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589 of the Best IPAs, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

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Devils Backbone Brewing Co Cross Eyed Stranger (72)

Heavy bitterness with a banana peal type flavor and astringency that grows well after the taste is finished. The bitterness covers up the body and perhaps what could be a touch of malt sweetness."

Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin (72)

Moderate malt flavor where hops should be. strong crystal malt flavor leaning towards a metallic note. There is a slight cider character as well that gives the beer a light acidic / sour character

Avery Brewing Company IPA (74)

A definitive malt presence that is well-balanced by an assertive, but not overpowering bitterness. Some corn-chip flavors detract. The hoppiness is much like the aroma with lots of berries and herbs. Light but discernable off flavors of acetaldehyde and DMS and a light metallic finish. The expected hops flavors are there—pine, lemon, grapefruit—but a difficult tannic and astringent note competes with the more pleasant flavors.

Anchor San Franpsycho (74)

Tastes like an artificial sweetener. Like a liquid pez. Not a lot of bitterness. Does have some lemon flavor. Very low malt. Despite it tasting like candy it doesn't actually have a lot of sweetness. Finishes medium dry.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 61 Minute IPA (75)

If they said this was a raspberry English bitter, it wouldn’t be surprising. Very fruity and tart. Flavors blend between grape notes and citrus with slight grapefruit. Complex fruitiness dances through. Finishes dry with a slight warmth. Rhubarb. Astringent. Smoked cherry. It’s gotta be grape.

Flying Dog Brewery Snake Dog IPA (78)

Moderate citrus, clean crisp malt, light floral, moderate bitterness, mouth-filling carbonation with an aftertaste ofcrisp hops, light sweet malt, moderate grapefruit zest. There’s the requisite pine and grapefruit character, but nothing much else.

Odd13 Brewing Kaptain Kapow-Der Zero-Leaf IPA (78)

Straight up white corn tortilla with lemon lime juice. Maybe some tangerine or grapefruit. Low to moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, low acidity. Bitterness lingers over the tongue as a lemon-mango flavor dissipates quickly. Reminds me of chewy Jolly Rancher candy but dries out on the end, ending the initial upfront sweetness quickly.

Alaskan Brewing Co. Icy Bay IPA (79)

Initial smack of hops bitterness and fruity flavors (lemon candy, fruit loops). Progresses quickly to a light cracker-like malt sweetness. Finishes very dry. Very light body. A slightly slick, oily finish. Hops are much more subtle than desired for the category, drinking more like a light pale ale or potentially a session IPA.

Against the Grain Pile Face (80)

Classic west coast flavors - pine and light citrus are balanced by a clean malt presence.

New Belgium Brewing Rampant (81)

There was a vegetal, almost dill, quality to the flavor. The juicy tropical hops flavors were strong. Maybe there’s something else in there—coriander maybe? Tastes like a bit of Sorachi Ace hops.

Harpoon Brewery Harpoon IPA (81)

Orange zest, grapefruit, slight lemon, and pine up front, followed by a round malt body and then a moderate bitterness. The hops provide some earthy complexity. Slight malt, biscuit note up front that leads to a medium piney hops flavor. Moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. High carbonation creates a slight bite, but that isn’t distracting. Some of the aromatic mustiness comes through in the flavor—from the hops?

Stone Fear Movie Lions (81)

Malt sweetness paired with a citrus orange hop. Onion and pine resin come through, it's just not a good combination with under attenuated malt.

Heavy Seas Beer Cross Bones (82)

Citrus fruit and pine hops flavor. Light malty, grainy flavor in the background. Oranges, grapefruit, and grass. Slight biscuity notes. Pleasant tart bitterness, then the butterscotch barrels in. Reminds me of the old days with Red Hook or Bert Grant’s beers. The diacetyl softens the palate, but is an acquired taste. The base beer seems good.

Boulevard Brewing Co. Pop-Up Session IPA (82)

More hops in the flavor, offering an herbal blend of mint and marjoram, but the malt is far more forward— grainy with some toasty notes. Papery oxidation here, too, and mild bitterness. Hops flavor seems muddled and indistinct. Instead, I get a more saison-like quality with yeast esters and phenols. Cloves and even a bit of cracked black pepper, then a dry, bitter nish.

Otter Creek Brewing Backseat Berner (82)

Powerful herbal, floral, and citrus notes augmented by touches of earth and a bit of honey. A little hint of a tropical fruit in there, but it’s not too assertive. Toasted character in the malt. Moderately strong hops bitterness—more to the earthy side—mouth-filling carbonation, slight hops astringency.

Samuel Adams / Boston Beer Company Rebel Rouser (82)

Good blend of malt sweetness with some nice grapefruit, orange, and pine notes. The sweetness underpins both the hops and the malt and helps balance the bitterness. Mint from the nose is subdued a bit on the palate, but it’s still a bit of a train wreck of flavors—raw malt sweetness and caramel, cardboard oxidation, strong fruity esters, and an out-of-place light tartness.

Samuel Adams / Boston Beer Company Rebel Rider IPA (83)

Lemongrass, a hint of hay, pleasant but slightly subdued grain-malt sweetness. A little less hops flavor than is suggested in the aroma, but it’s nice nonetheless. Hops flavor becomes more interesting as the beer warms. Refreshing bitterness. Watery hops avor is more distinctive than in the aroma, offering pine-tree notes and woodiness.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Baby Daddy Session IPA (83)

Smooth malt, slightly sweet. Full body for a session-strength beer. Coconut, pineapple, black tea, and hints of toast. Bitterness is supportive but not overpowering. Finish is balanced between hops flavor, bitterness, and a light malt. Moderate fruity esters.

