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Better DIPA this year? Lagunitas Sucks or Hopslam

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BKArmstrong, Jan 27, 2013.


Better DIPA this year? Lagunitas Sucks or Hopslam

Poll closed Feb 17, 2013.
  1. Lagunitas Sucks

  2. Hopslam

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  1. BKArmstrong

    BKArmstrong Savant (315) District of Columbia Jan 21, 2013 Beer Trader

    I haven't had the opportunity to taste either this year. Which one is worth going out of my way for?
  2. bld81

    bld81 Savant (260) Missouri Mar 9, 2009 Beer Trader

    Go out of your way for the Hopslam. Its release is worth looking forward to each year. Sucks seems to be more widely available, but it should be mentioned its (nearly) half the price of a sixpack of Hopslam in most markets
  3. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    I gave my vote to Sucks, 4.47, because I can buy it off the shelf. I loved Hopslam too, 4.55.
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  4. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (370) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    I vote for Kuhnhenn's DRIPA.
  5. MichPaul

    MichPaul Champion (780) Michigan Jan 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Even being a homer, I gave my vote to Sucks. I love both of these beers, but I had my first Sucks a couple weeks ago and it blew me away... I love the hop profile of it, and it was nothing of what I expected. I will be buying much of this every year I see it!
  6. RTrain12

    RTrain12 Savant (410) Illinois Feb 6, 2010

    I love'em both! But voted for sucks!
  7. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Sucks isn't that hard to go out of your way for—even if you have to trade for it, it should be preeeeeeetty easy to obtain, I'd imagine. So, why not just go for both?
  8. GoGators

    GoGators Champion (875) New Jersey Aug 5, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I know they are both classified as DIPA's but Hopslam has a 25-30% higher abv than Sucks which makes it a tough comparison. Both great beers but not comparable IMO.
  9. HardyA

    HardyA Savant (430) Michigan Jan 26, 2013 Subscriber

    Hopslam by quite a bit.
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  10. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    And if abv makes the choice for me, I'll go with the lower abv one. I can drink more at a sitting.;)
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  11. Djsaturn1

    Djsaturn1 Savant (480) Minnesota Dec 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    I was not impressed with the sucks on tap but when I had an abrasive first it is hard to do better.
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  12. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Hopslam.. I absolutely love Sucks.. but Hopslam..
  13. schillman

    schillman Savant (285) New Jersey Oct 7, 2009

    I'm not sure how comparable they are...thought they were both fantastic but very different in color and taste
  14. schillman

    schillman Savant (285) New Jersey Oct 7, 2009

    Sorry, just read the ops question. Answer: both.
  15. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Savant (280) Minnesota Nov 4, 2011 Beer Trader

  16. JM03

    JM03 Savant (315) Ohio Nov 12, 2010

    Slam. Get it while its here. It'll be gone soon. Sucks should be available all year and you can get some later
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  17. grandmachine

    grandmachine Savant (315) California Mar 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    I never had slam, but I'm going to a tasting today and someone is bringing a few bottles. I can give you an answer later on today. :D
  18. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Advocate (630) Missouri Jan 26, 2013

    I really like both of them but Hopslam gets my vote.
  19. Agree with GoGators's reply above. It's hard for me to consider Sucks, a <8% ABV beer, a DIPA. It seems more like a extra-IPA (to borrow the term from SN).

    But hey, it's hard to go wrong with either one - unless you drink them past their prime. You know, like more than a day after bottling.
  20. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Savant (490) New York Aug 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Sucks available in upstate NY? Haven't seen it on the shelves.
  21. thebeerisgood

    thebeerisgood Savant (250) Indiana Mar 13, 2011

    I've never had either, but I vote for sucks.
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  22. gustogasmic

    gustogasmic Savant (350) Michigan Jan 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    I like Sucks more but think this isn't a very fair comparison- if youre looking for maltier, very sweet, high in alcohol, you'll want the massive Hopslam. If you're looking for a less strong, cheaper beer with the superfruity hop profile get Sucks.

    If you want a 10% DIPA with honey that's better than Hopslam, go to Greenbush and get you some fresh Brother Ben.
  23. DinoFight

    DinoFight Aficionado (245) Arizona Jan 23, 2013

    Yep, Hopslam for me.
  24. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,165) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Both are winners for me. Sucks is $7 less than Hopslam though.
  25. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Savant (425) Missouri Dec 22, 2012

    I almost don't think they should be in the same category. Hopslam is obviously a huge exaggerated DIPA and Sucks, while I love it and it's definitely one of my favorite beers ever, in my opinion I almost do not consider a DIPA. I just don't think the IBU'S or ABV of Sucks really say DIPA. As far as what is a more sessionable beer? I'd go with Sucks cuz if you drink 2 or 3 hopslams you're just gonna be trashed. Sucks is much more mellow and sweet. As far as what has a bigger flavor, Hopslam in my opinion wins there.
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  26. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Sucks was prematurely hailed as a top tier IPA.
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  27. I like Lagunitas Sucks better. Both are great though.
  28. Madskill

    Madskill Savant (290) California Nov 25, 2012

    Never had Hopslam but I have had Sucks, so I voted for Sucks!
  29. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Champion (750) New York Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Every Sucks I have is better than the next, and it also made my BMC buddy a believer. So until I get my Hopslam...
  30. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Savant (450) Illinois Feb 26, 2011

    I have buyer's remorse: the money I spent on TWO 6-packs of Hopslam could have netted me THREE 6 packs of Sucks.
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  31. woodna

    woodna Aficionado (120) Illinois Jan 9, 2011

    Have both in my fridge, so last night I drank them back to back to compare. Wow, very tough call. Both of them are so good but for slightly different reasons. It's a decision I'm glad I don't have to make! If you like IPA's, you can't go wrong with either one. I will say I love the fact that a six of Sucks is way cheaper and will be easily obtained.

    THANAT0PSIS Advocate (610) Wisconsin Aug 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    This year, Hopslam just hasn't done it for me. No doubt, it is amazing still, but it is too malt and honey forward where it was quite bitter in the past. For the price and availability, Sucks just makes sense.
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  33. bound4er

    bound4er Advocate (550) Wisconsin Jul 4, 2007

    Not even close for me. Used to buy a case of Hopslam every year. Last year I bought one 6-pack, this year nothing.
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  34. I'll do a side by side today and revote (initially went with Hopslam). They're both damn fine.

    Sophie's choice?

  35. Low information voter
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  36. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,255) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    Stone Enjoy By
  37. craigo19

    craigo19 Savant (330) Michigan Oct 12, 2009

    Love them both, but Hopslam wins my vote.
  38. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Why should availability make Sucks any less good?

    Just goes to show how high people will rank a beer because it is limited.
  39. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Savant (490) New York Aug 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Duel rankings should only be allowed after having done blind tasters for the beers in question.
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  40. IIRC, the IBUs of Hop Slam are in the 65-70 range. One of the lowest of all DIPAs.
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