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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 edges to this beer, making it pretty easy drinking.

Tired Hands Pineal (90)

Very pleasant from start to finish - light fruit with underlying hints of pine up front, a soft mid palette with a pleasant grainy/oat flavor, and a crisp and clean finish that is nicely bitter but not overly aggressive. Lingering notes of pine and light fruit.

Three Taverns Craft Brewery A Night On Ponce (90)

Blood orange character really comes through in the flavor emphasized by moderate-plus sweetness from the malt. The grassy notes are more restrained than in the aroma. Bitterness is moderate to high and a bit pithy, but balances the sweetness fairly well. Malt is simple with a touch of toasted complexity.

Station 26 Brewing Co. Hop Sequence #5 (90)

Strong notes of spruce and pine come through along with some grapefruit and orange juice character that adds a slight sweetness and some bitterness. Mild lemon sits behind the pine and grapefruit/orange notes, and there are those basil/oregano herbal notes again. Malt contribution is a bit toasty and a touch of caramel. A little light bodied, and the hops dominate through the taste. The finish is bitter but not so bitter as to whack you over the head. Needs more CO2 to open up.

Shared/Narrow Gauge Crusin' Gravel (90)

Crackery malt backbone plays off of the citrus and tropical hop character. Finish is dry and slightly chalky. Bitterness is subdued but lingering, and some hop burn hangs out too.

Weldwerks Galaxy DDH Juicy Bits (90)

Lemongrass, grapefruit pith &amp; some slight pine. A slight herbal spiciness. Fairly soft mouthfeel. Well balanced. Finished surprisingly dry, almost harsh.

Devils Backbone Brewing Co. Eight Point IPA (90)

Well balanced for a West Coast IPA with moderate earthy and citrus (lime, grapefruit pith) hops. There’s just enough malt sweetness to pull it together with the medium-high bitterness. Dry finish. A bit of alcohol warmth. The medium body helps support the hops. Good carbonation. Really tastes old school.

BarrelHouse Brewing Co. Mango IPA (90)

The mango comes through well, but the hops are understated so that at first, it expresses itself as more of a mango American wheat. At the end of the swallow, a low bitterness lingers briefly, bringing forth the IPA character. Moderate sweetness, with supporting malt, if a little thin, and dry overall.

Breakside Brewery India Golden Ale (90)

Amazing unique and intense hops flavors that continue to display the Thai basil flavors from the aroma, coupled with a more pronounced fruity character of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. A nice, light malt sweetness pairs perfectly with a prominent bitterness that adds to the herbal spice character. Dangerously dry.

Knee Deep Brewing Co. Knee Deep Hop-Trio (90)

Bright onion hop flavor with, alcohol booze, and a malt character that adds sweetness.

Coronado Brewing Company Stingray IPA (90)

Initial punch of fruity hops flavor that diminishes quickly. Tropical fruit on the tongue more than in the nose. Substantial evergreen character is a nice surprise. Good creamy mouthfeel adds to the overall palate character. Bitter finish is grapefruity and smooth. Malt plays a supporting role but doesn’t get in the way. The green-onion note sits on the tongue through the finish. A lot of spruce and pine notes.

Boulevard Brewing Co. The Calling (90)

Malt sweetness tastes like a very blonde caramel. Hops character of orange and lemon flesh and zest blend pretty well. Bitterness is nicely blended throughout and lingers just a touch. Hops flavor is all tropical fruit—mango and coconut. Some bitterness is hiding in there, but the overall impression is sweet, not bitter.

Avery Brewing Company Raja Double IPA (90)

Rich and well blended. Dialed bitterness throughout that’s good for style. Lemon-heads candy, strong lemon/orange flavor. A fair chunk of that is the hops, but there’s something else going on. Moderate hops bitterness that melds with the tartness. There’s a splash of brighter esters and malt sweetness, but the funk from the nose is here, too. Sweet and juicy with lemon and orange and citrus notes. The hops are more favorable, less bitter, and balance well with the malt. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a nice sweetness.

