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Are you hooked on IPAs?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by 19etz55, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    I like to dabble. Trying new beers and new styles I feel is a lot of fun. But after trying so many different beers I still keep coming back to IPA's, DIPA's, Imperial IPA's. Is it that they are SO hoppy?! That hop zing just keeps pulling me back to IPA bliss. What about you?
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  2. bcook582

    bcook582 Zealot (90) California Jan 4, 2012

    I couldn't agree more with you, I feel the problem that I have come up against is that I am so used to the super hop with high ABV kick that everything else tastes a little bland......However high proof porters and stouts are extremely close to second for me.
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  3. whiskey

    whiskey Advocate (535) California Feb 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    You new members always crack me up!

    Wait...2007? :confused:
  4. j47paco

    j47paco Savant (410) California Dec 19, 2010 Beer Trader

    Is this an undercover Hopslam thread?
  5. dav2080

    dav2080 Savant (275) Wisconsin Mar 11, 2012 Subscriber

    Like you ,I love exploring the different combinations of hops, malts, yeasts, waters etc. but I always go back to the IPA for my "comfort beer". Surly Furious, Rush River Bubble Jack, Summit Saga...
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  6. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Savant (320) Ohio Apr 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    You should create an "I <3 IPA" avatar
  7. IPA's are so different around the country and maybe that's why they are so fun to drink.
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  8. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Aficionado (230) Wyoming Jan 10, 2013

    Well, I'm not sure how serious this thread is being taken...

    That aside, I too am "HOOKED" on IPA's. I find I'm on a six-month rotation between darker styles (stouts, porters, quads, etc) and hoppy beers. Partly seasonal preference, partly palate burn out. I'm definitely getting back into hops again. I crave the IPA/DIPA/Imperial IPA/hoppy APA profiles.
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  9. teal

    teal Aficionado (195) Wisconsin May 3, 2012

  10. dhannes

    dhannes Savant (425) Wisconsin Feb 14, 2010

    Since you asked...No! I'm a "malthead"--dislike most IPA's, save Great Dane's Imperial India Pale Ale. Hops were first added as a preservative!
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  11. My two cents is that I love IPAs and double IPAs. Just bought some Palate Wrecker, Hop Ottin, Green Bullet, and Red Rye IPA today in Birmingham. Flavors and desirability vary widely among brands and offerings, but overall the venue is my favorite!
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  12. MarioM

    MarioM Advocate (610) California Sep 13, 2009

    IPA's are not my favorite style BUT whenever I feel exhausted from drinking too many sours, stouts or Belgians I don't stop drinking, I simply go for a super hoppy, high IBU IPA.
  13. Premo88

    Premo88 Champion (865) Texas Jun 6, 2010

    I am getting there.

    Three months ago, I started getting back into beer and different types of beer. At the time I thought pilseners would end up being my favorite, but that isn't turning out to be true at all. More and more I'm finding I love the hops -- and sometimes pale ale isn't enough. I need more hops to go with my malt.
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  14. lsummers

    lsummers Advocate (535) California Jun 21, 2010

    I swear I feel a calming effect when I drink highly hopped ipa's verses other beers.
  15. For me, all beers that are not PA's or IPA's or are black in color stay in the the store.
    I take the rest home.
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  16. bcook582

    bcook582 Zealot (90) California Jan 4, 2012

    I really think its funny how people shit on IPA's.......and I will agree that there A LOT of crappy ones out there.....however living on the west coast there are some spectacular IPA's here, and the fresher the better of course, but sitting down at russian river or alpine for basically a mainline drought pour from the PLE or PLY barrel or Pure Hoppyness is one of the best things ever.
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  17. That would be not black in color.
  18. I can say unequivocally that California IPAs are my favorite: Green Flash, Stone, and Bear are the best.
  19. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Advocate (685) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    Basically all I drink, or hoppy versions of other styles (Hoponius Union, Nugget Nectar, Alpine Spring, etc.)
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  20. Desert beer = DIPA...no brainer for this self proclaimed hophead. The resinous fragrance of those hop filled brews reminds me of a miss-spent youth smelling bags of...well, you know. ;)
  21. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    No, no I am not.
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  22. ffenski

    ffenski Aficionado (245) Ohio Apr 24, 2008

    Please try Lagunitas. The quintessential "Cali IPA". The draw from IPA's is not just the hoppy bitterness but the other flavors imparted by the different hop strains- grapefruit, mango, pineapple, etc. IMO, hops give up more flavor compounds than malts, so when you combine the two with an emphasis on hops, you get heaven!
  23. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    It's very hard to walk away from this without eye bullets and deathnailfarts in your face.
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  24. No. I hate them.
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  25. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    If you ever get the chance try a Kane Head High IPA (NJ). I think you will be impressed. Have to say though that I had a Lagunitas IPA on tap here in NJ and it was fantastic!!!
  26. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    Had a Lagunitas IPA on tap last night and it was BLISSFULL!!!! Incredible!!
  27. stafford2

    stafford2 Savant (250) Maryland Nov 13, 2010

    I've been hooked for years. I don't even have the slightest desire for another style. I spend my beer energy/time/money looking for ways to acquire IPA/DIPAs from different breweries that I haven't tried before. As a result, anything that has more malt characteristic than two hearted tastes like a "malt bomb" - But I am not ashamed....I own that shit.
  28. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Advocate (710) Wisconsin Nov 30, 2008 Beer Trader

    Wait....he said something funny?
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  29. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    If you get the chance try a Kane (NJ) Head High IPA. I think you'll be glad you did. Long live HOPS!!!
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  30. rrock44

    rrock44 Advocate (550) Washington Oct 27, 2009

    I heart beer. IPAs, stouts, and barleywines would be my top 3 styles. Drinking lagunitas sucks right now. Prosit.
  31. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    If someone said to you that they only eat chicken noodle soup, when it comes to soup, and he said it with such affirmation and wood, you would think he's an utter tool. Well, now you ...........
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  32. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Advocate (725) Virginia Jan 27, 2013 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I love beer in general! IPA's are fantastic and enjoy tons of them, but I feel, all beers have their time and place. All of this while I drink a DIPA. :)
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  33. OMsweetOM

    OMsweetOM Savant (365) California Feb 1, 2011

    stouts with high IBUs too.

    Hooray for IPAs!
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  34. whiskey

    whiskey Advocate (535) California Feb 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    Quit screwing up my joke, dude!
  35. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    I am trying to branch out to other beer styles but it never fails that if I buy something different, like an Imperial Stout or something like that, I still end up buying some IPAs just in case. The same thing happens if I get a mixed six pack. I go in with the idea that I am not going to get any IPAs, and I end up with at least three IPAs. The thing is, I can get a mixed six of IPAs and almost all of the are drastically different in flavor and hoppiness.
  36. I seem to always keep a hoppy pale or IPA in my fridge at all times.
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  37. jmw

    jmw Savant (450) North Carolina Feb 4, 2009

    Hooked? No. But I keep some around. Gotta clean your palate with something.
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  38. KansasBeerLover

    KansasBeerLover Savant (395) Kansas Feb 16, 2009

    Does a squirrel eat nuts? Pass the Palate Wrecker, please!
  39. omgshesaboy

    omgshesaboy Aficionado (190) Ohio Jul 19, 2010 Beer Trader

    IPAs got me into craft, but I seems to fall in and out of love with them now...but you are sure to find SNPA in my fridge at all times.
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  40. Yup.
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