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The Top 25 Beers We Tasted In 2020

The Top 25 Beers We Tasted In 2020
Photos by Tom Arena / Animation by Eric DeFreitas Photo by Tom Arena

During a year that none of us will forget, the brewing industry continued on its path of creativity and innovation with each new beer release.

As taprooms limited capacity, bars closed and draught lines dried up, beer drinking was done increasingly at home. In response, many breweries launched delivery services, offered curbside pickups or expanded distribution to retail outlets, all of which made it easier than ever to keep your beer fridge stocked. And with more than 8,000 breweries in the country, there are seemingly endless options for your next beer.

America’s craft brewing industry remains IPA focused, both by customer demand and brewers’ enthusiasm for producing the style. This year, however, there was also a noticeable increase in the amount of lagers, as well as a wealth of experimentation with traditional beer styles and infusion of fruits or other specialty ingredients.

The following list is a showcase of the top beers tasted in 2020. It’s packed with satisfying sips, pleasurable pints and an array of flavorful, crushable cans from around the country, with a price point to meet every budget.

Get your favorite glass and get ready to drink along as we toast the fine ales and lagers that inspired and delighted us. —John Holl

Click here for a downloadable PDF of our Top 25 Beers of 2020.

What Is Blind Tasting?

All tastings reported in the Buying Guide are performed blind. Typically, products are tasted in peer-group flights of from 5-8 samples. Reviewers may know general information about a flight to provide context—vintage, variety or appellation—but never the producer or retail price of any given selection. When possible, products considered flawed or uncustomary are retasted.

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About The Scores

*Products deemed unacceptable (receving a rating below 80 points) are not reviewed.


The Pinnacle of quality


A great achievement


Highly recommended


Very Good
Often good value; well recommended


Suitable for everyday consumption, often good value


Can be employed

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