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The most bitter beer you've ever experienced...so far

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MaddMatt639, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Advocate (660) Virginia Jan 27, 2013

    I'm getting ready to try this for the first time tonight. What are the IBU's?
  2. I found Palate Wrecker to be bitter, yes, but not overly so. It's got other mitigating factors that balance it out to a certain extent.

    Ruination, otoh, still packs a throbbing bitter whollop that really builds by the second bottle.
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  3. Mikkeller 1000 IBU and a Steel City brew at BrewWharf which made Brewdog's Hardcore taste bland
  4. jrnyc

    jrnyc Advocate (640) New York Mar 21, 2010

    Ruination. I love it, but there has been times I have had it where I cant get it down.
  5. Momar42

    Momar42 Savant (360) Maryland Sep 19, 2010

    One of the few beers that can cause bitter beer face after licking your lips long after its done.
  6. Momar42

    Momar42 Savant (360) Maryland Sep 19, 2010

    Something to the power of X!
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  7. Founders Devil Dancer
  8. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Advocate (660) Virginia Jan 27, 2013

    I had Ruination last week and can see how multiple bottles could build on you.
  9. I'll second devil dancer.
  10. Thirded.
  11. Fresh Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner. Still never had a beer that has come close in terms of pure bitterness...

    More recently I'd say Hoppin Frog Triple Hop Dam. That beer was really made to be an intense over the top hop punch, but does so without sacrificing a nice taste.
  12. jeffdill

    jeffdill Aficionado (145) Ohio Apr 26, 2012

    Definitely Green Flash Palate Wrecker. That beer is terribly unbalanced...which in this case is not a bad thing at all.
  13. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Advocate (625) Illinois Nov 14, 2012

    Odd. I had palate wrecker and I didnt think it was that bitter. And I hate bitter. My palate must be messed up from all the DIPA's I've had recently. I had storm king a few months ago and I thought it was bitter as balls.
  14. Easy choice for me.......Palate Wrecker
  15. Ruination.
  16. Hopsickle is crazy bitter (and delicious). Smuttynose Finest Kind is probably the most bitter single IPA ive had.
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  17. Schlafly Tasmanian IPA. Car litter, grapefruit, and lime peel.

    KVNBGRY Advocate (565) Florida Aug 1, 2012

    Hoppin' Frog Hop Dam, Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Dogfish Head 120
  19. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Advocate (615) Maine May 1, 2011

    Narragansett Private Stock Imperial IPA
  20. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Savant (340) New Hampshire Feb 19, 2012

    For me personally, India Pelican Ale was extremely bitter-in a good way.

    Also this thread is making me crave some Hoptimum.
  21. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Outdated Stoudts Revel Red.
  22. Off the top of my head it's probably 10th Anniversary Ruination, but damn was it delicious!
  23. ffenski

    ffenski Aficionado (215) Ohio Apr 24, 2008

    Short's Huma Lupa Licious and SN Optimum are up there but for me, Palate Wrecker really lives up to its name.
  24. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    Numbers vary, but its in the 140 range.
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  25. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Savant (460) California Dec 21, 2011

    Bitter good? Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary. Was liquid deliciousness when first released.
  26. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Savant (365) Michigan Jul 15, 2011

    I don't think they can even measure the IBU's on Shorts Liberator.
  27. Palate Wrecker was like licking sandpaper.
  28. The Oracle from Bells. Or just the altbier from Zum Uerige. It is the balance, the IBU to FG ratio, the sulfates in the water, and so on.
    They must be out of their minds.
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  30. Palette Wrecker. Still have yet to finish an entire pour of it. Two years running.
  31. Revenant

    Revenant Savant (350) Minnesota Aug 8, 2012

    Hop Stupid. 2 sips and down the drain it went.
  32. oh yeah. Agreed. Hops with an after taste of hops!
  33. tennispl

    tennispl Initiate (0) Washington Dec 28, 2012

    Sound Humulo Nimbus
  34. PHBoiler

    PHBoiler Advocate (575) Illinois Jan 14, 2013

    Green Flash Green Bullet, just truly brutal. I couldn't finish it. Had it after Sucks and Founders Centennial so that showed how truly bitter it was.
  35. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Fresh palate wrecker or the imperial they make. Ruination is interesting as well, I don't find it that bitter at first but when I get to the bottom of a bomber it is a juggernaut.
  36. Roger85

    Roger85 Advocate (560) Illinois Aug 24, 2012

    Palate Wrecker. Definitely. I love tricking my wife into drinking it. The face she makes is priceless!!
  37. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Savant (415) Missouri Dec 22, 2012

    Hop Wallop, and not in a good way
  38. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Advocate (660) Virginia Jan 27, 2013

    Thanks! It's next after this glass of Sucks!
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  39. DubbelTrubbel

    DubbelTrubbel Savant (250) Georgia Nov 19, 2012

    Lagunitas Sucks would be up there for me.