Best IPA?

Hop heads, we would like to know what you think is the best India Pale Ale, also known as IPA.  This beer comes in various forms depending on where you live in the world.  It is one of the most popular styles at the moment, and seems to be picking up momentum as a commonplace at bars and restaurants. If you have steered away from this style, but are very curious, check out this impressive list, as well as the passionate write-ins below. You might be converted to a hop head before you know it.


  • You can WRITE IN A VOTE FOR A BEER NOT LISTED in the comments section below.
  • The beer can’t be an Imperial/Double IPA. Some beers like Stone Ruination or Dogfish Head 90/120 Minute have IPA in the name. They are Imperial, not regular/single IPAs. BA and RB will be used as references if there is a dispute.
  • Cast your vote by July 30, 2010 at 5PM PDT.
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Best IPA?

  • Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (13%, 331 Votes)
  • Bell's Two Hearted Ale (11%, 285 Votes)
  • Surly Furious (10%, 244 Votes)
  • Noble Ale Works IPA (6%, 143 Votes)
  • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (5%, 127 Votes)
  • Russian River Blind Pig (5%, 123 Votes)
  • Stone IPA (5%, 122 Votes)
  • Avery IPA (5%, 118 Votes)
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack (5%, 113 Votes)
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA (5%, 113 Votes)
  • Smuttynose IPA (4%, 112 Votes)
  • Bear Republic Racer 5 (4%, 109 Votes)
  • Town Hall Masala Mama IPA (4%, 95 Votes)
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA (3%, 66 Votes)
  • Deschutes Inversion IPA (3%, 64 Votes)
  • Alesmith IPA (2%, 57 Votes)
  • Victory Hop Devil (2%, 54 Votes)
  • Lagunitas IPA (2%, 49 Votes)
  • Cigar City Jai Alai (2%, 38 Votes)
  • Karl Strauss Tower 10 (1%, 30 Votes)
  • Caldera IPA (1%, 21 Votes)
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Southern Tier IPA (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Founders Harvest Ale (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Harpoon IPA (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Port Brewing Wipeout (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Speak Easy Big Daddy (0%, 5 Votes)
  • New Glarus Hop Hearty (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Rogue Yellow Snow IPA (0%, 3 Votes)
  • BrewDog Punk IPA (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Magic Hat Hi.P.A (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,495

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  1. cold1 says

    La Cumbre Elevated IPA from New Mexico (Albuquerque) isn’t available nationwide, but is superior to any of the above rated!!!

  2. DP says

    Troegs Perpetual IPA.

    Simply Awesome and highly recommended. It used to be a seasonal brew, but Troegs recently made a year-round.

  3. Ken says

    Love Dogfish, Ithaca flower power,and Redhook Longhammer, but the best I
    ever had was/is Penguin Pub IPA from Oregon.

  4. Earl says

    BridgePort IPA is my “write in” vote. I think it might have been the first American craft IPA.

  5. emnizz says


    # 1 pliny the elder

    # 2 skullllpin..

    # 3 ruination


  6. Mike says


    I’ve just recently started drinking IPA’s. I’m really liking Goose Island IPA. I don’t see it listed on here. Is it a quality IPA or just a main stream one?

  7. Rich says

    After recently being introduced to the Sculpin IPA, it would get my vote for No. 1. However, I’m very surprised that my former No. 1, Coronado’s Islander IPA, didn’t get a vote. In fact, I’d put Green Flash in my top 5 along with Two-Hearted and Southern Tier, making 3 of my top 5 from San Diego. What’s up with San Diego?

  8. says

    Laurelwood – Workhorse (or any other IPA made by Chad Kennedy)

    Lagunitas – Hop Stoopid

    Double Mountain – Hop Lava

    Astoria Brewing Co. – Bitter Bitch

    Fire Mountain – Bad Henry

    Bear Republic – Racer 5

    Stone – Ruination

    Ninkasi – Tricerihops

    Ice Harbor – Hop Warrior

  9. Fred says

    Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
    Great Divide Titan
    Boulder Mojo
    West Coast Green Flash
    Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
    Three Floyd’s Alpha King

    That’s my six pack.

  10. John says

    Oops, got here too late to vote but did see somewhere above Ithaca Beer’s “Flower Power” got a mention. It. Is. Excellent!

