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America’s Most Popular IPAs (According to Beerknurds)

You Beerknurds really love your IPAs. So much so that we got to wondering just what are the favorite, most popular IPAs amongst the Beerknurds?

We took a peek at what Beerknurds have been drinking to find the most popular, independent IPAs. And damn did you Beerknurds put away some dank liquid. Check out the list below to see the top IPAs at each Flying Saucer.

So, are these the best IPAs in America? Well, that’s a bigger question that would require a lot of discussion over many IPAs. But we can say this: they wouldn’t be on the Saucer menu if we didn’t believe there was an argument to be made for them.

The info gathered was from IPA Day 2016 to the day this article was published (just a couple of days before IPA Day 2017).

Most Popular IPAs

Addison Flying Saucer

popular IPAs Addison Flying Saucer Community Mosaic IPA Day

 

Most Popular: Community Mosaic

Easily one of the most (if not THE most) popular IPA in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Community’s flagship IPA is the favorite of Knurds from the Addison, Fort Worth, and Lake Saucers. As you can probably guess, this IPA lets Mosaic hops do the heavy hop lifting, but to an overpowering level. Community does an excellent job balancing out the hop bitterness with a strong malt backbone all while keeping this beer light and relatively sessionable from a palate standpoint. From the first sniff to the last sip, Beerknurds love this IPA.

Honorable Mention: Lone Pint Yellow Rose, Green Flash West Coast IPA

 

Austin Flying Saucer

popular IPAs Thirsty Planet Bucket Head Austin Flying Saucer IPA Day

Most Popular: Thirsty Planet Buckethead

Austin Beerknurds really love this local offering — and for good reason. Thirsty Planet’s year round offering is more on the aggressive side with a lingering bitter finish. However, it carries a crisp, refreshing, thirst-quenching, first sip and a sweep aroma that help make the Texas heat bearable.

Honorable Mention: 512 IPA, Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion

 

Charlotte Flying Saucer

popular IPAs Charlotte Flying Saucer Foothills Jade IPA day

Most Popular: Foothills Jade IPA

The smell alone is reason enough for Beerknurds to love this beer. Enchanting from the start, this IPA makes good on its aromatic promises with a smooth, citrusy, tropical taste. It finishes clean with a nice bitter bite. A reminder that while you don’t exactly notice it, she weighs in at 7.4% ABV. So, while your palate won’t get wrecked after two or three, well…

Honorable Mention: Founders All Day IPA, Bells Two Hearted

 

Columbia Flying Saucer

popular IPAs Columbia Flying Saucer Westbrook IPA day

Most Popular: Westbrook IPA

Tropical fruit is the star here. Loads of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and passionfruit flavor are packed into this refreshing IPA. An excellent use of malts keeps an otherwise bitter hop bomb in check. This is a smooth-drinking beer that refreshes, satisfies, and brings you back for another round.

Honorable Mention: Foothills Jade IPA, Bells Two Hearted

 

Cordova Flying Saucer

popular IPAs SweetWater IPA Cordova Flying Saucer IPA Day

Most Popular: SweetWater IPA

Like pretty much all of the IPAs on this list, SweetWater’s IPA is well-balanced with piney hop notes and caramel, biscuity malts. This is a dry IPA that complements food really well, so we can see why Beerknurds would order this one time and time again.

Honorable Mention: Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Bells Two Hearted

 

Fort Worth Flying Saucer

popular IPA Fort Worth Flying Saucer Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA Day

Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA is amongst the most popular IPAs at Fort Worth Flying Saucer

Most Popular: Community Mosaic

Honorable Mention: Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, Real Ale Axis

 

Houston Flying Saucer

popular IPAs Houston Flying Saucer Saint Arnold Art Car IPA Day

Most Popular: Saint Arnold Art Car

A juicy IPA from one of Texas’ most beloved breweries. It’s no surprise that this Houston-based brewery holds the bitter hearts of hop-loving Houston Beerknurds. This IPA has it all from citrus, resin, and pine hop character to cracker, sugary malts. A creamy mouthfeel and lingering, complex finish make this top-notch and an easy choice for Beerknurds in need of a hop fix.

Honorable Mention: Real Ale Axis, Lone Pint Yellow Rose

 

Kansas City Flying Saucer

popular IPA Bells Two Hearted IPA Day

Most Popular: Bell’s Two Hearted

Recently named the Best Beer in America by Zymurgy/Homebrewers Association, Bell’s year round IPA is as solid as they come. It’s really no surprise that this beer is top dog at Kansas City Flying Saucer and close to the top at most others. Made with 100% Centennial hops, this is a true American IPA. The characteristic grapefruit and pine qualities of the Centennial hops really shine here. A perfect hint of sweetness, light mouthfeel, and crisp finish make this awesome to drink with anything from a burger to pizza to the finest of artisan cheeses.

