Special Report

America’s 40 Most Delicious Beers

Source: Courtesy of Craft Beer Hop Stop

20. Blessed
> Style: Imperial stout
> Brewery: Anchorage Brewing Co.
> Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Black and heavy, with plenty of oak from its aging in bourbon barrels and a serious kick (it’s 14% ABV); finished with coconut and vanilla beans, for an exotic confectionary character.

Source: Courtesy of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

19. Hopslam Ale
> Style: Double IPA
> Brewery: Bell’s Brewery
> Location: Comstock, Michigan

Generously hopped, but softened with a touch of honey; intensely fragrant and reasonably potent at 10% ABV.

Source: Courtesy of Perennial Artisan Ales

18. Barrel-Aged Abraxas
> Style: Imperial stout
> Brewery: Perennial Artisan Ales
> Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Very dark and viscous — a spicy seasonal imperial stout brewed with cinnamon sticks, ancho chiles, cacao nibs, and vanilla beans and aged for a year in Rittenhouse Rye barrels.

Source: Courtesy of Jester King Brewery

17. Atrial Rubicite
> Style: Sour ale
> Brewery: Jester King Brewery
> Location: Austin, Texas

A two-fisted Texan take on wild-fermented Belgian framboise (raspberry-flavored beer), surprisingly dry and vivid on the palate.

Source: Courtesy of Might Be Brews Podcast

16. Very Green
> Style: Double IPA
> Brewery: Tree House Brewing Co.
> Location: Charlton, Massachusetts

Redolent of American and Australian hops, with a piney, herbaceous character and a citrus bite, this is a complex brew developing nicely in the glass.

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