Top American IPAs & Imperial IPAs

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  1. marcron03

    marcron03 Initiate (148) May 24, 2011 California

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

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

    anichols70 Initiate (150) Jun 15, 2010 New Hampshire

    No particular order...

    Heady Topper
    Union Jack
    Founders Centennial
  3. BrianJohnson

    BrianJohnson Initiate (179) 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
    Victory Hopdevil
  4. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,787) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

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

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

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

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

    kpacedo Initiate (99) Nov 24, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

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

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

    DanE Disciple (328) 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 Initiate (0) 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 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New Hampshire

    Heady Topper
    Double Trouble
    Apocalypse Cow
    Finest Kind
  9. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Defender (614) 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 Initiate (0) 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 Champion (825) 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 Initiate (0) 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 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    In no order

    Bells Two Hearted
    Shorts Humalupalicious
    Kuhnhenn DRIPA
    Founders Centennial IPA

    and fine...


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

    MeBeerGood Initiate (19) Jan 27, 2010 Massachusetts

    No particular order;

    Flower Power
    Founders Harvest Ale

    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 Zealot (579) 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 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota


    Double Jack


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

    mjryan Zealot (578) 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 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    No order

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

    HeadyHops81 Initiate (146) Jul 9, 2009 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Top 5 IPAs
    Racer 5
    Aroma Coma

    Top 5 DIPA
    Heady Topper
  20. CelticAleMan

    CelticAleMan Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California

    Kern 5th Anniversary
    Alpine Bad Boy
    Enjoy By

    Close runner-up:

    Surly Wet (last years was by far the best IPA I have had)
    Blind Pig

    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 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2007 California
    Beer Trader

    in no order...

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

    BWarrington Initiate (0) 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 Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2007 Alabama

    Snake handler
    Gp IPA
    SW IPA
    Founders IPA
  24. Schwerzpunkt

    Schwerzpunkt Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012

    Bear Republic Racer 5 (First IPA that I really loved)
    Founders Harvest Ale
    Firestone Walker Union Jack
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    Stone IPA
    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 Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012

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

    GrizzWranglin Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina

    Honorable Mention to Sculpin and racer 5 and torpedo
  27. shawnp

    shawnp Aspirant (235) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Flower Power
  28. ALitteral

    ALitteral Initiate (0) 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 Initiate (0) May 31, 2012 Ohio


    Society & Solitude #5
    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.

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

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

    oya1time Initiate (121) Dec 23, 2010 California

    Knuckle sandwich
    Kern citra
    Pliny younger
    Odell myrcenary
  31. RRC87

    RRC87 Initiate (0) 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 Initiate (0) 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 Disciple (364) Apr 29, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    In no particular order:
    Heady Topper
    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 Initiate (161) Apr 18, 2012 California

    In no particular order:

    Pliny the Elder
    Double Jack
    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!! :slight_smile:
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  35. JimsArcade

    JimsArcade Initiate (167) Jan 20, 2004 Pennsylvania

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

    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 Aspirant (227) May 19, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

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


    Blind pig
    West coast ipa
    Lagunitas ipa

    Zombie dust
  37. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Aspirant (211) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

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

    GJ40 Poo-Bah (1,717) 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 Zealot (534) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

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

    MooseBoose Zealot (533) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    Two Hearted
    90 minute
    Big Eddy IIPA
    Hop Devil
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