Each year, the first Thursday in August marks IPA Day, a day for beer lovers everywhere to celebrate the hoppiest of them all, the IPA. Truth be told, it’s a beer style that a lot of us celebrate every day, not just in August. Still, the day offers a fun opportunity to share a selfie of yourself on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #IPAday, and start a discussion about some of your favorites with other beer lovers around the country and the globe.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of the IPA here at Paste. To help kick off the day’s celebrations, I dug through some of our recent side-by-side blind tastings to pull out some of our own personal favorites.
Take a look at some of the beers that took home top honors in our IPA and Session IPA rankings in the gallery above, and be sure to share some of your faves with us in the comments or on social media using the hashtag #IPAday.
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The Alchemist amusingly describes Focal Banger as being "judiciously" hopped with Citra and Mosaic … which is rather like saying your average hurricane is "on the windy side.
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The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company's General Braddock's IPA ranked high in our blind IPA tasting. This is an absolutely fabulous example of northeastern/New England IPA, and it just goes to show that they can come from anyone, whether or not there's necessarily a line out the door of the Pennsylvania brewery.
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We loved Grimm Artisanal Ales' Lumen. Bitterness is quite soft, with a pillowy mouthfeel that we've come to expect from these various Grimm IPAs. It's just exceptional stuff.
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Prison City Pub and Brewery's Mass Riot came is first place in our blind tasting of 247 IPAs. Here's what Jim had to say about the beer: "In terms of profile, Mass Riot is a huge, massively tropical, unabashedly juicy hop bomb. Orange juice hits hard, as does pineapple juice and grapefruit candy. Resinous flavors on the back end help rein things in only the slightest bit, but this is definitely a juicy IPA first and foremost, and a moderately sweet one as well."
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Tree House Brewing Company's Jjjuliusss is the double dry-hopped version of Tree House's extremely sought-after Julius IPA. If you get you hands on this one, consider yourself one of the lucky few.
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Trillium's beers inspire long lines, but with results like Melcher Street, they seem fully justified.
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Highland Brewing's Daycation IPA climbed to the top of our most recent blind tasting of session IPAs, earning the number four spot out of more than 50 entries. Highland's entire lineup of IPAs have been redeveloped and are stellar.
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Noble Ale Works' Nose Candy scored a GABF medal in 2015, and hails from a brewery that made the finals of our 115 DIPA blind tasting, so that's a pretty damn good pedigree right there.
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Devil's Harvest is the first beer we've ever had from Southern Prohibition Brewing, and it took home top honors in our session IPA blind tasting.
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Night Shift's Morph holds the odd distinction of being the only beer to appear in both tastings, although the similarities are only skin deep. It landed second in our blind tasting of session IPAs.