  11. Carl says

    This is a really nice list of IPAs. I’ve had all but three on the list, and I’ve had most of the others which people have mentioned in their comments. One of the ones I have not had is the Noble Ale Works IPA. A lot of comments mention that one, and it’s currently in the #4 position with almost 150 votes. I looked it up on the beer websites, and it only has four ratings on Rate Beer and one on Beer Advocate. Why does a beer that has almost no ratings on the major beer sites have such an unusually high amount of votes in this poll? I suspect individuals from the brewery and/or their friends have been voting excessively for it. I could be wrong, and perhaps the Noble Ale Works IPA is a legitimately good IPA, but something seems a bit fishy here.

  12. Mark says

    I agree with Sculpin– though somehow I thought it was a DIPA. It has a flavor profile very similar to Pliny The Elder, which has a 1% higher ABV which IS a DIPA. Curious, though, why the very drinkable Ballast Point Big Eye isn’t on the list at all. Was is just one selection per brewery? And I do loves me the Two-Hearted Ale, which I get every time I’m back in the Midwest.

  13. Caroline says

    I can’t believe Fulton Brewing’s Sweet Child of Vine hasn’t got a vote yet. Best IPA I’ve ever had!

  14. Rayne says

    I’m sure I will be called names, but Moon Man by New Glarus is absolutely DELICIOUS.

  15. Ton says

    1 Ballast Point Sculpin
    2 Bells Two Hearted
    3 Four Peaks Hop Knot
    4 Russian River Blind Pig

  16. Derek says

    Fitgers Brewhouse’ (Duluth) El Nino is one d*mn fine beer and needs serious consideration

  17. Marina says

    Flat Earth’s Northwest Passage!

    @bierfesten, at least one beer on that list is a brewpub beer only available in growlers.

  18. Mike says

    Great Lakes Comodore Perry, Founder’s Centennial and Boulder’s Mojo in that order…Furious is never a bad idea either.

  19. JP says

    I voted for Two-Hearted, with Furious, Torpedo, Union Jack and 60 Minute getting serious consideration as well.

    as a write-in, I’d like to see Maui Brewing Big Swell IPA, Goose Island IPA and Ska Modus Hoperandi added to the list.

  20. Chad Montgomery says

    Alpine Nelson! Best IPA I have ever had by a good margin, and I’ve had most of this list with the exception of 3-4. Cheers!

  21. James says

    Ithaca Flower Power is boss
    I cant believe that Pliny the Elder and Hopslam aren’t on here either

  22. Chicken Dan says

    How can this list be compiled without Boulder Beer’s Mojo IPA? Citrusy, sharp and quaffable!

  23. Chris says

    Pliny the Elder from Russian River. Voted #1 beer in the US 2 years in a row by Zymurgy. Delightful!

  24. says

    While Smuttynose makes one of the best IPA’s I’ve ever tasted – #1 on my personal Top 5 list that is, I’m surprised to see that Redhook’s Longhammer IPA didn’t make the cut. Fine example of an IPA.

  25. Brewmuse says

    I can’t believe that HeadHunter IPA from Fat Head’s Brewery in Cleveland is not listed. It won the Gold medal at the Bistro’s IPA festival in California. It won best IPA in the Nation in the National IPA competition in the Brewing News, and it was named in Draft Magazine’s top 25 beers in the world. If I can’t vote for Headhunter, I’m not voting. It’s the best!

  26. mike miles says

    Just got back from an extensive baseball park trip. Tasted MANY IPA’s. Noble IPA beats them all hands down & bottoms up!

  27. Steve says

    I’m a major hophead and Boulder’s Mountain Sun Brewery’s FYIPA can’t be beat IMHO.

  28. says

    Best IPA I have ever had! No they dont bottle so you have to go to Western Pacific Brewing and Dining. Very simply Chilcoot IPA IS THE BEST!

  29. George says

    My vote is for the Smuttynose FinestKind. It’s always in the fridge.

