Highest rated IPAs in New Jersey

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November 4, 2022
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Highest rated IPAs in New Jersey

The craft beer revolution has taken a major bite out of macrobrew's traditional dominance of the national palette, and India pale ale is perhaps the most popular category to find traction in its wake. A wide range of flavor profiles and varieties—not to mention a generally higher alcohol content—make what constitutes an IPA a much more diverse profile than the average lager, which tend to run thinner, less hoppy, and in some cases wheatier.

A full breakdown of precisely what makes an IPA an IPA is as complex as the process of its creation. Some brands position themselves by the "type" of IPA they are—session, double IPA, dry hopped, double dry hopped, and so forth; others focus on the region or state in which they are created, which explains East and West Coast varietals as well as Belgian and British IPAs. India pale ale actually takes its origins from the British Isles. During the British colonial era, the intense heat and humidity of then-colony India made the brewing of a sustainable beer impractical, particularly one that could withstand the months-long sea voyage from India to Britain, but that didn't mean British sailors didn't still need a drink. Thus—as hops are a preservative—a heavily hopped beer was devised, and now centuries later there exists a mass spectrum of hoppy, deeply profiled, occasionally fruity ales that have a loyal following.

In 2020, the overall IPA category accounted for 19% of all beer sales, according to Drizly, putting it ahead of all other beer types and second only to hard seltzer. Paige Guzman, chief marketing officer for California-based brewer Lagunitas, told Craft Brewing Business, "What started as a fixture of the craft brew category has now grown into its own subset on the shelf." Pandemic-related shutdowns have only further fueled the success of the IPA market, and every state in the nation has both its favorites and its keystone brewers and producers.

Stacker compiled a list of the best IPAs from New Jersey using data from BeerAdvocate. A maximum of 5 IPAs per brewery were included. So if you want to know if your favorite made the list, or you're looking for a new local brew to add to your go-to IPA arsenal, this list has got you covered.

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#30. Acoustic Jams

- Rating: 4.27 (15 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 8.00%
- Brewery: Brix City Brewing
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
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#29. Milking It

- Rating: 4.18 (38 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 8.10%
- Brewery: Icarus Brewing Company
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#28. Carrington Event

- Rating: 4.24 (20 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 10.20%
- Brewery: Icarus Brewing Company
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#27. Brotherton IPA

- Rating: 4.15 (83 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.70%
- Brewery: Brotherton Brewing Company
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#26. SUPEREGOIPA

- Rating: 4.17 (51 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 13.00%
- Brewery: Carton Brewing Company
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#25. City To Shore

- Rating: 4.16 (80 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 7.80%
- Brewery: Cape May Brewing Company
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#24. Rift

- Rating: 4.24 (23 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 7.00%
- Brewery: Tonewood Brewing
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#23. Powder Daze

- Rating: 4.29 (16 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.80%
- Brewery: Tonewood Brewing
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#22. Pocket Trick

- Rating: 4.16 (106 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.50%
- Brewery: Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing
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#21. Get Pitted

- Rating: 4.32 (14 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.50%
- Brewery: Brix City Brewing
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#20. 07747 - Galaxy

- Rating: 4.22 (32 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 7.80%
- Brewery: Carton Brewing Company
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#19. Just A Tribute

- Rating: 4.36 (12 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 11.30%
- Brewery: Icarus Brewing Company
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#18. Epitome (Double Dry-Hopped)

- Rating: 4.29 (22 ratings)
- Type: Black IPA
- ABV: 10.30%
- Brewery: Carton Brewing Company
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#17. Double Dry-Hopped Fuego

- Rating: 4.27 (27 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.20%
- Brewery: Tonewood Brewing
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#16. Snag & Drop

- Rating: 4.22 (61 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 10.00%
- Brewery: Cape May Brewing Company
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#15. Maine Event

- Rating: 4.25 (87 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 6.50%
- Brewery: Magnify Brewing Company
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#14. Up Up & Away

- Rating: 4.3 (40 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 8.50%
- Brewery: Magnify Brewing Company
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#13. Gravitational Pull

- Rating: 4.38 (21 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.60%
- Brewery: Conclave Brewing
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#12. Heady Jams

- Rating: 4.32 (36 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 8.00%
- Brewery: Brix City Brewing
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#11. All Orange Everything

- Rating: 4.25 (139 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 10.50%
- Brewery: Carton Brewing Company
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#10. Peak Of Ripeness

- Rating: 4.29 (63 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 6.50%
- Brewery: Magnify Brewing Company
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#9. Head High

- Rating: 4.26 (986 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.60%
- Brewery: Kane Brewing Company
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#8. 077XX

- Rating: 4.26 (1,437 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 7.80%
- Brewery: Carton Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
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#7. Peak Oil

- Rating: 4.3 (93 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 9.00%
- Brewery: Magnify Brewing Company
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#6. Imperial Cold Side

- Rating: 4.39 (29 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 8.50%
- Brewery: Magnify Brewing Company
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#5. SBX (Imperial Sneakbox)

- Rating: 4.34 (78 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.40%
- Brewery: Kane Brewing Company
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#4. Gravitational Waves

- Rating: 4.36 (62 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 6.84%
- Brewery: Conclave Brewing
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#3. Overhead

- Rating: 4.31 (627 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.20%
- Brewery: Kane Brewing Company
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#2. Party Wave

- Rating: 4.35 (171 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 7.40%
- Brewery: Kane Brewing Company
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#1. Head High - Double Dry-Hopped With Galaxy

- Rating: 4.4 (83 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 6.50%
- Brewery: Kane Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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