Honorable Mention: Founders All Day IPA, Schlafly Grapefruit IPA

 

Lake Flying Saucer

popular IPAs Lake Flying Saucer Peticolas Sit Down or I'll Sit You Down IPA Day

While not quite #1, a very close honorable mention goes to Peticolas’ Sit Down or I’ll Sit You Down.

Most Popular: Community Mosaic

Honorable Mention: Peticolas Sit Down or I’ll Sit You Down, Saint Arnold Art Car

 

Little Rock Flying Saucer

popular IPA Ozark IPA Little Rock Flying Saucer IPA Day

Arkansas’ own Ozark IPA is in the running for most popular IPA in Little Rock.

Most Popular: SweetWater IPA

Honorable Mention: Founders All Day IPA, Ozark IPA

 

Memphis Flying Saucer

popular IPA Memphis Flying Saucer WIseacre Ananda IPA Day

Most Popular: Wiseacre Ananda

Brewed just down the highway in Memphis, Wiseacre intended Ananda to be “bliss” in beer form. According to Beerknurds, they hit the spot. An excellent use of dry hopping gives this beer a most pleasant hop aroma without any additional hop bitterness. It’s almost like a glass of unsweet southern iced tea in beer form: bitter, herbal, earthy notes with a citrus kick. It’s really extremely easy-drinking and remarkably refreshing.

Honorable Mention: Memphis Made Rockbone, Dogfish Head 60 Minute

 

Nashville Flying Saucer

popular IPA Founders All Day Nashville Flying Saucer IPA Day

Most Popular: Founders All Day IPA

Founders holds their iconic session IPA (perhaps the trend setter?) as “The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.” From the way hardworking Nashville Beerknurds drink it down, we’d agree with that. Weighing in at 4.7% ABV, All Day IPA is truly an excellent offering to end the day (or get you through TO the end). But just because it lacks the alcohol, doesn’t mean it lacks the flavor. Pine and resin give way to some mild orange and herbal notes without being medicinal at all. A bitter bite at the end with a remarkably light mouthfeel really makes this one of the best session options in the country.

Honorable Mention: Bells Two Hearted, Jackalope Fennario

 

Raleigh Flying Saucer

popular IPA Green Man IPA Raleigh Flying Saucer IPD Day

Green Man IPA is just one of the many great IPAs Raleigh Beerknurds enjoy.

Most Popular: Foothills Jade IPA

Honorable Mention: Bells Two Hearted, Green Man IPA

 

St. Louis Flying Saucer

popular IPAs St. Louis Flying Saucer Modern Citropolis IPA Day

Most Popular: Modern Citropolis

Choosing local for local sake isn’t a great way to go through life. However, when you’re in St. Louis and have breweries like Modern you are better set up for success. They seem to pack extra flavor into their Citropolis, which seems to pack Beerknurds into the St. Louis Flying Saucer looking for this awesome IPA. Citropolis is unexpectedly greater than the sum of its parts. Juicy, dank, tons of citrusy sweet aroma all while remaining easy-drinking and inoffensively bitter. A testament to Citra hops and expert brewing.

Honorable Mention: Bells Two Hearted, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed

 

San Antonio Flying Saucer

popular IPAs Independence Stash IPA San Antonio Flying Saucer IPA Day

Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute wasn’t on tap at the time of this article was written. So, we grabbed a photo of this bad ass Beer Goddess and the equally bad ass Independence Stash IPA.

Most Popular: Dogfish Head 60 Minute

Dogfish Head (and its founder Sam Calagione) are beloved by Flying Saucer, especially San Antonio Flying Saucer. And their 60 Minute IPA is the beloved IPA of San Antonio Beerknurds. Utilizing DFH’s innovative continual hopping process, 60 Minute is boiled for 60 minutes all while more than 60 hop additions are continually added. DFH’s ingenious method really rounds out and makes amazingly efficient use of all of the qualities hops bring to the brewing process. The bitterness, flavor, and aroma derived from the continuous hopping makes 60 Minute a top-notch IPA by any standards. Pleasantly bitter, perfectly sweet, borderline crushable. It’s no wonder Beerknurds constantly order up this groundbreaking IPA.

Honorable Mention: Independence Stash IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA

 

Sugar Land Flying Saucer

popular IPAs Sugar Land Flying Saucer Art Car IPA day

 

Most Popular: Saint Arnold Art Car

Honorable Mention: Lone Pint Yellow Rose, Green Flash West Coast IPA

 

 

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