I love India Pale Ales. All kinds of ’em. And I’m proud of my obsession with hops and hoppy beers. In fact, I make it a point to try just about every IPA I can get my hands on. The result of this hop quest, besides a thinner wallet and my fair share of hangovers: I know my IPAs.
I appreciate all kinds of hops, and I’ve tried to learn their specific tastes and what sets them apart from other families of Lupus Salictarius—that’s right, fool, I just dropped a Lupus Salictarius on your ass.
While perusing Reddit.com/r/beer the other day, I saw a conversation about the best IPAs. Most of the beers mentioned were solid. (Those fucking Reddit beer nerds know their shit.) But the thread got me thinking about my own personal favorite IPAs. I don’t usually like to think of individual beers as the “best,” because I don’t really think it’s that simple; there’s no “best IPA.”
But here is a list of some of my current favorites. I mostly think of all IPAs as part of the same big (hoppy) family, single, double, whatever; some just have higher ABVs. So you’ll find a wide variety of IPA types in my list. Which IPAs are your favorite and why?
- The Alchemist Heady Topper IPA
- Russian River Pliny the Elder IPA (Read more about Pliny)
- Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
- Alpine and New Belgium Super IPA
- Maine Beer Co. Lunch IPA (Check out my Maine Lunch IPA review.)
- Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA
- Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA
- Bear Republic Racer X IPA
- Drake’s Aroma Coma IPA
- Ithaca Flower Power IPA
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