THE LISTS

2016 - 2017

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Welcome, craft beer lovers!

Here you will find the results of the GABS Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers polls, starting from 2016 when we launched the New Zealand version of our popular Australian poll (check out the results of that one here). As the poll continues in years ahead, we hope that this archive will provide a valuable snapshot of the brands, beers and styles shaping craft beer in any given year.

 
 
 

GABS HOTTEST 100 KIWI CRAFT BEERS OF 2016

1: SUPERCHARGER (American Pale Ale) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

2: HOP ZOMBIE (Double IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

3: PERNICIOUS WEED (Double IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

4: DEATH FROM ABOVE (Experimental Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

5: HOPWIRED (New Zealand IPA) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

6: HIPPY BERLINER (Berliner Weisse) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

7: ARMAGEDDON (American IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

8: GARAGISTA (Specialty IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

9: HĀPI DAZE (Experimental Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

10: PARTY & BULLSHIT (American IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

11: BITTERBITCH (Specialty IPA) ParrotDog (WGN)

12: C!TRA (Double IPA) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

13: TRIPLE CHOCOLATE MILK STOUT (Sweet Stout) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

14: QUICKCHANGE XPA (American Pale Ale) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

15: KNIFE PARTY (American IPA) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

16: FLAT WHITE MILK STOUT (Sweet Stout) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

17: SAUVINOVA (Specialty IPA) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

18: IMPERIAL NIBS CACAO, VANILLA, COCONUT PORTER (Porter) Kererū Brewing (WGN)

19: DUMP THE TRUMP (American IPA) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

20: VANDAL (Specialty IPA) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

21: NEW ZEALAND PILSNER (New World Pilsener) Emerson's Brewing Co (OTA)

22: KAURI (Double IPA) Birkenhead Brewing Co (AUK)

23: PORT ROAD PILSNER (International Pale Lager) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

24: PALE ALE (American Pale Ale) Epic Beer (AUK)

25: YAKIMA MONSTER (American Pale Ale) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

26: LUPUS THE WOLF MAN (Double IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

27: BIRD DOG (American IPA) Emerson's Brewing Co (OTA)

28: BEER (Pale Lager) Garage Project (WGN)

29: KAPAI (American Pale Ale) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

30: BOOKBINDER (British Golden Ale) Emerson's Brewing Co (OTA)

31: THOR (Double IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

32: LUPULINGUS (Double IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

33: LOS LOBOS (American IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

34: DIRTY BOOTS (American Pale Ale) Garage Project (WGN)

35: IN YA FACE (Double IPA) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

36: REET PETITE (American Amber Ale) Choice Bros (WGN)

37: TOMAHAWK (American Pale Ale) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

38: PILS’N’THRILLS (New World Pilsner) Garage Project (WGN)

39: CHOMP (Australian Pale Ale) Black Dog Brew Co (WGN)

40: HOPS ON POINTE (New Zealand Pilsner) Garage Project (WGN)

41: DANKOMATIC (American IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

42: GUNNAMATTA (American IPA) Yeastie Boys (STL)

43: IPA (International Pale Ale) Good George Brewing (WKO)

44: 6 FOOT 5 IPA (American IPA) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

45: KINGTIDE (American IPA) Bach Brewing (AUK)

46: DOUBLE TROUBLE (Specialty IPA) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

47: ANGRY PEACHES (American Pale Ale) Garage Project (WGN)

48: iSTOUT (Russian Imperial Stout) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

49: DAY OF THE DEAD (Experimental Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

50: VENUSIAN PALE ALE (VPA) (Experimental Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

51: ITI (American Pale Ale) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

52: WHITE MISCHIEF (Soured Fruit Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

53: STONE HAMMER (American IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

54: GYPSY FUNK (Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

55: PACIFIC PALE ALE (American Pale Ale) Birkenhead Brewing Co (AUK)

56: JOHNNY OCTANE (Red IPA) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

57: BIG SMOKE (Smoked Beer (non Rauchbier)) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

58: KŌWHAI (Double IPA) ParrotDog (WGN)

59: ST JOSEPHS (Belgian Tripel) Moa Brewing Co (MBH)

60: SPARKLING PALE ALE (International Pale Ale) Good George Brewing (WKO)

61: WILD FEIJOA 2015 VINTAGE (Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

62: ANZUS (International IPA) Croucher Brewing (BOP)

63: SESSION PALE ALE (American Pale Ale) Moa Brewing Co (MBH)

64: LA CALAVERA CATRINA (Experimental Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

65: APA (American Pale Ale) Good George Brewing (WKO)

66: CHUR! NZ PALE ALE (American Pale Ale) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

67: CABBAGES & KINGS (Experimental Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

68: TALL POPPY (Red IPA) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

69: ROGUE HOP (German Pils) Harrington’s Breweries (CAN)

70: MOT EUREKA (New World Pilsner) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

