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Do you know the exact definition of a craft brewery? According to the Brewers Association, in order for a brewery to be considered craft, it must be “small, independent, and traditional.” That means that it produces no more than six million barrels per year and that outside investors or part-owners have less than 25 percent control of the brand.

Click here for the 10 Best IPAs From the 10 Best Craft Breweries (Slideshow)

There plenty of craft breweries all throughout America, and choosing the best small-batch beers for your barbecue or dinner party can be a bit stressful. Luckily, we rounded up the 50 Best Craft Breweries in America to get you started. This way, you’re barbecue will be absolutely perfect.

Among the wide spread of brews that each venue provides, the classic IPA never fails to be a crowd favorite.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded the 10 Best IPAs from the 50 Best Craft Breweries in America. This way, you’ll know the best of the best. We’ll cheers to that!

#10 G’Knight, Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo.

This brewery got its start in the basement of the Oskar Blues Grill and Brew Restaurant one year after the restaurant opened. There was never a doubt about Oskar Blues Brewery: Their very first beer, the Reverend Sandi’s Sinful Stout, earned them a bronze medal in the Great American Beer Festival in 1998. In 2002 they became the first brewery to can their own beer: their flagship Dale’s Pale Ale.

They know what they're doing when it comes to IPAs, too: their G’Knight is a dry-hopped, imperial red IPA with a hefty flavor.

#9 Golden IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, Calif.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company began with Ken Grossman’s passion for the alchemy of home-brewing as a young man. When Grossman took a cycling trip through Chico, he fell in love with the area and decided to set up his home and his first beer venture, the Home Brew Shop, there in the 1970s. As he honed his craft, he searched for quality hops (not easily available at the time) and began shaping what would become Sierra Nevada’s entire flavor profile. It’s all based on rich, hoppy brews that mirror flavors found in nature.

The Golden IPA provides a fruity and flowery grapefruit scent that’s perfect for summer. Interested in trying other IPAs at this brewery? Sierra Nevada Brewing Company also offers a 4–Way IPA Seasonal Sampler.


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


The Top-Rated IPAs at CB&B

Reviewing craft beer may sound like a dream job, but our tasting and review panel takes the role seriously. Composed entirely of Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges who have all studied, trained, and been tested on their ability to discern characteristics in beer, our panel is independent. The panel tastes all beer blindly—they do not know what brands and beers they are tasting until the tasting is complete. Here are all of the IPAs that have scored 100 over the history of the magazine.

1. Green - Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “This beer is great—so full of juicy fruit flavors. Fluffy and light without sacrificing body. Great showcase of the hops. The low bitterness is just enough to make it an IPA. A juicy, fruity, hazy, chewy IPA that’s an excellent example of what new-school IPA can be.”

2. Dinner – Maine Beer Company

Location: Freeport, Maine ABV: 8.2%

What our panel thought: “The blend of hops with the malt to balance make this a really solid DIPA. A really wonderful beer that showcases the hops. It’s tight, refined, clean, crisp, dry, and juicy with absolutely nothing taking the spotlight away from the beautiful blend of hops.”

3. Double Sunshine – Lawson's Finest Liquids

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont ABV: 8%

What our panel thought: “Close to perfect. All about the hops. Malt stands back and supports. Very good display of the fruit character in the hops balancing the hop bitterness. It had some sexiness to it. It’s fantastic.”

4. Double Dry-Hopped Juicy Bits - Weldwerks Brewing Co.

Location: Greeley, Colorado ABV: 6.7%

What our panel thought: “Beer will never get better than this, and it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This would be a good gateway IPA if you don’t like a lot of bitterness and want to start drinking IPAs. This beer is so juicy, that if I were a sailor, I would take this beer on my voyages to stave off scurvy. It is as close to perfect as we’ve tasted.”

5. Songs Unsung - New Anthem Brewing

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: "The appearance of this beer begs the name to have the word ‘cloud’ in it. Deep golden haze with a billowy head. Wonderful nose with a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Compelling flavor profile filled with a blend of orange, peach, pineapple, and guava. Soft pillowy body with a more assertive finish that brings some bitterness to the table to scrub the palate for another sip. Slight hops burn. Pretty awesome beer for which we would gladly regularly reserve a spot in our fridge."

6. Alter Ego – Tree House Brewing

Location: Charlton, Massachusetts ABV: 6.8%

What our panel thought: “The beautiful hazy, deep gold color and fluffy white head are inviting, and the fruity, slightly earthy aroma are nice, but it’s the balanced flavor that really makes this beer shine. The weight on the tongue, the carbonation, and the individual flavors play well together, and the bitterness and malt sweetness are perfectly aligned to make this dangerously drinkable. A well-executed IPA. I'm having a hard to time writing enough effusive praise for this beer because I can’t put down my sample glass.”

7. Union Jack – Firestone Walker Brewing

Location: Paso Robles, California ABV: 7.5%

What our panel thought: “Very nice, complex IPA showcasing tropical, piney hops in addition to citrus. Somewhat perfume-like in its floral quality. Unique IPA that stands out as one that takes chances and succeeds.”

8. Burton Baton – Dogfish Head

Location: Milton, Delaware ABV: 10%

What our panel thought: “It’s complex but not overwhelming and rich but not cloying. This is a fantastic beer—a delicious, end-of-the-night, watch The Godfather and fall asleep on the couch kind of beer.”


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