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Best Michigan-brewed, year-round IPA?

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by tectactoe, Oct 18, 2012.

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Favorite Michigan-brewed, year-round IPA

  1. Arbor Brewing Company's Sacred Cow

    2 vote(s)
    0.5%
  2. Bell's Two Hearted Ale

    280 vote(s)
    70.9%
  3. Dark Horse's Crooked Tree

    19 vote(s)
    4.8%
  4. Founder's Centennial

    47 vote(s)
    11.9%
  5. New Holland's Mad Hatter

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  6. Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious

    39 vote(s)
    9.9%
  7. Other - comment and let us know which one!

    7 vote(s)
    1.8%
  1. tectactoe

    tectactoe Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Being from SE Michigan, my friend and I were debating this the other day. We are both fans of IPAs and are both very lucky to live in Michigan, a state with some incredible beer companies. For those of you who live in the area (or happen to have had some of these beers anyway), what's your favorite? Even if you haven't had them all, what ones HAVE you had, and what did/didn't you like about them?

    Personally, and luckily having had all the ones listed, I have to say my vote goes to Centennial, and my friend's goes to Two Hearted.
  2. dsal89

    dsal89 Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    I picked Two Hearted just because i find myself buying that more than Founders Centennial but i think both are equally delicious.

    I havent had Huma-lupa-licious so i cant comment on that one, same with Arbor brewings ipa but in this order id go

    1.Two Hearted/Centennial
    2. Two Hearted/Centennial
    3. Crooked Tree
    4. Dunegras
    5. Mad Hatter
  3. FosterJM

    FosterJM Member

    Location:
    California
    Can I do this for CA and watch peoples heads explode?

    Cheers!
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  4. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    I havent had all of those so its hard to vote but my personal favorite is Centennial. Followed very closely by two-hearted.
  5. beesy

    beesy Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Two Hearted - one of only a handful of Bells beers I would pick over Founders for a same style head 2 head.
  6. gopens44

    gopens44 Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Short's Huma-lupa gets my vote with the Crooked Tree pulling up second. Two hearted is certainly "2.1" though.
  7. BB1313

    BB1313 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Don't forget about Founders Red's Rye PA... but yeah, Two Hearted...
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  8. meanmutt

    meanmutt Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    I've only had 3 off of the list: Two Hearted, Centennial, and Crooked Tree

    Winner=Two Hearted
  9. crossovert

    crossovert Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    not sure if dunegras is year round but it is pretty damn good maybe the best
  10. gatornation

    gatornation Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    its 2Hearted IMO
  11. jaybags

    jaybags Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    i dont believe this is an apples to apples comparison if you include both dipa's and ipa's

    that said, i love founders centennial and new holland mad hatter.

    how much is it per case of mad hatter in MI? $82 here in PA
  12. nc41

    nc41 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    No contest 2H by a landslide.
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  13. Steimie

    Steimie Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    +1. Came here to say just this.

    Also, go Tigers!
  14. jawzman

    jawzman Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    As a standby, every day IPA, Two Hearted might be as close to perfect as possible. It also seems to deal with age a whole lot better than Centennial, which gets pretty malty after a while.
  15. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    I drink far too much Two Hearted for it not to be the best.
    founder26, core42, adamdd and 5 others like this.
  16. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Two Hearted is the IPA that got me into the style, and is still a stand by for me.
    JackStraw likes this.
  17. ncaudle

    ncaudle Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Crooked Tree for me
    Alembician and BoneyardBrewer like this.
  18. FEUO

    FEUO Member

    Location:
    Ontario (Canada)
    Huma Lupa. Not even close for me.
  19. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Two Hearted wins for me every time. But I do like Centennial and Huma-Lupa-Licious for a close second and third.
  20. Lutter

    Lutter Member

    Location:
    Texas
    1. Two Hearted
    2. Two Hearted
    3. Two Hearted
    4. Two Hearted
    5. Two Hearted

    Seriously, I don't know how you guys move on from that beer. When I visit my folks in Florida it's all I wanna drink.
    MC6 and Steimie like this.
  21. phooky

    phooky Member

    Location:
    New York
    How the hell is Bell's not sold in NY yet?!
    ant880 likes this.
  22. Derek333

    Derek333 Member

    Location:
    Ontario (Canada)
    Bells Two Hearted for me.
  23. cetherid

    cetherid Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    If we were classifying Red's Rye as a standard IPA I'd take that. Otherwise, I'd give the slight edge to Huma over Two-Hearted.
  24. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    If I dont see anything that remotely perks my interest while shopping, I grab Two-Hearted. and I have since I got into craft beer. Its just that damn good.
  25. GR_Rick

    GR_Rick Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Never bought a case of Mad Hatter, but it's usually around $9-$10 a sixer here in West Michigan, so my math says a case is probably around $30-$40.

    Are you sure you're not thinking of the Imperial Hatter at that price?
  26. GR_Rick

    GR_Rick Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    I voted for the Centennial... but it really depends on my mood. I also really like the Mad Hatter, and am a big fan of Founders All Day IPA.. both for those "lighter" hotter days. There's also times when the juiciness of a Two Hearted just seems to hit the spot. I was actually thinking of getting some buddies together one of these days and doing a blind head-to-head-to-head-to-head (x as many as we decide on tasting) to solve this for me once-and-for-all. Not at all surprised, though, to see the Two Hearted running away with the poll.
  27. mjtiernan

    mjtiernan Member

    Location:
    New York
    I voted Centennial but my overall pick would be Red's Rye.
  28. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    If Red's Rye counted, that would be my choice as well...
    BoneyardBrewer likes this.
  29. superspak

    superspak Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Drinking a Two Hearted right now. I also seem to buy Founders Centennial a bit more often. I am torn, so I wont vote :p Seriously one of the best hops ever bred right there, and its been around far longer than any of your hyped Simcoe and Citra(though I do love them haha). Old reliable is always available
  30. Little itty bitty 2 fingered handfull...cheers
  31. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    Why is this even a question? Two Hearted.
  32. jmosborn

    jmosborn Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Arcadia Hopmouth
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  33. frazbri

    frazbri Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Two Hearted is the first IPA that I truly loved. I'd probably put Crooked Tree 2nd and Huma 3rd. (that would depend on the day and the freshness of the beer.)
  34. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Hey, do any of you guys like Two Hearted?
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  35. gustogasmic

    gustogasmic Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    Two Heart, Crooked Tree, Dunegras, Huma... Can't really decide on an order. I voted Two Heart but fresh Crooked Tree is sooooo good, those have gotta be my top two. And +1 to Red's Rye PA. I think it's way better than Centennial.

    If only ControversiAle (Hangin' Frank) was year-round.... Simcoe palace....
  36. draheim

    draheim Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Two Hearted is one of very, very few beers I can't get here in Washington that I wish I could.
  37. nicholasofcusa

    nicholasofcusa Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    OTHER - Founders Red's Rye is my pick. I've had all listed but Arbor and Short's. Man, do I need to get my hands on some Short's beer.
  38. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Member

    Location:
    Georgia
    Gotta go with Huma. That's some damn fine stuff. Too bad I can't get Short's brews in GA.
  39. MichaelinFishers

    MichaelinFishers Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    1. Huma
    2. Centennial
    3. Two Hearted
    4. Crooked Tree
    Those four are so close it's crazy. I wouldn't turn any of them away, ever.

    5. Mad Hatter
    Great beer, but a notch below the others.

    20. Sacred Cow
    Shouldn't even be on the same list as the others. I am so very relieved that it hasn't gotten any votes.

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