71: LADY DANGER (Red IPA) Beer Baroness Brewing Co (CAN)

72: VANILLA COFFEE PORTER (VCP) (Porter) Mike’s Beer (TKI)

73: HALO (New Zealand Pilsner) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

74: HOPPED UP ON PILS (New World Pilsner) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

75: DEADCANARY (English IPA) ParrotDog (WGN)

76: TROPICAL CYCLONE (Double IPA) McLeod's Brewery (NTL)

77: DONOVAN’S ROCKY ROAD WHITE STOUT (Sweet Stout) Good George Brewing (WKO)

78: FOR GREAT JUSTICE WOOD-FIRED TOASTED COCONUT PORTER (Porter) Kererū Brewing (WGN)

79: ROCKET COFFEE (Specialty IPA) Good George Brewing (WKO)

80: GODZONE BEAT (New Zealand Pale Ale) Fork & Brewer (WGN)

81: TROPIDELIC (New Zealand Pale Ale) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

82: RED IPA (Red IPA) Hop Federation (TAS)

83: THUNDER (American Pale Ale) Epic Beer (AUK)

84: FORGET-ME-NOT (American IPA) ParrotDog (WGN)

85: IMPERIAL STOUT (OAK AGED) (Wood-Aged Beer) Moa Brewing Co (MBH)

86: TIRAMISU (Oatmeal Stout) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

87: JUNGLE BOOGIE (Soured Fruit Beer) Funk Estate (BOP)

88: HARDTAIL HENRY (American Stout) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

89: YUZU PERNICIOUS WEED (Experimental Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

90: STONECUTTER (Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy) Renaissance Brewing (MBH)

91: TROPICAL MO FO (Fruit Beer) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

92: LACK OF FAITH (Black IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

93: ’MURICA (American Pale Ale) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

94: SOUR POPPY (Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

95: OH BROTHER (American Pale Ale) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

96: DUSKRIDER (Red IPA) Bach Brewing (AUK)

97: SAUVIN BOMB (New Zealand IPA) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

98: URANIUM BREATH (American IPA) Mash Palace (AUK)

99: AMBER ALE (American Amber Ale) Good George Brewing (WKO)

100: DRIFTWOOD (American Pale Ale) Bach Brewing (AUK)


GABS HOTTEST 100 KIWI CRAFT BEERS OF 2017

1: SUPERCHARGER (American Pale Ale) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

2: DEATH FROM ABOVE (Specialty IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

3: PERNICIOUS WEED (Double IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

4: HOP ZOMBIE (Double IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

5: PARTY & BULLSHIT (New England IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

6: ARMAGEDDON (American IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

7: THE KUSH (American IPA) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

8: CITRA (Double IPA) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

9: CUCUMBER HIPPY BERLINER (Berliner Weisse) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

10: HAPI DAZE (New Zealand Pale Ale) Garage Project (WGN)

11: WAKACHANGI (International Pale Lager) McCashin's Brewery (NSN)

12: KNIFE PARTY (American IPA) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

13: LID RIPPER (New England IPA) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

14: BITTERBITCH (Specialty IPA) ParrotDog (WGN)

15: GARAGISTA (American IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

16: JUNGLE BOOGIE (Kettle Sour) Funk Estate (BOP)

17: THE DUDE ABIDES (Sweet Stout) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

18: MAGIC DUST (Specialty IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

19: BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE (NINKASI BREWING COLLAB) (American IPA) Birkenhead Brewing Co (AUK)

20: HOPPY MCHOPFACE (HOP OIL PROJECT) (Double IPA) Deep Creek Brewing Co (AUK)

21: QUICKCHANGE XPA (American Pale Ale) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

22: BIRD DOG (American IPA) Emerson's Brewing Co (OTA)

23: HOPWIRED (Specialty IPA) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

24: BOSS LEVEL (Double IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

25: NZ PILSNER (New World Pilsener) Emerson's Brewing Co (OTA)

26: YAKIMA MONSTER (American Pale Ale) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

27: IPA (English IPA) Good George Brewing (WKO)

28: WHITE MISCHIEF (Gose) Garage Project (WGN)

29: FUZZ BOX (New England IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

30: PROHIBITION PORTER (Wood-Aged Beer) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

31: KAPAI (New Zealand Pale Ale) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

32: FISTFUL OF CHERRIES (Soured Fruit Beer) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

33: TRIPLE CHOCOLATE MILK STOUT (Sweet Stout) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

34: TOMAHAWK (American Pale Ale) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

35: BOUNCING CZECH (Bohemian/Czech Pilsener) Boundary Road Brewery (AUK)

36: PILS N THRILLS (New World Pilsener) Garage Project (WGN)

37: HALO (New World Pilsener) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

38: KEKULÉ'S DREAM (New England IPA) Outlier Cartel (AUK)