Prison City Nope on a Rope (90)

A blend of light malt sweetness, bright hops juiciness, and perfect bitterness to keep it in balance. Hops flavors are intense and complex, with mandarin oranges, peaches, and melon. The malt, though a touch sweet, is layered with a touch of biscuit and bread, and a creamy body. Strong esters, and a slight minerality that accentuates some bitterness. Dank notes are in the background, and the finish is bitter with hops flavors and long lasting.

The Alchemist Focal Banger (90)

Assertive hops bitterness that lingers and sticks to the teeth. The flavor hits with an interesting complexity, adding grapefruit sweetness and pineapple that extends into the finish as it warms. Dank earthiness on the finish.

Founders Brewing Company All Day IPA (91)

It’s impressive for a session beer to be 4.7% and have that much flavor. Plenty of hop flavor but it’s a bit muddled. Bitter up front, but doesn’t linger unpleasantly. Hop flavors are more muted than aroma would suggest. Subtle tangerine, grapefruit. Begins as slightly piney and bitter but carries through to a sweet grapefruit finish. A bit of malt but fairly dry and light.

Ecliptic Brewing Phaser Hazy IPA (91)

Cohesive and bright, belying individual aroma and flavor notes. Crisp fruit notes and a slightly sweet malt base make it a hazy IPA you can drink several of.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery VIPA (91)

Lemon-lime notes hover over a woody and slightly grainy aroma, but the flavor embraces the comfort of ge-neric West Coast bitterness without offering much more.

Calusa Brewing It’s You, Not Me (91)

Fruity with a slightly sharper edge than most, thanks to a sweaty lime note that rides up the side of the aroma. The sip is soft lime, a touch of sweet orange, a sprinkle of lemon juice, and a bit of kiwi. Any bitter-ness feels seamless with the overall fruit character.

Outer Range Brewing Sibirica (91)

Malborough Sauv Blanc notes of pear, guava, lychee, and kiwi push hard through the nose while the refined body and soft malt character thoroughly bury any hint of heat or strength. Finishes a bit sweet, but immensely satisfying.

Three Weavers Brewing Knotty DIPA (91)

A clean and faintly fruity nose (peach, cantaloupe) offers an understated but intriguing approach, and those same flavors push forward matched by a firm but balanced tobacco and pine-tree bitterness offering interest-ing layers to explore.

Great Notion Brewing Full Grown (91)

Weedy fern, aspen leaf/bark, kiwi, and humid Southern forest make this equal parts intriguing and polariz-ing. In the flavor, white-wine notes push forward with comforting touches of oak, slight sweetness, herbal-ness, and citrus.

Stone Brewing Enjoy by 7.04.19 (91)

An integrated honey sweetness-meets-herbal-citrus nose is painfully subtle, but a soft and mild herbal bitterness plays against a mild malt sweetness for a softer take on classic American-hops flavor.

Bonfire Brewing WtFO (91)

Vague citrus flesh and zest on the nose, with a clean but understated style. The sip is equally bright with a light and soft bitterness that quickly makes way for the soft lingering fruit. A light DIPA, if such a thing exists.

Comrade Brewing More Dodge Less Ram (91)

Crisp peach and funk notes become a very soft but present bitterness in the sip that quickly lingers as more peachy funk. Confident and intense in its high-key balance.

pFriem Family Brewers Brut IPA (91)

A light and perfumy nose is gentle and engaging, while the softest of hops-bitterness profiles and dry body with a vague chardonnay-grape and oak-tannin note sell the brut idea well.

Avery Brewing Company Maharaja (91)

Sweeter and hotter, liked the citrus, liked the lemon. Nice sweetness from honey followed by citrus and lemon zest notes. Could have used a little less malt sweetness. Clean finish with good bitterness.

