Posted May 9, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Top Rated IPAs


Citrusy, piney, floral, fruity, and bitter – IPAs are a favorite style for many craft beer fans. IPAs, or India Pale Ales play homage to the hops used in brewing beer.  Hops add aromas, flavor, and bitterness to craft beer, adding complexity and balance to the base of sweet malt in beer (view our guide to hop flavors and aroma).  There are many sub styles of IPAs; English Styles which are less bitter and more earthy, American IPAs which stretch the boundaries of hop aromatics and bitterness, Black IPAs, White IPAs, and Fresh-Hopped IPAs.

The list below highlights twelve of the top rated IPAs, excluding Double and Imperial styles which will be listed in a separate article. View Top Rated Double and Imperial IPAs


Top Rated IPAs
Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hopped IPA (6.7%, 67 IBUs)

An American Style IPA which uses freshly harvested wet hops. Intense citrus and floral hop aromatics and flavors. View Ratings

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA (7.5%, 70 IBUs)

Brewed with seven varieties of hops, and dry-hopped. Notes of citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruit.  Perfectly balanced bitterness. View Ratings

Cigar City Brewing Humidor Series IPA (7.5%, 70 IBUs)

An American Style IPA aged on Spanish cedar. Notes of tropical fruit, sandalwood, citrus, and woody spice.  View Ratings

Surly Brewing Furios IPA (6.2%, 99 IBUs)

An American Style IPA. Notes of tangerine, tropical fruit, and citrus. View Ratings

Hopworks Urban Brewery Organic IPA (6.6%, 75 IBUs)

An American Style IPA brewed with organic hops and malt. Notes of grapefruit, apricot, and citrus. View Ratings

Deschutes Hop in the Dark Black IPA (6.5%, 70 IBUs)

A Black IPA brewed with ark malts. Floral and citrus notes. View Ratings

Left Hand Warrior IPA (7.6%)

An American Style IPA brewed annually at hop harvesting time with fresh hops. Fresh hop aromas and flavors. View Ratings

Founders Brewing Red’s Rye PA (6.6%, 70 IBUs)

An American Style Rye IPA. Notes of tangerine, citrus, and rye malt.  View Ratings

Crazy Mountain Brewing Hookiebobb IPA (6.7%, 87 IBUs)

An American Style IPA. Notes of peach, pine, and citrus. View Ratings

Green Flash Brewing West Coast IPA (7.3%, 95 IBUs)

An American Style IPA. Notes of grapefruit, pine, and citrus. High hop bitterness. View Ratings

Deep Ellum IPA (7.0%)

An American Style IPA. Notes of tangerine, pine, and citrus. View Ratings

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (6.0%, 60 IBUs)

An American Style IPA. Widely available. Great depth of hop flavor. View Ratings