Description: Great IPAs are pretty much a dime a dozen these days, so when one comes along and really makes you take notice, it’s always a great feeling. Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, 62. Description: Hill Farmstead might be best known for its IPAs, but when you talk about great American porters, you talk about Everett. Description: This is one of those much-anticipated annual releases that people line up for the day before it’s released. Top Rated Beers. Unlike some of the more subtle barrel-aged brews, this one gets right up in your face—it pretty much tastes like licking the inside of a barrel. Brewery: Green Flash Brewing City: San Diego, Calif. Description: Look, this is the beer that started the can-revolution. If you eat food, you have to try the spicy fried chicken at Gus’s Fried Chicken in Memphis. It’s also the base to even more sought-after beers: the bourbon barrel-aged Kentucky Breakfast Stout and the maple-bourbon variant Canadian Breakfast Stout. Bud Light. Fancy Lawnmower sticks to its German roots. Why not make it 18% ABV? It’s a beer so atypical among the craft beer landscape that the brewery doesn’t even call Two Hearted an IPA, but that doesn’t mask the accomplishments of the brewers who’ve created an ale that is at once rich with malt flavor, pungently hoppy, and eminently drinkable. Description: There are a lot of ways to do an imperial stout, but credit to St. Louis’ Perennial Artisan Ales for dreaming up a new one: The imperial Mexican hot chocolate stout. 6. Description: Widmer Brothers has been putting out quality beers for 30 years and it’s one of the few American breweries that claims a Hefeweizen as their flagship beer. The resulting beer has plenty of sour fruit flavors with the funkiness you expect from The Lost Abbey. It’s the king of imperial stouts, and if you can find its retired Canadian cousin, CBS (aged in maple-syrup-bourbon barrels), you’re in for an extra-special treat.—Josh Jackson, Brewery: The Alchemist City: Waterbury, Vt. Nobody knows. Lagunitas IPA is world class and available. Description: Alpine Great is an American Barleywine-style ale coined as “great” for being aged in Jack Daniels barrels. American beers are as diverse as their people, with favorites like Anchor Brewery's Anchor Steam beer having as low as 4.8 abv, to brews with obscenely high alcohol content such as Bruery's Chocolate Rain, which boasts a whopping 19.5 abv. You’ve gotta pay homage to a classic like that.—Jim Vorel, Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Company City: Paso Robles, California Description: Bold and inky bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stouts are a common site at bottle shares and beer events; they’re a style that gets beer fans excited. Its barrel-aged character still packs a wallop today, and that’s not even including the many variants such as Bourbon County Coffee or a spin-off like Bourbon County Barleywine. And after drinking some of the double IPAs you’ll find on this list, Union Jack might feel downright understated. The first taste of Revolution’s Anti-Hero is one of those experiences, with a rush of citric hops that immediately morph into other flavors: The pine of your classic West Coast IPAs, along with the tropical fruits of many modern brews. Our editors, writers, and blind-review panelists have tasted thousands of beers sent to our office, passed over a bar at a brewery or pub, and poured at festivals around the world. It’s nice to see the Middle of America knocking the West Coast style of IPA out of the park. Few IPA’s offer such a delicate mix of citrus fruits but still offers a commendable and electrifying surge of hoppiness.—Greg Eckert, Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company? Why not spice it with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger? Bourbon County Brand - Barleywine (2014), 32. —Greg Eckert. If you truly love beer, you should try them all. Brewery: Upslope Brewing Company City: Boulder, Colo. But this list will get you started. It’s also pretty hard to do well, but Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack makes great black IPA appear easy. Or have a meal that isn’t wrapped in bacon? They do killer versions with cherry, figs, raspberries, blueberries…but the Apricot Ale might be the best of the bunch. Brewery: Oskar Blues City: Lyons, Colo. City: Hershey, Pa.? I could feel the hops in my teeth. Big Beer is a big business in America. I adore the thrilling hop-bombs of my home state of California, but I think that the best IPA in the country is actually closer to the style’s English roots: Bell’s Two Hearted ale. It’s the perfect dark beer in its modest alcohol range, the kind of thing a lover of porters and stouts could quaff all night long. Those breweries are from seven countries, with the […] It’s remained a classic example of the style, brimming with candy-like caramel sweetness and a backbone of West Coast hops. Description: It’s easy to gloss over the importance of Fat Tire in today’s dynamic craft beer scene, but youngsters please remember, this was the beer that prompted many an East Coaster to make a pilgrimage across the Mississippi. The first sip overwhelms your palate like a double IPA, but the back end offers a more relaxed caramel and citrusy flavor.