Best Ohio Breweries (According to Beer Ratings)

List of Best Ohio Breweries based on aggregating data from Beer Advocate. Looked at breweries with the largest number of highly rated beers.

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The 5 Best Ohio Breweries

5) Columbus Brewing Company

Columbus Brewing Company came in fifth place, with 6 of the top 100 beers. Although, their beer Bodhi ranked in the number 1 spot out of 100.

Location: Columbus

Columbus Brewing Company’s Top Rated Beers:

  • Bodhi – American Imperial IPA, 8.50% ABV, 1,716 ratings with an average 4.48 (scale of 5)
  • Steel Dawn – American Imperial Stout, 10.00% ABV, 50 ratings with an average 4.4 (scale of 5)
  • Creeper – American Imperial IPA, 10.00% ABV, 415 ratings with an average 4.39 (scale of 5)
  • Yakima Fresh Hop – American IPA, 7.00% ABV, 112 ratings with an average 4.35 (scale of 5)
  • Sohio Stout – American Imperial Stout, 8.50% ABV, 166 ratings with an average 4.25 (scale of 5)
  • IPA – American IPA, 6.30% ABV, 1,369 ratings with an average 4.21 (scale of 5)

4) Fat Head’s Brewery and Saloon

Fat Head’s Brewery boasts 11 of top 100 beers.

Location: Middleburg Heights

Fat Head’s Brewery’s Top Rated Beers:

  • Super Juicy Hop JuJu – American Imperial IPA, 9.00% ABV, 97 ratings with an average 4.55 (scale of 5)
  • Hop JuJu Imperial – IPA American Imperial IPA, 9.00% ABV, 2,345 ratings with an average 4.47 (scale of 5)
  • IBUsive – American Imperial IPA, 8.00% ABV, 258 ratings with an average 4.39 (scale of 5)
  • Wet Hopped Trail Head Pale Ale – American Pale Ale (APA), 6.30% ABV, 63 ratings with an average 4.35 (scale of 5)
  • Head Hunter – American IPA, 7.50% ABV, 4,464 ratings with an average 4.34 (scale of 5)
  • Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA – American IPA, 7.50% ABV, 570 ratings with an average 4.34 (scale of 5)
  • Head Shrinker – American Imperial IPA, 9.20% ABV, 155 ratings with an average 4.31 (scale of 5)
  • Hop Marauder Imperial IPA – American Imperial IPA, 9.10% ABV, 73 ratings with an average 4.3 (scale of 5)
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Battleaxe Baltic Porter – Baltic Porter, 9.20% ABV, 99 ratings with an average 4.29 (scale of 5)
  • Special Hoperations (Three Floyds) – American IPA, 7.50% ABV, 70 ratings with an average 4.26 (scale of 5)
  • Bone Head Imperial Red – American Imperial Red Ale, 9.40% ABV, 270 ratings with an average 4.2 (scale of 5)

3) Hoppin’ Frog Brewery

With 12, Hoppin’ Frog has the third most number of top 100 beers on the list.

Location: Akron

Hoppin’ Frog’s Top Rate Beers:

  • T.O.R.I.S. The Tyrant Barrel-Aged – Russian Imperial Stout, 13.80% ABV, 60 ratings with an average 4.39 (scale of 5)
  • B.O.R.I.S. Bairille Aois – Russian Imperial Stout, 9.40% ABV, 171 ratings with an average 4.33 (scale of 5)
  • D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer – Russian Imperial Stout, 10.50% ABV, 440 ratings with an average 4.33 (scale of 5)
  • B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Extended Barrel-Aged – English Oatmeal Stout, 9.40% ABV, 68 ratings with an average 4.32 (scale of 5)
  • T.O.R.I.S. The Tyrant – Russian Imperial Stout, 13.80% ABV, 229 ratings with an average 4.32 (scale of 5)
  • B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged – English Oatmeal Stout, 9.40% ABV, 2,454 ratings with an average 4.31 (scale of 5)
  • Tower Tuesday Series: Infusion A Coffee Porter – American Porter, 6.20% ABV, 239 ratings with an average 4.27 (scale of 5)
  • B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher – Russian Imperial Stout, 9.40% ABV, 2,803 ratings with an average 4.25 (scale of 5)
  • Gangster Frog – American IPA, 7.50% ABV, 409 ratings with an average 4.25 (scale of 5)
  • D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer – Russian Imperial Stout, 10.50% ABV, 1,354 ratings with an average 4.24 (scale of 5)
  • Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Royale Oatmeal Imperial Stout – English Oatmeal Stout, 9.40% ABV, 260 ratings with an average 4.19 (scale of 5)
  • Café BORIS – English Oatmeal Stout, 9.40% ABV, 249 ratings with an average 4.15 (scale of 5)

