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What is the best OHIO IPA?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Matthew1788, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. Matthew1788

    Matthew1788 Savant (440) Ohio Feb 23, 2013

    White Rajah is my choice. Just wondering everyone else's opinion.
  2. miketd

    miketd Advocate (530) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    Typically I would say Head Hunter, but I am currently drinking my 4th growler of IBUsive and I think this may be better. If we are taking IIPAs into account, Hop Juju would get consideration.
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  3. JM03

    JM03 Initiate (0) Ohio Nov 12, 2010


    With Rajah a close 2nd.
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  4. cg123

    cg123 Aficionado (180) Ohio Feb 27, 2012

    Buckeye Amarillo IPA, but that may be nostalgia telling me it was that good. It seems to be quite extinct these days. In production, I would have to say Head Hunter.
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  5. sweatervest27

    sweatervest27 Savant (280) Ohio Oct 13, 2009

    my vote is head hunter. White rajah has been inconsistent lately and drops off way too fast. I haven't had IBUsive yet but the reviews are solid.
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  6. miketd

    miketd Advocate (530) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    No, it was that good.
  7. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,195) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Verified

    Haven't had White Rajah yet so I'm going with Alchemy Hour.
  8. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    IPA-head hunter, white rajah, citramax
    DIPA-bodhi, monster, alchemy
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  9. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Savant (310) Ohio Jan 24, 2006

    Head Hunter or Columbus
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  10. nrbw23

    nrbw23 Advocate (575) Ohio Jul 30, 2007 Verified

    I really like all of these that have been posted.
  11. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Verified

    Alchemy Hour is a DIPA not an IPA as the OP asked with that said White Rajah gets my vote!!
  12. screamking

    screamking Savant (395) Ohio Jan 20, 2013 Verified

    White rajah is overrated... But I can't seem to think of a better IPA (that I've had) from Ohio. Im not a huge IPA fan, doubles or imperials are way better in all categories.
  13. purephase

    purephase Aficionado (235) Connecticut Feb 23, 2008 Verified

    Single: Head Hunter
    Double: Mandala-Citra
  14. miketd

    miketd Advocate (530) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    That's a good call. I often forget about Jackie O's
  15. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Verified

    o_O ....It all makes sense now.
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  16. fiver29

    fiver29 Advocate (510) Ohio Sep 18, 2007 Verified

    I would have said something different a week ago.

    IBUsive has to be my favorite Ohio hop beer. I don't care if its IPA. IIPA. Its just awesome.
  17. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (355) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    Columbus IPA by a hair to those mentioned. As far as Hop portfolios though, these guys are best in the state hands down (IPA, Bodhi, Creeper, Uncle Rusty, Big Frank...).

    Edit: Haven't had IBUsive yet ....and can't wait! Ohio is a damn fine state for hop heads! (especially considering distro)
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  18. raymo55

    raymo55 Savant (485) Michigan Oct 3, 2011

    Should have started a poll. #fail
  19. screamking

    screamking Savant (395) Ohio Jan 20, 2013 Verified

    Compared to the west coast stuff white rajah is average. Sculpin kills rajah!
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  20. williamDbar

    williamDbar Savant (285) Ohio Jul 5, 2012 Verified

  21. riemster

    riemster Advocate (710) Ohio Mar 17, 2011 Verified

    Great Lakes Hop Madness (formerly Quitness). Only available in draft.

    After that I would say Bodhi and White Rajah.
  22. M1A2

    M1A2 Advocate (515) Ohio Jan 15, 2012 Verified

    Cool story bro, but i believe the thread was "What is the best Ohio IPA" Not west coast or any other coast, But since you threw it out there.....To say WR is average compared to west coast stuff is crazy!! i would put FRESH WR up against any west coast IPA any day.
  23. screamking

    screamking Savant (395) Ohio Jan 20, 2013 Verified

    Don't bro me if you don't know me. More people think sculpin is better hence the better rating. But you are right about this being an Ohio thread. Sorry.
  24. screamking

    screamking Savant (395) Ohio Jan 20, 2013 Verified

    And I also said it was the best IPA I've had from Ohio.
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  25. mater

    mater Aficionado (230) Ohio Jan 9, 2011

    My answer is obvious, but I also love WR and Columbus. I need to buy some Gangster Frog while I know it's still fresh. For someone to say Sculpin crushes WR makes me laugh. Recently four friends and myself did a blind IPA tasting. Beers included were HH, WR, Columbus, Sculpin, Finest Kind, Two-Hearted and Alesmith IPA. WR was ranked 3rd or higher by all of us and the big bad west coast beers never got higher than 4th. For the record I'm not a hater, I'll buy any west coast ipa if I know it's fresh.
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  26. craigo19

    craigo19 Savant (305) Michigan Oct 12, 2009 Verified

    For IPAs it has to be either Head Hunter or White Rajah. Double IPAs is Maumee Bay Amarillo Brillo.
  27. screamking

    screamking Savant (395) Ohio Jan 20, 2013 Verified

    Like any IPA freshness matters, maybe the White Rajah I had wasn't so fresh and on its way out. This could be my soul reason for saying its overrated. I don't recall a bottle date on there, is there one?