—Greg Eckert, Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits? If that’s not frustrating enough, they love to produce beer styles that most of us have never heard of. Brewery: Odell Brewing Company City: Fort Collins, Colo. Stick a wedge of lemon in it if you must, but either way this is the perfect brew to drink outside on a hot summer’s day.—Jim Vorel, Brewery: Capital Brewery City: Middleton, Wis. American Double / Imperial IPA (DIPA / IIPA), Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren), American Double / Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout, Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy), 23. While other breweries would rather have you decant their beers into proper glassware, The Alchemist flat-out orders you to drink Heady Topper out of the can. Another amber lager with 5.2% ABV, this one’s a product of Sleeman Breweries, Ontario one of the most popular Canadian beer brands. The IBUs are off the charts, so don’t go looking for the balance you’d typically find in a pale ale. Dear Lord, no. Brewery: The Alchemist City: Waterbury, Vermont Description: The Alchemist is famous for brewing Heady Topper (a double IPA you’ll see further down this list), but Focal Banger is Heady Topper’s more restrained little brother. Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz This is a low ABV, summer beer, but nothing like the low ABV summer beers that you’re used to. It is a brew that is difficult to grasp with the first sip, but that’s all the more reason to keep sipping a glass while puzzling out the beer’s compelling subtleties.—John Verive, Brewery: Bell’s Brewing Company City: Kalamazoo, Michigan Description: The IPA has become synonymous with American craft beer, and the popular West Coast interpretation of the style—all about hop punch and crushing bitterness with little regard for balance—dominates the selection on tap lists and bottle shop shelves across the country. It’s actually a blend of two vastly different beers—98% quadruple and a dash of kriek. Description: Yeti is a great example of how some craft breweries have been able to build an iconic product and then leverage it into brand extension. Every time I take a sip of the ale and am hit with the wave of pine-and-citrus flavors, I’m reminded why craft beer is exciting. Brewery: Fullsteam Brewery City: Durham, N.C. More specifically, I can thank this beer. So why not an imperial pumpkin ale in rum barrels? An aggressive, unfiltered IPA that hits hard with bitter grapefruit notes, Finest Kind can give most West Coast IPAs a run for their money, adding fodder to the growing East Coast/West Coast brewing smackdown. Top 100 Beers displays the highest rated beer by users in the BrewGene community. If you’re lucky enough to live within their small distribution area and you haven’t experienced this unfiltered hop bomb, you’re just not living right. City: Hershey, Pa.? Here's the 2020 list of Top 100 Beers! A bit spicy, a bit fruity…if you’re one of those dudes who says, “I don’t like Belgians,” give this one a shot. Riding a roller coaster. It’s earthy. Beers Breweries The list shows the top beers, based on our weighted average formula, which effectively rates all beers against each-other. That is fancy. Is it good enough to deserve that kind of attention and obsession? City: Holland, Mich.? Firestone Walker’s Parabola is one of the finest examples of these American originals for one simple reason: balance. Forget the style guidelines, this beer is unfiltered and double dry-hopped. On tap, the cherry flavor relaxes a bit, which allows the honey, dark chocolate, and the handful of spices to come to the forefront. What more could you want?—Jim Vorel, Brewery: Schlafly/St. Description: It’s a good thing this vicious Russian imperial stout only comes around once a year. Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery City: San Francisco, CA Description: These days it seems every 21st Amendment beer is as revered as the company’s distinctive art. In the Top 100, there are beers from 44 breweries. Mixed with Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe, and Palisade hops, Nugget Nectar is a coveted seasonal beer along the East Coast. This is quite possibly the perfect big IPA.—Ian Anderson, Brewery: Three Floyds Brewing Co. City: Munster, Ind. It’s the kind of party that’s so coveted, unscrupulous individuals have developed counterfeit tickets just to get their hands on this limited-release beer. Weird. These beer are judged by top beer buyers, bartenders, traders and beverage professionals. This makes it a great beer for aging, and considering how long it’s been around, it’s a great candidate for setting up a vertical tasting. It is a great example of the “Midwestern IPA,” that in-between ground where styles mix and merge. The amazing thing is that whether you’re drinking it from the can or a glass, the bold citrus and pine flavors overwhelm your palette in the best way possible, leaving you wondering if you’ve actually been alive up until this