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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. 2BDChicago

    2BDChicago Savant (280) Illinois Nov 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    I got a case of HP two weeks ago at Bell's General Store. And Lags Sucks has popped up all around Chicago. I've had both in the same session four times. One was draft vs draft at Bavarian Lodge. On the one hand I agree with one opionon weaving through this thread, "these brews don't quite seem like the same style". So is it a real grapefruit to grapefruit comparison? While both are awesome, and I've been a Hopslam fan for a few years....my nod goes to Sucks. Two reasons; (1) more vibrant fruit flavs, (2) price...for sixers I paid $11 f/ Sucks and $16 f/ HP.
  2. Cotchept

    Cotchept Savant (260) Colorado Jan 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    I drank both the other day. Hopslam by far. Better flavor and mouthfeel. Also the aftertaste of Sucks is lacking whereas Hopslam coats your throat in hoppy goodness.
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  3. BKArmstrong

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

    Hopslam arrived in DC tonight, so I went all in and did a blind taste test of both tonight.
    Sucks was my winner, but as stated constantly, taste is subjective.
    Sucks has a better mouthfeel and seemingly higher gravity, which I liked more. Also seems to be more balanced.
    I've never had previous year's releases of Hopslam, so I have no point of comparison.
  4. hardy008

    hardy008 Champion (780) Minnesota Jan 12, 2008 Subscriber

    Both are great, but I vote for Hopslam.
  5. jkeffer13

    jkeffer13 Aficionado (235) Virginia Dec 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    I could get a case of sucks for the same price of 12 Hopslam, but the slam always seems to go down easier. My vote goes to Hopslam.
  6. Scalzo

    Scalzo Savant (450) Illinois Feb 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Double Daisy Cutter
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  7. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (620) California Dec 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    Was this one of the options?
  8. Buttermilk

    Buttermilk Savant (335) Illinois Jul 9, 2010

  9. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Savant (250) Illinois Nov 29, 2007

    20 GO TO 10
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  10. KaiserSose

    KaiserSose Aficionado (140) Minnesota Apr 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    Both great beers, but Abrasive tops them both!
  11. Zimm

    Zimm Advocate (550) New Jersey May 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    In NJ I can't get Hopslam. Would love to try it but can't... :-( . Got my limit of six Sucks tonight, but loved the hell out of it on tap!
  12. brian4beer

    brian4beer Savant (415) Indiana Jan 27, 2013 Beer Trader

  13. Hopslam and for me its not even close.
  14. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Savant (300) Wisconsin Nov 17, 2010

    Last year I was waiting impatiently for Hopslam, but when I finally got it, it tasted a little off. Well it turned out I came down with a really bad flu and was throwing up for the next 24 hours. As that was the last thing I had before getting sick, I don't think I'll ever see Hopslam in the same light again. Had them both this year and consider them very comparable, but give the edge to Sucks. But like I say, I am biased.
  15. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (665) Washington Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    For some reason Sucks doesn't come across me as a DIPA...

    Haven't had Hopslam this year but Enjoy By IPA > Sucks
  16. Revenant

    Revenant Savant (350) Minnesota Aug 8, 2012

    Surly Abrasive is just better than both of these in every way possible, IMHO!
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  17. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Savant (375) California Jul 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    sucks all the way......i thought hopslam was a little hot for me........
  18. I've bought a case each year of "Hopslam" in the past, but this year, considering "Lagunitas Sucks" is about $8-9 per 6er and "Hopslam" is $22+, I made a command decision to direct my beer buying habits to Cali this year.
  19. RockAZ

    RockAZ Savant (470) Arizona Jan 6, 2009 Beer Trader

    Both are great, the best tasting for fragrant hops, but Sucks is not really a DIPA. Slight preference for Hopslam because it is higher in ABV and it is a more complicated beverage holding more flavor.
  20. It's definitely pretty damn close. I voted one way, but now I'm not so sure.

    I remember back to last year's release. Saw cases of Brown Shugga Substitute on the floors of my local bottleshops and distributors sometime in December of '11. Started with a 'what the hell is this?' and me picking up a six-pack to add to my armful of Belgian Christmas beers. When I got home and tasted one, I was blown away. Had no problem trekking up to the distributor to take a case back with me.

