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what should my first IPA be?

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

  1. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (665) Washington Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    My first IPA was Red Racer.
  2. xanok

    xanok Advocate (500) Connecticut Aug 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    This post can't be serious.
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  3. DougC123

    DougC123 Savant (435) Connecticut Aug 21, 2012 Subscriber

    By now the OP could have bought and drank a dozen different ones. Time to give up.
  4. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    So you love stouts, are you a Storm King fan? If so, the natural progression would be with HopDevil or Yakima Glory, I bet you like both.
  5. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Advocate (595) Arizona Nov 14, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    My personal journey into the Hop world was with Sierra Nevada Pale ale, followed by the more forward New Belgium Ranger IPA. Flower Power was among my first experimental forays as well. But the recommendation to start out easy (Dales, DFW 60, SN Pale) is a good recommend so you will not get overwhelmed. Becoming a Hop Head for me was more of a process than diving right in. Once you are thouroughly immersed treat yourself to a Russian River Pliney the Elder.
  6. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (705) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    I see ur in NY.

    I'd say Dogfish 60min or Victory Hop Devil for starters.
    If you wait a bit,New England Brewing Co. is on its way to ur neck o' the woods.
    Try a Sea Hag I.P.A.I think that one is a great choice for a hop head in training.

    Cheers and Enjoy.......
  7. dougfur

    dougfur Savant (355) New York Jan 24, 2011

    Notice how many people are saying Flower Power? There is a reason for that. What's confusing me is how many people are also saying Stone IPA. I've only tried it once (all of their beers are absurdly overpriced around here), but I was quite dissapointed. I may have to try it again since you are all so impressed by it...
  8. Excellent advice. I would add Victory Headwaters Pale Ale and Troegs Pale Ale to suggested list of APAs.
  9. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Champion (830) Pennsylvania Dec 25, 2009 Beer Trader

    Pull out the big guns and aim for the best Heady Topper. Why settle for less? :)
  10. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Savant (340) Ohio Mar 10, 2008

  11. DougC123

    DougC123 Savant (435) Connecticut Aug 21, 2012 Subscriber

    Of course tibetan yak cheese. Exactly the same as hops. Everyone knows that.
  12. RyFikes

    RyFikes Savant (310) New York Jan 3, 2013

    Firestone Walker Union Jack. Your welcome.
  13. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Savant (380) Michigan Sep 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    Yeah took the words right out of my mouth.... I love stouts too, cellar is full, drank plead the 5th and BCBS this week exclusively, but a "BA" that loves all things stout never once picking up an IPA I find a touch hard to believe.

    Here's the solution, be a BA and try different styles, you are not 5 anymore and your palate should be able to handle more then mac n' cheese and tator tots. Secondly, lets attempt to see through some of the BS in these horrible threads. Lots of great suggestions from the community, but really...
  14. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    OK, note to self: won't be honest with my habits and experiences, and won't ask candid advice on this forum.
    Comments like these aren't terribly friendly or helpful. Not sure why so many threads on this site have comments like this, but suffice to say, I suspect no one likes being the recipient of them. It creates a less than friendly vibe for no good reason other than to feed smugness.

    To the rest of those who gave friendly advice, many thanks :)
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  15. schildres

    schildres Aficionado (195) Maryland Oct 14, 2010

    I agree with the idea of starting with a black IPA first since you do love stouts. Heavy Sea's Black Cannon is one of my favorites and then you can try Loose Cannon as well. I also would recommend DFH 60, Stone IPA and SN Torpedo, those are great options. 21st Ammendment's Back in Black is also a nice easy drinking Black IPA in my opinion. Good luck, hope you enjoy them!

  16. abkayak

    abkayak Advocate (520) New York Jan 8, 2013 Beer Trader

    yea but being it wasn't directed at me..it was a kinda funny read......jusayin
    dont worry about your 1st IPA...its more important to think about the next dozen or so
  17. Dogfish 90 Minute, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid or Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (not IPA, but hoppy). All great intros to hops with a solid malty backdrop. Balanced brews are the way to go in the beginning.
  18. Stone Ruination. Have fun.