2) Hoof Hearted Brewery

Coming in second, Hoof Hearted Brewering has 18 of top 100 beers on the list.

Location: Marengo and Columbus

Hoof Hearted Brewery’s top ranked beers:

  • Dragonsaddle – New England IPA, 11.50% ABV, 345 ratings with an average 4.5 (scale of 5)
  • BBA Fitness Freak – American Imperial Stout, 14.00% ABV, 51 ratings with an average 4.43 (scale of 5)
  • Key Bump – New England IPA, 10.50% ABV, 119 ratings with an average 4.42 (scale of 5)
  • Roller Blabe DIPA – New England IPA, 8.00% ABV, 361 ratings with an average 4.39 (scale of 5)
  • Konkey Dong – New England IPA, 8.00% ABV, 349 ratings with an average 4.37 (scale of 5)
  • Everybody Wants Some Citra – American Imperial IPA, 8.00% ABV, 124 ratings with an average of 4.35 (scale of 5)
  • South Of Eleven – American Imperial IPA, 10.20% ABV, 273 ratings with an average 4.34 (scale of 5)
  • I Must Look Like A Dork – American Imperial IPA, 8.60% ABV, 60 ratings with an average 4.33 (scale of 5)
  • Zipper Ripper – American Imperial IP, 8.50% ABV, 82 ratings with an average 4.31 (scale of 5)
  • Did We Just Become Best Friends? – American Imperial IPA, 8.00% ABV, 103 ratings with an average 4.3 (scale of 5)
  • I’ll Have What She’s Having – American Imperial IPA, 8.50% ABV, 78 ratings with an average 4.28 (scale of 5)
  • Everybody Wants Some Mosaic – American Imperial IPA, 8.00% ABV, 80 ratings with an average 4.26 (scale of 5)
  • Everybody Wants Some Vic Secret – American Imperial IPA, 8.00% ABV, 68 ratings with an average 4.26 (scale of 5)
  • Cultrider Imperial Black IPA – American Black Ale, 11.50% ABV, 106 ratings with an average 4.23 (scale of 5)
  • Wängbär – American Imperial IPA, 8.30% ABV, 170 ratings with an average 4.23 (scale of 5)
  • Wet When Slippery – American Imperial IPA, 8.00% ABV, 93 ratings with an average 4.23 (scale of 5)
  • Musk Of The Minotaur IPA – New England IPA, 7.20% ABV, 282 ratings with an average 4.21 (scale of 5)
  • Everybody Wants Some – American Imperial IPA, 8.00% ABV, 196 ratings with an average 4.19 (scale of 5)

1) Jackie O’s Brewery

With a whopping 30(!), Jackie O’s comes in as the brewery with the most beers in the top 100.