point. Schlafly is one of the best examples of a widely distributed pumpkin ale—very full-bodied and rich with a restrained sweetness and perfect blend of spices. Description: The bottle of this Imperial IPA says, “aggressive,” and for once, the marketing speak is an understatement. It’s tough to pen down Brown Shugga’s style, so beer geeks tend to just label it as a “strong ale,” which basically means it’ll knock you on your ass. Brewery: Boston Beer Co. City: Boston, Massachusetts Description: Utopias is a craft beer like no other; its flavor is closer to a sherry or port than the Boston Lager that the brewery is best known for. Light in body but filled to the brim with the spicy character of Saaz hops, it’s both refreshing and complex. Most lawnmower beers you find are lagers, but this is a “fancy” lawnmower beer, so Saint Arnold went with a Kolsch, a beer style that’s huge in Germany, but underappreciated here in the States. Somewhere in this brew 11% ABV is hidden, but you wouldn’t know it. Green Flash recently changed the recipe of some of their flagship beers to be more like Palate Wrecker, and for good reason: once you have a beer like this Imperial IPA, your standard IPA doesn’t quench your thirst anymore. Lagunitas IPA is world class and available. Several times per year, a limited batch of extremely fresh beer is distributed among four lucky states and one U.S. territory—with a shelf life of about six weeks. Amongst the CUB-owned brands, 4 Pines managed to place three beers in the top 100, but Pirate Life failed to make the top 100. Related: Mustard-flavored beer … La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus), American Double / Imperial Milk / Sweet Stout, 91. An ode to the high-demand Citra hop, it’s bursting with tropical fruit flavors such as mango and passion fruit, totally unbalanced and not at all ashamed of that fact. Just like the name suggests. WTF? Others can hold their own, but earned a spot on this list because of the role they played in the craft beer movement. Perhaps the definitive American robust porter, it has absolutely everything you’re looking for in the style: rich, roasty flavors of chocolate and coffee with just a hint of residual sweetness to give everything depth. Picture your standard bar in the ‘80s and early ‘90s with a half dozen taps full of macro crap, then on the end, there’s Sam Adams, offering refuge. Make sure you track this down the next time you find yourself in Georgia.—Josh Jackson, Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery City: Longmont, Colo. The bourbon’s notes of vanilla and tobacco mesh with the spicy, bready yeast and bright herbaceousness of the golden ale; it’s a rare bourbon barrel-aged treat that’s more about subtlety than volume.—John Verive, Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company City: Petaluma, CA Description: Every Top 20 beer list should have something you can go out and buy right now, without searching obscure beer forums to find. When it first rolled off bottling lines just over 10 years ago, nobody had tasted anything like it before, and that immediately made it a prestige beer for Goose Island, long before the brewery’s acquisition by Anheuser-Busch. Running a mile for time. In the world of craft beer, “funk” is a compliment, and Serenity is the George Clinton of the craft beer world, winning gold for American Style Brett Beer at last year’s GABF. The flagship White from Allagash may be America’s best example of the style that prizes complexity and drinkability equally. If it weren’t for Dale’s, we wouldn’t have Bell’s in a can. It’s a style that’s as popular with megalithic multinational breweries as it is with craft neophytes who haven’t yet discovered a love for hops, but seasoned craft fans often overlook these light, flavorful brews. It was predated by many wonderful examples of the style, but when Tank 7 went into production it exposed the rustic delights of saison to a much bigger U.S. audience than ever before. Andy Kryza. It’s not a by-the-book kriek, but since when is American craft beer about going by the book? But you’re almost guaranteed to seek out a second bottle after you sample the silky, cocoa goddess inside. Description: Another small Vermont brewery here, except instead of a superior IPA, we have a superior double pale ale. This is Cascade’s wheelhouse—sour beers that are given a world of complexity from the addition of fresh fruit. It was once practically unique, one of only a few examples being brewed in the country, alongside beers such as Anchor’s Old Foghorn. Corona Extra is the most popular Mexican beer in America, but this lower-calorie alternative (it has 99 calories per 12-ounce bottle, versus 149 … Many beer geeks don’t even realize that there exist many degrees of barrel-aging intensity, because for so long almost all barrel-aged beers have been cultivated to get the most flavor possible out of their barrels. The first sip creates a unique wave of hop-flavor, setting it apart from many of the other West Coast IPA’s. The mixture of pine, grapefruit and orange offers a complex and delicious trifecta. Brewery: New Belgium Brewing City: Fort