Special Report

America’s 40 Most Delicious Beers

Source: Courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

15. Union Jack IPA
> Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (California)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.23 out of 5

A very hop-forward IPA with a punch deriving from its respectable alcoholic content (7% ABV) but also from its sweet fruit, rich maltiness, and overall complexity.

Source: Courtesy of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc.

14. 90 Minute IPA
> Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Delaware)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.27 out of 5

A classic IPA, full of sweet, caramelized malt flavor balanced by pronounced citrusy hops; smooth and rich, with an alcohol load of 9% ABV.

Source: Courtesy of Cigar City Brewing

13. Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
> Brewery: Cigar City Brewing (Florida)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.57 out of 5

A rich, thick, black stout, brewed with cacao nibs, cinnamon, vanilla beans, and two kinds of chiles; sweet and complex — dessert in a glass.

Source: Courtesy of West Side Brewing

12. Barleywine Style Ale
> Brewery: West Side Brewing (Ohio)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.31 out of 5

A sturdy barleywine (a high-alcohol top-fermented ale — this one’s 11% ABV) with suggestions of brown sugar and dried figs and light floral hop notes.

Source: Courtesy of Odell Brewing Co.

11. Myrcenary Double IPA
> Brewery: Odell Brewing Company (Colorado)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.28 out of 5

Named for myrcene oil, one of the essential oils found in the hops cone, which imparts a citrusy, earthy, sometimes metallic flavor. Strongly hopped with hop varieties containing the highest levels of the oil, and intensely aromatic and fruity, with a 9.3% ABV alcoholic punch.