Location: Athens

  • Appervation – American Imperial Stout, 15.00% ABV, 274 ratings with an average 4.54 (scale of 5)
  • Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro – American Imperial Stout, 12.10% ABV, 565 ratings with an average 4.5 (scale of 5)
  • Bourbon Barrel Champion Ground – American Imperial Stout, 12.00% ABV, 651 ratings with an average 4.49 (scale of 5)
  • Bourbon Barrel Black Maple – American Imperial Porter, 11.00% ABV, 1,101 ratings with an average 4.48 (scale of 5)
  • Oro Negro – American Imperial Stout, 10.00% ABV, 955 ratings with an average 4.43 (scale of 5)
  • Dynamo Fuzz – American Wild Ale, 57 ratings with an average 4.4 (scale of 5)
  • Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) – American Imperial Stout, 11.00% ABV, 381 ratings with an average 4.38 (scale of 5)
  • Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln With Nuts – English Barleywine, 11.50% ABV, 100 ratings with an average 4.37 (scale of 5)
  • Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Black Maple – American Imperial Porter, 11.00% ABV, 92 ratings with an average 4.37 (scale of 5))
  • Dark Apparition Bourbon Barrel-Aged Vanilla & Coffee Beans -Russian Imperial Stout, 12.50% ABV, 238 ratings with an average 4.37 (scale of 5)
  • Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged w/ Coffee) – American Imperial Stout, 12.10% ABV, 171 ratings with an average 4.36 (scale of 5)
  • Dark Apparition Bourbon Barrel-Aged – Russian Imperial Stout, 11.50% ABV, 800 ratings with an average 4.35 (scale of 5)
  • Oil of Aphrodite (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) – American Imperial Stout, 11.50% ABV, 366 ratings with an average 4.33 (scale of 5)
  • Black Mask – American Imperial Stout, 12.00% ABV, 94 ratings with an average 4.31 (scale of 5)
  • Cucumber Ginger Berliner Weisse – Berliner Weisse, 5.50% ABV, 77 ratings with an average 4.31 (scale of 5)
  • Dark Apparition Bourbon Barrel-Aged Almond – Russian Imperial Stout, 11.00% ABV, 72 ratings with an average 4.3 (scale of 5)
  • Dynamo Hum – American Wild Ale, 6.00% ABV, 175 ratings with an average 4.29 (scale of 5)
  • Cellar Cuvée 1 – American Strong Ale, 11.50% ABV, 93 ratings with an average 4.27 (scale of 5)
  • Brick Kiln Bourbon Barrel-Aged – English Barleywine, 11.80% ABV, 484 ratings with an average 4.26 (scale of 5)
  • Oil Of Aphrodite Rum Barrel Aged – American Imperial Stout, 11.50% ABV, 492 ratings with an average 4.26 (scale of 5)
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Skipping Stone – Belgian Quadrupel (Quad), 13.00% ABV, 171 ratings with an average 4.24 (scale of 5)
  • Dark Apparition Vanilla & Coffee Bean – Russian Imperial Stout, 10.50% ABV, 324 ratings with an average 4.24 (scale of 5)
  • Evelyn – American Wild Ale, 7.00% ABV, 161 ratings with an avergae 4.24 (scale of 5)
  • Dark Apparition – Russian Imperial Stout, 10.50% ABV, 1,059 ratings with an average 4.22 (scale of 5)
  • Dark Apparition Nuts – Russian Imperial Stout, 10.50% ABV, 108 ratings with an average 4.22 (scale of 5)
  • Mandala Citra – American Imperial IPA, 8.50% ABV, 194 ratings with an average 4.22 (scale of 5)
  • Matriarch – American Imperial IPA, 11.00% ABV, 170 ratings with an average 4.21 (scale of 5)
  • Wood Ya Honey – American Wheatwine Ale, 12.00% ABV, 315 ratings with an average 4.21 (scale of 5)
  • Oil Of Aphrodite – American Imperial Stout, 10.00% ABV, 846 ratings with an average 4.2 (scale of 5)
  • Java The Stout – American Stout, 6.50% ABV, 278 ratings with an average 4.18 (scale of 5)

Data Used to Rank Best Ohio Breweries

The data used come up with this list of top breweries came from Beer Advocate’s Top Rated Beers: Ohio.

Highest Ranked Beer Types

Apparently Ohioans really like their stouts. Of the beers rated in the top 100, 19 are classified as Russian Imperial Stouts and 17 are American Imperial Stouts. That translates to over one third of the highest rated beers being imperial stouts.

IPAs are popular, too, with 25 American Imperial IPAs on the list and 6 New England IPAs.

Other Observations

Ohioans seem to enjoy the higher ABV beers, with only 7 beers with a percentage under 7%.

I was surprised breweries like Wolf’s Ridge Brewing and Urban Artifact weren’t more prevalent on this list. Perhaps because they don’t concentrate on the stouts that seem so popular?

What are your thoughts on this list? Do you agree with the top 5 best Ohio breweries?

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