Special Report

America’s 40 Most Delicious Beers

Source: Courtesy of Maine Beer Company

15. Dinner
> Style: Double IPA
> Brewery: Maine Beer Co.
> Location: Freeport, Maine

A dry, fresh, clean double IPA, fruity and spicy, with a resiny flavor and lightly bitter finish.

Source: Courtesy of Founders Brewing Co.

14. CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)
> Style: Stout
> Brewery: Founders Brewing Co.
> Location: Detroit, Michigan

Dark, smooth, sweet, and oaky; brewed with what its makers call “a blend of coffees and imported chocolates” and aged in bourbon barrels that had previously held Michigan maple syrup.

Source: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

13. Parabola
> Style: Imperial stout
> Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
> Location: Buellton, California

This high-octane imperial stout — from a Central Coast wine country producer now owned by the major Belgian brewery Duvel Moortgat — offers flavors of dark chocolate, tobacco, malt, and bourbon-barrel oak.

Source: Courtesy of Bottle Logic Brewing

12. Fundamental Observation
> Style: Imperial Stout
> Brewery: Bottle Logic Brewing
> Location: Anaheim, California

A heady imperial stout (14.3% ABV), blended with Madagascar vanilla beans and aged in bourbon barrels; rich and dark, but with fairly subtle oak and whiskey flavors.

Source: naiserie / Flickr

11. Abner
> Style: IPA
> Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery
> Location: Greensboro Bend, Vermont

Named for the great-grandfather of the brewery’s owners, and brewed with well water from the farmstead property, this is a solid, hazy, very nicely balanced IPA.

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