39: BILLION DOLLAR GRAPEFRUIT (American IPA) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

40: BEER (New World Pilsener) Garage Project (WGN)

41: PORT ROAD (New World Pilsener) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

42: IMPEACHMENT (Kettle Sour) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

43: HIPPY BERLINER (Berliner Weisse) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

44: DOUBLE IPA (LUPULIN EFFECT PROJECT) (Double IPA) Deep Creek Brewing Co (AUK)

45: SUPERCONDUCTOR (Double IPA) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

46: KAURI (Double IPA) Birkenhead Brewing Co (AUK)

47: TROPICAL MO FO (New Zealand Pale Ale) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

48: FALCON (American Pale Ale) ParrotDog (WGN)

49: APEHANGER (American IPA) Bootleg Brewery (WKO)

50: FLAT WHITE (American Stout) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

51: CHOCOLATE FISH (Sweet Stout) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

52: MERMAIDS MIRTH (American Pale Ale) Mount Brewing (BOP)

53: BOOKBINDER (Ordinary Bitter) Emerson's Brewing Co (OTA)

54: MOT EUREKA (New World Pilsener) Tuatara Brewing (WGN)

55: THREEWAY SOUR MANGO IPA (BEHEMOTH & FUNK ESTATE COLLAB) (Experimental Beer) Emerson's Brewing Co (OTA)

56: COSMIC CHAOS (Kettle Sour) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

57: HOPS ON POINTE (New World Pilsener) Garage Project (WGN)

58: GUNNAMATTA (Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer) Yeastie Boys (STL)

59: DOGFATHER (American IPA) Black Dog Brew Co (WGN)

60: MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (Foreign Extra Stout) Garage Project (WGN)

61: OH BROTHER (American Pale Ale) Liberty Brewing Co (AUK)

62: THE JUICE (Gose) Boneface Brewing Co (WGN)

63: INTERSTATE (American Pale Ale) Mac's Beer (AUK)

64: 1812 (New Zealand Pale Ale) Emerson's Brewing Co (OTA)

65: WILD FEIJOA (Soured Fruit Beer) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

66: LA CALAVERA CATRINA (Experimental Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

67: THUNDER (American Pale Ale) Epic Beer (AUK)

68: PILSNER (New World Pilsener) Sawmill Brewery (AUK)

69: CABBAGES & KINGS (Russian Imperial Stout) Garage Project (WGN)

70: ARO NOIR (American Stout) Garage Project (WGN)

71: DEADCANARY (New Zealand Pale Ale) ParrotDog (WGN)

72: BIG SMOKE (Porter) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

73: SOUL TRAIN (Specialty IPA) Funk Estate (BOP)

74: NEW ENGLAND IPA (LUPULIN EFFECT PROJECT) (New England IPA) Deep Creek Brewing Co (AUK)

75: APA (American IPA) Good George Brewing (WKO)

76: TROPICAL CYCLONE (Double IPA) McLeod's Brewery (NTL)

77: BIG BANG (Double IPA) Epic Beer (AUK)

78: YUZU PERNICIOUS WEED (Double IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

79: HOPPED UP ON PILS (New World Pilsener) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

80: VENUSIAN PALE ALE (Specialty IPA) Garage Project (WGN)

81: CHUR (New Zealand Pale Ale) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

82: 6 FOOT 5 (American IPA) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

83: NO SLEEP TILL MOUTERE (New England IPA) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

84: HOPTRON (American Pale Ale) Boneface Brewing Co (WGN)

85: TROPIDELIC (New Zealand Pale Ale) 8 Wired Brewing Co (AUK)

86: EXTRA PALE ALE (American Pale Ale) Brave Brewing (HKB)

87: DUSTY GRINGO (American Brown Ale) Deep Creek Brewing Co (AUK)

88: THREE WOLVES (International Pale Ale) Mac's Beer (AUK)

89: CHOMP (Extra Special Bitter) Black Dog Brew Co (WGN)

90: ANGRY PEACHES (American Pale Ale) Garage Project (WGN)

91: ROGUE HOP (New World Pilsener) Harrington’s Breweries (CAN)

92: BLOODHOUND (Red IPA) ParrotDog (WGN)

93: EXTRA PALE ALE (American Pale Ale) Sawmill Brewery (AUK)

94: IN YA FACE (Double IPA) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

95: XPA (New Zealand Pale Ale) Monteith's Brewing Co (WTC)

96: THE VANDAL (Double IPA) Panhead Custom Ales (WGN)

97: DAY OF THE DEAD (Experimental Beer) Garage Project (WGN)

98: ROYAL TANNINBOMB (Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer) Yeastie Boys (STL)

99: MURICA (American Pale Ale) Behemoth Brewing Co (AUK)

100: MILK CHOCOLATE STOUT (Sweet Stout) Moa Brewing Co (MBH)