The Top 11 best beers in the country

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Readers of Zymurgy, the American Homebrewer's Association's magazine, are clearly devoted enough to both order a print publication and read one solely about beer, so it's only right they be asked to rate the best beers in the country.

Unlike half of the (clearly insane) people I know, readers overwhelmingly (and correctly) chose hoppy brews, with IPAs winning nine of the 11 spots. These are also beers that will knock you on your ass after just one or two (and the winner should come as no surprise). Availability was determined by each brewery's website.

9. Stone Brewing Co.'s Ruination IPA
Brewed in: Escondido, Calif.
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.7 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 96
Brewery distributes in Colorado: Yes

9. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s Celebration Ale
Brewed in: Chico, Calif.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.8 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 93
Brewery distributes in Colorado: Yes

9. Lagunitas Brewing Co.'s Lagunitas Sucks
Brewed in: Petaluma, Calif.
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.85 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 97
Brewery distributes in Colorado: Yes

8. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s Ruthless Rye IPA
Brewed in: Chico, Calif.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.6 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 88
Brewery distributes in Colorado: Yes

7. Stone Brewing Co.'s Arrogant Bastard Ale
Brewed in: Escondido, Calif.
Style: American Strong Ale
ABV: 7.2 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 94
Brewery distributes in Colorado: Yes

6. Founders Brewing Co.'s Breakfast Stout
Brewed in: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.3 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 100
Brewery distributes in Colorado: No

5. Ballast Point Brewing Co.'s Sculpin IPA
Brewed in: San Diego, Calif.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 98
Brewery distributes in Colorado: No

4. Bell's Brewery's Hopslam Ale
Brewed in: Galesburg, Mich.
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 10 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 100
Brewery distributes in Colorado: No

3. Dogfish Head Brewery's 90 Minute IPA
Brewed in: Milton, Del.
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 9 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 95
Brewery distributes in Colorado: Yes

2. Bell's Brewery's Two Hearted Ale
Brewed in: Galesburg, Mich.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 95
Brewery distributes in Colorado: No

1. Russian River Brewing Co.'s Pliny the Elder
Brewed in: Santa Rosa, Calif.
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8 percent
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 100
Brewery distributes in Colorado: Yes

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