CT BEER RANKINGS: Most Popular Beer & Highest Rated Flagship

Last month I published CT Beer Rankings: Most Popular Brewery.  That list dealt with the Connecticut brewery that accumulated the most reviews from popular beer ratings sites such as Untappd and Beer Advocate, and followers via three social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

Next up in our rankings is deciphering which specific beer is the state’s most popular AND which of those beers has the highest rating. One knock on the “most popular” rankings is that likes / reviews can come from individuals who reside out of state. Two Roads, for example, has a massive distribution network. For this reason, they have a stranglehold on the “popularity” metric I’ve used.

To counter this, I’ve gathered data from Untapped, Beer Advocate, and Rate Beer, not just on the number of reviews for each beer, but on their exact rating. This too get can get tricky. It is much more difficult to maintain a high rating from these sites when a beer is being reviewed thousands of times, rather than a few hundred. As such, its difficult to compare Beer’d’s Dogs & Boats to 30 Mile’s Baby Fight Club due to the 13,000 plus reviews that Dogs & Boats has over 30 Mile’s flagship. That said, I found a way to create rankings that are not only objective, but ones that are more accurate to which “flagships” Connecticut beer drinkers prefer.

At the very bottom of this blog post there will be the two overall rankings, MOST POPULAR BEER and HIGHEST RATED FLAGSHIP. There you can see the full 85 breweries / brewpubs and their specific place on each list.

At the top of the blog post I’ve broken things down with greater detail. The first list you’ll see is the Top 10 Highest Rated Flagships by Total Reviews. The second list pits the Top 25 CT beers by Total Reviews vs. the Top 25 Highest Rated CT Flagships side by side. Below those rankings, I broke CT flagships into four different categories based on the total number of reviews for each beer. I then ranked each of these beers by their ratings within each category. This levels the playing field and creates a more accurate, fair list.

Last note, these are not the BEST beers for each brewery. They are just the beers that have been reviewed the most. I don’t associate Back East’s prowess as a brewer with Misty Mountain IPA, but Misty Mountain IPA has Ice Cream Man by 1000 reviews. As of today, its their most reviewed beer. Maybe by the summer, this will change. No 2019 breweries are included in this list. They will be by this summer.

CT Beer Rankings Q1 2019: TOP 10 HIGHEST RATED FLAGSHIPS W/ HIGHEST TOTAL REVIEWS

BreweryBeerTotal ReviewsOverall RatingRanking
New Park Brewing CompanyCloudscape30784.22#1
Counter WeightHeadway IPA148624.21#2
Fox FarmBURST56214.20#3
Beer'dDogs and Boats144144.13#4
Thomas Hooker#nofilter184754.11#5
Connecticut Valley Brewing CompanyTrailblazer168594#6
OEC BrewingExilus31824.06#7
Fat Orange CatAll Cats Are Grey in the Dark69063.97#8
Stubborn BeautyNummy Nummy92263.95#9
No WorriesDo-Si-Do34483.9#10

