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17 Great IPA Breweries

Since the arrival of Heady Topper in portable cans in 2011, the era of the IPA dominated by bitter acid hops has given way to the “lock and load” hazy IPA defined by large helpings of aroma hops in opaque beers. Those IPA breweries who have skillfully navigated this new era of unfiltered liquidity (pun intended) include some of the best-known beer emporiums to have emerged during craft’s explosive expansion to more than 8,000 breweries.

In the second decade of the 2000s, when the success of large regional brewers presented a challenge for smaller brewers seeking to break out, along came a unique IPA in Vermont loaded with aroma hops and delivered in a style that showcased New World hybrids developed in the Pacific Northwest and Australia/New Zealand.


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55johnnie's picture
All those IPAs, and no mention of Vinnie Cilurzo's Pliny? C'mon guys, it's the best IPA of all time. Hazys will fade, and Pliny will still be on the top of the list. Just sayin'.
ibebeerboy's picture
Your list of best IPA breweries omitted the very best - Pure Project San Diego. Not big, not in supermarkets or warehouse stores, just badass and the best.
Editorial Dept.'s picture
Hi 55johnnie and ibebeerboy, We tried our best to include as many terrific IPA-focused breweries as we could, but there will always be oversights. Thanks for your suggestions and we appreciate you reading!

Comments

55johnnie's picture
All those IPAs, and no mention of Vinnie Cilurzo's Pliny? C'mon guys, it's the best IPA of all time. Hazys will fade, and Pliny will still be on the top of the list. Just sayin'.
ibebeerboy's picture
Your list of best IPA breweries omitted the very best - Pure Project San Diego. Not big, not in supermarkets or warehouse stores, just badass and the best.
Editorial Dept.'s picture
Hi 55johnnie and ibebeerboy, We tried our best to include as many terrific IPA-focused breweries as we could, but there will always be oversights. Thanks for your suggestions and we appreciate you reading!

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