beverages The Best American Beers  

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List of the best American beers includes some of the best microbrews and widely distributed beers from the US. While Europeans boast tradition and history through their brewing styles and conventions, America boasts pride through audacity, strength, and sheer mass of numbers. Beer is as American as baseball, as football...one could even say that beer is as American as America. Here we have compiled, for your viewing and voting pleasure, the top American brews list. 

American beers are as diverse as their people, with favorites like Anchor Brewery's Anchor Steam beer having as low as 4.8 abv, to brews with obscenely high alcohol content such as Bruery's Chocolate Rain, which boasts a whopping 19.5 abv. Most craft beers in America rank high in alcohol content, seeming to say something of the attitude of Americans in general.

What are your favorite American beers? Many have not been included in this list since the massive amounts of diverse beers would literally drown the page, though users are free to add their favorite beers from America to the list of greatest American beers. So what makes a good American beer? How does American brewing compare to European beers? Favorite types of beer vary greatly, but which American type appeals to the major populace? Submit and vote to turn your opinion into fact!

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Stone Brewing Co. Arrogant Bas... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Beers

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Stone Brewing Co. Ruination IP... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Beers

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Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Beers

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Anchor Brewery Steam Beer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Beers

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Stone IPA is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Beers
Stone IPA 6.7% alcohol

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Lagunitas IPA India Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Beers

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Anchor Brewery Liberty Ale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Beers

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Deschutes Brewery Black Butte ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Beers

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Big Sky Brewing Moose Drool is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Beers

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Alaskan Amber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Beers
Alaskan Amber 5% alcohol

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Rogue Dead Guy Ale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Beers
Rogue Dead Guy Ale 6.5% alcohol

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Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Beers

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Beers

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Beers

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Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Beers
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

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Ballast Point Sulpin IPA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Beers
Ballast Point Sulpin IPA 7

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Fat Tire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Beers

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Lagunitas Pils is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Beers

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IP... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Beers
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 7.2

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The Alchemist Heady Topper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Beers
The Alchemist Heady Topper 8

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Brother Thelonious Belgian Sty... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Beers

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Beers
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale 6.7

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New Belgium 1554 Enlightened B... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Beers
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale 5.6

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Stone Brewing Co. Levitation A... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Beers

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Russian River Supplication is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Beers
Russian River Supplication 7.75

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Le Merle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Beers

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Minnesota Brewing Company Ambe... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Beers

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Deschutes Jubelale Festive Win... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Beers

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Surly CynicAle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Beers
Surly CynicAle 6.6

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Elysian Immortal Ipa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Beers
Elysian Immortal Ipa

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Founders Harvest Ale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Beers
Founders Harvest Ale 7.6

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Acme California Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Beers

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Mendocino Brewery White Hawk S... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Beers

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Mac & Jacks African Amber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Beers

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Full Sail Amber Ale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Beers

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Harpoon IPA is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Beers

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Troegs Perpetual IPA is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Beers
Troegs Perpetual IPA 7.5

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Lost Coast Brewery Great White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Beers

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Mendocino Brewing Company Eye ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Beers

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Beers

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Oscar Blues G Knight is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Beers
Oscar Blues G Knight

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Manny's Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Beers
Manny's Pale Ale

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Pranqster Belgian Style Golden... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Beers

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Victory Brewing Co. Brandywine... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Beers

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Bridgeport Brewery Amber is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Beers

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Green Flash Rayon Vert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Beers
Green Flash Rayon Vert 7

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Lost Coast Brewery Alleycat Am... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Beers

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Lost Coast Brewery Raspberry B... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Beers

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Kern River Citra DIPA is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Beers
Kern River Citra DIPA 8

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Nebraska Reserve Series Melang... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Beers
Nebraska Reserve Series Melange a Trois 10