In celebration of the four or five different IPAs sitting in my fridge waiting to be consumed and reviewed, the following is a list of my top ten IPAs. And I love IPAs, so some of these are in the tops for my all time beer lists.
10. Urthel Hop-It - big and syrupy and incredibly hoppy but surprisingly medium-light bodied; this beer is all about the hops, with nary a nod at balance
9. Two Brothers Heavy Handed - I love that each batch is numbered with a focus on different hops for each batch; last year alone saw: US Tettenang, Baby Cascade, Columbus-West Field, Galena, Centennial, Columbus-East Field
8. Great Lake Commodore Perry - being from Cleveland this beer holds a special place in my heart; I have had more of this out of plastic cups at hole-in-the-wall bars around Cleveland than almost any other beer
7. Dark Horse Crooked Tree - a nice, different, take on the IPA that is really very well-balanced; the Double Crooked Tree is a hop bomb of a whole 'nother level
6. Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA - as good of an everyday kind of beer as you're going to find on this list; it's perfectly balanced, and while it's progeny (bitter woman from hell, scurvy, hop whore, stickin' it to the man) are all great, this is the original and supremely drinkable
5. Avery Maharaja - a perfectly crafted IPA; well-balanced with a slightly darker malt profile than many, the malt and hop complexity are top-notch
4. Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye - similar to the Maharaja, but has 20% rye in the grain bill (and we all know how much I like rye)
3. Stone IPA - with all of its hops, it has a great malt body and surprisingly dry and clean; it is exactly what I imagine when I imagine IPAs.
2. Dogfish Head 120 - this beer holds a special place in my heart as one of the first "come to the light" craft beers that I truly remembered; hoppy and sweet and alcoholic it is a big beer in a lot of ways; moreover, served chilled in a champagne flute, it isn't nearly as cloyingly syrupy as it is when it warms up and loses some of its carbonation.
1. Stone Ruination - like the 120, it's a love-it or hate-it beer; if you have one, you can't drink anything else for the rest of the evening; it's an all-out assault on the palatte with huge hop complexity and a surprisingly strong malt presence; but have no doubts, this beer is all about the hops; just smelling this beer makes my head spin
So there you have it. I'm sure your list is very different from mine, but these are my favorites and I've had a lot of IPAs.