10 Best IPA Beers to Pair with Cheeses and Burgers
Craft beer lovers of all ages (over 21 of course), are all out there looking for the very best beers, the best light beers, the best German beer, or the best Belgian beer. Lately, many readers asked us about the best IPA beer. Whatever the case, all beer lovers will benefit from this list of the best IPA beers on the market.
IPA’s, or India Pale Ales, are often high in alcohol by volume (ABV), more bitter than most, and high in hop flavor. They pair greatly with aged cheeses, juicy pub burgers, and fish or chicken dishes, so long as the food isn’t too spicy. All IPA’s will be judged on their ABV, bitterness, composition, and aroma.
10. Stone IPA (Double Dry-Hopped)
With an ABV coming in at 6.9% this IPA by Stone features delicious hoppy notes of pine, citrus, and slight malt. It has a medium body with a nice, bitter finish and sweet, bready aroma with hints of caramel. A beautiful haziness and a unique taste. It definitely earns a place as one of the best IPA beers.
9. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
A classic ale by the Michigan based brewery, Bell’s Two Hearted pours a medium brown with a nice white head. Our number 9 best IPA beer has a well balanced malty taste up front that fades to floral and hoppy as it goes down. It smells of hops, pine, and sweet malts, giving this beer a very floral aroma. The taste is malty up front, with a hoppy bitter finish, rounded off with an ABV of 7.2%.
8.The Didjits Blood Orange IPA, by Burnt Hickory Brewer
True to its name, The Didjits Blood Orange IPA pours a hazy orange color with a strong head, and an aroma bursting with hops and citrus notes. This number 8 best IPA beer tastes of citrus and blood orange with a strong bit up front that fades by the swallow. With a full bodied mouth feel, the Didjits Blood Orange IPA leaves off with notes of bitter earth and pine hops. It’s ABV is 7.5%, and is probably the best IPA beer featuring such a strong blood orange taste and smell. This is a harder one to find online, but you may be able to trade with someone on Beerxchange.
7. Head Hunter by Fathead Brewing
Brewed in the West Coast style, this number 7 best IPA beer is very bitter, but finishes on waves of grapefruit and pine aromas and is available year round. With an ABV of 7.5%, this beer has a deep gold color with an off-white head. Going down it hits the taste buds in a crisp and smooth manner. It’s no question then, how this great beer made the list. Another one best found through Beerxchange.
6. Jai Alai IPA by Cigar City Brewing
The Jai Alai pours a nice hazy amber color with a modest head. Some aromas of pine gives it a fruity, musky odor, and upon drinking the taste of grapefruit and bittersweet hops is strong. A well balanced IPA, the Jai Alai lacks the harshness that many heavy handed brewers push onto most IPA’s. It has an ABV of 7.5%, and is the most well balanced, if not the best IPA beer regularly available. A solid choice.
5. Union Jack by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
The look of the Union Jack IPA is golden with a minimal white head. The aroma features floral notes with some pine and citrus mixed in. The taste is also piney and floral, with notes of citrus and hop, as well as some malt on the end. It has a medium to full body and an ABV of 7.5%.
4. Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
The Torpedo Extra IPA has a bold and assertive flavor with notes of citrus, pine, as well as an herbal characteristic that makes this IPA stand out from the crowd. With an ABV coming in at 7.2%, this ale also features a deep amber color and an aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, malts, and caramel. With its strong flavor and unique combination of notes, it’s easy to see why the Torpedo is one of the best IPA beers.
3. 60 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
60 Minute gets its characteristic flavor by being continuously hopped for one hour, which gives it a grassy hop smell with a bit of citrus zest. Amber gold in color, the taste is slightly bitter, but balanced with sweet malts and more citrus. It has an earthy more than a piney taste toward the end, and wraps it all up with an ABV of 6%.
2. Lagunitas IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Co.
With an ABV of 6.2%, the Lagunitas IPA pours golden clear with a soft white head. It is a beer that smells and tastes the same, like hoppy pine. The mouthfeel is balanced and light, and it isn’t too bitter of an IPA compared to many others, as its bitterness is offset by a big chunk of malt sweetness. Smells of sweet citrus and grapefruit when cold, and as it warms, the smell moves toward cilantro and orange peel.
1. Best IPA Beer – Founders All Day IPA by Founders Brewing Co.
Founders All Day is a session IPA, and as such, features a more drinkable ABV clocking in at 4.7%, which makes this beer hit just a little harder than a typical domestic lager. It is slightly hazy and amber in color, with a thin foamy head and light aroma of orange zest and caramel malt with some floral tones. The flavor follows suit, full of grapefruit, pine, and caramel malt. Crisp with a dry finish, the All Day is both a well balanced and flavorful session IPA.
That about does it for our list of the best IPA beers to be found on the market. We hope to have included a wide enough variety for all IPA lovers out there, and perhaps some good entry level IPA’s for those wishing to try this style. Did we miss anything? Let us know down below or share your thoughts on any of the previously listed beers.