Drinks The Best American Beers  

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List Rules Vote for the best American ales, stouts, and lagers

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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89 54
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Beers

2
71 41
Stone IPA is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Beers
6.7% alcohol

3
87 55
Stone Brewing Co. Arrogant Bas... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Beers

4
132 97
Samuel Adams Boston Lager is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Beers

5
85 56
Fat Tire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Beers
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67 44
Anchor Brewery Steam Beer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Beers

7
64 42
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Beers

8
69 49
Lagunitas IPA India Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Beers

9
41 23
The Alchemist Heady Topper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Beers
The Alchemist Heady Topper 8

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57 40
Stone Brewing Co. Ruination IP... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Beers

11
52 36
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Beers

12
49 37
Big Sky Brewing Moose Drool is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Beers

13
49 38
Alaskan Amber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Beers
5% alcohol

14
49 39
Anchor Brewery Liberty Ale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Beers

15
44 35
Ballast Point Sulpin IPA is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Beers
Ballast Point Sulpin IPA 7

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51 44
Rogue Dead Guy Ale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Beers
6.5% alcohol

17
37 29
Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Beers

18
47 42
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IP... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Beers
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 7.2

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32 26
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened B... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Beers
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale 5.6

20
38 33
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Beers
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

21
34 33
Lagunitas Pils is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Beers

22
43 48
Samuel Adams Boston Ale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Beers

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23 24
Brother Thelonious Belgian Sty... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Beers

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30 34
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Beers
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale 6.7

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22 24
Russian River Supplication is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Beers
Russian River Supplication 7.75