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what should my first IPA be?

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

  1. raffels

    raffels Savant (310) West Virginia Dec 12, 2009

    I know it's West coast, but Bear Republic distributes to NY. Seek out Racer 5. You might just have an epiphany.

    IPA wise, that is...
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  2. Mauidan

    Mauidan Aficionado (190) New York Mar 14, 2008

    Given yourlove for Stouts may I suggest Dubhe by Uinta it comes in a fourpack and is even brewed with hemp..I believe you will fall in love like I did...and at 9.2 abv it should come with lodging....but ALL the suggestions in this thread are more than worhy...Flower Power definetely...Stone IPA absolutely..Hop Devil yes yes yes..I love IPA's and it is the main reason at 58 years old I go out of my way in Manhattan to find IPA's on draft...ENJOY!!
  3. Mauidan

    Mauidan Aficionado (190) New York Mar 14, 2008

    and 2 more...Hop Notch also by Uinta ..and Titan IPA by Great Divide...man I am gettin thirsty....
  4. ironchefmiyagi13

    ironchefmiyagi13 Advocate (660) Tennessee Jan 9, 2013 Beer Trader

    Dogfish 60 Minute is a great starter for a good price. It only gets better from there!
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  5. Mauidan

    Mauidan Aficionado (190) New York Mar 14, 2008

    I agree can't go wrong with Dog 60 or 90,,120 requires a place to sleep and rations...
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  6. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    I love stouts & porters too and it took me a while to find IPAs that I liked. I think my taste needed to adapt a bit to truly appreciate them. My first was SN Celebration Ale (epiphany time) which, of course, you can't get this time of year (put it in your pocket for next November.) But by finding one IPA that I loved helped me to figure out the flavor profiles that I respond to. I enjoy balanced hops and grapefruit forward notes. Lagunitas Sucks and SN Torpedo are two that are easy to drink. Personally, I wouldn't go for anything really hoppy at first. Ease into it and let your palate develop before diving into the "big" beers.
  7. nyyfanatic213

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

    How has Stone's been mentioned but Not Firestone Walker? Union Jack is one of the only easy to find FW beers in all of NYS, metro or otherwise.

    That being said, neither is as easy to drink as the FinestKind, Hop Devil, or ST IPA
  8. BKBassist

    BKBassist Advocate (525) New York Jan 24, 2013

    I think if someone had 120 as their first IPA experience, they might not have any idea what an IPA actually was, and they might be turned off.

    It's an excellent beer and should be experienced, but ya gotta learn to walk before you can run.
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  9. Stone IPA. Or Bell's Two Hearted.
  10. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    that's a very good idea. I'm very biased towards brown beverages...
  11. DougC123

    DougC123 Savant (435) Connecticut Aug 21, 2012 Subscriber

    Agree 100%. Jumping in with the huge hop beers won't work.
  12. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    I am a foodie... dove right into tibetan yak cheese. I can take it. I DO like the dark ipa idea, though.

    thanks so much to everyone who's brain storming on my behalf :)
  13. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (635) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Try a local Hoptical Illuison from Blue Point
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  14. I agree Harpoon IPA is a great starting point. It turns 20 this year
  15. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Savant (400) Michigan Apr 13, 2012

    A practical 'no risk' try might be Lagunitas Daytime IPA, Founders All Day IPA, or North Peak Wanderer IPA; all are well crafted, sessionable and restrained IPA that might be a good lead-to the hoppier stuff.
  16. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Advocate (660) Illinois Nov 14, 2012 Beer Trader

    +1 on dogfish head. Not bitter at all. Hopslam would actually be a good one as well. If you can find it that is.
  17. jman005

    jman005 Advocate (565) Kentucky Jan 21, 2013

    Sixpoint Resin, very well balanced.
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  18. Smuttynose!
  19. Union Jack's incredible. I enjoyed it more than Double Jack actually. But I've only ever seen it on tap around here. If the OP can get it in NY more easily, then go for it.
  20. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Advocate (500) Colorado Jan 7, 2013 Beer Trader

    I would definitely echo the recommendation of Dogfish Head 60/90. 90 is particularly well balanced and enjoyable even by hop-novices (or those of us who are pickier with our IPAs).