CT Beer Rankings Q1 2019: TOP 25 MOST POPULAR BEERS VS. TOP 25 HIGHEST RATED BEERS

Top 25 CT Beers by Total Reviews Total # of ReviewsTop 25 CT Flagship Beers by Rating Overall Rating
Two RoadsRoad 2 Ruin71,410Cold Creek BreweryTess4.27
NEBCOSea Hag IPA34,871Five Churches BrewingSteeple Peeple4.23
Stony CreekBig Cranky21,236New Park Brewing CompanyCloudscape4.22
Black HogGranola Brown Ale21006Fox Farm BreweryBURST4.20
Thomas Hooker#nofilter18475Counter Weight Brewing CompanyHeadway IPA4.21
Connecticut ValleyTrailblazer16859Lasting Brass Brewery CompanyWar Poet4.16
City SteamNaughty Nurse16,502Beer'd Brewing CompanyDogs and Boats4.13
Counter WeightHeadway IPA14862Thomas Hooker Brewing Company #nofilter#nofilter4.11
Beer'dDogs and Boats14414Housatonic River BrewingAmarillo Sky4.11
Thimble IslandGhost Island Double IPA10486Breakaway Brew HausFace Plant Ale #24.11
CottrellMystic Bridge10234Connecticut Valley Brewing CompanyTrailblazer4.10
Stubborn BeautyNummy Nummy9226Armada Brewing CompanyMermaid Cove4.10
Firefly HollowCone Flakes IIPA9171Kinsmen Brewing Company21.34.08
Back EastMisty Mountain IPA8,595Little House Brewing CompanyAlternative Fax4.01
Broad BrookHopstillo8424OEC BrewingExilus4.06
Outer LightSUBduction7319Tribus Beer CompanyFlow 4.00
Fat Orange CatAll Cats Are Grey in the Dark6906Noble Jay Brewing CompanyFatty Boom Boom4.00
Half FullBright6852Great FallsLazy Hazy Housy4.00
Olde BurnsideTen Penny Ale6037Fat Orange Cat Brewing CompanyAll Cats Are Grey in the Dark3.97
Fox FarmBURST5621Stubborn Beauty Brewing CompanyNummy Nummy3.95
RelicLeaf Storm5119Forest City BrewingStargazer3.95
Hanging Hill Metacomet4825Firefly Hollow Brewing Co.Cone Flakes IIPA3.94
Kent FallsWaymaker Brett IPA4406Alavarium Beer CompanyPhresh 3.94
ShebeenCannoli Beer3935No Worries Brewing CompanyDo-Si-Do3.90
No WorriesDo-Si-Do3448Black Pond BrewsMachu Picchu Jalapeno Saison3.90

CT Beer Rankings Q1 2019: TOP RATED FLAGSHIP TIER ONE (5K REVIEWS+)

BreweryBeerTotal ReviewOverall Rating
Counter WeightHeadway IPA14,8624.21
Fox FarmBURST5,6214.2
Beer'dDogs and Boats14,4144.13
Thomas Hooker#nofilter184754.11
Connecticut ValleyTrailblazer168594.1
Fat Orange CatAll Cats Are Grey in the Dark69063.97
Stubborn BeautyNummy Nummy9,2263.95
Firefly HollowCone Flakes IIPA91713.94
NEBCOSea Hag IPA34,8713.85
Two RoadsRoad 2 Ruin71,4103.84
RelicLeaf Storm5,1193.81
Thimble IslandGhost Island Double IPA104863.78
Outer LightSUBduction73193.76
Stony CreekBig Cranky21,2363.73
Black HogGranola Brown Ale210063.71
Broad BrookHopstillo84243.61
Back EastMisty Mountain IPA8,5953.54
City SteamNaughty Nurse16,5023.53
Olde BurnsideTen Penny Ale60373.46
Half FullBright68523.38
CottrellMystic Bridge IPA102343.37

CT Beer Rankings Q1 2019: TOP RATED FLAGSHIP TIER TWO (1K-5K REVIEWS)

BreweryBeerTotal ReviewOverall Rating
TessCold Creek1,5304.27
Steeple Peeple (DIPA)Five Churches14174.23
Cloudscape (NEIPA)New Park30714.22
Mermaid Cove IPAArmada13004.10
Yup/Nope (DIPA)Kinsmen1,5194.08
OEC BrewingExilus (Berliner Weisse)31824.06
Local 35 IPAHog River14214
Phresh NEIPAAlavarium2,4083.94
Do-Si-Do (NEIPA)No Worries3,4463.90
DoobiusBad SONS2,5723.88
CoalesceSteady Habit20803.88
Super Mantis (DIPA)Nod Hill16213.86
29 PewsVeracious1,2913.75
Baby Fight Club30 Mile1,0893.73
Metacomet IPAHanging Hill48183.71
Blood Orange Blond Ale 5%Brewport1,4513.70
Waymaker Brett IPA (Brett IPA)Kent Falls4,3873.67
Still Hill IPAStill Hill13993.62
Belle FermiereOvershores2,3453.59
CBH IPACambridge House11413.51
Willimantic Brewing Co.Certified Gold - 4.7%1,0223.49
Duvig Cream AleDuVig2,6023.46
1687 Brown AleCharter Oak2,5833.40
West Coast Citrus IPAPowder Hollow25303.34
Cannoli BeerShebeen3,9253.28

CT Beer Rankings Q1 2019: TOP RATED FLAGSHIP TIER THREE (300-1K REVIEWS)

