Special Report

America’s 40 Most Delicious Beers

Source: Courtesy of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

30. Hopslam Ale
> Brewery: Bell’s Brewery (Michigan)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.49 out of 5

Hopped generously (six different varietals are used), but softened with a touch of honey; intensely fragrant and reasonably potent at 10% ABV.

Source: Courtesy of Allagash Brewing Co.

29. River Trip
> Brewery: Allagash Brewing Co. (Maine)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: n/a

A light, accessible, refreshing coriander-spiced Belgian-style session ale — meaning a low-strength, well-balanced beer brewed for drinkability (this one’s 4.8% ABV).

Source: Courtesy of Hill Farmstead Brewery

28. Ann
> Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery (Vermont)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.68 out of 5

A fruity, vinous farmhouse ale, produced by aging the brewery’s similarly named Anna ale (brewed with 20% Vermont wildflower honey) in French oak wine barrels.

Source: Courtesy of AleSmith Brewing Company

27. Speedway Stout, Vietnamese Coffee
> Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Co. (California)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.51 out of 5

The most popular of AleSmith’s Speedway stouts, a vividly flavored 12% ABV offering brewed with four varieties of Vietnamese coffee. (There is also a bourbon-barrel-aged version.)

Source: Courtesy of Bell's Brewery

26. Black Note Stout
> Brewery: Bell’s Brewery (Michigan)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.57 out of 5

Creamy, malty, and aromatic, this imperial stout is complex and intense, with a noticeable bourbon-barrel character, but remains easily drinkable.

Source: Courtesy of Lawson’s Finest Liquids

25. Sip of Sunshine
> Brewery: Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Vermont)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.59 out of 5

A hazy, bittersweet IPA, generously hopped but with plenty of malt coming through, a floral character, and notes of citrus and tropical fruit.

Source: Courtesy of Side Project Brewing

24. Fuzzy
> Brewery: Side Project Brewing (Missouri)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.65 out of 5

A wild or sour ale (made with wild yeast and/or various bacteria), flowery and fruity, brewed with Missouri white peaches and fermented and aged in chardonnay barrels.

Source: Courtesy of AleSmith Brewing Company

23. Speedway Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged
> Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Co. (California)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.54 out of 5

Brewed with locally sourced Ryan Bros. coffee and roasted barley and aged for up to a year in bourbon barrels; chocolate, vanilla, and coffee in the mouth, with a hint of bourbon flavor.

Source: Courtesy of 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

22. Zombie Dust
> Brewery: 3 Floyds Brewing Co. (Indiana)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.63 out of 5

A pale ale — formerly marketed as Cenotaph — strongly flavored with Yakima Valley Citra hops; resinous in the nose; fruity and yeasty.

Source: Courtesy of Funky Buddha Brewery

21. Morning Wood
> Brewery: Funky Buddha Brewery (Florida)
> Beer Advocate avg. rating: 4.66 out of 5

Talk about beer for breakfast: This assertive (12%ABV) porter, is bourbon-barrel-aged and flavored with coffee, bacon, and maple syrup.