Craft beer retailer, Beer Cartel, has published its list of Australia’s Ultimate Top 50 Beers, which has been compiled using ratings from more than 100,000 beer drinkers across Australia.

Beer Cartel Director, Geoff Huens, said this list, which was first released last year, has been designed to provide an alternative look at Australia’s craft beer scene.

“We didn’t want to just create a list of what Beer Cartel thought were the best Australian beers, so we looked at what lists were already out there and used that as a starting point.”

Australia’s Ultimate Top 50 Beers is created by amalgamating the top 50 beers from four leading websites and polls; RateBeer, Beer Advocate, Untapped and Australia’s Hottest 100 Craft Beers. A ranking formula is then used to collate data to create the Ultimate Top 50 Beers list.

“Each of the individual lists (RateBeer, Beer Advocate, Untapped and Australia’s Hottest 100) have their own nuances and consumer base. By combining them we remove these biases, creating a list we believe is a better reflection of Australia’s top 50 beers”, Huens said.

One of the possible surprises for many with this list is that there are more stouts than any other style of beer, with 31 per cent of the beers on the list coming from the dark side. Twenty-five per cent of the list’s beers were IPA and 18 per cent pale ales.

The full top 50 is listed below:

1 Pirate Life IIPA (Imperial IPA)
2 Modus Operandi Former Tenant (Red IPA)
3 Nail Clout Stout (Imperial Stout)
4 Boatrocker Ramjet (2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016)* (Imperial Stout)
5 Feral War Hog (IPA)
6 Mornington Peninsula Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout)
7 Feral Hop Hog (Pale Ale)
8 Murray’s Craft Wild Thing (Imperial Stout)
9 Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (Pale Ale)
10 Feral Tusk (Imperial IPA)
11 KAIJU! Aftermath (Imperial IPA)
12 Modus Operandi Future Factory (IIPA / NEIPA)
13 Riverside ‘777’ Imperial IPA (Imperial IPA)
14= Pirate Life IPA (IPA)
14= Pirate Life Mosaic IPA (IPA)
16= Boatrocker Banshee (Barleywine)
16= Feral Boris (Imperial Stout)
16= Little Creatures Pale Ale (Pale Ale)
19= Feral B.F.H. (Barrel Fermented Hog) (IPA)
19= KAIJU! Where Strides The Behemoth (Imperial Black IPA)
21 La Sirène La Sirène Saison (Saison)
22 La Sirène Praline (Stout)
23 Pirate Life Pale Ale (Pale Ale)
24 Mountain Goat Back To the Brewer (Double Steam Ale/NEIPA)
25= Akasha Korben D. (Imperial IPA)
25= Balter XPA (XPA)
25= Stockade The Mountie Maple Imperial Stout ( Imperial Stout)
28= Big Shed Golden Stout Time (Stout)
28= Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2015 (Imperial Stout)
30 BentSpoke Crankshaft (IPA)
31= Coopers Best Extra Stout (Stout)
31= Young Henrys Newtowner (Pale Ale)
33 Gage Roads Single Fin (Summer Ale)
34 Knappstein Reserve Lager (Lager)
35= Balter IPA (IPA)
35= Feral Karma Citra (Black IPA)
37 Hop Nation Jedi Juice (New England IPA)
38= Boatrocker Coffee Ramjet 2016 (Imperial Stout)
38= Bridge Road Brewers B2 Bomber Mach 6.0 (Imperial Black IPA)
38= Bridge Road Brewers Beechworth Pale Ale (Pale Ale)
38= Feral Watermelon Warhead (Berliner Weisse)
38= Hargreaves Hill R.I.S. (Imperial Stout)
43= KAIJU! KRUSH! (Pale Ale)
43= Wig & Pen Russian Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout)
45= Gage Roads Little Dove (Pale Ale)
45= Holgate Brewhouse Millennium Falcon (Imperial IPA)
45= Modus Operandi Sonic Prayer (IPA)
48 Boatrocker Roger Ramjet (2017) (Imperial Stout)
49 Hawkers Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (2016) (Imperial Stout)
50= 4 Pines Stout (Stout)
50= Two Metre Tall Original Sour Ale (Sour Ale)

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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