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Top Ten Imperial IPAs Brewed in the United States

This Top Ten Imperial IPA or India Pale Ales list is  from the results of the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the
1. Pliny the Elder - Russian River Brewing - California
2. Hopulence American Double IPA - Wormtown Brewing - Massachusett
3. Hop JuJu - Fat Heads Brewery - Ohio
4. GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Brewing - Colorado
5. Hoptologist - Knee Deep Brewing - California
6. Permanent Funeral - Three Floyds Brewing - Indiana
7. Bells Hopslam - Bells Brewery - Michigan
8. Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing - California
9. Double Battle Axe - Kelsen Brewing - New Hampshire
10. 90 Minute Imperial IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery - Delaware


Best Imperial IPA

Imperial / Double India Pale Ale
Imperial India Pale Ales have intense hop bitterness, flavor and arom Alcohol content is high to very high and notably evident. They range from deep golden to amber in color. The style may use any variety of hops. Though the hop character is intense it’s balanced with complex alcohol flavors, moderate to high fruity esters and medium to high malt character. Hop character should be fresh and lively and should not be harsh in quality. The use of large amounts of hops may cause a degree of appropriate hop haze. Imperial or Double India pale ales have medium-high to full body. Diacetyl should not be perceived.
OG: 1.075-1.100
FG: 1.018-1.028
Alcohol by Weight: 6.0-8.4%
IBU: 65-100
Color SRM: 5-13

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