BreweryBeerTotal ReviewOverall Rating
War PoetLasting Brass7094.16
FlowTribus6784.00
StargazerForest City7353.95
Machu Picchu Jalapeno SaisonBlack Pond7943.90
IllegitimusBrewery Legitmus6233.87
Cosmic SiestaAspetuck8583.85
LaunchLock City9363.84
Goodie Goodie IPA 6.7%Hull's6203.83
Order of the Sun (IPA - 7%)Parable4383.76
Little Darlin IPAFairfield Craft Ales4963.71
Erebus Oatmeal StoutLabyrinth4613.71
Finger Guns (Sour IPA)Front Porch5243.7
Lightning Struck Twice Oatmeal StoutEpicure5073.69
Synapic Misfire (NEIPA)Cliffside3453.69
Homeslice Lager (Lager) 5.1%Erector3153.64
Thames River Red 5.6%These Guys7363.62
Pauper's Porridge Oatmeal Amber AleWitchdoctor9463.56
Double Bird IPABrass Works7303.52
Hartford Ave IPA 5.2%Soundview6433.45
Run Wild IPAAthletic3173.42

CT Beer Rankings Q1 2019: TOP RATED FLAGSHIP TIER FOUR (Less Than 300 REVIEWS) #noobs

BreweryBeerTotal ReviewOverall Rating
Face Plant Ale (#4)Breakaway Brew Haus404.22
Amarillo Sky (DIPA) 81%Housatonic River1394.11
Alernative Fax (NEDIPA)Little House2024.01
Lazy Hazy Housy (NEIPA) 7.1%Great Falls1284
Fatty Boom BoomNoble Jay2144
Mis Daisy 8%Hoax2723.88
Mellowcore (IPA)Bad Dream1793.82
The Origin (Milk Stout) 6.5%Problem Solved2163.81
Albert E.Broken Symmetry1253.74
Shell Yeah! (DIPA) 8.5%Niantic Public House503.74
Silver Sands IPA (IPA)Milford Point2223.73
Mount Pisgah (IPA) 6.8%Norbrook Farm1733.73
North London Ale2nd Bridge613.73
Saison du Maison IPABarley Head2893.72
Hopfen Lager (Pale Lager) 5.4%East Rock2733.6
1659 PilsnerWoodbury Brewing1083.49
Mittelfruh Kolsch 5.3%Iron693
Nutmeg Brown Ale 4%The Crossings1713.4
American Pale AleRedding Beer1613.4


