jack
     
  7. neeko530

    neeko530 Oct 17, 2012 Indiana

    bell's two hearted ale
    shlafly tazmanian ipa
    dogfish head 90 minute
    FFF dreadnaught
    FFF arctic panzer wolf
    Founders double trouble
    Bell's hopslam
    Stone ruination 10yr anniversary
     
  8. LOCAL

    LOCAL Oct 29, 2006 New Hampshire

    Dreadnaught
    Heady Topper
    Double Trouble
    Apocalypse Cow
    Nectar
    Finest Kind
    Stone
     
  9. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Aug 10, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    Actually, contrary to your homoerotic fairy tale, there are quite a few Dogfish Head beers that I don't like. There are a lot that I do like. There are also many other breweries besides DFH I buy beer from. I don't care what you like, if you don't like DFH, don't drink it.
    Sounds like I hit a nerve, to bring out such a lame, hateful and presumptuous post back out of you. Good job, bruh! You like wasting your time slagging on a consistent, honest company and someone you don't even know? Unfortunately, that's your prerogative. Sorry(not really), but when I see bullshit, I call it. You don't like it? Ask someone who cares.
    Not interested in wasting any more time. If you have any other words of wisdom for me, you know where to put em'. You won't get a response, either. Direct your ill will and hate elsewhere.
     
  10. CelticAleMan

    CelticAleMan Dec 11, 2010 California

    I was just talking about this the other day. In all reality it should be an IPA. It has higher ABV than Blind Pig and similar IBUs. I only use Blind Pig because it is the quintessential west coast IPA. I am not saying it is the best, but it is a good measuring stick. When Zombie Dust competes in the APA category at GABF it is kinda cheating. IMO of course
     
  11. starrdogg

    starrdogg Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
    Beer Trader

    All Vermont edition:

    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Hill Farmstead Ephraim
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #5
    Heady Topper
     
  12. BAstoutsNsours

    BAstoutsNsours Sep 21, 2012 Florida

    Haha, what a long-winded response from someone who doesn't care, obviously you do or you wouldn't have quoted my post to begin with. Such a hypocrite. Have fun with that craft natty ice you're drinking. Bwahaha.
     
  13. Biffster

    Biffster Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    In no order

    Bells Two Hearted
    Shorts Humalupalicious
    Kuhnhenn DRIPA
    Founders Centennial IPA

    and fine...

    Celebration

    What can I say? I live in a great state for IPAs...
     
  14. MeBeerGood

    MeBeerGood Jan 27, 2010 Massachusetts

    No particular order;

    Nelson
    Flower Power
    Sucks
    Founders Harvest Ale
    Duet

    Honorable mention; Union Jack, West Coast IPA, Ruination, and Finest Kind

    (Never had Heady, Elder, or anything from Hill Farmstead or Kern River. List could change when I do.)
     
  15. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Jul 7, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    stone enjoy by was amazing
    ithaca flower power so good
    nelson and duet from alpine it is a toss up (also really like pure hoppiness and exponential but really hard to get)
    master plan from hollister is so good only get in growlers
    citra from kern river is OMG
    heady topper of course on the list just tried a 4pack couple weeks ago and was so yummy
     
  16. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    DIPAs:

    Abrasive
    Ruination
    Heady
    Pliny
    Double Jack

    IPAs:

    Two Hearted
    Stone
    Steel Toe Size 7 (seriously, trade for this)
    Maine Lunch
    Firestone Walker Union Jack
     
  17. mjryan

    mjryan Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    So many good ones, I'll just give you my all time favorites.
    IPA= Town Hall Masala Mamma.
    DIPA= Russian River Pliny the Elder. Have only had a couple of ounces of Alchemist Heady Topper, and I'm tempted to crown it the best hoppy beer ever brewed, but that would be silly. Right?
     
  18. Keyportnick

    Keyportnick Sep 29, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    No order

    Oracle
    Hopslam
    Ale asylum bedlam
    Victory hop wallop
    Six point resin
     
  19. HeadyHops81

    HeadyHops81 Jul 9, 2009 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Top 5 IPAs
    Duet
    Racer 5
    Aroma Coma
    Jade
    Chinookerd

    Top 5 DIPA
    Pliny
    Heady Topper
    Abrassive
    Dreadnaught
    Hopslam
     
  20. CelticAleMan

    CelticAleMan Dec 11, 2010 California

    DIPAs:
    Kern 5th Anniversary
    Pliny
    Alpine Bad Boy
    Sucks
    Enjoy By

    Close runner-up:
    Hopslam

    IPAs:
    Surly Wet (last years was by far the best IPA I have had)
    Nelson
    Blind Pig
    Duet
    Sculpin

    Runner up:
    Union Jack (this is probably the one I buy the most due to a combination of availablity, price, and freshness)
     
  21. dbol

    dbol Aug 19, 2007 California

    in no order...

    heady topper
    blind pig
    hill farmstead citra
    schlafly tasmanian ipa
    celebration
     
  22. BWarrington

    BWarrington Jan 8, 2012 Florida

    A lot of internet robots.