    But wish I could get a taste of a lot of those west coast brews. Distribution laws being what they are, no dice:(

  30. G0tB33r says

    It is a shame beers these beers were not on the list and were overlooked

    Great Divide-Titan IPA
    Ska-Modus Hoperandi
    Ithaca-Flower Power

    People who voted for NB-Ranger IPA have yet to try what a real IPA is. That beer can barely pass as an APA. I do not know it made the list

  31. Gr8ful Ted says

    Single IPA rankings from a hoppy Dead Head:
    1. Schlafly A IPA (St Louis)
    2. Ska Modus Hoperandi (Durango) in a can!
    3. O’Dell IPA (Ft Collins)
    4. Bell’s 2-Hearted (Kalamazoo?)
    5. Boulevard Singlewide (Kansas City)
    6. New Belgium Ranger (Ft Collins)

    Does Oskar make a fulltime “single” IPA? I love Gubna and Gordon

  32. HopTsar says

    Too many comments referring to double or imperial IPAs. Read the Rules, please.

    Laurelwood Workhorse IPA is worth listing.

  33. Brendan says

    Ithaca Flower Power!! It is hands down my fave IPA.. people need to get familiar!!

  34. Jeff says

    The best that I have ever had…Odell IPA from Fort Collins Co…just wish they would bring it to California!

  35. Tyler says

    I have to say the unlisted, Old schoolhouse brewing, Ruud awaking IPA is the best.

  36. MIkey P says

    It’s definitely a crime that Odell’s IPA has not been included in this list. Amazing beer.

  37. Danny says

    Ninkasi Total Domination. “Newer” beer in the Northwest market, based out of Eugene, OR. It is fantastic.

  38. OBC says

    1. ODell IPA
    2. New Belgium Ranger
    3. Deschuttes Inversion

    Honorable mention – Sierra Nevada Torpedo

  39. Austin says

    Blue Dot is a DIPA! But it definitely is the best DIPA up against Pliny the Elder. It’s a little bit more harsh than Pliny IMO.

  40. Austin says

    Russian River’s Blind Pig followed up by Alesmith’s IPA. For the money, Lagunitas IPA is definitely the way to go – best standby/don’t have much money on you IPA. I thought Torpedo was closer to a DIPA…? Celebration’s better anyhow.

  41. Ronald P McKenna says

    I just love the creations over at Lagunitas Brewing. Their IPA is outstanding cold and very good if for some reason it warms up. Two thumbs up!

  42. Chuck says

    Best beer in the world – Lagunitas IPA (Locals pronounce it “eye-puh”, as in, “You ready for another eye-puh?

  43. Rachael says

    Eel River Brewing Company’s IPA!! As an English-style IPA it isn’t as hoppy as some of the California and westcoast IPAs. It’s more well-balanced and quite tasty :)

  44. Paul says

    Noble Ale’s IPA should get “rookie of the year” or something equivalent…very good IPA – check it out!!!

  45. kevin says

    1st – Noble Ale Works hands down my fave!
    2nd – Bear Republic Racer 5!!!
    3rd – Green Flash West coast!

  46. Brownshoe says

    I recently had Noble’s IPA and it’s so good I thought I was serving for her majesty in India!

  47. Travis C says

    If Noble Ale was on the list that would get my vote. Thats stuffs so good I put it on my breakfast cereal in the morning!

  48. says

    I’d put Founders’ Centennial IPA up against any IPA in the country. That’s a phenomenal lineup though – I think I’d survive if I had to choose from your list.

  49. CSU-Greg says

    ODELL IPA ! How could you leave this off. It won gold at GABF…and is awesome.

  50. says

    Schlafly’s A-IPA (not their APA), is one of my top favorites. Hard to choose. Your list is good so far! So many great hoppy IPA’s, now if I could only get my hands on more of them!!

  51. Rody says

    Kona Brewing’s Castaway IPA! It is only available on draft at their two brew pubs, but excellent nonetheless. I wish others could be lucky enough to try this exceptionally great beer. Sadly, this will probably its only vote. But whatever, it’s freakin’ great!

  52. craig says

    not a bad list to choose from…but it is incomplete…with out an “ipa”..from “iron springs brewery” in fairfax ca(“casey jones ipa” & their “crippla” come to mind)…they are making the best beer in the bay area..and i visit’em all..cheers!!

  53. Richard says

    Where is the 90 Minute?!?!? Just go back up there and flip the 6 upside down. I ain’t askin for 120 min. just the 90. Do it!

  54. Guillermo says

    How about Sweetwater IPA? Far too under rated and kicks the crap out of quite a few of the beers on that list.

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