President Barack Obama has a beer with patrons at the Pump Haus Pub and Grill in Waterloo, Iowa, Aug. 14, 2012.

Recommended beers, by Consumer Reports

When deciding among beers, “it’s important to consider tastes, flavour, smells, and food pairing options,” says Consumer Reports.

The magazine suggests using its ratings and reviews “to discover the types of beer that appeal to you, and the most important brewer, fermentation, ingredient, and flavour characteristics to consider.”

Here is the Consumer Reports’ selection of recommended craft beers. The maximum overall score is 100, and “Best Buy” models offer more value.


Stone IPA

Overall score: 94

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Overall score: 89

Samuel Adams Hopology Collection Latitude 48 IPA

Overall score: 82

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Overall score: 76

Lagunitas IPA

Overall score: 74

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Brooklyn Lager

Overall score: 76

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Overall score: 76

Anchor Steam Beer

Overall score: 75

Coney Island Lager

Overall score: 72

Lagunitas Pils Czech Style Pilsner

Overall score: 61

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Consumer Reports is an American magazine published monthly since 1936. It features reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research centre. The magazine accepts no advertising, pays for all the products it tests, and, as a not-for-profit organisation, has no shareholders. It also publishes cleaning and general buying guides. (Wikipedia.)

Source: Consumer Reports
Last checked on: 29 November 2017