Highest rated IPAs in Washington

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November 4, 2022
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Highest rated IPAs in Washington

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 Washington 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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#23. Double Crush - Fresh Hop

- Rating: 4.15 (22 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 8.00%
- Brewery: Reuben's Brews
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#22. Leota Mae IPA

- Rating: 4.09 (83 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.20%
- Brewery: Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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#21. Fresh Hop IPA

- Rating: 4.12 (37 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 7.00%
- Brewery: Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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#20. Space Dust

- Rating: 4.08 (3,185 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 8.20%
- Brewery: Elysian Brewing Company
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#19. Nectar of the Gods (NOG)

- Rating: 4.16 (26 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.80%
- Brewery: White Bluffs Brewing Company
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#18. Strata Fresh Hop

- Rating: 4.27 (11 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 7.00%
- Brewery: Holy Mountain Brewing Company
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#17. Ripe 'n Juicy

- Rating: 4.18 (22 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.00%
- Brewery: Silver City Brewing Co. / Silver City Restaurant & Ale House
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#16. Mount Saint Humulus

- Rating: 4.17 (27 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 9.60%
- Brewery: Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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#15. Meowsa!

- Rating: 4.13 (59 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.10%
- Brewery: Georgetown Brewing Company
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#14. Lush IPA

- Rating: 4.11 (390 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 7.00%
- Brewery: Fremont Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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#13. Spirit Crusher

- Rating: 4.23 (21 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 8.50%
- Brewery: Holy Mountain Brewing Company
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#12. Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA

- Rating: 4.16 (57 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.00%
- Brewery: Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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#11. Cone & Cone

- Rating: 4.23 (25 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 7.20%
- Brewery: Holy Mountain Brewing Company
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#10. Bodhizafa IPA

- Rating: 4.15 (251 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.90%
- Brewery: Georgetown Brewing Company
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#9. Lucille

- Rating: 4.15 (362 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 7.00%
- Brewery: Georgetown Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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#8. Head Full Of Fresh Hops (2021): Citra & Mosaic

- Rating: 4.29 (19 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 6.80%
- Brewery: Fremont Brewing Company
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#7. Topcutter

- Rating: 4.17 (484 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.80%
- Brewery: Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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#6. Wisdom Seeker

- Rating: 4.18 (200 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.90%
- Brewery: Black Raven Brewing Co.
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#5. Head Full of Fresh Hops: Mosaic & Talus

- Rating: 4.31 (21 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 6.80%
- Brewery: Fremont Brewing Company
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#4. Juice On Juice

- Rating: 4.33 (21 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 8.00%
- Brewery: Structures Brewing
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#3. Gobsmacked!

- Rating: 4.26 (54 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 10.00%
- Brewery: Reuben's Brews
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#2. Bottomcutter

- Rating: 4.24 (194 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.20%
- Brewery: Bale Breaker Brewing Company
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#1. Blimey That's Bitter!

- Rating: 4.29 (108 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 10.50%
- Brewery: Reuben's Brews
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

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