Alcohol 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 IPA is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Beers
Stone IPA 6.7% alcohol

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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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Samuel Adams Boston Lager is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Beers

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Fat Tire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Beers
Lindley39 added Fat Tire

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Alaskan Amber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Beers
Alaskan Amber 5% alcohol

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Deschutes Brewery Black Butte ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Beers

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Anchor Brewery Steam Beer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Beers

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Lagunitas IPA India Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Beers

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Beers

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Stone Brewing Co. Ruination IP... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Beers

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Big Sky Brewing Moose Drool is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Beers

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Anchor Brewery Liberty Ale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Beers

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Rogue Dead Guy Ale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Beers
Rogue Dead Guy Ale 6.5% alcohol

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IP... is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 16 on the list The Best American Beers
The Alchemist Heady Topper 8

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Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Beers

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New Belgium 1554 Enlightened B... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Beers
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale 5.6

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Lagunitas Pils is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Beers

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Ballast Point Sulpin IPA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Beers
Ballast Point Sulpin IPA 7

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Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Beers
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

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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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Brother Thelonious Belgian Sty... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Beers

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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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Samuel Adams Boston Ale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Beers

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Sprecher Amber is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Beers
Mark Jon Gottschalk added Sprecher Amber

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Russian River Supplication is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Beers
Russian River Supplication 7.75

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Founders Harvest Ale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Beers
Founders Harvest Ale 7.6

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Sprecher Black Bavarian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Beers
Mark Jon Gottschalk added Sprecher Black Bavarian 5.86% alcohol

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Minnesota Brewing Company Ambe... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Beers

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Deschutes Jubelale Festive Win... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Beers

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Broadway Flying Dog Old Scratc... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Beers

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Harpoon IPA is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Beers

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Surly CynicAle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Beers
Surly CynicAle 6.6

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Full Sail Amber Ale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Beers
GoldenBoy added Full Sail Amber Ale 5.5% alcohol

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Troegs Perpetual IPA is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Beers
Troegs Perpetual IPA 7.5

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Mendocino Brewing Company Eye ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Beers

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Manny's Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Beers
asraiya added Manny's Pale Ale

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Mendocino Brewery White Hawk S... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Beers
Mendocino Brewery White Hawk Select India Pale Ale (original IPA) 7% alcohol

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Victory Brewing Co. Brandywine... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Beers

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Elysian Immortal Ipa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Beers
GoldenBoy added Elysian Immortal Ipa

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Pranqster Belgian Style Golden... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Beers
Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale

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Le Merle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Beers
North Coast Brewing Le Merle

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Pyramid Hefeweizen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Beers
Pyramid Hefeweizen 5% alcohol

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

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Acme California Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Beers
Acme California Pale Ale

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Mac & Jacks African Amber is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Beers
GoldenBoy added Mac & Jacks African Amber 6.52% alcohol

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Brooklyn Green Market Wheat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Beers
Brooklyn Green Market Wheat 5.5

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Lost Coast Brewery Raspberry B... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Beers

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Breckenridge Lucky U IPA is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Beers
Breckenridge Lucky U IPA 6.2