23 June 2014 - Best Beer HQ

The best commercial beers in America 2014

The best commercial beers in America 2014

Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder is the best commercial beer in America, according to American Homebrewers Association (AHA) journal Zymurgy.

For the sixth year in a row, Pliny the Elder came out on top of the magazine’s poll, which asks the AHA’s more than 43,000 hombrewers to vote for up to 20 of their favourite commercial beers that are available for purchase in the United States.

More than 1,600 breweries were represented in this year’s poll and, like in previous years, IPAs and double IPAs outdid the other styles of beer, comprising eight of the top 10 beers.

Santa Ross-based brewery Russian River Brewing Company had the most beers in the top 50 with five, followed by Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo, Michigan) and Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, California).

Meanwhile, New Belgium Brewing Company was the brewery with the best portfolio of beers, with no less than 60 of the Colorado-based brewery’s beers receiving votes from AHA members in the Zymurgy magazine poll.

AHA director Gary Glass commented: “As brewers, AHA members know when they experience excellence in a craft beer. It is a very high honour for a brewery to be recognised by this group as having the best beer in America.

“The consistency in the poll results indicates that the discerning palettes of these homebrewers recognise quality and are not easily influenced by the latest fads.”

According to Zymurgy readers, the best commercial beers in America for 2014 are:

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder

2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

3. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

4. Bell’s Hopslam

5. The Alchemist Heady Topper

6. Lagunitas Sucks

7. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

8. Stone Enjoy By IPA

9. Founders Breakfast Stout

10. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

11. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

12. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

13. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack

14. Three Floyds Zombie Dust

15=. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin

15=. Sierra Nevada Celebration

17. Firestone Walker Double Jack

18=. Firestone Walker Union Jack

18=. Arrogant Bastard Ale

20. Sierra Nevada Torpedo

21. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

22. Russian River Blind Pig IPA

23=. Deschutes Black Butte Porter

23=. North Coast Old Rasputin

25. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

26. Stone Ruination IPA

27. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

28. Russian River Pliny the Younger

29. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro

30. Russian River Supplication

31. Green Flash West Coast IPA

32. Surly Furious

33. New Belgium La Folie

34=. Founders All Day IPA

34=. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

36. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

37. Stone IPA

38. Lagunitas IPA

39=. Russian River Consecration

39=. Troegs Nugget Nectar

41. Deschutes The Abyss

42. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA

43. Bear Republic Racer 5

44. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

45. Surly Abrasive

46. New Belgium Ranger

47=. Ommegang Three Philosophers

47=. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald

49=. Founders Backwoods Bastard

49=. Odell IPA

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