The Alchemist Heady Topper (91)

Had some oddness to it—curry? Complex flavor with some spice notes—smokey, earthy, cheesy, leather. Good sweet hop fruitiness of citrus, orange juice, slight grapefruit with mild notes of pine. Juicy character comes through. Touch of malt backbone. Finish is bitter but not lingering. It’s great how clear the hops were.

MadTree Brewing Brunch So Hard (91)

A savory nose of fleshy tropical fruit avoids ‘sweet’ while embracing ‘fruity.’ It’s not quite as clean and direct as some brut IPAs, but avoids saccharine clichés nonetheless.

Bale Breaker Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA (91)

A strong mango, backed by a slight herbal- hops note, sets the stage for a beer- forward sip, as the mango recedes and a soft bready malt punctuated by a firm bitterness presses forward to linger in the finish.

Eddyline Brewery Crank Yanker (91)

The hops character is citrus-forward (lemon, orange, a bit of grapefruit) with a touch of light stone fruit in the background and a little mint. The hops come in with a fruity sweetness that carries through the taste. Sweetness and bitterness balance, but the finish is slightly sweet.

Tr?egs Independent Brewing Perpetual IPA (91)

White-wine grapes, lemons, spruce tips, and grapefruit. Moderately strong malt background can’t keep up, though it tries. Sweetness up front with a light hops avor and a medium hops bitterness. Slight herbal notes, similar to chai tea, but subtle. Aftertaste is bitter and moderately lasting. Not as smooth as other examples.

Melvin Brewing Hubert MPA (91)

The fruit festival continues! Tropical fruit notes from the hops dominate the initial impression, with just the right amount of residual sweetness and body to support the botanical goodness. Long-lasting bitterness is exceptionally smooth. Slight sweetness in the finish offers balance. The body has a high carbonation that blends the beer and gives it a smooth character. As the beer warms a bit more flavors come out, and a nice juicy character is showcased. The finish is nice with a fresh hops character left on the tongue.

Goose Island Beer Company Goose IPA (91)

Sweet grainy malt, lychee, pineapple, orange, lemon. Fleeting but firm bitterness that dissipates quickly from the front of the tongue. The body is light, which allows for the hops to be showcased. The beer finishes with a grapefruit hops bitterness and a slight citrus sweetness. Slight cloying note as it starts to warm up. Drink this one cold.

Coronado Brewing Co. CoastWise (91)

Just a touch of sweetness in the start. Light toasted and slight caramel malt notes support medium bitterness. Rich hops complexity with a strong tropical character—mango, pineapple, with hints of coconut, especially as it warms up. Very light body. Finish is slightly astringent/harsh.

Green Bench Brewing Co. Sunshine City IPA (91)

Nice blend of hops sweetness. Some tropical fruit with some melon and mango. Some orange and grapefruit, a little lemon, and slight pine. Bitterness is in line and balances well with the malt and finishes not too bitter, not too sweet. A bit of alcohol is evident with some warmth.”

Rahr & Sons Brewing Company Dadgum IPA (91)

Great balance for a single IPA with a nice sweetness up front, but just bitter enough for a West Coast IPA. Body is light and refreshing with plenty of hops to back things up. Same hops flavors as in the aroma with a touch of toasted malt complexity mid-palate that is quite refreshing.

Industrial Arts Torque Wrench (91)

ots of piney dankness that could use a bit more malt to balance it out. Light mango, a little orange-juice character, too. The bitterness lingers long. A throwback to the bitter wars of IPA.

Rogue 10 Hop IPA (91)

Earthy and dank hops flavors. Fairly piney. Noticeable caramel malt. Some dried-fruit esters (raisin, fig). A slight mineral character. Some noticeable booziness and alcoholic warmth. Finishes on the sweeter side and distinctly bitter.”

