Okay, this was probably evident as of this review--there have been some significant changes to my Current Top Ten (side right column of this blog). Firestone Walker Parabola enters the list at number two and screws things up royally. So, three of my four top beers are not IPAs. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum also enters the list, at number ten.
Dogfish Head Burton Baton has fallen out of the top ten, as has Firestone Walker Wookey Jack. Nothing against either of these beers—I love them both still—but it’s getting harder and harder to come up with a top ten. Fear not, they are sitting right on the cusp, as are Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Stone Enjoy By IPA, Duvel, and a few others. There’s really not much separating the bottom five of the top ten and a bunch of others. Depending on the day and how I’m feeling, there could be some interchangeability.
So, the list now has three stouts, six IPAs (I’m throwing Nugget Nectar into this category, even though it’s technically not one), and a quad. A hophead list that doesn’t have hoppy beers at the top two spots.