CT Beer Rankings Q1 2019: MOST POPULAR BEER 

BreweryBeerStyleTotal ReviewsOverall Rating
Two RoadsRoad 2 RuinDIPA71,4103.84
NEBCOSea Hag IPAIPA34,8713.85
Stony CreekBig CrankyDIPA21,2363.73
Black HogGranola BrownBrown Ale21,0063.71
Thomas Hooker#nofilterIPA18,4754.11
Connecticut ValleyTrailblazerDIPA16,8594.1
City SteamNaughty NurseAmber Ale16,5023.53
Counter WeightHeadway IPAIPA14,8624.21
Beer'dDogs and BoatsDIPA14,4144.13
Thimble IslandGhost Island Double IPA DIPA10,4863.78
CottrellMystic BridgeIPA10,2343.37
Stubborn BeautyNummy NummyDIPA9,2263.95
Firefly HollowCone Flakes IIPADIPA9,1713.94
Back EastMisty Mountain IPAIPA8,5953.54
Broad BrookHopstilloIPA8,4243.61
Outer LightSUBductionIPA7,3193.76
Fat Orange CatAll Cats Are Grey in the DarkWhite Stout6,9063.97
Half FullBrightEnglish-Style Summer6,8523.38
Olde BurnsideTen Penny AleScotch Ale6,0373.46
Fox FarmBURSTIPA5,6214.2
RelicLeaf StormIPA5,1193.81
Hanging HillMetacometIPA4,8253.71
Kent FallsWaymakerBrett IPA4,4063.67
ShebeenCannoli BeerSpiced Beer3,9353.28
No WorriesDo-Si-DoIPA3,4483.9
OEC ExilusBerliner Weiss3,1824.06
New ParkCloudscapeIPA3,0784.22
DuVigDuvig Cream AleCream Ale2,6093.46
Charter Oak1687 Brown AleBrown Ale2,5833.4
Bad SONSDoobiusDIPA2,5723.88
Powder HollowWest Coast Citrus IPAIPA2,5303.34
AlvariumPhreshIPA2,4263.94
OvershoresBelle FermiereSaison2,3613.59
Steady HabitCoalesce DIPA2,0823.88
Nod HillSuper MantisDIPA1,6213.86
Cold CreekTessIPA1,5324.27
Kinsmen21.3IPA1,5194.08
BrewportBlood Orange Blond Blond Ale1,4513.7
Hog RiverLocal 35 IPAIPA1,4213.63
Five ChurchesSteeple PeopleDIPA1,4174.23
Still Hill Still Hill IPAIPA1,4003.62
ArmadaMermaid Cove IPAIPA1,3014.1
Veracious29 PewsIPA1,2913.75
Cambridge HouseCBH IPAIPA1,1413.51
30 MileBaby Fight ClubIPA1,0893.73
Willimantic Certified GoldBlond Ale1,0223.49
WitchdoctorPauper's Porridge Oatmeal Amber AleAmber Ale9463.56
Lock CityLaunch IPA9363.84
AspetuckCosmic Siesta IPA8583.85
Black PondMachu Picchu Jalapeno SaisonSaison7943.9
These GuysThames River RedAmber Ale7363.62
Forest CityStargazerIPA7353.95
Brass WorksDouble BirdIPA7303.52
Lasting BrassWar PoetIPA7094.16
TribusFlowDIPA6784
SoundviewHartford Ave IPAIPA6433.45
Brewery LegitmusIllegitimusDIPA6233.87
Hull'sGoodie GoodieIPA6203.83
Front PorchFinger GunsSour IPA5243.7
EpicureLightning Struck TwiceOatmeal Stout5073.69
Fairfield Craft AlesLittle Darlin IPAIPA4963.71
LabyrinthPan's IPAIPA4613.7
ParableOrder of the SunIPA4383.76
CliffsideSynapic MisfireIPA3453.69
AthleticRun Wild IPAIPA3173.42
ErectorHomeslice LagerLager3153.64
Barley HeadSaison du Maison IPASaison2893.72
East RockHopfen LagerPale Lager2733.6
HoaxMis DaisyDIPA2723.88
Milford PointSilver Sands IPAIPA2223.73
Problem SolvedThe OriginMilk Stout2163.81
Noble JayFatty Boom BoomBaltic Porter2144
Little HouseAlernative FaxDIPA2024.01
Bad DreamMellowcoreIPA1793.82
Norbrook FarmMount PisgahIPA1733.73
The CrossingsNutmeg Brown AleBrown Ale1713.4
Redding BeerAmerican Pale AleAPA1613.4
Housatonic RiverAmarillo SkyDIPA1394.11
Great FallsLazy Hazy HousyIPA1284
Broken SymmetryAlbert E.Belgian Dubbel1253.74
Woodbury Brewing1659 PilsnerPilsner1083.49
IronMittelfruh KolschKolsch693.49
2nd BridgeNorth London AleEnglish Mild Ale613.73
Niantic Public HouseShell Yeah!DIPA503.74
Breakaway Brew HausFace Plant Ale #2DIPA404.11

