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Top 47 IPAs

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Top 47 IPAs

IPAs. All craft beer lovers have an opinion about them, and all craft breweries make one. They’re hopped-up, bitter and delightfully ubiquitous; the staples of the modern craft beer scene.

With so many different options saturating the market, it’s hard not to get a little fatigued with the innumerable options. The style itself is so popular that the Beer Judge Certification Program has splintered the category into a kaleidoscope of colors and descriptors. Instead of just an American IPA, brewers can now make Hazy IPA, Session IPA, Red IPA, Black IPA, Belgian IPA, Double IPA, etc. You get it. IPAs are everywhere.


Anchor Liberty Ale, the granddaddy of all IPAs.


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However, some IPAs are better than others. Sure, you pretty much know what you’re going to get when you crack one open, but chances are you have some personal favorites, as well as some you think are inferior to those favorites.

We too, have our favorites, and they are all represented here in this list. In honor of the 47th year that Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale (debatably the first modern American IPA) has been in production, I present to you: the Top 47 IPAs The Beer Connoisseur has reviewed!

(Disclaimer #1: I’m sure there are hundreds, perhaps thousands more IPAs out there that we have not reviewed, but for this list, I’ve stuck with ones that we have an actual opinion on.)

(Disclaimer #2: This list does not delineate between American IPA, Double IPA or Specialty IPA since this is a celebration of all IPAs -- hence the title of "Top 47 IPAs" not "Top 47 American IPAs," "Top 47 Double IPAs," or Top 47 Session IPAs." Cheers!)


#47

Hoppyright Infringement NOLA Brewing Co.

95
by Michael Heniff
Hoppyright Infringement
NOLA Brewing Co.

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Featuring one of the best beer names on this entire list, Hoppyright Infringement from NOLA Brewing Co. in New Orleans is a New England-style DIPA that's double dry hopped with Centennial, Equinox, Mosaic and Citra hops.


#46

Weekend Vibes IPA Coronado Brewing Co.

95
by Dan Martich
Weekend Vibes IPA
Coronado Brewing Co.

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#45

Sticky Icky Icky Short's Brewing Co.

95
by Dan Martich
Sticky Icky Icky
Short's Brewing Co.

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#44

Juice Above the Clouds Altamont Beer Works

95
by Joseph Formanek
Juice Above the Clouds
Altamont Beer Works

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pmwarner's picture
Okay is this an IPA review or an IPA, session IPA, and double IPA review? I would not rate all these together as they are all different categories of beer. If you are going to include all of them there are a lot others out there that should be on this list. Beachwood Amalgamator should be number one or at least on the list. Along with heady topper, treehouse, pipeworks, pliny which are all some of the most sought after beers and better than most on the list. Modus Hoperandi has to be one of the worst beers I have ever had in my life and a disgrace to an IPA. This list no credibility to me.
Sparky702's picture
Ok so i just have to say i know this is all personal preference and individual taste but....if you guys put sculpin ballast point that's become an everyday over the counter not that great sold out beer over victory dirt wolf...YOU'RE FRIGGIN CRAZY HAHAHAHAHA
Sparky702's picture
Hahaha yeah second that other guy to pmwarner i was thinking the same thing...yall might as well have put blue moon white ipa in there at the top hahahahaha
Sparky702's picture
Don't take me wrong I'm not trying to be mean at all its all opinion and i do respect everyone's opinion just thought I'd throw mine in there all in good fun
edbeglau's picture
Some very fine beers in this list but missing some of the very best IPAs in the world. Neither Pliny the Elder nor Pliny the Younger on your top 10 nor top 20 nor top 30 - these are not even on your list. Really? And what about IPAs from The Alchemist, AleSmith and Trillium? Oh my. Jesus wept.
Editorial Dept.'s picture
Hello enthusiastic and opinionated readers! We recommend you read the introductory paragraphs in this article. This list was populated in 2016. It includes only the top rated IPA's that have been reviewed by our Judges Panel in our single-blind review. Our Official Review is a highly controlled process to protect the integrity of the single-blind format. Therefore we have not reviewed many IPA's that, yes, could possibly have made the list at the time. There are a number of reasons why these IPA's have not yet been reviewed. 1. We have limited space in our review each month. (do the amount of work involved producing single-blind reviews) 2. The brewers of these absent IPA's haven't submitted their beer to our review yet. Help The Beer Connoisseur by contacting these brewers via social media or email and let them know you would like to see us review their beer. Hope this helps clarify and thx for reading. Cheers! BC
chickman's picture
Wookey Jack at #1??? I don't get it as that beer isn't even in production anymore. No mention of Other Half, Tree House, Equilibrium, Trillium, Magnify, Tired Hands, Sand City, Russian River, Aslin....no Vermont IPA's either. This is a very questionable list in my opinion. Stone Enjoy By series ranks above most of these as well. Anyway, to each his own.
rennieboy's picture
Thanks! Look forward to trying some of these. Haven’t seen Anchor as much as I used to. Probably because of all our local beer in North Carolina.

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pmwarner's picture
Okay is this an IPA review or an IPA, session IPA, and double IPA review? I would not rate all these together as they are all different categories of beer. If you are going to include all of them there are a lot others out there that should be on this list. Beachwood Amalgamator should be number one or at least on the list. Along with heady topper, treehouse, pipeworks, pliny which are all some of the most sought after beers and better than most on the list. Modus Hoperandi has to be one of the worst beers I have ever had in my life and a disgrace to an IPA. This list no credibility to me.
Sparky702's picture
Ok so i just have to say i know this is all personal preference and individual taste but....if you guys put sculpin ballast point that's become an everyday over the counter not that great sold out beer over victory dirt wolf...YOU'RE FRIGGIN CRAZY HAHAHAHAHA
Sparky702's picture
Hahaha yeah second that other guy to pmwarner i was thinking the same thing...yall might as well have put blue moon white ipa in there at the top hahahahaha
Sparky702's picture
Don't take me wrong I'm not trying to be mean at all its all opinion and i do respect everyone's opinion just thought I'd throw mine in there all in good fun
edbeglau's picture
Some very fine beers in this list but missing some of the very best IPAs in the world. Neither Pliny the Elder nor Pliny the Younger on your top 10 nor top 20 nor top 30 - these are not even on your list. Really? And what about IPAs from The Alchemist, AleSmith and Trillium? Oh my. Jesus wept.
Editorial Dept.'s picture
Hello enthusiastic and opinionated readers! We recommend you read the introductory paragraphs in this article. This list was populated in 2016. It includes only the top rated IPA's that have been reviewed by our Judges Panel in our single-blind review. Our Official Review is a highly controlled process to protect the integrity of the single-blind format. Therefore we have not reviewed many IPA's that, yes, could possibly have made the list at the time. There are a number of reasons why these IPA's have not yet been reviewed. 1. We have limited space in our review each month. (do the amount of work involved producing single-blind reviews) 2. The brewers of these absent IPA's haven't submitted their beer to our review yet. Help The Beer Connoisseur by contacting these brewers via social media or email and let them know you would like to see us review their beer. Hope this helps clarify and thx for reading. Cheers! BC
chickman's picture
Wookey Jack at #1??? I don't get it as that beer isn't even in production anymore. No mention of Other Half, Tree House, Equilibrium, Trillium, Magnify, Tired Hands, Sand City, Russian River, Aslin....no Vermont IPA's either. This is a very questionable list in my opinion. Stone Enjoy By series ranks above most of these as well. Anyway, to each his own.
rennieboy's picture
Thanks! Look forward to trying some of these. Haven’t seen Anchor as much as I used to. Probably because of all our local beer in North Carolina.

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