The Top 30 Beers of 2016

Sure, we’re into the second month of the year, but I never got to put together the best beers I tasted in 2016. Below are the top 30 beers I tasted for the first time this past year.

My go to style are India Pale Ales (IPAs) and I had a bunch of new ones. I also had a few other styles mixed too.

Rank Brewery Beer Style Score
1 Narrow Gauge OJ Run Imperial IPA 5.00
2 4 Hands Brewing Dakine IPA 5.00
3 Side Project Brewing Fuzzy Sour 5.00
4 Toppling Goliath Brewing Light Speed Pale Ale 5.00
5 Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA 5.00
6 4 Hands Brewing City Wide Pale Ale 5.00
7 Stone Brewing 20th Anniversary Citracado Imperial IPA 5.00
8 O’Fallon Brewing Show Me IPA IPA 5.00
9 Epic Brewing Tart ‘N Juicy Sour IPA 5.00
10 Modern Brewery Citropolis IPA 5.00
11 Stone Brewing Enjoy By…Tangerine IPA Imperial IPA 5.00
12 Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA 5.00
13 4 Hands Brewing Snake Oil IPA 5.00
14 New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA IPA 5.00
15 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2014 Imperial Stout 4.75
16 Une Annee Brewing Peche Sour 4.75
17 Narrow Gauge Oast #2 IPA 4.75
18 Terrapin Brewing Hopsecutioner IPA 4.75
19 Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion: Revoluation #2 IPA 4.75
20 Mother’s Brewing Uncanny Pale Ale 4.75
21 Bur Oak Big Tree IPA 4.75
22 Friendship Brewing Friendzy IPA 4.75
23 Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas Imperial Stout 4.50
24 Odell Brewing Drumroll American Pale Ale 4.50
25 Taxman Brewing Exemption Belgian Tripel 4.50
26 Anheuser Busch Underground Collection: Harvest Ale Brown Ale 4.50
27 Destihl Brewery Wild Sour Series: Counter Clockweisse Berliner Weisse 4.50
28 Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado Imperial IPA 4.50
29 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA 4.50
30 Funky Buddha Brewing More Moro IPA 4.50

Yes, I’m a beer guy and I’ve only had BCBS and Abraxas for the first time this past year. Between the limited availability and the fact they were stouts (one of my least favorite styles, but I still try them), I never got around to them.

It’s also worth noting that an AB beer made the list. Their Underground Collection is from their experimental brewing and only available at the Brewhaus; the Harvest Ale was the second one I tried and it was really good.

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