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  1. Kevin
    August 2, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    My personal list would be skewed towards Colorado becuase that’s where I live, as the authors is becuase it would appear he lives in California.

    If I had to chose my personal Top 10:
    Kern River Citra
    Surly Furious
    Odell IPA
    Odell Myrcenary
    Avery Maharaja
    Alpihe Alchemist Heady Topper
    Alpine Duet
    Russian River Blind Pig
    Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s
    Hill Farmstead Harlan

    But that is me, all I am pointing out is that there are plenty of amazing non-cali IPAs. I could make a list from just CO or just Vermont
    , if he is going to make a list of the best in America it should represent the whole country.


  2. Kipp
    August 2, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    That list is definitely Cali-centric, but that’s okay. It’s harder to get as they can barely keep it on tap at the Brewpub, but I would put Foothills Jade IPA up as a top 10. As Gus mentioned, I’d put Bell’s Hopslam on that list. Then again I can’t get over half that list in NC so it’s hard to compare.


  3. tom
    August 2, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I’m a hop lover living in San Diego, so I’m familiar with all of these except Smuttynose. Anyway, I recently spent a month in North Carolina, and was pleasantly surprised by Sweetwater IPA. light bodied, super drinkable. Apparently its all Simcoe hops, and really has a west coast hop profile. Can’t get it out here, which is too bad.


  4. Craig
    August 2, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Firestone’s Double Jack is so good it should be in the top 5.


  5. Kim
    August 2, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    Thanks for putting Blind Pig over Pliny. The Pig never gets any love and it’s highly quaffable.


  6. Gus
    August 2, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I agree with alot of those beers. Although Hopslam and Dreadnaught should be on that list IMO. Overall, great article. Cheers!!!


  7. Danny F
    August 2, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Kevin, give us your top ten. If over 50 % isn’t California, I’ll buy you a beer =-)


  8. blanco
    August 2, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    Good list, but almost entirely West Coast. Not only would many of the Vermont IPAs (Lawsons, Hill Farmstead, Heady Topper) be better East Coast representatives than Finest Kind, they are better than many on that list.


  9. Kevin
    August 2, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    That is one California-centric list. Sure great IPA’s come from Cali but there are plenty of beers that are far more available to the rest of the country and are nearly as good if not better than some listed. It’s national IPA day, not West Coast-style IPA day…


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