Boothbay Thirsty Botanist (91)

There is a rich mix of candy and grainy sweetness with a lush tropical-fruit hops character. Finish is rich and chewy but with enough bitterness to balance it out. A bit of lingering grassy astringency distracts from the other more pleasant aspects of the beer.

pHriem Family Brewers Down Under IPA (91)

Sweet smooth fruity notes up front. Lemongrass, pineapple, grapefruit, a little melon, some orange, subtle light stone fruit. Bitterness is moderate and cuts the sweetness well.

Perennial Lascaux (91)

Really nice mango flavor with a bright lemoncello light character. This citrus and tropical fruit forward beer is complex with this slight resin character hop finish. Nice lingering bitterness but not off putting. We like the balance between the malt and the hop presence on the nose and finish. Great medium dry finish.

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA (91)

The citrus flavor is fresh and lively, with flavors from the juice, pith, and peel of the grapefruit. Biscuit malt sweetness is obvious, and the complexity brings out the juiciness of the citrus. The hops are piney and dank, with the bitterness keeping it from being too sweet and juicy. Just a hint of the perfume that was present on the nose, and a bit of burn in the aftertaste that lingers with it.

Transient Artisanal Ales Honeystone (91)

Florida Sunshine! A rich, citrus character, with big tangerine and mandarin orange, heightened by a nice malt/honey sweetness. Medium hops bitterness in the middle of the sip followed by a balanced rich sweetness. Body is slightly reserved.

Melvin Brewing 2x4 Double IPA (91)

Juicy orange and malt sweetness up front with some pine-like hops character. The sweetness almost offsets the bitterness from the piney hops. Hops bitterness lingers pleasantly.

Wicked Weed Brewing Freak of Nature (91)

The hops hit in the front with this beer. Grapefruit sweetness and bitterness that carry through. Some lemon, a little onion-like character. The bitterness hits and is lingering through the finish. Malt is moderately biscuity and a bit light for the hops. Warmth hits at the end.

Black Shirt Brewing Okul Wheat IPA (92)

A richer, deeper nose offers roasted caramelized papaya and mango with a lime squeezed over them. The sip is broadly sweet and expansive with a fruit-smoothie thickness and faint fruity notes.

Lagunitas Brewing Company IPA (92)

An intense hop juiciness, with white wine, gooseberry, lemon grass, pineapple, melon. Not much malt character—hop flavor is the show! Finish is mostly bitter but balanced, with a slight lingering bitterness.

Cigar City Brewing Space Pope (92)

Unfiltered but not quite hazy, the subtlety of the nose feels almost English (are those esters or hops notes?), and the grassy hops underpinning the fruit only furthers the U.K.-meets-American feel. The sip is more di-verse, with herbal tea–like tannic bitterness, soft citrus, and gentle strawberry and apricot esters.

Migration Straight Outta Portland (92)

Crisp peach and fennel notes on the nose offer a curious expression that avoids one-note clichés. The sip is similarly clean and direct, with an immediate medium bitter note that fades into lingering peach and peach-skin notes.

Cerebral Brewing Scam Likely (92)

Kiwi and lemongrass on the nose. On the sip, a bright and drying bitterness quickly gives way to a spicy tam-arind note.

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion 012 (92)

Faint strawberry and cantaloupe over French pastry dough evokes a finely crafted tart that’s pushed aside on the sip by a mildly bitter-lime shortbread cookie.

Victory Brewing Cloud Walker (92)

A soft peach and sharp lime offer a nice contrast in the nose, while the sip offers a prickly carbonic bite high-lighted by a pointed bitterness braced by light fruit notes.

Ska Brewing Moral Panic (92)

A touch of C-hops–style mustiness with a lemon streak shooting through it gives way to a slightly-less-crisp-than-expected body that is light on the brut and heavy on classic West Coast hops and English yeast esters.

Great Lakes Brewing Great Lakes IPA (92)

Lemon and pine on blast with a super light body and tight bitterness. Crushably bright with a lingering lem-on-forest bitterness and fruitiness reminiscent of spruce tips.