    I am also partial to the AIPAs, particularly Bear Republic Racer 5 as an easy to drink IPA.
  21. randylangford

    randylangford Advocate (650) Pennsylvania Jun 11, 2008 Beer Trader

    Bell's Two Hearted ... great IPA and great beginner IPA or Dogfish Head 60 minute. Both should be easy to get for you as well.
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    KVNBGRY Advocate (635) Florida Aug 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Cigar City Jai Lai, Dogfish Head 60 or 90 Minute are the ones I'd give my closest friends/family if they asked me the same question.
  23. Most important point. You have been given many good suggestion for beers to choose, but freshness is way more important in an IPA than in most stouts. I would suggest buying a very fresh refrigerated one out of the list given to you.
  24. Miller lite duh....it's triple hopped.
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  25. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (520) California Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    Baby steps. Start with a good single like Stone IPA or even Lagunitas IPA. Don't destroy your tastebuds with a huge one. You may end up turning yourself off them for good.
  26. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Two hearted. First and last and in between
  27. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Advocate (565) Illinois Apr 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'll have to respectfully disagree with Smuttynose & Stone, while I enjoy them both, I think they might be too bitter for someone newer to the style. Agree with Lagunitas and 60min
  28. 510a

    510a Savant (460) Washington Jan 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    Sucks, Sucks, Celebration, sucks, maybe Stone. Nah SUCKS!
  29. DanK4

    DanK4 Aficionado (240) Maine Jan 17, 2012

    Smutty's IPA for sure. If you like that you can branch out in either direction of more hop or malt forward IPA's. Buuuut, if you can get it you should definitely try Allagash's Hugh Malone. Considering you like "some Belgians" this brew would suit you well. Super balanced with a nice hop character to it, amazing fresh but it still drinks just fine this time of year.
  30. b-one

    b-one Aficionado (230) California Feb 6, 2013

    My heart would say Ballast Point Sculpin. By locality, get a Dogfish Head and take alternate sips from a Midas Touch.
    Sorry, that last part makes me visibly twitch. Skip the Midas.
  31. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    DeFlower Power
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  32. twas my first....
  33. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    I would say start with a Ruination and then 120 min, and then a palate wrecker followed by Hop Damn.

    In all seriousness:

    I would say Two hearted as a start, my wife doesn't like IPAs but she likes two hearted. Stone IPA is a good start to get the full on flavor of a west coast IPA. southern Tier 2X or Unearthly would be good and to me are not as harsh on the palate. 90 minute is also a good start. IMO the ST IPA and the 60 minute are too bitter and not as balanced. If you can find Green Flash, the Hop Head Red. I wish i could send you some West Sixth from here in Lexington
  34. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (675) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    Whatever you try, For the love of god, make sure its FRESH!!!!
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  35. Gubbna, or something big. No need to just dip your toes, go big, get the full effect of an ipa if you want to know what it tastes like
  36. msigona85

    msigona85 Savant (305) New York Jun 16, 2008 Beer Trader

    As suggested before two hearted would be a great intro to ipas, but you're not gonna find it in ny. Loose cannon is a gentle way of getting into ipas and a good one at that. When I first got my girlfriend into ipas, she had an easier time drinking a 90 min as opposed to a 60 ,just because 90 has a bigger malt backbone. The balance of an ipa will affect your hop perception more than the ibu. I would recommend ballast point big eye, stone ipa, sierra nevada torpedo, 60 min, racer 5, smuttynose ipa, southern tier,alesmith, fsw union jack, founders centennial, and ithaca flower power. All available in ny. For double ipas 90 minute and fsw doublejack would be a good way to start.
  37. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    go buy a goddamn beer and try it. If you dont like it, buy another one, like the rest of us.
  38. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Aficionado (135) New York Dec 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    The WORST entry IPA is Flower Power. It is tongue shriveling bitter and dry. This will turn you off, I have been there.
    If you are NYC area in the NYC area these available..... Hop Tasty and not too bitter. If you are into BCBS you shouldn't be bothered by high ABV.
    The new Captain Lawrence IPA (not the reserve). It has only been around for a few weeks.
    Maine Lunch, harder to get because, sells out a lot.
    Dog Fish Head in this order 75 min in a 750ml (new batches all over the city. Then 90 mins, or 60 mins.
    West coast has great stuff and gets to NY within a week. Just check for dates and stay with in 30 day window witj any of these...
    Ballast Sculpin, Stone IPA, SN either Torpedo or celebration. Bear Rebuplic racer 5, Firestone Double Jack (union jack is bland). Lagunitas Sucks is also good...
    Not sure where in the NY area but if you see Kelso Industrial IPA on tap anywhere go out of your way to get some. Brew York growler bar at the Union Sq is having a Kelso tasting tomorrow from 4 to 7.o don't k ow what is o tap but between that growler bar and whole foods down the block you should find almost everything I listed.

    Just avoid flower power for your first.
  39. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Savant (425) Missouri Dec 22, 2012

    Go big or go home, sixpoint resin. It's just plain awesome, who cares if it's 9% it's freakin delicious