Ninkasi Brewing Company Tricerahops Double IPA (83)

Some nice orange and citrus fruit character, with some malt sweetness in the front. Grapefruit-peel bitterness hits in the middle and carries through the finish with some sweetness and strong bitterness. Pretty rich malt bill. Hops character is resinous and intense.

Revolution Brewing Company Anti-Hero IPA (83)

Classic pine and grapefruit citrus hops with a hint of dank thrown in. Malt backbone is there but subtle, and yeast is clean. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter but not lingering.

Tree House Hurricane (83)

The fruit salad of the aroma carries to the nose with a more prominent under ripen banana dominating initially, with a pineapple and grapefruit emerging in the mid palate. A slight pithy, drying character from the bitterness gives the impression of eating on a banana rind.

Elysian Dayglow IPA (83)

Hard candy jumps up front, moderate grainy malt in the middle. Lingering bitterness that makes you long to wear a fleece pajama onesie in a single room wood cabin next to a fire.

Offshoot Beer Co. BTR L8 THN NVR (83)

Similar to the aroma, with pleasant tropical fruity notes, but flavors are a bit muddled in the malt sweetness. Medium bitterness and a creamy Orange Julius flavor right before the finish. Moderately dry right before it goes into a medium-lasting bitter finish. A touch of sweetness then returns to the palate a few seconds later.

Harpoon Hoppy Adventure (83)

Moderate fruity malt sweetness up front with a big grassy, woody, and earthy hops flavor and moderate bitterness. Stone-fruit esters and low-level peppery phenolics dominate, with a touch of malt sweetness to support. There is an odd through-line of sharp bitterness that doesn’t really dissipate until long after the swallow. Tastes more like a Belgian golden strong than a New England IPA.

Harpoon Hoppy Adventure (83)

Moderate fruity malt sweetness up front with a big grassy, woody, and earthy hops flavor and moderate bitterness. Stone-fruit esters and low-level peppery phenolics dominate, with a touch of malt sweetness to support. There is an odd through-line of sharp bitterness that doesn’t really dissipate until long after the swallow. Tastes more like a Belgian golden strong than a New England IPA.

Mosaic IPA Lost Nation (83)

Moderate bitterness, with a chalky, orange-flavored vitamins character most likely derived from the malt, with some pineapple in the background. Low tropical and peach fruit flavors, along with some sweetness from the malt. The hops taste a bit muddy, muted, and grassy and fading to vegetal. There’s a bit of a catty hops note with an herbal sting.

Deschutes Brewery Chainbreaker White IPA (84)

Raw wheat sweetness with citrus zest tartness, balanced coriander, nice backbone. Low hops bitterness that lingers. Yeast profile is reminiscent of Hefe yeast with more banana and a little clove.

Rogue Ales Brutal IPA (84)

Medium malt presence with moderate American hops bitterness that is a bit more subdued than other examples of the style. Hops flavors are a bit muddled. Slight earthiness. Grapefruit astringency in the finish.

Green Flash Brewing Co. Soul Style IPA (84)

Very malt-forward profile for an IPA, with caramel and honey plus a hint of sherry oxidation, solvent, or metallic. The bitterness is well-balanced, delivering the bite you want without being painful, but hop flavor is really subdued. Hints of lemon pith and herbs. Finish is mostly bitter and somewhat dry, yet not out of balance or over the top.

New Holland Hoptronix (84)

Non-descript hop bitterness and a clean west-coast IPA with notes of mango and orange. Alcohols are noticeable, but well restrained given this is a triple IPA. Spicy, drinkable for a triple.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Empress Evelyn (84)

A mish mash of fruity hops flavors that are heightened by the malt sweetness; white grape, peach, strawberry, lemongrass, lemon, and grapefruit. Carbonation is very low and overall body is pretty mild, leaving a lot of gaps between the hops flavor and the hops bitterness.

Double Nickel IPA (84)

Malt, biscuit light toast quality in the beginning with a light grapefruit flavor in the middle of the sip. Light tartness mixed with a touch of bitterness at the end of the sip. Finishes with a mild biscuit flavor and light bitterness. A touch on the sweet side of the amount of bitterness and hop characteristics. A light mint herbal like quality.

Surly Furious IPA (84)

Huge herbal hop character up front very similar to unsweetened black tea. Crystal malts really balance the hop bitterness but is an interesting competition it seems between the sweetness and the hop bitterness. Finishes extremely dry with a really resin and herbal hop character.

Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA (84)

Sweet up front and strongly bitter on the finish. The phenolic shows up on the palate as well. Hops evoke peach, orange, and mango. Slight slickness on the tongue indicating possible diactyl. The bitterness fights against the sweetness in this flavor a bit. Finishes with some warmth. Very mild hops avor compared to most the others. Some grassiness and a bit of floral. Lots of pithy bitterness and little of that malt complexity from the nose.

New Belgium Brewing Citradelic (84)

The first impression is of juicy tangerine—citrus is everywhere throughout, including the citrus rind on the finish, but the citrus is watered down. Mild tropical hops, possibly Citra, with some coconut and pineapple notes, and balancing bitterness. The mouthfeel is oily and flat, with not enough carbonation, and mineral notes in the aftertaste.

Deschutes Brewery Inversion IPA (85)

Somewhat one-dimensional citrus hops up front quickly give way to an overly prominent caramel malt flavor. Finishes bitter but with a moderate amount of competing sweetness. Hops flavors that do come through are typical NW flavors.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 90 Minute Imperial IPA (85)

Moderate grain sweetness and straightforward hops bitterness. Fruity—starfruit, lemongrass, tropical fruit—sweetness of honey, chocolate, caramel corn. Crisp finish with lingering sweetness. Too sweet in the finish.

Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday (85)

Full-flavored—lots of sticky hops and some bready malt. Some earthy hops flavors with lemon peel, herbal notes, and pine needles are supported by a fun caramel malt depth. Bitterness is appropriately firm but not overdone. Residual front-of-the-tongue bitterness/astringency is surprising but far from unpleasant.

Foothills Seeing Double IPA (85)

Malt sweetness with a syrup like consistency upfront with a medium hop fruitiness. Melon sweetness with a touch of light banana and lemon. Very light on the bitterness only exposing itself at the very end. A bit of cardboard oxidization towards the middle of the sip makes the hops muddled.

21st Amendment Blah Blah Blah IPA (85)

Citrus up front with lemon and grapefruit. Turns into vegetal and earthy: green pepper, green onion, garlic. No harshness. A bit of alcohol warmth that features pineapple in the finish.

Dogfish Head Flesh and Blood (85)

Blood orange citrus upfront with a mild tartness that continues into the finish. Moderate carbonation helps put the tartness with medium bittering hops. A light underling biscuit malt presence but that isn't sweet. Not balanced and leans towards the bitter, tart, astringent side.

Brooklyn Brewery East IPA (85)

Smooth and refreshing for an IPA. Malt sweetness of biscuit and a little caramel. Some fruity notes of orange, a little grapefruit with some mild bitterness, and some mint. There is a earthy, nutty character to the flavor as well. The beer dries out through the taste and the hops bitterness carries through the finish. There’s a touch of apricot in the retronasal that brings complexity to the palate.

50 West Punch You in the EyePA (85)

Moderate hops flavors with juicy peach notes, candy sweetness, orange, and pineapple, like orange marmalade. A big bread flavor with medium rye spiciness and a touch of caramel. A mustiness gives it an almost mushroom-like earthiness. The hops bitterness and rye create a spicy, bitter finish, but the bitterness is on the low end for how much heat is in the finish.

The Veil Broz Night out (85)

A blend of overripened citrus and unique malt flavors of sweet biscuit, light caramel, and bread crust. The moderate hops bitterness includes grassy and floral hops more than tropical citrus hops. The malt gives it a chewy consistency, and there’s a moderate alcohol warming, but the sweetness lingers into the finish.

Stoudts Queen of Hops Brut IPA (86)

Brut goes Belgian as the phenolic yeast ester evokes a distinctly saison note. A touch of yeasty bitterness hits quickly on the sip and overwhelms any more delicate hops notes.

Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA (86)

Some great juicy hop flavors, almost gooseberry or white-wine like. There’s a prominent malty sweetness that’s balanced out by the bitterness, though bitterness lingers at the end. Grassy notes present. Malt sweetness comes through and finish is almost too sweet.

Left Hand Brewing Company Introvert IPA (86)

Hops flavor is resinous and tongue tingling. Medium malt backbone suf ciently supports hops. Notes of pine, earth, damp leaves, some must, and grass. The touch of light caramel sweetness is nice. A bit of pucker in the dry, bitter finish. Subsequent sips yield more hops tastes—grassy, woody—but the bitterness grows with each sip. Moderate fruity esters and a touch of malt sweetness, but mostly buried under the hops.

Great Divide Brewing Company Lasso (86)

Tropical fruit and moderate caramel—herbal, toasty, and crisp. Good mouthfeel and body, followed by just the right amount of bitterness. Flavor hops don’t make a big impression, though, because a rounded bitterness dominates. Very dry finish with some lingering bitterness that fades into a pleasant afterglow.

Fort George Brewery The Optimist (86)

More spring onions, garlic, citrus, and pine. A slight caramel sweetness offers support and rounds out the body. Nice creamy mouthfeel and a smooth bitterness. Aftertaste is dank, mostly with slight onion. As it warms the bready sweetness comes up a little with slight citrus notes.

Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA (86)

Very light and fruity. Very low bittering hops (with an herbal, lemon pith profile) and a high amount of flavoring hops—floral, fruity. Very slight astringency in the finish. A bready, cracker-like body. Finish is almost sweet and out of balance for the style.

Four Peaks Brewing Hop Knot (86)

Good balance for style, though a the tropical fruit sweetness is a touch sweet for my taste until the very finish. Hops are same as on the aroma yielding a slightly sweet fruitiness in concert with significant bitterness to balance. Carb is a bit low, which makes the beer feel a bit heavy.

Ommegang Nirvana IPA (86)

Light body, medium bitterness, clean dry malt character. Hops dominate and bring an intense orange zest and pith character with the bitterness of the zest clinging to your palate. Other citrus notes are sprinkled in. Finish is dry and the bitterness lingers.

Elevation Beer Co. First Cast IPA (86)

Low-to-moderate sweetness, moderate-to-high bitterness that’s firm without being over powering. Malt is restrained and slightly toasty. Hops are citrus and floral, as on the aroma, with orange, lemon, and a touch of grassiness. The floral part is more subtle and harder to pick out individual flowers

Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Dust Bowl Change Order (86)

Light body and moderate bitterness help showcase the citrus and melon hop character, with some cattiness present. Malt is there that provides an interesting sweetness balance point. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky.

Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday (86)

Pleasantly balanced - the malt has some caramel sweetness up front, but still finishes relatively dry and crisp. Classic American hop character though, but there's a grassy dry hop character that comes across a bit astringent on the finish. Pleasant lingering spiciness on the swallow.

Offshoot Beer Co. Fashionably Late (86)

Extremely reminiscent of canned pineapple-orange juice without the extreme tartness. Bready malt balance is well executed letting the hops shine without allowing the lingering bitterness to overwhelm things. A chewy texture on the end but not heavy.

Boulder Beer Company Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA (86)

The malt sweetness and esters stand out first, giving the beer a Bit-O-Honey character. Then the orange, which has the bitter qualities of the rind but is strongest in the aftertaste. Hops earthiness and floral notes, with a mellow bitterness and spiciness. The body is a little thin, and none of the fruity flavors linger long after the sip.

