Mapping the Highest-Rated Beer in Each State Offers One Surprise Discovery
Turns out craft beer drinkers aren't necessarily hops-forward
Is America a bit over the IPA craze?
While not necessarily scientific, it does represents thousands of ratings from beer aficionados across the country. And IPAs did well, but that category didn’t represent a majority of the states’ winners — and several top-rated brews were more likely to take on flavors of fruit or desserts.
- Stout is the style of beer that tops state rankings the most (22 times). IPAs are second at 19.
- The highest rated state beer overall is Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout, which BA users gave a 4.9/5. Oddly, given its name, the 12% ABV beer hails from Iowa’s Toppling Goliath Brewing Company and is described as “chocolate chip pancakes drenched with maple syrup served with espresso and a shot of bourbon, all in one sip.”
- Vermont is the state with the most craft breweries per capita. The highest ranking beer there is Heady Topper, an IPA with a strong cult following.
- Three of the country’s top beers feature coconut.
- The highest ABV was the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Worldwide Stout from Delaware’s Dogfish Head, coming in at a whopping 18.3%. The lowest? Atrial Rubicite from Jester King in Texas — this unfiltered, unpasteurized, 100% bottle conditioned and raspberry-flavored wild ale has a 5.8% ABV.
The biggest non-surprise on the map? The unusual beer names, be it Disco Ninja, Hopulization or Fuzzy Baby Ducks.
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