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Top Shelf IPAs

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by VncentLIFE, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. starrdogg

    starrdogg Advocate (650) District of Columbia Jun 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    Sticking just to single IPAs (in Washington, DC):

    1) Ballast Point Sculpin
    2) Bell's Two Hearted
    <HUGE GAP>
    3) Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    4) Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
    5) Firestone Walker Union Jack

    Honestly, I rarely venture away from Sculpin or Two Hearted unless they just aren't available. Schlafly Tasmanian would be on this list too, but I'm not sure what it's long-term availability will be.
  2. Morey

    Morey Advocate (615) Pennsylvania Dec 30, 2007 Beer Trader

    Columbus IPA
    Head Hunter
    Bell's Two Hearted
    ST 2XIPA (2 wks old or fresher)

    Zombie Dust would be number one, cuz to me it's an IPA, & it's now available within an hours drive.
  3. From Washington DC suburbs-
    1. Lagunitas IPA
    2. Dogfish Head 90 min
    3. Bells Two Hearted
    4. Harpoon IPA
    6. Flying Dog Raging Bitch
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  4. razeup

    razeup Zealot (85) New York Jan 18, 2013

    1.) DFH Burton Baton
    2.) FW Union Jack
    3.) Founders Red's Rye PA (for now)
    4.) GD Titan
    5.) ST Unearthly

    Local Mentions (NY): Rushing Duck War Elephant (seasonal and limited dist.), Newburgh Newburton IPA (gaining dist.)
  5. miketd

    miketd Advocate (615) Ohio Mar 2, 2006 Beer Trader

    Head hunter
    White Rajah
    Columbus IPA
    Stone IPA
    Flower Power

    I almost never buy the last two.
  6. Boston area in no particular order (usually what's freshest).

    Flower Power
    Finest Kind
    Union Jack
    West Coast IPA

    Couldn't narrow it down to only five, sorry.
  7. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Advocate (575) North Carolina Dec 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    1) Sculpin
    2) Union Jack
    3) Green Flash West Coast IPA
    4) Caldera IPA
    5) Troegs Perpetual IPA
  8. you can still get flower power? it used to be a staple of mine in central NJ, but now its quite rare and disappears instantly whenever it shows up...
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  9. fmccormi

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

    Oh yeah, it's everywhere. Problem is getting it at optimal freshness, seems like everything on the shelf is ~2+ months old. Not that that's horrible, but it really is world-class when it's 2-4 or less than 2 weeks old.
  10. nyyfanatic213

    nyyfanatic213 Advocate (595) New York Aug 24, 2011 Subscriber Beer Trader

    from Upstate NY:
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
    Great Divide's Titan
    Anderson Valley Hop Ottin'
    Firestone Walker's Union Jack
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    Smuttynose Finest Kind
    Victory HopDevil
    Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest
    Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest
    Troegs Perpetual
    Founders Centennial
  11. gshak

    gshak Advocate (540) Texas Feb 20, 2011

    From San Diego:
    1. Sculpin
    2. Alpine Nelson
    3. Alpine Duet
    4. Alesmith IPA
    5. Blind Pig

    HM - Stone IPA, SN Torpedo, Racer 5, GF West Coast IPA, FW UJ and a truckload of other guys...
  12. I'll stick to what I consider readily available without travel or trade

    Dogfish 90 Minute and/or Burton Baton
    Victory Hop Wallop ;-p
    Foothills Hoppyum (tho not widely available)
    Bell's Two Hearted
    SN Torpedo (best bang for the buck)

    very honorable mentions

    Smuttynose Finest
    Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin
    Great Divide Titan
    Green Flash West Coast
    Ska Modus

    I wouldn't kick any of these out of bed
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  13. MSandahl23

    MSandahl23 Advocate (555) Indiana Mar 29, 2012

    From Indianapolis

    1. Dreadnaught
    2. Crooked Tree
    3. Schlafly Tasmanian IPA
    4. Founders Centennial
    5. Arctic Panzer Wolf
  14. From the US

    1. The
    2. freshest
    3. top
    4. IPA
    5. available
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  15. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Advocate (545) Florida Jul 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    South Florida:

    1. Jai-Alai
    2. Two-Hearted
    3. GF West Coast
    4. Ruination
    5. Torpedo
  16. Michigan...

    1. Two Hearted
    2. Two Heated
    3. Crooked Tree
    4. Centennial
    5. Huma-Lupa Licious
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  17. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    From South Jersey and I agree, I can't put it on my list because I can't get it Anytime I walk in to the store
  18. jman005

    jman005 Advocate (565) Kentucky Jan 21, 2013

    Bell's HopSlam
    Great Lakes Erie Monster
    Abita Jackamo
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Dark Horse Crooked Tree
    Arctic Panzer Wolf
    West Sixth IPA
    Dogfish 60 Minute
    New Holland Mad Hatter
    Avery IPA
    I could go on forever lol
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  19. Ozzie1111

    Ozzie1111 Savant (300) New Jersey Jan 26, 2013

    Here in North Jersey.... (in no order)
    - Troegs Perpetual
    - Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3
    - Lagunitas Maximus
    - Great Divide Rumble
    - Founders Centennial
  20. Mayflower IPA
    Smuttynose Finestkind
    Uinta Hop Notch
    Hoponius Union
    Wormtown Be Hoppy
    Firestone Walker Union Jack

    (Honorable Mention: Flower Power, but it doesn't make the list because its availability has been spotty over the past year.)