Modist Brewing Dreamyard (92)

A smooth and steady orange-lime-kiwi fruit nose offers hints of creaminess, and the sip delivers with very light orange-lime-zest smoothie. For the creamy nature of the beer, a remarkably light body.

AleSmith Brewing Company AleSmith IPA (92)

Simple malt bill with a touch of toasted character plays second fiddle to the light colored citrus hops (orange, grapefruit, lemon). Some earthy spice notes as well hit in the middle of the taste. Balance is great for the style, though a bit under-carbonated. Bitterness is present but not overwhelming.

Iron Hill Brewery Philly Special IPA (92)

The nectarine-and-tangerine smoothie nose is creamy and inviting while the sip is equal parts light pithy bit-terness and soft fruit. Bright and punchy.

Oskar Blues Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA (92)

Effortlessly bold and bright tropical, nectarine, and tangerine notes offer a wildly compelling nose in this un-filtered-but-not-quite-hazy IPA. The body offers a zero-g parabolic dive, allowing the hops to float in virtual weightlessness with only a touch of bitterness grounding it.

Brewery Vivant Space Traveler (92)

High carbonation and chalky and they amplify one another. Orange, peach, lemon a touch of mint and pine wood, with strong mint on the exhalation. It finishes with medium bitterness and more chalkiness."

Green Flash Brewing Company Jibe Session IPA (92)

Very distinctive citrus hops— lemon, tangerine, and a bit of grapefruit. There’s just enough malt sweetness with the tart citrus to evoke Lemon Heads candy before the bitterness rolls in smoothly. As the beer warms, an earthy mushroom-like character develops, which adds complexity and keeps me interested. Malt body is rather thin.

Ninkasi Brewing Company Total Domination (92)

Full avor both from the body and the hops character. Loving the blue- berry! I don’t know how it got into this beer, but it’s a welcome twist. Caramel malt backbone elevates the hops to just where they need to be. Bright back-of- the-tongue bitterness and an incredibly creamy mouthfeel.

Great Divide Brewing Company Titan IPA (92)

More balanced toward the malt than most American IPAs. Honey-like sweetness with supporting caramel and light brown sugar. Robust bitterness does its job but doesn’t get in the way. The flavor is much brighter than the aroma with pleasant floral and pine notes that are well-balanced with a complex malt character. Light bread crust, biscuit, and even wheat sweetness.

Breckenridge Brewery Breck IPA (92)

Juicy orange flavors, followed by moderate caramel and a long, pleasant bitterness. Similar to aroma, the hops flavor is floral and slightly herbal with a bit of that butterscotch-candy flavor up front. Prominent bitterness, but cut by the malt so as not to induce dry mouth.

Almanac Beer Co. Almanac IPA (92)

A blend of tropical fruit flavors including mango and pineapple, atop a slightly resinous pine foundation. Biscuity malt character is just sweet enough to balance the bitterness, which is firm but doesn’t get in the way. Slight mint and a little onion add depth under the juicy character. Aftertaste is bitter and long lasting, doesn’t grow but stays with you.

Flying Dog Brewery The Truth (92)

This beer has a nice smooth character with some pineapple, lemon, orange, and pine character. The biscuit malt sweetness adds to this beer. It finishes with a slight bitterness that lingers, but isn’t overly bitter. The malt character has a faintly British aspect to it: nutty and caramely. Long, balanced finish is a good blend of sweet and bitter.

Telegraph West Swell Juicy IPA (92)

Really bight herbal and grassy note comes through on the flavor. The lemon like citrus comes through secondary. Slight bitterness but subdued. We really like the bettering charge. Finishes dry with a nice lemon/lemon grass note.

