6.5%, American IPA
New England breweries have received some attention for producing cloudy, hazy IPAs, so it's a little surprising that Lafayette, Colorado's Odd13 nailed the style so perfectly. It's a delicious hop-bomb, plain and simple. We've got a feeling this beer will be distributed far and wide someday. That feeling might just be hope.
7.6%, American IPA
For a brewery that specializes in sweet, off-the-wall beers like Key Lime Pie or Creamiest of the Peach (a rarity it poured at GABF, which was fantastic), it's a little surprising Short's can also pull off a relatively conventional hop-forward IPA, albeit one that's been triple dry-hopped. Oh Short's, you just can't help yourself from being a little crazy, can you?!
9%, American IPA
Baker City, Oregon
The Alpha King Challenge is a beloved side competition at GABF where brewers and beer writers convene to taste some of the best hop-heavy beers in America and crown winners. This was a second runner-up in a previous competition, which means that if it's good for the best brewers and beer writers in America, it's good enough for you (and us!). It's a little surprising that it's only 90 IBUs, because this beer is not messing around hop-wise, with Simcoe, Columbus, Citra, Chinook, Amarillo, and Ahtanum all fighting for your attention.