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The top 15 imperial IPAs in the world

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I love reading RateBeer.com’s annual Best Of lists, especially when they address a hotly debated topic. Today, the website released a very anticipated list: The Best Beers By Style Category. Why so anticipated? Imperial IPAs.

We like talking about imperial IPAs here at DRAFT. It turns out, so do you. With the new list, we have the top 15 imperial IPAs as scored by the online review website’s users. You probably won’t agree. I probably don’t agree. It would be amazing if at least one person looked at this list and said, “Yeah, that’s about right.” That never happens.

Without further delay, here’s the list:

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Russian River Pliny the Younger
3. Alchemist Heady Topper
4. Bell’s Hopslam
5. Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA
6. Hill Farmstead Abner
7. Stone Enjoy By IPA
8. Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine IPA
9. Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA
10. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #5
11. Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA
12. Surly Abrasive Ale
13. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #6
14. Anchorage Bitter Monk Belgian Style Double IPA
15. Hill Farmstead Double Citra tweet

So what do you think? Swing by RateBeer.com to read the other “best beers by style” rankings. For comparison, here’s last year’s list.


* Surly is releasing a new extremely limited, very unusual IPA called Asator Viking. It’s an oak-aged IPA brewed with peated malt, and it’s only available this Saturday at a metal concert in Minneapolis, and Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the brewery’s taproom.

* Stone is getting into the session IPA game. Yesterday the San Diego brewery tweeted a mock-up of its newest beer, Stone Go To IPA, which should hit shelves shortly.

* Along with the news that Vermont’s The Alchemist is opening a second brewery, co-owner/brewmaster John Kimmich recently announced he’s adding a second beer to his Heady-only canned lineup: Focal Banger IPA, which will hit shelves once the new brewery is up and running. Until then, hunt down the new beer on draft throughout the brewery’s accounts.

* Boston Beer’s first West Coast-style IPA, Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, is finally on shelves. Go check it out.


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.


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  • norb bauer says:

    Just started exploring the various IPA’s out there. Just picked up a six pack of Hopslam to see what all the fuss was about. Nice beer albeit not worth the 16 + dollars you have to pay for a six pack. Is it that much better than a Siera Nevad Pale Ale for the price? Don’t think so.

  • J bridges says:

    The new SixPoint Hi Res that just came out is bee tee than “Hype”slam but I don’t think it will qualify till next year.

  • Brian McMillan says:

    Hopslam is expensive but Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is not even in the same class. Apples and Oranges bud.

  • shysterboy says:

    What? No Permanent Funeral? Much better than 3F’s Dreadnaught.

  • Andrew says:

    The beer is called Hill Farmstead ABNER not Amber.

  • Tracy1101 says:

    Yeah thats about right. =-)

  • Mark Riffee says:

    On this list I have only had the Dogfish. I am though hard pressed to find a better IPA then Torpedo by SN, the only one that exceeds on my pallet is Celebration by the same brewer. Not taking a thing away from any other brewer. This list is so long now that you might could build a bar that served nothing but IPA’s and still not have them all, as a guy that grew up when Coors was an exotic brew there has not been a better time. I will have tasted all of these by the end of the year. Happy Suds Bros and Babes

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