The Alchemist Broken Spoke (86)

Lots of hops going on, with a slight tartness up front and a sturdy body behind it. The sharp, hoppy, earthy flavors have a touch of pine, resin, and dankness with moderate-to-high bitterness. Notes of tangerine, pineapple, and mandarin show through and are not smooth and straight fruit, but more like a more aggressive West Coast IPA. The bitterness and hoppy resin linger on the tongue after the taste.

Victory Brewing No Brainer IPA (87)

A tame, safe, and straightforward take on American IPA with a dialed-down bitterness and dialed-up fruity hops character. The nose is a touch musty, but the flavor steps up the fruit intensity.

Sketchbook Brewing Brewery Witch (87)

Herbal lavender on the nose offers an almost saison-like character with a touch of yeast phenolics that cement the comparison. The sip is similarly saison-esque with a bit more malt sweetness and slight touch of citrus over a minimal bitterness.

New Belgium Brewing RyePA (87)

The rye intensity carries through from the aroma, with a thick, sweet maltiness and hops notes that range from grapefruit citrus to jasmine. Crisp and slightly dry finish leaves a lingering bitterness.

Founders Brewing Company Red’s Rye IPA (87)

A bright, intense bitterness up front quickly mellows without lingering. The rye is evident and wonderfully balanced. Hops bitterness is there, but the interplay of the malt bitterness is the star of the show. Finishes sweeter than others, not quite as crisp.

Two Roads Brewing Company Lil Heaven Session IPA (87)

Soft and delicate with a malty sweetness mid-palate. Hops bitterness is mellow but sufficient to put this in the IPA range. Herbal, woodsy, and earthy—might make for a great mushroom sauce. Malt body is well-rounded, supple, and welcome.

Stone Brewing Company Go To IPA (87)

Whoa, that’s some grass! Reminds me of fresh-cut grass, but more clippings than lawn. Tons of pine in there accentuate the grassy notes. A pleasant malt sweetness offers support, and an assertive bitterness completes the off-dry finish. This tastes like a hops tea with a moderately strong bitter finish. Very little malt to soften the blow.

Lone Pint Brewery Yellow Rose (87)

The fruit salad continues into the flavor, though the focus is somewhat “darker” than is typical in these kinds of IPAs. Yes, there’s mango and pineapple, but also think guava and even tamarind. There’s a depth that is simultaneously surprising and refreshing. The orange character is much more prominent, but there’s still a sweetened lemon note in the background.

Funky Buddha Brewery Hop Gun IPA (87)

Plenty of fruit to go around— passion fruit, mango, bananas, pineapple. Delightful malt character delivers on flavor but tastes just a touch thin on the tongue. Bitterness is there but merely lurks in the shadows.

Fremont Brewing Interurban IPA (87)

Biscuit malt sweetness hits up front and then carries to an earthy spice hops character with some grapefruit and slight citrus notes. Flavor is not what the aroma suggests. Grass is still there, plus some mangoes. Caramel malt body is lovely, but the long bitter finish leaves a lingering harshness on the back of the tongue. Wine-like notes up front with moderate perfume notes.

Smuttynose Brewing Co. Big A IPA (87)

Slightly sweet malt backbone supports the hops well. Bitterness is mild throughout for the style. Big hops flavor, with peaches, mango, and herbal elements (something Italian). There's a pronounced malty sweetness, but it acts as a counterweight to the bitterness.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company IPA (87)

Moderate hops bitterness and a very straightforward lemony and green hops flavor. Finish is extremely dry with high carbonation and a hops bitterness that lingers. The subdued maltiness is hardly perceptible.

Samuel Adams Session IPA (87)

Very high carb makes this one dance on your palate, but it also makes the beer come across as mineraly, almost Pilsner-like. Big fruity punch from the hops with just a touch of grainy sweetness to almost balance things out. Finishes with a smooth bitterness and a slightly sweet coating sensation. The aftertaste is of PNW forests after the rain.

Independence Brewing Co. Stash IPA (87)

Clean base malt with a touch of honey sweetness and complexity. Notes of lemon, pine, a bit of orange, some grassy notes. The citrus and lemongrass hops cut through the light sweetness and carry the moderate bitterness through to the finish.

Cigar City Brewing White Oak Jai Alai (87)

Hints of sweetness and some orange with an earthy spice character. A little mint and slight caramel sweetness. The malt carries the hops and is cut by their significant bitterness. Potent stuff—alcohol evident. Moderate carbonic acid bite that dances on top of the bitterness in the finish.

21st Amendment Brewery Blood Orange Brew Free or Die (87)

The orange-juice flavors are so strong that they almost hide a seemingly decent base IPA. The flavors are very tart, juicy, and zesty. Some resinous hops flavors that might also be from the citrus rind. A little sweetness from the malt and light-bodied, with very fresh flavor.

Hop Butcher for the World Unwind Your Mind (87)

Light, creamy, and fruity with orange, mango, and strawberry dominating the light malt bill. The low bitterness lets the fruit character play off of the sweetness. The finish is quite sweet with almost a candy-like impression that masks some of the delicate hops notes. The carbonation seems a bit low, making the beer seem sweeter still.

AleSmith Brewing Company Double IPA (87)

Nice hops fruitiness with an even blend of blueberry, mango, and grapefruit rind. The hops bitterness and the light sweetness accentuate a piney hops character (a bit of Christmas tree) that helps balance and dry out the beer. A nice touch of boozy warmth also helps to fill out this beer. Bitterness lingers just a little too long, into the point of unwelcome aftertaste.