    Sucks (bottles) hasn't hit my area yet, but I can only hope it'll prove to be readily-available, despite the demand being so high. Hopslam, on the other hand, sells out right away; even if it does come in in great volumes. If you have trouble landing a sixer of Hopslam, I always swear by Stoudts DIPA. Think Hopslam, specifically with orange blossom honey. I'm not sure where you're at and if you get their distribution, but it's a similarly awesome beer. Quite the underrated IIPA.
  21. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Advocate (530) Texas Nov 21, 2008

    I was in Chicago last week where I usually get my Hopslam. This year I thought, "fuck it". I'm tired of hunting down Hopslam every year. It is a great beer, but there are so many great IPA/IIPAs that are more available. I decided to let the other chumps to hunt down sixpacks for $18.
  22. Heady Topper
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  23. terryg75

    terryg75 Zealot (80) Sep 23, 2012

    Hopslam all the way. I just can't get into Lagunitas at all. Tried Sucks on trap the other night and didn't do anything for me. I also traded off my last six of Brown Shugga for a four pack of Ten Fidy last week. I don't get all the hype for their shit at all.
  24. I'll vote on this as soon as Hopslam comes to NC. Holy crap they are taking their sweet time.
    That being said Sucks is an amazing beer
  25. Cotchept

    Cotchept Savant (260) Colorado Jan 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    Tried them both again last night and I still prefer Hopslam. I love the tropical hop profile of Sucks but it lacks in the other areas where Hopslam excels.
  26. seplo

    seplo Savant (490) Connecticut Sep 8, 2009 Beer Trader

    I'm going with Hopslam
  27. jefftennis

    jefftennis Savant (375) Pennsylvania Oct 6, 2009 Beer Trader

    Had them both last night. Sucks is definitely better.
  28. Obviously, the answer is Heady Topper.
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  29. stayclean

    stayclean Savant (370) Wisconsin Mar 17, 2012

    But it's only 8%!!!!

    I haven't actually tried Sucks yet, so Hopslam is my default answer. Tastes as good as always.
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  30. Truthfully, since Heady isn't part of the discussion, I opt for:

    C) none of the above
  31. 1beergeek

    1beergeek Aficionado (155) New Mexico Oct 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    I saw a viedo on Draft Magazine that gave the 1-03-13 bottling of Hopslam a very bad review. I would love to tast it to make a judment call myself though. Has anyone else seen the viedo?
  32. Literal CASES here at my local GROCERY store all week here in Chicago Area.

    Maybe if they were at Binny's they be goners.
  33. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Apparently the voters thought the question was "which beer is more widely distributed?"
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  34. caguiar

    caguiar Savant (265) New Hampshire Jul 5, 2011 Beer Trader

    Sucks is my vote for the poll but if you're really going out of your way, go with Heady Topper.
  35. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    I don't give a shit what the BA bros say Lagunitas Sucks is NOT a DIPA. Its 7.7 % and only 63 IBUs. How is this DIPA territory, when Union Jack is still considered a single IPA?
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  36. I just got slammed!! Haha I'm goin with hopslam but not taking anything away from sucks!!
  37. pitweasel

    pitweasel Advocate (550) New York Jun 11, 2007

    This. A million times this. Had a 3 day old version on tap for the same price per pint as what I would pay for a 10-12oz pour of Hopslam IF it was served outside of 9-5 business hours here...and it absolutely destroyed Hopslam in my book. If I saw a 3 day old bomber of Stone Enjoy By, I'd grab it without hesitation at $7.50 (roughly the same price/oz as Hopslam here), and would consider and most likely buy it up into the $15 range. Just one bottle, mind you...but damnit, that beer was amazing.
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  38. iadler

    iadler Savant (450) Illinois Aug 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    $9.99 for a tasty 6 pack versus $16.99 for a tasty 6 pack in my area. I'll take Sucks. Hopslam is good but not even the best IPA from Bells, which is Two Hearted IMO.
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  39. Drove 5 minutes and Bought a case of sucks today for $43 out the door. I can drive close to an hour and get a case of Hopslam for $65. So, when i'm off thursday ill be getting some Slam! Sucks is an awesome beer. But Hopslam it ain't!
  40. SournRare

    SournRare Aficionado (140) Michigan Dec 2, 2012 Beer Trader

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