Are you hooked on IPAs?

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  1. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Aspirant (210) Jul 13, 2012 California
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    damnit hell ya
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  2. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,238) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    malts > hops

    yeaaa buddy :wink:
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  3. GoblueMS

    GoblueMS Initiate (152) Feb 24, 2009 Mississippi

    I have tried Lagunitas IPA, and it is really good. Maximus is my favorite there. Green Flash has made a real splash in my part of the country recently, with great availability in LA and AL. Of course Sierra Nevada is ubiquitous around here, and is in my fridge, but it is not in league with the other CA ales I mentioned.
  4. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    West Coast IPAs are great, enjoyed a Palate Wrecker after a Maximus last night. I really love spicy and smokey beers, and agree that the malt character is of foremost importance, but there is just something comforting in bringing home a "no-surprises-here" hop bomb. Jack's Abby IPLs have really made a splash here in Mass! and for good reason too... Looking forward to getting some Heady and HF soon, and then I will drink IPAs for days
  5. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Being a "Noobie Hop Head" is a phase that will pass, believe me. Even though I totally love a good DIPA and have access to the best that style has to offer, a good porter or stout will also do the trick. Hell, Rivertowne out here started canning and they made this pineapple beer. Unreal good! Believe me. A party filled with beer geeks drank every can last night and raved about it.
  6. RollTide7

    RollTide7 Aspirant (276) Feb 16, 2013 New Jersey
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    Hoppy beers particularly DIPAs are delicious. Being on the east coast a co-worker brought me back the pliny from being out on a business trip. Just had some PtE last night, awesome. What would you say are your favorite easily accessible IPAs? For me it's probably 90 minute, I'm in NJ so it's always around...not sure what their availability nationwide is. Stone or Sierra torpedo are always good go-tos as well.
  7. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,330) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Since you're in NJ, give Flying Fish Exit 16 a shot- it recently came out in 12 oz bottles. Very hoppy, very good, and local.
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  8. RollTide7

    RollTide7 Aspirant (276) Feb 16, 2013 New Jersey
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    Looks like u gave me an excuse to go to our local beer superstore...the fiancé will be happy with more beer in the fridge. Thanks for the idea.
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  9. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (251) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    No, I am not hooked on IPAs. It took me a while to grow into them and now I definitely enjoy them way more than I used to and find myself craving one more often as well, but it's still not my favorite style at this time.
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  10. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (272) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    No more than any other beers, less than some. There are times when an IPA is just what I need but other times it's a nice stout or Belgian that I crave. Basically it's beer in all its wondrous variety that hooks me.
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  11. cityofFestivals

    cityofFestivals Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Definitely on an IPA/APA roll these past 2 months. I am looking for that next grapefruit bomb.

    For mostly all of 2012 I was only into browns, ambers, porters and stouts.
  12. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (285) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Exactly why Im not hooked on IPA's. Im not not a huge fan of grapefruit.
  13. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,148) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I didn't like hoppy beers for a while. After getting into homebrewing and experimenting with hops I started branching out and trying any type of pale ale I could get just to see how hops can be showcased by a good pale. American pale, american IPA, english IPA, DIPA, and even triple IPA's, I have run the gammut. Now that I've been brewing my own american pale ale that I am completely in love with I find commercial examples to be lacking in what I want. They aren't as fresh, no matter what the bottle date says, as what I have in my bottttles. And let's face it, my hop profile consists of a little magnum early and a whole lot of citra and c,ascade late in the boil. So needless to say I have ruined myself, and continue to enjoy commercial examples of other styles, but am not too impressed with ipas any more. But I will say mirror pond and DBA are still among my favorite beers because of their complexity and the balance they strike. That's a lot more difficult to brew than a hop bomb.
  14. dondeez21

    dondeez21 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2006 New Jersey

    I love IPAs. My go-to style of beer.
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  15. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (326) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Try a Kane Head High IPA (NJ) if you can. It's great. Lagunitas IPA is also great. There are quite many around the NJ if you find the right liquor store. Joe Canal's is a great beer store (especially growlers) and Shop-Rite liquors is surprisingly good.
  16. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    I enjoy drinking them.
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  17. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    75% of beer I drink are IPAs.
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  18. Cdax