Old Town Shanghai’d IPA (87)

Light caramel and biscuit notes from the malt as well as some sage and orange from the hops. Some bread like sweetness hits up front followed by some grapefruit light sweetness and grapefruit bitterness. Balance is malt-forward for style with just enough bitterness to cut the malt. The bitterness lingers on the taste through the finish and sits heavily on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Iron Springs Pub & Brewery JC Flyer India Pale Ale (87)

Well balanced West Coast IPA with a simple grain bill that brings a touch of toasted sweetness to balance the intense citrus hops character. Finishes fairly bitter with a slightly sweet kiss.

Hop Butcher For The World Watch For Falling Coconuts (87)

Huge coconut in the flavor with mandarin orange and lemon. The coconut adds an almost creamy character. The simple, hoppy nature of the beer is pretty dry and provides a nice counterpoint to the toasted coconut without clashing. Appropriate bitterness and good hops selection. Tastes a bit like a daiquiri, with just a hint of sour milk acidity to keep it from being too sweet.”

Ballast Point Brewing Company Habanero Sculpin (87)

Chile pepper is a bit more apparent in the flavor with grassy, herbal, and slight piney hops. Maybe a bit of citrus. There’s a fair amount of heat, which masks a lot of the flavor, but there’s a malt backbone supporting it. Tastes like Anaheim and jalepe?o chiles with some peach and orange character from the hops. Clean beer beneath with bitterness that complements the heat.”

Terrapin Beer Hoppin’ Bubbly (88)

Strawberry-orange-peel nose with a touch of breadiness. The sip is a bit too malt-forward for the nascent style but still resolves cleanly enough. A middling approach that’s neither disappointing nor thrilling.

Otter Creek Brewing Over Easy (88)

Really nice creamy mouthfeel. Soft but appropriate carbonation lends a British-like weight on the tongue. Grainy malt body is a little rough around the edges but satisfying nonetheless. Bitterness has a nice orange-like quality but doesn’t really come out until well into the aftertaste.”Overall:</strong> “A fun session IPA! In a field of beers that can seem monolithic, this one stands out as spritzy and fun. Lovely carbonation makes for a better-integrated experience. Touch of caramel adds depth to the overall experience. Lingering hops bitterness is a bit overdone, but still it’s a very nice, easy-drinking beer. The elements are here, without being too assertive, which seems fitting for a session beer.

NoDa Brewing Company Hop, Drop ‘n Roll (88)

Big bitterness up front with a dry astringent note that stops just short of harsh. As it starts to warm the harshness subsides and a touch of grain sweetness comes out. Lovely creamy mouthfeel. This beer has a nice balance between the sweetness of the fruity hops notes and its bitterness. Pine, some grassy character, grapefruit, and lemon are present.

Fort George Brewery Overdub Session IPA (88)

More tangerine in the flavor than in the aroma, but less of the lemony citrus. Juicy hops flavor with enough malt sweetness to support it. Bitterness balances the malt without overpowering. More of that coconut and pineapple, buoyed by the caramel malt and light toffee. Bitterness lasts into the aftertaste, but some malt stays with it.

Flying Dog Brewery Easy IPA (88)

Malt has a light crystal undertone. Earthy hops flavor with citrus and pine is followed by grainy malt and a dry, moderately bitter finish. Nice creaminess in the mouthfeel. Perception is rustic and rough more than delicate and refined. A light dollop of malt comes in right at the swallow and then disappears, leaving a clean bitterness and lingering hops.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Effortless IPA (88)

Hops flavor hits, emphasizing resinous pine with a bit of cattiness. A little bit dank—the citrus notes are still there, but I’m not getting the floral quality from the nose. Clean bitterness that doesn’t overpower. Orange zest, wet earth, and Capri-Sun. Caramelly malt character less apparent than on the nose. Resinous and mouth-coating fruity hops express themselves in the flavor, following through on the aroma.

Tallgrass Brewing Company Ethos IPA (88)

Very nice light sweeter citrus notes with hints of tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit and some piney, grassy, and resinous hops flavor too. Hint of carbonic bite in the finish. Delicate malt sweetness supports without getting in the way. Finishes somewhat dry and bitter but not lingering.

Ballast Point Brewing Company Manta Ray (88)

Intense fruity and piney hops flavors. A touch of malt sweetness, but it hardly holds up to the intense hops bitterness that runs throughout, giving an intense grapefruit pithy character. A touch more carbonation could open things up a bit more. A light alcohol warming toward the end, but this is almost sessionable in its lightness.

Central Standard Brewing Hundo P. Wolf (88)

Big tropical fruit character dominates: pineapple, peach, mango, orange, coconut. Body is rich and chewy. Malt is clean. But a mineral character overwhelms everything once you get to mid-palate. It also brings out the bitterness and leads to a dry, astringent finish.

Figueroa Mountain Lizard's Mouth (88)

Blueberries, pineapple, dank, green onions, orange in a Styrian Golding sense. Really nice mellow bitterness that doesn’t overpower and a malt sweetness that counters a lot of the hops presence. Mid-palate hops are somewhat limited but present with an almost pie-like character. No alcohol warmth to distract.

MadTree/Fathead's Lupulin Effect (88)

Citrus and pine. A bit of honey and caramel. Medium sweet into intense bitter that lingers. Really interesting grapefruit-pith character. Some significant alcoholic warmth. Smooth for a West Coast IPA.

Hop Butcher for the World Telehopic (88)

Tropical fruit throughout, especially pineapple and fruit punch, with some more subtle orange and a touch of peach/apricot. Moderate-to-high sweetness with high bitterness to offset. Fairly boozy with alcohol warmth. Tastes like a restrained West Coast IPA. The chewy body is there, but the juice-forward flavors take a backseat. Sweet for the style, but not cloying. Finishes with a touch of lingering bitterness.