Knee Deep Brewing Company No Seeds, No Stems (92)

There’s plenty of malt sweetness in this beer to balance the intense hoppy character. Bitterness and hops flavor shine through with citrus and pine as in the aroma. Clean otherwise and distubingly drinkable for the ABV. Slight bready character from the malt provides some sweetness. Really dry finish without a lot of hops presence with the exception of a citrus note.

SweetWater Brewing Company IPA (92)

Great hops presentation without being heavy handed. Malt supports without being sweet. Hops profile is a tasty blend of orange and pine with a simple malt backbone beneath. The orange has some sweetness with orange peel bitterness. Light hops flavor reprises the floral aroma and adds some citrus. Well balanced for the style.

Bronx Brewery No Resolution (92)

Moderate hops bitterness up front with a light citrus and pine fruity hops flavor. Light malt backbone gives a nice chewy, medium body. High carbonation helps emphasize the bitterness of the hops. Finishes with a long lasting bitterness that slowly grows. Have another sip before the bitterness grows too much.

Lord Hobo Consolation Prize (92)

Up front citrus bitter, and then it mellows to other flavors (strawberry, lemon, lemongrass). Some spicy notes and grapefruit peel. Some distinct malty sweetness. Green pepper with some peppercorn spiciness and noticeable pine notes. Finishes slightly sweet and fairly dry. Fairly well-balanced.

The Veil Brewing whitemiata (92)

Delicious fruit and floral-hops sweetness, with a back-end bitter wallop to remind you that you’re drinking a beer. The aftertaste is a combination of pure orange-blossom honey and slight astringent bitterness.”

Surly Todd the Axe Man (92)

Lemony, but some grapefruit pith, too. Some resinous pine. Sharp bitterness locks onto the tongue and lasts forever. Some hops astringency. Fairly dry all the way through. Aggressive hops are accentuated by the sharp carbonic acid bite.

Outer Range Pillow Stacks (92)

Highly bitter, but enough residual sweetness to make it balanced for the style. The orange highlights dance on top of the somewhat grassy and green-onion notes with the blend of herbal tones pulling things together. Malt is a secondary thought. Finish isn’t overly bitter with a slight sweetness on the very end.

Outer Range Brewing Co. One More Frontier (92)

Candied lemon pulls through on the flavor. Definitely a hint of grass but not the pronounced pine that is suggested in the aroma. Also some orange sweetness, pithy, with a lemongrass note on the finish and hints of strawberry. Bitterness is more pithy lemon than straight up harsh hops bitterness. Balance is sweet throughout but finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Heavy Seas Beer TropiCannon Citrus IPA (92)

Mandarin orange with a grapefruit kicker—comes through like a grapefruit orange soda. It’s sweet, dry, and slightly acidic. Some cherry esters and bready malt to remind you it’s beer, but the citrus is so dominant the hops are playing second fiddle, aside from the bitterness that lingers into the finish. The citrus rind finish lingers.

New Belgium Brewing Company Voodoo Ranger IPA (92)

The hops profile showcases lemon, some melon, pineapple, and a bit of pine and onion. Body is slightly light. Some nice balanced sweetness to bitterness.

Bale Breaker Top Cutter (92)

Moderate bitterness upfront with pine and light dankness. Bitterness extends throughout the sip into the aftertaste. Earthy and spicy hop flavors throughout. Dryness helps push the bitterness with only a touch malt in the middle of the sip.

Anchor Brewing Blackberry Daze IPA (92)

The resinous hops dominate the first impression, letting the berry come through in the swallow. The blackberry flavors integrate well with the citrusy hops notes, coming through as jammy. Combined with the bready and cracker malt, it’s like berry jam spread on a biscuit. Finishes dry, with berry on the aftertaste.

Abandoned Building Temporary Sanity (92)

Light sweet oats up front followed by medium melon flavors and tropical fruit. Finish is dry with medium bitterness. Medium chalk flavor.

