North Carolina's Top IPAs According to Untappd

Top IPAs in North Carolina

We’re back at it again in 2019. Last year we decided to check out the top-rated IPAs in North Carolina according to Untappd. This year we decided to do that research once again for the start of the new year.

Over the course of a year, the categories on Untappd under IPAs has gone from 12 to 16 – which now includes ratings for “Milkshake,” “Brut” and “New England Double.”

Fonta Flora out of Morganton had the highest ranking, coming in at No. 5 for its Hulihe’e in the Rye IPA category. And for the record, Saxapahaw’s Haw River Farmhouse Ale’s and Asheville’s Burial Beer Co. had the most beers in the top 50 rankings with a total of four. One of Haw River’s was a collaboration with Newgrass Brewing.

The list shows the top beers, based on a weighted average formula by Untappd. This formula effectively rates all beers against each other. A beer must have 150 ratings or more to qualify for this list. If you want more information on Untappd’s formula, click here.

Love it or hate it, here is where Untappd rated NC IPAs as of January 20, 2019.

American IPA

North Carolina had no beers ranked in the top 50.


IPA – Belgian

No. 6 – New Anthem Beer Project’s Thru My Trees [7.2% ABV; 3.95 rating; 690 ratings]

No. 40 – Haw River Farmhouse Ale’s Cotton Blossom Farmhouse IPA [8.5% ABV; 3.83 rating; 2,443 ratings]

No. 42 – Wedge Brewing Co.’s The Creature Belgian Style Triple IPA [10.9% ABV; 3.83 rating; 739 ratings]

No. 50 – New Anthem Beer Project’s Book of the Void [6.3% ABV; 3.82 rating; 197 ratings]

Black/Cascadian Dark Ale

No. 11 – Wicked Weed’s Iron Lady Black IPA [9.5% ABV; 3.95 rating; 6,246 ratings]

No. 14 – Burial Beer Co.’s Whence We Came [8% ABV; 3.93 rating; 437 ratings]

No. 49 – Bond Brothers Beer Co.’s A.M. Espress [8% ABV; 3.85 rating; 375 ratings]


IPA – Brown

North Carolina had no beers ranked in the top 50


IPA – Brut

North Carolina had no beers ranked in the top 50


IPA – English

No. 15 – Wedge Brewing Co.’s Iron Rail IPA [7.2% ABV; 3.76 rating; 6,697 ratings]


IPA – Imperial/Double

North Carolina had no beers ranked in the top 50


IPA – Imperial/Double Black

No. 45 – Burial Beer Co.’s Black Phoenix [8.9% ABV; 3.89 rating; 477 ratings]


IPA – Imperial/Double New England

No. 49 – New Anthem Beer Project’s The Amen Break [8% ABV; 4.21 rating; 756 ratings]


IPA – International

No. 34 – Brewery Bhavana’s Kviek IPA [7% ABV; 3.8 rating; 180 ratings]

No. 37 – Lost Province Brewing Co.’s Mosaic IPA [6.5% ABV; 3.79 rating; 639 ratings]


IPA – Milkshake

No. 48 – Wilmington Brewing Co.’s Lemur Party [ 8.3% ABV;  4.11 rating; 1.085 ratings]


IPA – New England

No. 11 – Heist Brewery’s Citraquench’l [7.1% ABV; 4.27 rating; 7,108 ratings]

No. 28 – New Anthem Beer Project’s Neon God [6.3% ABV; 4.23 rating; 2,086 ratings]


IPA – Red

No. 12 – Wicked Weed’s Tyranny Red IPA [7% ABV; 3.81 rating; 8,015 ratings]

No. 16 – Birdsong’s Say it to my Frace Red IPA [7.7% ABV; 3.79 rating; 2,217 ratings]

No. 43 – Fortnight Brewing’s Imperialistic Red IPA [9.1% ABV; 3.76 rating; 269 ratings]


IPA – Rye

No. 5 – Fonta Flora’s Hulihe’e [6.1% ABV; 4.02 rating; 1,936 ratings]

No. 18 – Legion Brewing’s Easy Rye-der [7.9% ABV; 3.92 rating]

No. 20 – Burial Beer Co.’s Scythe Rye IPA [7% ABV; 3.91 rating; 8,027 ratings]

No. 48 – Burial Beer Co.’s Scythe Rye IPA (Bulliet Rye Barrel Aged) [7% ABV; 3.84 rating; 284 ratings]


IPA – Session/India Session Ale

North Carolina had no beers ranked in the top 50


IPA – Triple

North Carolina had no beers ranked in the top 50


IPA – White

No. 9 – Casita Cerveceria's Go Getter Wheat IPA [6.8% ABV, 3.85 rating, 1,043 ratings]

No. 11 – Hi-Wire Brewing's Hop Circus Vol. 3 (Passion Fruit White IPA) [9.75% ABV, 3.82 rating, 509 ratings]

No. 14 – Newgrass Brewing's Helios Cry (collaboration with Haw River Farmhouse Ales) [6.3% ABV, 3.81 rating, 215 ratings] 

No. 16 – Green Man's Stromtrooper White IPA [7.5% ABV, 3.81 rating, 527 ratings]

No. 33 – Haw River Farmhouse Ales' Shortstraw White IPA [6.7% ABV, 3.76 rating, 1,116 ratings]

No. 36 – Hi-Wire's Hop Circus Vol 5 Tropical White IPA [6% ABV, 3.75 rating, 720 ratings]

No. 45 – Haw River Farmhouse Ales' Autumn Prince White IPA [6.4% ABV, 3.74 rating, 391 ratings]