    I'm in Bahstin.
  21. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    I like this thread. I am going to go super conservative here and only put beer from my two local go to stores within 5 minutes from me (one I work at lol :p ) I live right outside of Atlantic City

    1. Lagunitas little sumpin sumpin
    2. Dogfish Head ANY minute (love em all)
    3. Flying Fish Exit 16
    4. Stone Ruination
    5. Troeggs Perpetual IPA

    God NJ needs to get Bells, I love two hearted. I wish we had flower power regularly at the stores. I'm a big fan of the Caldera cans also and flying dogs centennial would be there if it was year round, that beer is underrated. This list is for now, I like switching it up. A year ago Racer 5, union jack, and more would be here, but I've been going back to my roots supporting the Tri-State area as of late.
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  22. Damn, I forgot to add Exit 16 to my list
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  23. Ruination
    60 Min
    Flower Power
    Hop Stoopid
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  24. -Stone Enjoy By
    -Ballast Point Sculpin
    -Karbach Rodeo Clown
    -Cigar City Jai Alai
    -Avery Maharaja
  25. scootsmal

    scootsmal Savant (270) New York Aug 15, 2012

    Great list, but where can you consistently find Hoptimum and Titan around Upstate NY?
  26. To limit my response, I'm only including year-round single IPAs in bottles/cans I can get in Seattle:

    1) FW Union Jack IPA
    2) Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
    3) Fremont Interurban IPA
    4) Boundary Bay IPA
    5) Laurelwood Workhorse IPA
  27. If I included single IPAs I can get in my frequent trips to Minneapolis, the list would look like this:

    1) FW Union Jack
    2) Surly Furious
    3) Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
    4) Bell's Two Hearted Ale
    5) Boundary Bay IPA
  28. PA Suburbs - lately my favorite year rounds are:

    Union Jack
    Exit 16
    Two Hearted
    Stone IPA
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  29. hopadict

    hopadict Disciple (50) California Aug 27, 2010

    If we're talking super easy to find at most places...
    Stone IPA
    Green Flash-WCIPA
    Firestone Union Jack
  30. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    So wait, I'm confused... The title says top shelf IPA, but everyone's putting their top IPA's... :confused:
  31. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Champion (980) Indiana Aug 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Maybe read the OP next time instead of just the title.
  32. spitshaded

    spitshaded Savant (345) Virginia Nov 12, 2012

    Northern Virginia:

    Founders Centennial
    Sixpoint Resin
    Dogfish Burton Baton
    Stone Ruination
    Bells Two Hearted
  33. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Champion (980) Indiana Aug 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Founders Centennial IPA
    Stone IPA
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Sierra Nevada's Torpedo
    Victory's Hopdevil
  34. The New Orleans list is gonna look pretty generic compared to the critical mass here. It's a problem. Year-round single IPAs only:

    1. Stone IPA
    2. Green Flash West Coast
    3. Torpedo
    4. NOLA Hopitoulas
    5. Evil Twin Femme Fatale
  35. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Savant (380) Arizona Jul 29, 2012

    For Phoenix, Az:

    Stone IPA
    SN Torpedo
    Union Jack
    Modus Hoperendi

    For DIPA's:

    Lagunitas Sucks
    Double Jack
    Decadent (I have had better, but I can never get over how cool the bottle is lol)
    And at the moment I'm really wishing I could add Hopslam and Enjoy By , but I suppose you can't always get what you want.
  36. WebGuyMike

    WebGuyMike Savant (395) Florida Dec 5, 2012

    North FL representin'!

    1) Jai Alai
    2) Bell's Two Hearted
    3) SN Torpedo
    4) Founder Centennial IPA (have to drive to GA to get it but hey, its worth it)
    5) Stone IPA
  37. thecraftculture

    thecraftculture Aficionado (170) Florida Nov 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Central west coast of florida.

    Jai Alai CCB
    Dogfish 75 Minute
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Dogfish Burton Baton
  38. jminch

    jminch Savant (480) Ohio Jul 17, 2011 Beer Trader

    central OH:
    1.) Columbus IPA
    2.) Fatheads Head Hunter
    3.) Flower Power
    4.) White Rahja
    5.) Bell's Two Hearted
  39. nyyfanatic213

    nyyfanatic213 Advocate (595) New York Aug 24, 2011 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Hoptimum is harder to come by, but every other one of the year-rounders I listed is readily available at a local grocery store (Wegmans), my local beer distributor, and even a local convenience store chain (Byrne Dairy)
  40. XpensiveBieros

    XpensiveBieros Aficionado (170) New Hampshire Feb 3, 2013 Beer Trader

    Here are mine:

    1.) Heady Topper
    2.) HF Double Citra
    3.) Lawson's Double Sunshine
    4.) Lagunitas Sucks
    5.) Portsmouth Brewery Bottle Rocket