New Holland Tangerine Space Machine (92)

Initial impression: tangerine. Mid-palate: tangerine. Finish: tangerine. Aftertaste: wait for it…tangerine. A light herbal spicy character similar to white pepper appears as it starts to warm. Creates a nice complexity. Not a lot of beer flavor comes through.

DankHouse Brewing Couch Kush'n (92)

Tropical-fruit hops with a grassy, pith-like quality on the finish. Rich and full-bodied, fairly sweet, just short of cloying. Not particularly bitter on the finish, but there’s a fair amount of hops burn and heat from the alcohol that makes up for it a bit.

Stone Brewing Co. Tangerine Express IPA (92)

The citrus and hops flavors blend into an appealing mélange, with the quality of the citrus rind combining with a balance of malt and hops. Orange comes through more than tangerine and is fairly restrained in the mix—comes across as a standard IPA with good citrus and resinous hops flavors, with a clean bitterness, and light, bready malt. The hops bitterness is moderate, playing a supportive role. The malt is sweet, with a nice biscuit character.

WeldWerks Brewing Co. Fruity Bits Peaches and Cream (92)

Peaches and cream, with a heavy dose of sweetness. The malt is soft, bread-like, and doughy—very big for the style, and the touch of vanilla puts it over the top. The hops bitterness is low for the style, but definitely there. The finish is drier than expected, with little lingering sweetness.

Springdale Good N' You? (92)

More citrus and tropical in the flavor with pineapple and a bit of guava. Orange, tangerine, lemon. Also some bready malt. Moderately low sweetness into moderately high bitterness. There’s a bit of a hops burn as well.

Stone Brewing Company Ruination Double IPA 2.0 (92)

Aggressive hops bitterness is piney, resinous. Biscuity malt helps round out the finish. Hint of higher alcohols in the finish. Bitter orange, more scallions, a touch of earthiness, and a lovely caramel note. Complex flavor and great mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Breckenridge Brewery 471 Small Batch IPA (92)

Sweet, with some spicy earthy hops to round, but not quite enough. Moderate malt sweetness, touch of bitterness, light spicy hops, fair bit of earthy, moderate toasty, touch of biscuit, light plum, light floral, moderately creamy. Bitterness is pleasant but slightly subdued.

Transient Artisan Ales Obligatory (92)

The aroma continues into the flavor, with melon, peach, mango, complex grapefruit, and lemon notes—could almost taste like a sour to a beer rookie. A medium malt background is sweet and bready. Fruity and tart hops flavors become a mild bitterness that extends into the finish. Slight carbonic bite at the end is dry and punchy.

Terrapin Beer Company Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA (92)

Bright orange citrus throughout intermingled with a complex malt character not often seen in fruited IPAs. The touch of bread crust and lightly toasted malts reminds me of orange marmalade on toast, with a hint of Grand Marnier. Not a lot of bitterness for an IPA, but some earthiness and floral hops characters. Reads a lot like an amber ale.

Denver Beer Co. Maui Express (92)

Coconut is present without being overwhelming. Tropical hops—pineapple, orange, lemon, and a touch of strawberry—support nicely. Moderately sweet with moderately low bitterness for an IPA, but it’s appropriate given the tropical goal. Coconut character doesn’t overdo it or push into suntan lotion territory. The tropical fruit hops character with the subtle coconut offer an enjoyable combination that doesn’t feel heavy-handed or forced.”

Lawson's Finest Liquids Super Session #2 (92)

Big hops flavors of citrus, lemon, lemongrass, floral, and grassy notes up front, with a medium bitterness. Light bready toasted malt and fruity esters that complement the hops. Well- balanced for the style, hops-forward, with just enough sweetness from the malt that gives way to a fruity hops profile that dominates through the finish.

Coronado Brewing Company Islander IPA (93)

Slightly balanced on the side of malt for the style, but with enough bitterness to carry the sweetness. Hops are citrus and floral with hints of lemon, orange, lemongrass, passion fruit, and a touch of dank. A toasty bread backbone. Finish is slightly grassy and has just enough bitterness.

