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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79 47
Stone Brewing Co. Arrogant Bas... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Beers

2
119 80
Samuel Adams Boston Lager is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Beers

3
64 35
Stone IPA is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Beers
6.7% alcohol

4
79 49
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Beers

5
72 45
Fat Tire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Beers
Lindley39 added

6
61 40
Lagunitas IPA India Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Beers

7
56 36
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Beers

8
59 39
Anchor Brewery Steam Beer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Beers

9
46 28
Alaskan Amber is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Beers
5% alcohol

10
52 34
Stone Brewing Co. Ruination IP... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Beers

11
47 30
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Beers

12
46 32
Anchor Brewery Liberty Ale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Beers

13
47 33
Rogue Dead Guy Ale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Beers
6.5% alcohol

14
44 31
Big Sky Brewing Moose Drool is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Beers

15
31 20
The Alchemist Heady Topper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Beers
The Alchemist Heady Topper 8

16
45 34
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IP... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Beers
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA 7.2

17
28 18
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened B... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Beers
New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale 5.6

18
33 23
Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Beers

19
35 28
Ballast Point Sulpin IPA is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Beers
Ballast Point Sulpin IPA 7

20
32 25
Lagunitas Pils is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Beers

21
32 25
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Beers
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

22
28 25
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Beers
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale 6.7

23
22 19
Brother Thelonious Belgian Sty... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Beers

24
19 16
Stone Brewing Co. Levitation A... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Beers

25
36 38
Samuel Adams Boston Ale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Beers

26
5 4
Sprecher Amber is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Beers
Mark Jon Gottschalk added Sprecher Amber

27
18 20
Founders Harvest Ale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Beers
Founders Harvest Ale 7.6

28
17 20
Russian River Supplication is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Beers
Russian River Supplication 7.75

29
14 17
Minnesota Brewing Company Ambe... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Beers

30
4 5
Sprecher Black Bavarian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Beers
Mark Jon Gottschalk added 5.86% alcohol

31
14 20
Deschutes Jubelale Festive Win... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Beers

32
14 21
Troegs Perpetual IPA is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Beers
Troegs Perpetual IPA 7.5

33
20 29
Harpoon IPA is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Beers

34
13 20
Manny's Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Beers
asraiya added Manny's Pale Ale

35
9 15
Broadway Flying Dog Old Scratc... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Beers

36
12 19
Victory Brewing Co. Brandywine... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Beers

37
11 18
Surly CynicAle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Beers
Surly CynicAle 6.6

38
7 13
Full Sail Amber Ale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Beers
GoldenBoy added Full Sail Amber Ale 5.5% alcohol

39
6 12
Elysian Immortal Ipa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Beers
GoldenBoy added Elysian Immortal Ipa

40
9 16
Mendocino Brewing Company Eye ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Beers

41
9 16
Pranqster Belgian Style Golden... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Beers
Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale

42
12 20
Acme California Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Beers
Acme California Pale Ale

43
5 11
Mac & Jacks African Amber is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Beers
GoldenBoy added 6.52% alcohol

44
11 19
Mendocino Brewery White Hawk S... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Beers
Mendocino Brewery White Hawk Select India Pale Ale (original IPA) 7% alcohol

45
11 19
Le Merle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Beers
North Coast Brewing Le Merle

46
7 14
Bridgeport Brewery Amber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Beers

47
9 17
Brooklyn Green Market Wheat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Beers
Brooklyn Green Market Wheat 5.5

48
14 24
Pyramid Hefeweizen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Beers
5% alcohol

49
7 19
Lost Coast Brewery Raspberry B... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Beers

50
4 15
Breckenridge Lucky U IPA is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Beers
Breckenridge Lucky U IPA 6.2