    2 Hearted
    Burton Baton
    This last release of 120
    Stone Cali-beli
    Boully Double-wide
     
  23. freethehopspc

    freethehopspc Apr 26, 2007 Alabama

    Snake handler
    Gp IPA
    SW IPA
    2hrt
    Founders IPA
     
  24. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Oct 9, 2012

    IPA:
    Bear Republic Racer 5 (First IPA that I really loved)
    Founders Harvest Ale
    Firestone Walker Union Jack
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    Stone IPA
    DIPA:
    Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (Some sources say dipa some say rye? Not really sure)
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
    Southern Tier Unearthly
    Southern Tier 2XIPA
    Stone 10th anniversary Ruination

    In general I tend to prefer more balanced and fruity IPA's rather than just super dry, bitter ones.
     
  25. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Oct 9, 2012

    Honorable mention to Lagunitas IPA, Stone 16th Anniversary, and Stone Ruination
     
  26. GrizzWranglin

    GrizzWranglin Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina

    1.SWEETWATER IPA
    2.SWEETWATER IPA
    3. SWEETWATER IPA
    4. SWEETWATER IPA
    5.SWEETWATER IPA
    Honorable Mention to Sculpin and racer 5 and torpedo
     
  27. shawnp

    shawnp Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Abrasive
    HT
    Furious
    Flower Power
    Pliny
     
  28. ALitteral

    ALitteral Jun 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    IPA - Two Hearted, Lagunitas IPA, Blind Pig, Sculpin, Sierra Nevada Estate (Homegrown Wet Hop)

    DIPA - Younger, Elder, Heady Topper, Hopslam, Abner
     
  29. modern

    modern May 31, 2012 Ohio

    IIPA:

    Society & Solitude #5
    PtE
    Abner
    Dreadnaught
    Palate Wrecker

    Honorable mention, Arctic Panzer Wolf. With Late Night Slice Spicy Ass Pepperoni and enough Arctic Panzer Wolf, this sometimes takes over the top spot.

    IPA:
    Head Hunter
    Zombie Dust (shush it apa people)
    Wet
    Racer 5
    Two Hearted

    Honorable mention, All Day IPA. Really, should a session beer taste this good?
     
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  30. oya1time

    oya1time Dec 23, 2010 California

    Knuckle sandwich
    Kern citra
    Hopslam
    Pliny younger
    Odell myrcenary
     
  31. RRC87

    RRC87 Jun 5, 2009 Minnesota

    1.) Wet
    2.) Abrasive
    3.) Hop Stoopid
    4.) Furious
    5.) Centennial

    With honorable mentions to Hop Crisis, and Glacial Trail

    I know I'm a homer and 3 of my top 5 are all made by the same brewery, but I legitimately believe they deserve to be there.
     
  32. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    1. Heady Topper
    2. HF Abner
    3. Lawson's Triple Play IPA
    4. Hopslam
    5. Double Daisy Cutter/Zombie Dust (tie)

    *Haven't had anything from Kern or Alpine, and never had PtY
     
  33. dhartogs

    dhartogs Apr 29, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    In no particular order:
    Heady Topper
    Pliny
    Hopslam
    Enjoy By (had the 11.09.12) but if it's the same recipe every time sign me up!
    Troegs Perpetual (My everyday go to IPA)
     
  34. dianimal

    dianimal Apr 18, 2012 California

    In no particular order:

    Pliny the Elder
    Double Jack
    Sculpin
    Blind Pig
    Just Outstanding
    Hop Stoopid
    AleSmith IPA
    Enjoy By

    ...I know I listed eight, but they're all so tasty I couldn't narrow it down. Plus, there are so many I haven't tried yet!! :)
     
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  35. JimsArcade

    JimsArcade Jan 20, 2004 Pennsylvania

    IIPA:
    1. Heady Topper - The Alchemist
    2. Pliny the Younger - Russian River
    3. Resin - Sixpoint
    4. 120-Minute IPA - Dogfish Head
    5. Hopslam - Bell's

    IPA:
    1. Blind Pig - Russian River
    2. IPA - Stone
    3. West Coast IPA - Green Flash
    4. Two Hearted Ale - Bell's
    5. 60 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head
     
  36. sil1

    sil1 May 19, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Heady
    Pliny
    Green flash pallet wrecker
    Hop 15
    Hop henge/hoopstoopid/ racerx

    Ipa

    Blind pig
    Hopslam
    West coast ipa
    Lagunitas ipa
    Sculpin

    Pale
    Zombie dust
     
  37. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    Alpine Nelson
    Alpine Duet
    Alpine Bad Boy
    Alpine Pure Hoppiness
    Alpine O'Brien's
     
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  38. GJ40

    GJ40 Dec 25, 2007 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    No particular order:

    RR Pliny the Elder
    Alpine Duet
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Port Brewing Poor Man's DIPA
    Hop Clash West Coast IPA (my homebrew)
     
  39. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Whatever ones are fresh & reasonably priced when I go to the store. Seriously.
     
  40. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    Two Hearted
    Scuplin
    90 minute
    Big Eddy IIPA
    Hop Devil
     
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