Founders Brewing Company Centennial IPA (93)

Nice, complex hops flavor with resiny, piney notes and some grapefruit rind and citrus. Great bitterness. Clean and dry finish with little-to-no malt profile.

Drekker Brewing Freak Parade (93)

Faint locker-room funk layers over bright orange and lemon notes. Assertively sweet yet a touch chalky, but the medium bitterness offers structure while highlighting the fruit notes.

Creature Comforts Tropicália (93)

A soft peach and tangerine nose is supported by a remarkably smooth and restrained bitterness that’s fully present yet disappears quickly. The delicious touch of sweetness in the body highlights the fruity notes, creat-ing an old-school IPA full of new-school flavor.

Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA (93)

The flavor is more in line for the style than the aroma with a bigger hops contribution, but it’s still very berry ester–forward for style. The melon is more subdued than in the aroma. Would like some more citrus to add complexity. Bitterness is centered for the style. Spicy/pine hops flavor. Light malt sweetness. Fairly dry.

Odell Brewing Mountain Standard (93)

Bright, yet soft and unassuming—a confident and self-assured take, not afraid to balance on the lighter end of the flavor spectrum. A bit of soft tropical-fruit smoothie with a sprinkle of leek or ramps and the perfect touch of citrus sweetness to pull it all together.

Breakside Brewery Wanderlust (93)

Earthy hops flavor (rosemary with a bit of sage) hits first, but then a dollop of tropical/citrus comes in and takes over with rich tropical fruit (especially papaya), tangerine, some grapefruit, and lemon. Between the citrus and the esters, this is very fruity. A moderate sweetness hits up front, and the hops bitterness balances out the sweetness through the taste. Moderate-to-full chewy body.

Resident Culture Causal Continuum (93)

Nelson Sauvin–style white-wine notes prevail with undertones of pear, lychee, and kiwi, but with only the mildest funky diesel notes that typically accompany. The sip is a touch chalky with a hint of herbal spice that gives structure to the tropical-fruit notes.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Ruthless Rye IPA (93)

Nice grain sweetness without being husky. The malt profile defines this beer, with just enough hop flavor for balance. Nice dry finish.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Wookey Jack (93)

Medium malt sweetness with a moderate tannic astringency. Hops are earthy and spicy with a slight grassiness. Complex flavors bounce from roasty, smoked, and slight coffee notes to a sweet and dank hops character.

Green Flash Brewing Company Black IPA (93)

Prominent hop bitterness balanced by malt sweetness and the requisite roast and toast. The butterscotch aroma carries through to the flavor and works well. The sweetness is quickly overtaken by aggressive hop bitterness that finishes with a lingering astringency.

Evil Twin Brewing Molotov Cocktail (93)

Strong notes of pine, orange peel, and citrus followed by a pronounced caramel malt sweetness. Hops are more an undertone of the sweetness. Finishes dry but has a lingering sweet taste. It has that maltiness that overpowers the hops and is closer to a barleywine than an IPA.

Green Flash Brewing Company Palate Wrecker (93)

Complex hops character. Ripe juicy orange and grapefruit with some lemon zest. Nice supportive caramel malt sweetness—rye, caramel, and crystal malt. Had the very aggressive bitter and hoppy approach but hid the alcohol well. The neck-ruffling hops character was pretty extreme. Abrasive.

Victory Brewing Company DirtWolf Double IPA (93)

Strong fruity and tropical hop flavors—pineapple, star fruit, kiwi, lemon—is balanced with a grainy malt sweetness, but the balance is definitely weighted toward the hops. There is a floral element to it, but it’s more honey floral.

Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Elder (93)

Nice malt sweetness that balances out the bitterness. Slight grassiness, notes of pineapple, pear, grapefruit, mango, and tangerine. Finish is decidedly bitter and lingering.