Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by AxesandAnchors, Dec 23, 2012.
Alpine Duet, Alpine Bad Boy, Alpine Nelson, and Figueroa Mountain Hoppy Poppy.
Enjoy By, Ruination 10, PTE, Nelson
hop jitsu. . . . .
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Hey, Alesmith IPA fan, I have a question. I love, or perhaps I should say loved, Alesmith's IPA, but the last three bottles I've gotten seemed way different. It didn't have that wonderful chewy resinous texture or that grapefruit and pine flavor that once made it my favorite IPA. Have you noticed any changes? Have you heard of any changes to the brew? I'd love to hear that I just got a few bad bottles or that there was a temporary glitch and Alesmith IPA is back to its former glory.
Moylan's has some great IPA's. Just had Hopsickle last night and it was delish.
When it's fresh. . . .it's great. Palate wrecker is getting ready for release. Should be any day now.
Bear Republic Racer 5, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Ballast Point Sculpin, Hop Stoopid and Pliny the Elder.
How about Old School House Ruud Awakening?
The best IPA is the one I've had that nobody else knows about. That's how it works in craft beer these days.
1- Apline Nelson
2- Russian River Pliny the Elder (the Younger is a special treat, in a class of it's own)
3- Stone Enjoy By
4- Russian River Blind Pig
5- El Segundo Hop Tanker (probably the best beer that you've never had- 2 five left is awesome too)
I'm going to keep this on topic by stating the best single IPA not double as many have mentioned. Ballast Point Sculpin IMO is the bar for which they should be set.
I used to really love Green Flash WCIPA, but I don't care for the reformulated one.
Right now I'd go with Sculpin or Pliny.
My all-time fave might be Stone's 10th Anniversary/RuinTen, though.
Top West Coast IPA for me;
1. Sculpin -Ballast Point
2. Duet - Alpine
3. Blind Pig - Russian River
4. Alesmith IPA - Alesmith
5. Freshly Squeezed - Deschutes
Live on the East Coast but travel to the West Coast fairly often.
1. Pliny the Elder - Russian River (on tap in brewery and bottle)
2. Alesmith IPA - Alesmith (bottle)
3. Kismet - Mother Earth (bottle)
4. Bling Pig IPA - Russian River (on tap in brewery and bottle)
5. Line and Twine - Petaluma Hills/HenHouse Brewing collaboration (on tap in brewery)
Pliny / Elder-Younger
This one is awesome.
1. Boneyard- RPM
2. Bale Breaker- Topcutter
3. Russian River- Blind Pig
4. Laurelwood- Workhorse
5. Stone- IPA
All singles I've had. I still haven't had a Barley Browns ipa or any Alpine stuff.
Mosaic Showers- Noble Ale Works
Pliny, Blind Pig- Russian River
Nelson, Bad Boy- Alpine
City of the Sun, Blazing World- Modern Times
It all boils down to freshness for me, and all of the following, when fresh, are basically interchangeable for my palate:
1. Barley Brown's - Pallet Jack
2. Breakside - IPA
3. Russian River - PtE
4. Boneyard - RPM
5. Bale Breaker - Topcutter
6. Ballast Point - Sculpin
7. Alesmith - IPA (draft, haven't had a bottle that was as good as draft)
I have them listed as #5, but Topcutter might be my favorite of the bunch simply because it is available in cans. A beer that good, in can format, that's readily available in their distribution area (which is most of the populated areas in WA) for $8/6-pack is the perfect beer in my opinion.
I also must add the caveat that I haven't had the pleasure of drinking anything from Alpine or Kern River, and I suspect that I'd have their offerings in my list if I had.
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