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Top Shelf IPAs

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

  1. Another county heard from ! Here's mine :
    1) Green Flash West Coast IPA
    2) Two-Hearted
    3) Green Flash Palate Wrecker (Sweet Jeebus, the name fits!)
    4) Sweetwater IPA
    5) Moylan's Hopsickle
    6) Straight to Ale Monkeynaut IPA (the beer's pretty good, but the can graphics are ridiculous, and make me laugh like hell)
  2. *listing only year-rounds

    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    Lagunitas DayTime
    Stone IPA
    Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA
    Bell's Two Hearted

    Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA
    Stone Ruination IPA
    Tröegs Perpetual IPA
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Sucks (now year-round)
    Dogfish Head Burton Baton
  3. Lurkerson

    Lurkerson Advocate (610) Pennsylvania Jan 18, 2013 Beer Trader

    Philly burbs

    1. Ballast Point Sculpin
    2. Bell's Two Hearted
    3. Ithaca Flower Power
    4. Dogfish Head 60 Minute
    5. Troegs Perpetual

    HM - Victory Hop Devil
  4. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Advocate (555) South Carolina Jul 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    In no particular order:

    Bells 2 Hearted
    Racer 5
    Lil' Sumpin Sumpin
    Sweetwater IPA
    SN Torpedo
  5. SFACRKnight

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

    Or I can continue to be a sarcastisic jerk.

    HOP_KING Savant (285) Illinois Jan 30, 2013

    I have a fairly steady supply of FFF (ZD excluded since only get that when at brewery). My list:

    Stone IPA
    Founders Centennial IPA
    Bell's Two Hearted
    FFF Dreadnaught (favorite of this bunch)
    FFF Alpha King
  7. 1. Ithaca Flower Power
    2. Stone IPA
    3. Troegs Perpetual
    4. Union Jack
    5. Lagunitas sucks
    TongoRad likes this.
  8. Mohican88

    Mohican88 Savant (315) Ohio Jan 20, 2010 Beer Trader

    I only need two, Columbus IPA and Columbus Bodhi. They're enough reason to never leave Columbus.
    jminch likes this.
  9. DanE

    DanE Savant (440) Connecticut Feb 24, 2012

    In Connecticut:

    1. NEBCO Sea Hag
    2. Founder's Red Rye PA (counts right?)
    3. Green Flash West Coast
    4. Hopstoopid if $5 or less

    I also find myself picking up the following when needing an IIPA or if available:

    Deviant Dale's
    G'Knight (I love the new 16 oz cans)
    Palate Wrecker

    No Racer 5, and Stone is too expensive in CT for me. Plus, I don't have the same amount of love for Finest Kind as others do. Especially after I have had a fresh Sea Hag. Yum!
    slim2043 likes this.
  10. Wisconsin

    1. Two Hearted
    2. Ale Asylum Bedlam/Ballistic IPA (which ever is in season)
    3. Lakefront IPA
    4. Lagunitas Maximus
    5. NB Ranger
  11. I know yall get Head Hunter and White Rajah occasionally.
    jminch likes this.
  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    we seem to shop in the same general area!
  13. Mohican88

    Mohican88 Savant (315) Ohio Jan 20, 2010 Beer Trader

    That we do, and it is icing on the cake, or dry hopping the IPA if you will!
    VncentLIFE likes this.
  14. Blind Pig
    Hop Ottin
    Pliny Da Elder

    My favorite out of this mini list is Blind Pig. If it's not in your area, get it somehow.
  15. ThreeFishes

    ThreeFishes Champion (820) Florida Jan 8, 2013 Beer Trader

    Jai Alai
    Double Simcoe

    This in Lakeland, FL
  16. Ri0

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

    WI IPA's
    Ale Asylum Ballistic
    Lakefront IPA
    O'so Hop Whoopin
    Tyranena Bitter Woman
  17. NoLeafClover44

    NoLeafClover44 Advocate (580) Delaware Feb 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    I'll play with Delaware (although most of my beer shopping takes place in PA and MD). I will also stick to "single" IPAs as defined by this site.