Collins, Colo. Brewery: Foothills Brewing City: Winston Salem, N.C. Unfortunately, that term has been associated over the years with the flagship products from breweries like Miller, whose conception of “pilsner” was nothing more than an American adjunct lager. By Adam Lapetina. The unique barrel-aged brew is a Belgian-style tripel that, instead of months or years spent aging in the barrels, only sees the inside of Jim Beam barrels for a few weeks. We don't have enough ratings to say what beers are similar. For cripes sake, this is a brewery that makes half a dozen different doppelbocks alone—they just know what they’re doing with this specific style. If you're having a beer … Brewery: Funky Buddha Brewery City: Oakland Park, Fla. This is a meaty coffee oatmeal stout, blended with locally roasted coffee that occasionally gets an added ingredient (like cinnamon rolls). Sierra Nevada’s namesake pale ale is iconic for all the right reasons: bold yet balanced flavors that have left an irrefutable mark on American brewing culture. RateBeer posts the best beers in the world according to style. Rankings be damned! City: Santa Rosa, Calif. ? If you’re craving a full-flavored stout, and winter is nowhere in sight, Old Rasputin is just what the doctor ordered.—Don Ayres. That’s Avery’s Rumpkin, and it’s determined to make you remember it, as if you could forget.—Jim Vorel, Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co. City: Paso Robles, Calif. This is cigar beer without a doubt, too overpowering for many palates, but a rich reward for others. Description: This San Diego IPA is truly one-of-a-kind. Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. City: Chico, California Description: There is perhaps no single beer that better encapsulates the American craft beer movement. Craftsman’s Mark Jilg is the godfather of craft in L.A., and he’s spent nearly 20 years chasing elusive brews he calls “complicated beers.” His Cabernale is a marriage of wine and beer that predates the current popularity of these hybrid brews. Liquid velvet. A massive, astoundingly rich stout, it pours down the throat with a viscous consistency like motor oil. Description: Okay, if there’s one beer on this list that everyone’s probably already tried, it’s Sam Adams Boston Lager. For this imperial stout, they included a small amount of holy water, along with malt smoked on “the burning staves of hickory vampire-killing stakes.” Typically that would be the kind of thing that would turn me off of a beer, but once you taste this stuff it’s an easy indulgence to forgive. Velvet Merkin, on the other hand, uses a much lighter touch, a milder characteristic of bourbon that accentuates flavors such as vanilla while going easier on the oak. ABV: 5%. Chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits, oats…but everything in balance. The beer never falls apart or feels muddled.—Jim Vorel. If you’re looking for an IPA style model, look no further than this hoppy brew. If you need a more objective opinion, it has a 92 rating on BeerAdvocate and a 96 on RateBeer. Weird, I say. Yeah, Highland can. For lovers of malt-forward beer, this one is a dream come true.—Jim Vorel. Description: While many beers on this list attain some prestige because of rarity, North Coast’s Old Rasputin is so available that its inclusion is a testament to the quality of the brew. At last estimate, there were more than 7,500 breweries operating in the U.S. in 2019. Description: The Gose is a recently revived German-style of sour wheat beer that incorporates salt and coriander. Budweiser, or the king of beers, was overthrown by Bud Light for the top spot among American beer drinkers in 2001. Louis Beer Co. City: St. Louis, Mo. Description: As a Pennsylvania resident, Mad Elf has a special place in my heart. Brewery: Holland Brewing Company? Brewery: Surly Brewing Company City: Minneapolis, MN. If you raised your hand, please go elsewhere. These are our top 100 brewers in the world for the year 2019. And look at the cat on the label. We have a more complete set of beer information than any other source in the world. Description: When we did our IPA Challenge, 64 of America’s finest India Pale Ales went head-to-head, March Madness-style, in a series of blind tests. A serving of 11.5 oz contains 153 calories with 30g carbohydrates, 8g protein, and no fats. Just for fun, I’ve also looked through them and pulled out some interesting statistics about the list. Yeah, it’s that fancy. La Folie falls into that limited, big bottle, kind of weird, Lips of Faith Series of beers. Description: In terms of “influential beers” for the current craft beer landscape, it would be difficult to pick a single more important beer than Bourbon County Stout. Description: The delicate krieks of Belgium are too often misunderstood by American beer lovers. For more information on our rating system, please view our ratings explainer. A few sips is sometimes all you want to fully enjoy a barrel-aged stout, but Parabola is not just bold and balanced, it’s dangerously drinkable.—John Verive, Brewery: Victory Brewing Co. City: Downington, Pa. 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