    Cdax Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Pennsylvania

  19. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Initiate (55) Aug 6, 2011 Washington
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    I look at IPA's as the beer that resets my tasting palate. During the fall and winter I migrate to barleywines, strong ales and stouts. This time of year I am ready for something different. IPA's are perfect. They are the basis of beer to me. I get all hopped up and then get ready for summer. Fall hits and it's all over again. I do mix it up through out the year. But those are my tasting dominate cycles.
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  20. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Hooked? No. Enjoy them? Yes.
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  21. Soloveitchik

    Soloveitchik Devotee (411) Feb 7, 2013 New York
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    for my first post I will totally own up to being hooked on IPA's. it took me 30 yrs to be able to enjoy a beer and now i cant get enough. not into porters/stouts yet but im sure it will happen eventually. cheers BA!
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  22. RollTide7

    RollTide7 Aspirant (276) Feb 16, 2013 New Jersey
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    Looks like u stole my thunder when it comes to buying beer. Canals is my go to spot that I can waste large amounts of time browsing in. Will also check out Kane as u suggested. Thanks.
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  23. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

  24. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    How monotonous. How does your drinking pattern differ from that clueless guy who never drinks anything but Coors and Bud? What a boor it must be.
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  25. JavaNoire

    JavaNoire Devotee (447) Dec 4, 2010 Iowa
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    Paraphrasing my daughter...

    I would die for a goood IIPA
    but I would *KILL* for a BA stout

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  26. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (167) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois
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    "I used to do a little but a little wouldn't do it so a little got more and more"

    I'm chasing the Hop Dragon myself, SNPA, my gateway beer is a malt bomb, good yes but I need more.

    Hops have ruined me and I love it
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  27. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    How many MORE of these threads can there possibly be? Gotta be a couple times a month, no?? Bout as exciting as another tired macro vs. craft thread. Just speaking generally nothing against the OP...
  28. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (484) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    No and frankly I never got the big deal about them either. I tend to like English IPAs better.
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  29. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    I got extremely close to purchasing an ipa glass off dfh's website last night. Only thing that turned me away was the ten dollar shipping charge. Cheers!
  30. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (326) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    $10 is a lot for shipping. Cost more than the glass. Also the IPA glass looks a little unsturdy as it seems pretty narrow at the base. Can't have spillage! Maybe ck your local beer store? Looked at eBay and nothing there. Good luck searching.
  31. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    local beer store guy says rhizing bines is in and if they get the glasses he will put one aside for me. it pays to be a beer regular (and saves me the cost of shipping!)
  32. lic217

    lic217 Champion (888) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Do they sell Gandhi Bot in NJ. That is the best DIPA iI have ever had and I am drinking Lagunitas sucks right now. Although for $10 a sixer for sucks its a better value then Bot ($12 a 4)
  33. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (326) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

  34. RollTide7

    RollTide7 Aspirant (276) Feb 16, 2013 New Jersey
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    That really says something considering how good sucks is. I am not sure about bot and hadn't heard of it before. That too will go on my "grocery list" to check for next time. Thanks for the heads up on it.
  35. beermeout

    beermeout Initiate (143) Jun 26, 2010 Michigan
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    Yes. Can't get enough Sucks, Hoplslam and Heady Topper lately.
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  36. GoblueMS

    GoblueMS Initiate (152) Feb 24, 2009 Mississippi

    Well help me out! What IPAs are your favorites? Perhaps I have tried them, or will try them based on your recommendation.
  37. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Aspirant (210) Nov 27, 2012 Illinois
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    I find most IPAs to be homogenous, one-dimensional and uncreative. However, I love love love what I consider to be world class versions, such as Zombie Dust (might be called an APA, but still), Sucks, Flower Power, Heady Topper, Citra Ninja and Galaxy Unicorn, Hopslam, etc. These guys make up an extremely small percentage of IPAs at large though, which is probably why they end up being so sought out. I find it's much easier to score on a "blind buy" with maltier beers.
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  38. Moose90

    Moose90 Meyvn (1,455) Nov 25, 2012 Washington
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    I love most all beer, but I love IPA's the most!
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  39. lic217

    lic217 Champion (888) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Its by New England Beer Company. Their recent release was in January. I am not sure when the next one is.
  40. BlindSalimander

    BlindSalimander Initiate (93) Aug 16, 2010 Texas

    Double IPAs and Imperial IPAs are the same style. Same style different name. Just sayin.

    Is there an official Triple IPA style? I know Founders has a beer they call a Triple IPA but is there any competition category for that?
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