    1. Troegs Perpetual (when fresh, it's hard to beat)
    2. Evo Lot No3
    3. Victory HopDevil
    4. Uinta Hop Notch
    5. Caldera IPA

    Stone IPA (could be higher if you could track down a bottle less than several months old around here)
    60 minute
  18. Guess so..... I'm in NYC myself
  19. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009

    Wait, you mean you can't walk into any store with a half-way decent selection and get Heady Topper?
    Even people who live in No. Vermont would have a tough time putting HT on this list following the OP's guideline considering the few stores that do stock it usually sell out before a resupply comes. The Lawsons and HF posts are even more of a stretch since neither do a full-time seasonal or year-round IPA/DIPA (even the more frequent ones like Abner rotate without much of a set schedule). Not really trying to be a party pooper for this thread but there are enough overall top 5 threads as it is.

    Anyway, for this list I'll include:
    Smuttynose Finestkind
    Stone IPA
    FW Union Jack
    SN Torpedo (Celebration during the season)
    Wachusett Green Monsta or Dales Pale Ale for cans.
  20. Dirtinabottle

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

    Flower Power
    Head Hunter
  21. Dirtinabottle

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

    Yeah...life in Vermont ain't too bad.
    Trevdawg likes this.
  22. BSW

    BSW Savant (395) California Jun 20, 2011 Beer Trader

    Santa Rosa, Ca-

  23. oldedog

    oldedog Savant (310) Connecticut Oct 23, 2012

    1 Heady
    2 Gandhi bot
    3 Sucks
    4 Flower power
    5 Sweet water IPA
  24. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    Yeah- NJ/NY border myself. I'd consider adding Southern Tier IPA to the list, but you have to find it under a month old.
  25. SFACRKnight

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

    That's my point. The thread is. Just another "what's your top five ipa's available year round" thread. And once again everyone is throwing names out there to impress each other. Hell, people are even throwing apa's on thelists.
  26. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009

    Exactly. I just quoted your post because I was surprised how long I was scrolling before someone called people out. I don't care if someone puts an APA on their list because some really blur the line anyway but to include a beer that you have to drive for hours just to pick up like I've noticed in some posts is quite a stretch.
  27. SFACRKnight

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

    Well, with that being said, let me throw my top shelf ipa's up... ;)
    Dale's pale ale
    Deschutes mirror pond
    Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
    Sierra nevada pale ale
    Ten fidy
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  28. Id end up putting Dbl Jack and Union Jack on my Top 5........
  29. ghostly

    ghostly Aficionado (175) New York Mar 7, 2011

    My favorite is Firestone Walker Union Jack. Of "available" IPAs, that's always my first choice. Beyond that, I like Flower Power, Torpedo, and Brew Free or Die.
  30. Oceanside, NY

    90 minute
    Findest kind
    Brew free or die
    Flower power
    Evil giant

    One or two of these may be growler fills, but all of my shops do that near me.
  31. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Savant (305) California Oct 29, 2012

    Stone IPA
    Greenflash West Coast IPA
    Hop Stoopid
  32. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (660) California Aug 26, 2009

    What? No BCBS or CBS? What a n00b!
  33. South Florida, excluding IIPAs

    Cigar City Jai Alai
    Great Divide Titan
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    Bells Two Hearted
    Dogfish Head 60 Minute
  34. AirborneBeer

    AirborneBeer Savant (285) Maryland Feb 5, 2013 Beer Trader

    Palate Wrecker
    Zombie Dust
    Bitter Monk
  35. scootsmal

    scootsmal Savant (270) New York Aug 15, 2012

    Ahh Wegmans, Yeah they dont cross the Syracuse line heading East towards Albany. Over this way its Price Chopper (their selection is improving but not adequate yet). Next time I make it out to Rochester for work I will searching for the Titan.
  36. dougfur

    dougfur Savant (355) New York Jan 24, 2011

    Ithaca Flower Power
    Firestone Double Jack
    Sixpoint Resin
    Stone Ruination
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid