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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. fmccormi

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

    And I could be wrong, but it sounds to me like you had a decent price on Hopslam and a so-so price on Sucks. May not come as a surprise, but it sounds like people are spending $9-10/ sixer of Sucks on the West Coast and in less expensive markets (I'm anticipating $12/ sixer in upstate NY, last year it was $11-13). And Hopslam goes for, what, about $18/ sixer?
  2. fmccormi

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

    Just gimme some Palate Wrecker already, damnit. Still has not landed in upstate NY.
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  3. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Champion (875) Minnesota Dec 7, 2007 Beer Trader

  4. Deschutes Hop Henge.

    EDIT: Though if you want to get technical I suppose Henge would fall into the TIPA category this year.
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  5. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Savant (465) California Nov 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    Wouldnt call sucks a double either but it is far better than hopslam in my opinion.
  6. MinnesotaMoon

    MinnesotaMoon Zealot (90) Minnesota Jan 15, 2013

    both are great...sucks has a great beer for great value and readily attainable ....hopslam is great beer for not as good value and only slightly harder to attain, but in the hopslam price point I would much rather have surly abrasive. long answer short: sucks over hopslam
  7. merc7186

    merc7186 Savant (370) New York Dec 5, 2010

    I have reviewed both beers and Hopslam has the better review from me. With that being said....Heady Topper is the real winner.
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  8. Naterobsnyk4

    Naterobsnyk4 Savant (385) New York Jan 25, 2012

    Sucks all week and twice on sundays.
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  9. fmccormi

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

    This. OP, just get yaself some Heady, if you haven't already. Find a VT trader and it shouldn't be so hard to get, probably easier and cheaper to do so than Hopslam.

    And just go to a store and buy some Sucks—curious as to why you'd have to go out of your way at all to get it.
  10. Hopslam! No Sucks..... No wait, Hopslam. Or maybe Sucks. I'm gonna have to drink them both again and decide later.
  11. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Champion (890) Ohio May 29, 2005

    Head Hunter is so much better than either of those. And is only an IPA to boot.
  12. Brian14608

    Brian14608 Aficionado (155) Florida Sep 15, 2009

    Sucks makes me happy all the way around.
  13. Both great but my vote goes to the slam!
  14. But Bell's says Hopslam is in the upper 60s as well.
  15. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Advocate (560) Colorado Dec 19, 2010

    Because of ABV, price and availability I gave the slight edge to Sucks.
  16. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,285) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    Sucks >hopslam (of course IMO)
  17. dujayhawk

    dujayhawk Aficionado (185) Kansas Aug 8, 2011 Beer Trader

    I like Sucks better, tried Hopslam for the first time this year and if I were to try it blind I swear it was a Pale Ale not a DIPA. Though just my humble opinion.
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  18. harperman69

    harperman69 Savant (400) Tennessee Feb 11, 2009 Beer Trader

    Since I'm getting technical, what the crap is a TIPA? Triple IPA?
  19. Correct.
  20. Yes, which means that both beers have almost identical IBUs.
  21. Neither one
  22. I agree with this assessment.

    But to address the OP, why decide when you can have both. :)
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  23. Well said!!! That was my arguement 3 years ago when it was one of the many beers compared to PtE. I argued Hopslam moreso needs to be compared to PtY based on ABV as that year PTY was 10.25% if I remember correctly, (every year varies) whereas there really was no comparison. ;-P

    OP - I'd rather go with (assuming all are fresh) PtE, PtY, Dreadnaught, Hop Salad, Bad Boy, & Citra. But I'd still prefer fresh SUCKS and Hopslam over Heady all day. Call me crazy, but preference is subjective afterall...

  24. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Champion (875) Minnesota Dec 7, 2007 Beer Trader

    let you know tomorrow...........CAN'T WAIT! (for HopSlam)

    btw... Sucks is amazing this year!
  25. dumpman

    dumpman Savant (305) Rhode Island Feb 6, 2010

    Hopslam, uh no sucks, uh no heady yeh, pliny wtf there all great i'm oing to the fridge to grab a sculpin.
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  26. Had both this week and was much more impressed with sucks.
  27. OTB

    OTB Savant (465) California Sep 2, 2011

    Had my first LS this year. We dont get HS in So. Cal but I did trade for some last year and really liked it.Both are world class beers.

  28. NateMac13

    NateMac13 Savant (450) Illinois Apr 10, 2011

    I have both chilling a bit to do a blind taste test -- and it will be my first time trying both of these. My wife is about to pour them. I'll get back to you.
  29. Never having hopslam, I can't vote.... but the Sucks was 10.99 for a sixer. Gotta like that.
  30. maximumu13

    maximumu13 Aficionado (185) Ohio Aug 31, 2010

    IMO they are both delicious but different. After doing a back to back I find hopslam to be better balanced and sucks to be more in your face, so I guess it just depends on what you like. For me its sucks all day until double trouble comes out.
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  31. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Champion (790) District of Columbia Aug 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    Beat me too it!
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  32. NateMac13

    NateMac13 Savant (450) Illinois Apr 10, 2011

    Hopslam is a wonderfully crafted beer. At over 2% more ABV than Sucks it is fantastic. Not to take away anything from Sucks though. After my first taste I liked Sucks a bit more. But as I continued to drink, the balance and complexity of Hopslam swayed me toward it. Both excellent but Hopslam is the winner for me. But I look forward to getting more Sucks since it is becoming more available.
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  33. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Savant (405) Virginia Nov 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Palate Wrecker. Just because it likes to punch me in the face.
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  34. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Hopslam, DRIPA, and PtE are top of the list for me. Sucks is a great beer, but can't hold a candle to these three IMO.
  35. MaltMilkshake

    MaltMilkshake Savant (275) California Feb 9, 2011 Beer Trader

  36. jdhende

    jdhende Savant (400) Illinois Sep 27, 2010 Beer Trader

    Both great beers, but the overall drinkability and price point on Sucks wins it for me. I found a store where I can get 6 packs for $9.50 in Chicago. I will take that any day over the $16-$18 price point for Hopslam.
  37. theCoder

    theCoder Savant (400) Minnesota Oct 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    Both but if i had to pick just one. Sucks, find a single of Hop Slam or like I'm doing this year just going to have it at the various tap releases and that'll do fine by me.
  38. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    I dont really like Sucks, I'd rather drink just about every other (hoppy) Lagunitas beer than that.
  39. Artic Panzer Wolf or Double Dorado as my picks!
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  40. cway2031

    cway2031 Zealot (90) Illinois Jan 27, 2013

    I'd go with Sucks for the above reason. More sessionable. Does it get points for having a better name?!
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