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The craft beer revolution has taken a major bite out of macrobrew’s traditional dominance of the national palette, and India pale ale is perhaps the most popular category to find traction in its wake. A wide range of flavor profiles and varieties—not to mention a generally higher alcohol content—make what constitutes an IPA a much more diverse profile than the average lager, which tend to run thinner, less hoppy, and in some cases wheatier.

A full breakdown of precisely what makes an IPA an IPA is as complex as the process of its creation. Some brands position themselves by the “type” of IPA they are—session, double IPA, dry hopped, double dry hopped, and so forth; others focus on the region or state in which they are created, which explains East and West Coast varietals as well as Belgian and British IPAs. India pale ale actually takes its origins from the British Isles. During the British colonial era, the intense heat and humidity of then-colony India made the brewing of a sustainable beer impractical, particularly one that could withstand the months-long sea voyage from India to Britain, but that didn’t mean British sailors didn’t still need a drink. Thus—as hops are a preservative—a heavily hopped beer was devised, and now centuries later there exists a mass spectrum of hoppy, deeply profiled, occasionally fruity ales that have a loyal following.

In 2020, the overall IPA category accounted for 19% of all beer sales, according to Drizly, putting it ahead of all other beer types and second only to hard seltzer. Paige Guzman, chief marketing officer for California-based brewer Lagunitas, told Craft Brewing Business, “What started as a fixture of the craft brew category has now grown into its own subset on the shelf.” Pandemic-related shutdowns have only further fueled the success of the IPA market, and every state in the nation has both its favorites and its keystone brewers and producers.

Stacker compiled a list of the best IPAs from Rhode Island using data from BeerAdvocate. A maximum of 5 IPAs per brewery were included. So if you want to know if your favorite made the list, or you’re looking for a new local brew to add to your go-to IPA arsenal, this list has got you covered.

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#26. Rhode Island IPA

– Rating: 3.71 (80 ratings)
– Type: English IPA
– ABV: 7.00%
– Brewery: Trinity Brewhouse
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#25. East Coast IPA

– Rating: 3.74 (63 ratings)
– Type: American IPA
– ABV: 6.50%
– Brewery: Whalers Brewing Company
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#24. The Grotto

– Rating: 3.82 (82 ratings)
– Type: American IPA
– ABV: 6.50%
– Brewery: Foolproof Brewing Company
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#23. Musik Express IPA

– Rating: 3.78 (10 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.30%
– Brewery: Narragansett Brewing Co.
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#22. Fanny

– Rating: 3.83 (56 ratings)
– Type: American IPA
– ABV: 4.70%
– Brewery: Revival Brewing Co.
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#21. You Thirsty?

– Rating: 3.84 (88 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.50%
– Brewery: Revival Brewing Co.
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#20. Comfortably Unaware

– Rating: 3.83 (21 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.70%
– Brewery: Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
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#19. Rhode Trip

– Rating: 3.85 (69 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.30%
– Brewery: Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
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#18. The Depths

– Rating: 3.85 (27 ratings)
– Type: Imperial IPA
– ABV: 8.00%
– Brewery: Foolproof Brewing Company
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#17. Beach Night

– Rating: 3.87 (22 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.50%
– Brewery: Ragged Island Brewing Company
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#16. Pour Judgement IPA

– Rating: 3.88 (277 ratings)
– Type: American IPA
– ABV: 6.00%
– Brewery: Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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#15. Little Sister

– Rating: 3.94 (20 ratings)
– Type: American IPA
– ABV: 4.80%
– Brewery: Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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#14. Wheelhouse Series: Far, Far Aweigh Galaxy IPA

– Rating: 3.94 (37 ratings)
– Type: American IPA
– ABV: 6.30%
– Brewery: Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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#13. Kegnog

– Rating: 4.08 (13 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.50%
– Brewery: Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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#12. Tendril

– Rating: 4.15 (289 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 7.00%
– Brewery: Proclamation Ale Company
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#11. Insignificance

– Rating: 4.27 (21 ratings)
– Type: Imperial IPA
– ABV: 10.00%
– Brewery: Proclamation Ale Company
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#10. KDA

– Rating: 4.24 (44 ratings)
– Type: Imperial IPA
– ABV: 8.80%
– Brewery: Proclamation Ale Company
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#9. The All Seeing Eye

– Rating: 4.25 (49 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.40%
– Brewery: Long Live Beerworks
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#8. The Stalk

– Rating: 4.23 (176 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.60%
– Brewery: Proclamation Ale Company
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#7. Penultimate Unicorn

– Rating: 4.31 (49 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 10.00%
– Brewery: Proclamation Ale Company
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#6. Cactus

– Rating: 4.28 (116 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 7.80%
– Brewery: Tilted Barn Brewery
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#5. Violet

– Rating: 4.3 (121 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.80%
– Brewery: Tilted Barn Brewery
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#4. Milo’s Phoenix

– Rating: 4.34 (124 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 6.80%
– Brewery: Tilted Barn Brewery
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#3. Captain’s Daughter

– Rating: 4.31 (1,509 ratings)
– Type: Imperial IPA
– ABV: 8.50%
– Brewery: Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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#2. The Other One

– Rating: 4.42 (157 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 7.90%
– Brewery: Tilted Barn Brewery
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#1. The Chosen One

– Rating: 4.45 (166 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.50%
– Brewery: Tilted Barn Brewery
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