Hey beer aficionados, you'll be excited to hear that today is National IPA Day!

IPA, or India Pale Ale, is a style of beer that was created in England during the 1800s. The beer was brewed with extra hops to ensure freshness on trading voyages to India.

Today, the style is appreciated by beer connoisseurs around the world who enjoy it for its strong, hoppy flavor and higher than average alcohol content.

In The United States of America, the style has become popular among independent craft and microbrewers.

As the microbrewing craze continues to sweep the nation, the Garden State is certainly not one to sit on the sidelines. Check out a few of the best IPAs that New Jersey has to offer.

The brewmasters at Artisan's opted for the West Coast-style, which favors hoppiness over malt flavors. The result is a robust and satisfying ale that weights in a 6.2 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).

One of Ocean Township brewer Mike Kane's signature beers is his Head High IPA. This beer leans more towards the East Coast style and balances out the bitterness of the hops with several varieties of malts. The resulting beer is a 6.5 percent ABV brew that doesn't overwhelm. Their double IPA, Overhead, packs a bigger punch.

From Atlantic Highlands comes an IPA that packs a serious punch. 077XX is an East Coast Double IPA with a 7.8 ABV percentage. Through a strong hop and malt blend, fruit flavors can also be detected.

Hop-A-Lot-Amus has a name that makes perfect sense. This offering from the Lambertville area brewery is a strong, 8.5 percent beer that is hopped heavier than a hippopotamus. This Double IPA features four strong hop varieties.

This South Jersey brewery pays homage to North Jersey with this entry in their Exit series, which feats beers characteristic of the area around the exit they are named after. Exit 16 is brewed with wild rice, which used to grow in the Meadowlands area.

For more information on New Jersey's burgeoning craft beer industry, visit newjerseycraftbeer.com.

Are you a craft beer drinker? What are some of your favorite styles and breweries? Let us know in the comments.