WeldWerks Brewing Co. Apha Bits #6 (88)

Soft on the palate with moderate bitterness throughout that lingers into the finish. Despite the good head retention, the carb is fairly low. Citrus all day on this one with orange playing the dominant role. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel but light overall.

Outer Range Brewing Co. In the Steep (88)

Just onions. Maybe a bit of floral is in the background. Moderate sweetness and moderate high bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and very dry finish. Grassy, light fruit hops with nice fruity character. Chewy, balanced with great lingering complexity. Soft mineral character and bitterness on finish

Green Bench Turbid 9 (88)

Initial sip has light bitterness overall with a chewy body. Lemon citrus flavors mix with a light sulfur note in the chewy body. Light body overall and fairly simple. A touch of bitterness grows slightly towards the end of the sip. Fairly simple and not too complex.

Knee Deep Brewing Co. Knee Deep Lupulin River (88)

Pretty tasty example of the dank side of life. Alcohol is fairly well hidden among the herbal resin hop, while we would like a bit more bitterness in the finish to go with the medium sweet malt that does linger, slowing it down, it is still a fairly crisp and drinkable beer for its size

Big Boss Brewing Company Blood Orange High Roller IPA (88)

Malt-forward, with sweet caramel and graham cracker, and mixed with the orange, makes it taste like orange cream candy in a box of mixed chocolates. The hops bitterness, with a touch of floral and earth, is just strong enough to keep this beer from being sticky. A hint of yeast esters and spice, and light carbonation.

Upland Brewing Co. Campside IPA (88)

Light bodied without being thin. Light sweet malt character up front, followed by a grassy hops notes with a hint of lemon, but not a lot of complex hops flavor. A bit off balanced—bitter but not much malt body to go with it. Bitter on the finish, but well balanced.

Ska Brewing Co. Modus Mandarina India Pale Ale (88)

The orange comes through more on the tongue, with pithy and astringent qualities from the rind. Grapefruit notes mix with lemon, followed by toasty and biscuit malt. The bitterness counteracts the malty backbone well, lingering long after the flavor is gone, without being overwhelming. Spicy hops tend to be overwhelmed by the bitterness of the orange.

Alaskan Brewing Company Hopothermia (88)

Strong, complex hops flavor comes through up front with a touch of orange/tangerine, grapefruit rind, and pine. Nice malt background with some sweet Grapenut character. Finish is bitter but balanced. Malty—hops didn’t cut through.”

New Belgium Brewing Ranger (89)

Hop forward with more citrus/grapefruit notes, typical piney and resinous notes, and a slight dry grassiness. The assertive hop flavors leave little room for the light, biscuity malt profile. It finishes bitter and dry, helping to accentuate the hop flavor.

Green Flash Brewing Company West Coast IPA (89)

Citrus grapefruit hops dominate and linger throughout. Hops at the forefront with notes of over-ripened grapefruit and pine. Bitterness and sweetness balance well together, though bitterness definitely dominates and lingers.”

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Ee Tah! IPA (89)

Piney with orange and blood orange in tow. The malt is simple and leaves a slightly sweet profile which probably brings out the richness of the citrus. The bitterness is about right and lingers pleasantly, although a bit more would help offset the sweetness.

Societe Brewing Company The Pupil IPA (89)

A nice balance between sweet and bitter. Notes of orange, grapefruit, and some lemon hit up front with a juice-like character. There’s also an herbal and floral character. Malt sweetness of biscuit and a little caramel. Pine/resin hops, some grapefruit, toasted malt backing, and then the bitterness slides in, and grows and lingers into a medium finish.

Schlafly Beer Grapefruit IPA (89)

Bergamot, tangerine, and herbal notes up front, with some grapefruit pith and hops. Moderate esters bring in notes of cherry and blueberry, which play nicely with the citrus, the lemongrass, and bitterness of the hops. Light simple malt bill adds a supportive caramel-malt character. It’s well-balanced and not too aggressively bitter, if a bit too pithy. Dry finish, very clean.

Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig IPA (89)

Medium bitterness with a rather light body. Slight new-shoe-like taste with a growing bitterness that extended well into the aftertaste and continued to grow. As it warms the rubber goes away, and we are left with a dank hops note with a touch of garlic. This beer has a nice body with a smooth character. The pine is showcased in the hops, and the grapefruit citrus notes help round out the hops profile. The beer is nicely balanced between the hops bitterness and flavor.

Two Brothers Brewing Company Sidekick (89)

Full assertive hops flavor— resinous and sticky with earthy, grassy notes from dry hopping. Bitterness might be a tad low, but nice. Hops are catty and dank with a bit of skunk.

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Big Eye IPA (89)

Moderate toasty, light sweetness, earthy hops, moderate pine, touch of floral, aftertaste. Malt depth is nice, with some fun caramel notes playing alongside the hops. Similar to the aroma, but the resinous pine character is more prominent, hiding some of the more fruity characters. That sharp pine character heightens the bitterness, though it doesn’t linger too long, due to the more complex malt character displayed.

Santa Fe Brewing 7K IPA (89)

More tropical and dank in the flavors. Pineapple and pine but also some orange and lemon sneak in. Moderate sweetness into moderate high bitterness. A touch of alcohol.

Narrow Gauge Brewing Company OJ Run (89)

Strong herbal and fruity mix, where up front the herbal notes are dominant, and when coupled with a prominent alcohol presence, gives it the flavor of fresh car tires in an old car mechanic shop, but here it’s not pleasant. The fruity notes are almost like lemongrass. A nice bitterness coupled with a decent amount of sweetness and warmth give some balance for this unique hops profile.