CT Beer Rankings Q1 2019: HIGHEST RATED FLAGSHIP

BreweryBeerStyleTotal ReviewsOverall Rating
Cold CreekTessIPA1,5324.27
Five ChurchesSteeple PeepleDIPA1,4174.23
New ParkCloudscapeIPA3,0784.22
Fox FarmBURSTIPA5,6214.20
Counter WeightHeadway IPAIPA14,8624.21
Lasting BrassWar PoetIPA7094.16
Beer'dDogs and BoatsDIPA14,4144.13
Thomas Hooker#nofilterDIPA18,4754.11
Housatonic RiverAmarillo SkyDIPA1394.11
Breakaway Brew HausFace Plant Ale #2DIPA334.11
Connecticut ValleyTrailblazerDIPA16,8594.10
Armada BrewingMermaid CoveIPA1,3014.10
Kinsmen21.3IPA1,5194.08
Little HouseAlernative FaxDIPA2024.01
OECExilusBerliner Weisse3,1824.06
TribusFlowDIPA6784.00
Noble JayFatty Boom BoomBaltic Porter2144.00
Great FallsLazy Hazy HousyIPA1284.00
Fat Orange CatAll Cats Are Grey in the DarkWhite Stout6,9063.97
Stubborn BeautyNummy NummyDIPA9,2263.95
Forest CityStargazerIPA7353.95
Firefly HollowCone Flakes IIPADIPA9,1713.94
AlavariumPhreshIPA2,4263.94
No WorriesDo-Si-DoIPA3,4483.90
Black PondMachu Picchu Jalapeno SaisonSaison7953.90
Bad SONSDoobiusIPA2,5723.88
Steady HabitCoalesceDIPA2,0823.88
HoaxMiss DaisyDIPA2723.88
Brewery LegitmusIllegitimusDIPA6243.87
Nod HillSuper MantisDIPA1,6213.86
NEBCOSea Hag IPAIPA34,8713.85
AspetuckCosmic SiestaIPA8583.85
Two RoadsRoad 2 RuinDIPA71,4103.84
Lock CityLaunchIPA9373.84
Hull's BrewingGoodie GoodieIPA6203.83
Bad DreamMellowcoreIPA1793.82
RelicLeaf StormIPA5,1193.81
Problem SolvedThe OriginMilk Stout2163.81
Thimble IslandGhost IslandDIPA10,4863.78
Outer LightSUBductionIPA7,3193.76
ParableOrder of the SunIPA4383.76
Veracious29 PewsIPA1,2913.75
Broken SymmetryAlbert E.Belgian Dubbel1253.74
Niantic Public HouseShell Yeah!DIPA503.74
Stony CreekBig CrankyDIPA21,2363.73
2nd BridgeNorth London AleEnglish Mild Ale613.73
30 MileBaby Fight ClubIPA1,0893.73
Milford PointSilver Sands IPAIPA2223.73
Norbrook FarmMount PisgahIPA1733.73
Barley HeadSaison du Maison IPASaison2893.72
Black HogGranola Brown AleBrown Ale21,0063.71
Hanging HillMetacomet IPAIPA4,8253.71
EpicureLightning Struck Twice Oatmeal Stout5073.71
Fairfield Craft AlesLittle Darlin IPAIPA 4963.71
BrewportBlood Orange BlondBlond Ale1,4513.70
LabyrinthPan's IPAIPA5343.70
Front PorchFinger GunsSour IPA5253.69
CliffsideSynapic MisfireIPA3453.69
Kent FallsWaymaker Brett IPABrett IPA4,4063.67
ErectorHomeslice LagerLager3153.64
Hog RiverLocal 35 IPAIPA1,4213.63
Still HillStill Hill IPAIPA1,4003.62
These GuysThames River RedAmber Ale7383.62
Broad BrookHopstilloIPA8,4243.61
East RockHopfen LagerPale Lager2733.60
OvershoresBelle FermiereSaison2,3613.59
WitchdoctorPauper's Porridge Oatmeal Amber AleAmber Ale9463.56
Back EastMisty Mountain IPAIPA8,5953.54
Brass WorksDouble Bird IPAIPA7313.52
Cambridge HouseCBH IPAIPA1,1413.51
WillimanticCertified GoldBlonde Ale1,0223.49
Woodbury Brewing1659 PilsnerPilsner1083.49
Iron BrewingMittelfruh KölschKölsch693.49
Olde BurnsideTen Penny AleScotch Ale6,0373.46
DuVigDuvig Cream AleCream Ale2,6093.46
SoundviewHartford Ave IPAIPA6433.45
AthleticRun Wild IPAIPA3173.42
Charter Oak1687 Brown AleBrown Ale2,5833.40
The Crossings BrewpubNutmeg Brown AleBrown Ale1713.40
Redding BeerAmerican Pale AleAPA1613.40
Half FullBrightES Summer Ale6,8523.38
CottrellMystic Bridge IPA 6%IPA10,2343.37
Powder HollowWest Coast Citrus IPAIPA2,5303.34
ShebeenCannoli BeerSpiced Beer3,9353.28