    Anyway seeing as this thread is about Ohio IPA's, and doubles are still IPA's alchemy hour gets my vote.
  28. unclejazz

    unclejazz Advocate (605) New York Oct 24, 2011 Verified

    As much as I like to get White Rajah and Head Hunter while I am in town, Columbus IPA is just a hair better to me. I think both WR and HH are a touch overrated, but still delicious. For $9 a sixer, Columbus IPA is a steal and places never seem I run out. On tap, I may have to give the slight edge to White Rajah.
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  29. jampics2

    jampics2 Champion (840) Ohio Dec 19, 2008 Verified

    Anyone saying anything other than IBUsive hasn't had it yet ;)
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  30. sjc83

    sjc83 Aficionado (175) Ohio Apr 4, 2013 Verified

    #1 Head Hunter

    #2 Raj

    #3 Columbus
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  31. sjc83

    sjc83 Aficionado (175) Ohio Apr 4, 2013 Verified

    Lure Bistro is will have kegs of it towards the end of the month.
  32. Bonis

    Bonis Advocate (530) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    Columbus for me is easily the best. My only complaint about CIPA is that sometimes I catch a batch that just isn't that good; however, when it's on, there isn't an IPA I'd rather drink. White Rajah is a great beer, but it doesn't hold up like CIPA. The difference in fresh WR vs month old WR is vast. Let me follow that by saying super fresh WR is as good as it gets. Head Hunter seemed like a solid standard IPA to me. I found it a little more balanced than CIPA and WR, which may be why it is so popular. I like it, but at $10 a 4 pack I will pass it up every time if there is CIPA for $9 a sixer. Plus it isn't as good as CIPA... Again, just my opinion.

    So my rankings would be 1. CIPA, 2. WR, 3. Head Hunter

    As for DIPAs, gotta be Bodhi then Alchemy Hour (or whatever the hell they are gonna call it).
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  33. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (835) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    For the "big 3", I'd go White Rajah > Head Hunter > Columbus IPA (all great)

    DIPAs I'd go: Bodhi = Alchemy Hour.. Hop JuJu is great too.. TBK Old 21 is underrated..

    I agree that IBUsive is special, I just hope that they plan on brewing it alot more and it's not just a one time thing like
  34. ridglens

    ridglens Initiate (0) Indiana Jan 10, 2010

    This thread is awesome. I'm originally from ohio (Bloomington, IN now) and am glad OH is catching up on awesome beer! We just got headhunter distribution, and i love the stuff (happen to be drinking one now) and visit Colmbus a lot (for Buckeye games) and slam the Columbus IPA... awesome. I need to get a hold of some IBUsive it sounds like, i will try next time i'm up that way...

    I haven't had white rajah, though, to they distribute at all? Just ohio or local?

  35. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (835) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    The Brew Kettle distributes throughout just Ohio at this point.
  36. miketd

    miketd Advocate (530) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    I was just there and it seems they want to make it a regular offering. From what I was told, they are trying to secure a lot of this hop for future use. Good news!

    In regard to another post, I would say Columbus IPA is the most "balanced". It is definitely the maltiest of the three, with HH being the most hop forward and bitter.

    To each their own...
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  37. ridglens

    ridglens Initiate (0) Indiana Jan 10, 2010

    cool, thanks for the info. i'll track some down next time i'm there.

  38. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (835) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    That's good to hear. I know the Mosaic hops are relatively new and I'm not sure how easy they are to obtain, so I put that into consideration. I'm glad they know they have a good thing..
  39. MrRockstar

    MrRockstar Savant (380) Pennsylvania Sep 9, 2006 Verified

    This plus Great Lakes Alchemy Hour
  40. fiver29

    fiver29 Advocate (510) Ohio Sep 18, 2007 Verified

    A reliable source there told me they want to keep it on all the time if they can. And in a year or more from now bottle it if they can.
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