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company The Cat’s Meow (89)

Melon and mango dominate up front, then chewy and juicy with a strong orange and pineapple presence. Finishes with a softness typical of the style. Hops are complex but there’s slightly too much bitterness to let the rest of the ingredients shine through. Medium-intense fruit flavors from hops and esters.

Spice Trade Brewing Sun Temple IPA (89)

Caramel malts are strong in the flavor, but a present bitterness helps round it out. It’s missing the juicy component NE IPA is known for. Tastes very PNW IPA style (resinous). Orange, lemon, mango, pineapple hops characteristics with a touch of vanillin and light floral notes beneath. Body is a bit thin, and that is accentuated by how dry the beer finishes. Carb is good. Significant bitterness throughout, but it fades with a slightly sweet kiss.

Heavy Seas Brewery Loose Cannon (89)

Balanced profile with light toasted malt playing off of the herbal, floral, and light orange and lemon hops notes. Finish is slightly sweet and leaves a coating on the palate. Malt sweetness of biscuit. Hops bitterness is low for an IPA.

Ninkasi Brewing Company Maiden the Shade (89)

Fruit-forward with the usual suspects (mango, lemon, pine) and a few odd players: the stone-fruit esters are bright, but odd. Balance is good with the esters providing a touch of sweetness mid-palate that fades beneath the dry finish and lingering bitterness. Overall a little heavy, especially given the lighter color and focus on fruitier hops qualities.

Societe Brewing Company The Apprentice (89)

Piney and resinous notes accompany complex citrus (it’s every citrus fruit I can name). Moderate sweetness, moderate-high bitterness. Dry. The citrus hops profile dominates the simple malt bill. The bitterness carries in the finish and is slightly astringent.

Societe The Fiddler (89)

Citrus hop profile with a lingering bitterness with lemongrass and a pithy quality, bordering on a grassy overly dry hopped character. After the first swallow it mellows a bit (or your palette fatigues), and you're left with a crisp, dry beer with a pleasantly aggressive bitter finish.

Sixpoint Undefined Variable (89)

Tropical notes of pineapple, mango, and lemon with some subtle coconut. Slightly dank &amp; earthy (green onion). Subtle pine notes. Finishes dry and crisp and subtly bitter. Slightly mineral/metallic. A bit chalky.

Outer Range Brewing Co. Two Pound Tent (89)

Bright hops flavors accentuated by an even brighter hops bitterness. Flavors are more toward the lemongrass, grapefruit side. Some malt sweetness, with a light sweet biscuit character. Bitterness is present throughout, but not unpleasant.

The Pike Brewing Co. Doubble Hopulus (89)

So the aroma, so the flavor. More prominent grapefruit and a touch of pine character. A more pronounced malt character than often seen in this style, with nice bread crust and biscuit notes. There is a nice bitter through-line that keeps everything grounded in the IIPA category. The bitterness is not astringent but heightens some the stronger piney and pithy hop flavors.

Industrial Arts/Two Roads Bloomerang (89)

he deep floral tartness of the hibiscus mixes well with the tropical fruit character. Orange, tangerine, papaya, coconut. Also, a touch of spicy black pepper. moderate esters. Bitterness is a little pithy. mouthfeel is a bit minerally.

Roc Brewing Co. Whoopass (89)

The flavor surprises with strong hops bitterness throughout. Some interesting malt complexity, with a touch of honey, caramel, biscuit, and bread crust. Hops flavors oscillate among dank piney character, floral notes, and grapefruit pithiness. Bitterness gets a bit astringent as it sits in the aftertaste. The finish is like grapefruit pith—hard to get out of your mouth.

High Branch Say it Ain't So (89)

Coconut up front followed by papaya. On the drier side with a moderate chalk and mineral character. Very creamy yet needs more carbonation to bring out the hops. Flavor components are low for the style. New World hops with pineapple, peach, and apricot, layered over pine and resin. Complexity of hops character is impressive.

Great Divide Brewing Company Hercules Double IPA (89)

Initial toffee sweetness is balanced by some nice bitterness in the finish. Resinous, caramelly, evergreen, and bitter. Malt is enjoyable, though the bitterness comes off a bit harsh. As it warms, the bitterness becomes even harsher.

Alaskan Brewing Co. Spruce IPA (89)

Huge berry character that integrates well with a clean IPA base beer. The hops character is fairly restrained, but the bitterness plays well off of the sweetness from the berry esters. There’s lots of spruce, like rubbing a Christmas tree. The finish is fairly bitter and lingers. It’s a bit like putting an entire roll of Life Savers candy in your mouth at once—all of them. The touch of candy sweetness is unexpected, but the bracing pine tree bitterness keeps it from cloying.”

Tr?egs Brewing Co. Crimson Pistil IPA (89)

The cranberry and raspberry notes from the hibiscus come out more in the flavor with lemon citrus and grassy behind it. It’s a well-balanced IPA with just enough bitterness to round out the malt. Spice beers routinely overdo it on the spice, but this one felt restrained, like they could have gone further but played it safe in a enjoyably balanced way.”

Schlafly Beer Farmhouse IPA (90)

Rose-like floral hops hit in the front and carry through the finish with a slight bitterness. The lemon/orange notes sit in the back behind the more dominate hops flavor. Carbonation is good, and the finish is slightly dry with a lingering bitterness. Dry yet somewhat creamy.

Breakside Brewery Breakside IPA (90)

Tropical fruit up front, a little garlic, and herbal, oregano-esque notes. Slight malt sweetness with hints of caramel. Definitive bitterness, but not at all harsh. Rich hops flavor with pine and low garlic notes upfront and a nice bitterness that extends into the aftertaste but doesn’t continue to grow—it fades nicely. Medium sweetness at the end rounds out the sip. I really enjoy the balanced finish.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Torpedo Extra IPA (90)

Hop flavor is piney and resiny more than citrus, but showcases both with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Very nice lingering bitterness that carries hop flavors through finish. Finishes dry with slight sweet malt back.

Cape May Brewing Follow the Gull (90)

Overripe mango and papaya offer an alluring tropical nose, but a strong yet soft initial bitterness quickly shifts gears. A hazy IPA for those not afraid of bitterness.

Bear Republic Brewery Hop Rod Rye (90)

Starts with a prominent, almost intense, malt sweetness that gives way to an aggressive hops bitterness and powerful rye spice. As you adjust to it, you find more citrusy hop character.

New Belgium Brewing Company Slow Ride (90)

Earthy, wet, piney, and herbal. Flavor picks up where the nose left off. Similar elements here, with the spiciness more in the fore, adding some lemongrass to the other herbal elements. Light bitterness doesn’t distract from the hops flavor.

Ballast Point Brewing Even Keel (90)

Pineapples, bananas, and mangoes. Long bitterness that’s slightly harsh atop a weaker than expected malt body. As it is, the fruit flavor falls somewhat at compared to the aroma. The assertive bitterness is a bit out of balance because there’s not much malt to balance it. Bitterness dominates the finish—the earthy hops avor sticks around for a little while, but doesn’t have as much staying power.

Wormtown Brewery Be Hoppy (90)

Lemongrass, grapefruit, and a unique cured-meat note are nicely supported by a light, spritzy malt body. Lively and bright on the tongue with a bitter, slightly sweet finish. A slight cabbage-like note up front but in a fresh street taco sort of way. Medium bitterness, a slight juicy note, and some earthy avors evolve as it warms.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Easy Jack (90)

Nice citrus flavor with some pine, mild bitterness, and strong carbonation. Lemongrass, wet earth, pineapple, and honey over a light but silky malt body. Clean and crisp—hops dominate the flavor profile.

Deschutes Brewery Pinedrops IPA (90)

Very strong lemony flavor— bright and citrus-focused with light floral flavors in the finish. Not at all what I was expecting based on the aroma. The finish has a lingering bitterness that borders on astringent. Some catty, black currant notes and just a hint of malt sweetness.

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company County Line IPA (90)

Initial impression delivers on the aroma, with earthy, winey characteristics. Very faint light malt, and any esters are covered by the hops. Firm bitterness starts nice but then becomes aggressively licorice-like on the back of the tongue in the finish. Tastes like I bit into a freshly picked grapefruit—rind, pulp, juice, and all.

MadTree Brewing Company PsycHOPathy (90)

Light body, medium citrusy hops profile, a little bit of mineral character in the finish. Pilsen malt, perhaps? Full sweet body with lots of candy-like hops and a good amount of hops bitterness to help balance the sweet body. Citrus and piney hops flavor with some malt sweetness and a slight mineral finish. Candy-like hops character with notes of tangerine.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Big Daddy IPA (90)

Citrus and pine notes up front with hints of tangerine and lemon. Moderate hops bitterness. Light caramel sweetness. A cracker-like malt body, with mineral bitterness.

Burgeon Beer Co. Thuja (90)

Medium-high body and lingering bitterness carries the dank and piney hops profile throughout this one. Great balance, though maybe pushing the limits of a single IPA, even if West Coast. Lots of grapefruit and lemon. There is a sweetness from the fruit notes up front, but the bitterness cuts the sweetness and carries through the finish with a body to help support the big hops bitterness.

pFriem Family Brewers IPA (90)

Nice sweetness up front. Some notes of grapefruit, a little orange, slight lemon. A little pine. Well balanced with significant bitterness to cut the lightly toasted sweetness. Light body, clean semisweet malt.

Southern Tier The Psychic Laser (90)

Moderate fruit upfront with strawberry, melons and light plums. Medium bitterness with a touch of spiciness towards the end of the sip. Light sweetness from the malt balances out the bitterness. A touch of mint towards the middle of the sip. Finishes with a smooth fruitiness with just a hint of bitterness.

Fremont Brewing Lush IPA (90)

The initial taste was surprising with a sweetness that gets immediately overwhelmed by bitterness. Classic West Coast blend of pine and citrus. Tropical fruit, mango, pine are firm but balanced in the bitterness. Light body with a sweet caramel finish that hangs out and cuts the hops down a tick.

Toppling Goliath Pompeii (90)

Similar to the aroma. Huge tropical flavors that trail off into more traditional pine characters. Very clean bitterness, not harsh at all. Very dry. Finish has a green-tea bitterness with an almost smoky background that distracts from the fruitiness.

Captain Lawrence Tears of Green (90)

Herbal, mango, cherries, green onions, dank, watermelon, lemon, balanced bitterness and sweetness.

Prison City Turf Wars (90)

Rich and chewy with a complex mélange of ripe fruit and a toasted-malt sweetness with hints of toffee. Finish has a bit of a harsh mineral character that detracts from the softer fruit character; it isn’t particularly bitter, but there is a lingering harshness that is a bit out of place.

Worthy Brewing Kama Citrus (90)

Moderate bitterness upfront with a light orange character in the middle. Orange is less pronounced in flavor than in the aroma. Light biscuit maltiness but not sweet, light body. Fruit flavors are a bit muddled and should compete with the bitterness.

Finback Pataman (90)

Fruitiness upfront with ripe pear and light peach character. Medium fruit sweetness with a very light bitterness. Light earthy and spicy hop flavor right at the end of the sip. Finishes with a light herbal flavor and heavy fruit, mostly peach but also mango, pineapple and light grapefruit.

Coronado Brewing Company Idiot IPA (90)

Well balanced clean toasty malt with a floral and herbal hops presence and a touch of citrus peeking through. Bright and crisp with a moderate lingering bitterness. Carbonation is spot on. There aren’t many rough ed