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Best budget Imperial IPA

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by yodajammies, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. yodajammies

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    Hey all!

    Whats the best budget Imperial IPA and Imperial Stout? I have tried Pyramid 9.99 for a six pack. Anything else out there? Thanks
     
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    Hop Stoopid at around $4 a bomber.
     
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    Hoptimum and Narwhal are both great values, oh and old rasputin.
     
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    Victory Hop Wallop at $9.99 a sixer, although I have seen it at as high as $11.99 - still worth it
     
  5. screamking

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    Founders imperial stout.
     
  6. HomeBrewed

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    Lagunitas Sucks
     
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    Another Lagunitas suggestion- Maximus.
     
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    Sixpoint Resin. Awesome IPA and only 8.99/4 pk 12 oz cans. 9.1 abv
     
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    Bridgeport Hop Czar is pretty decent stuff. Old Raspy is priced fairly well too, for a good Stout.
     
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    Another submission...

    Founder's Double Trouble...$9.99 a four pack
     
  12. BedetheVenerable

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    +100 for Hop Stupid...best for the money, hands down. Also, if you want something to really decimate you, Palate Wrecker ($12.00 4-pk), though a bit pricey, works out to $6 a bomber, and is pretty darn tasty.

    For value Imperial Stout, I find it hard to beat Sam Adams Imperial Stout ($9.99 a 4pk) or for a more 'American' take, Victory's Storm King (infinitely ageworthy and around $12.00 a sixer).
     
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    Yep,I agree.Finishing a Narwhal as I type and it cost me less than $2.50 per 12oz.!

    Cheers
     
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    Victory Storm King $10.99 a sixer - very hop forward imperial stout 9.2% abv
    Heavy Seas Peg Leg $9.99 a sixer - very sessionable 8% abv

    Both these beers cost as much as most peoples 4-packs on here.

    Also, throwing this out there, for bombers Weyerbacher Tiny, $6.99 at 11.8% abv. Pretty solid
     
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    Maximus and sucks
     
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    hands down Hoptimum is my go to IPA. Narwhal is hard to beat for the imperial stout
     
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    My neighborhood Iron Hill chain just raised their prices on all IPAs/DIPAs to $7 and up for a 12 oz pour. Bartender said it was due to the expense of making these beers. Funny how we Americans want more and more concentrated hop flavor and higher gravity then ask for it at a cheap price.
     
  18. InVinoVeritas

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    Although I don't agree with the classification, likely your answer is Lagunitas Sucks. $10 a sixer or 7.2 cents per oz going to be hard to beat.
     
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    Didn't see your imperial stout adder, depending on where you're from Central Waters Satin Solstice is "impossible" to beat at $7.50 for a sixer.
     
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    7.50 a six. For any Imperial that's great deal.
     
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    Hands down Hopstoopid. Green Flash Imperial IPA is damn good as well, and is about $5.70 for a bomber where I live.

    If you want to think outside the lines a little bit, I'd try fresh barleywines such as Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, and anyother hoppy west coast barleywine you can find. They're arguably quite similar to an imperial IPA.
     
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    You're telling me . . . as imperial stouts go, not too high of ABV at 7.50, but it is the base for a lot of GREAT beers from CW and I don't understand why it doesn't get more love. I think it taste a lot like a little thinner version of Obsidian Stout, which gets MUCH stronger ratings.
     
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    Budget IPA ? its SN Torpedo
     
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    Yep, I buy Maximus all the time. For $9.99 a sixer, it's hard to beat around here.
     
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    Great beer, but flawed logic as it's not an imperial.
     
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    When it comes to beer, what's a budget?
     
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    Green flash imperial IPA. Picked up bombers for 6.99
     
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    yes but it is extra IPA #logicfail4u
     
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    I think Torpedo counts as a IIPA, and I usually get it anywhere from $13:99 to $15:99 a twelve pack. And it's a damn good brew.
     
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    2xipa. Southern tier
     
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    It's already been said, but Lagunitas Sucks a fantastic double IPA bargain. As far as an Imp Stout deal, it's hard to beat Green Flash Double Stout four packs.
     
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    +1 for Hop Czar.
    6.99
     
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    Double IPA gotta go with Hop Stoopid.
    Imperial Stout my vote is for either Founders or Sierra Nevada both go for $10/4 pack.
     
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    Smuttynose Big A, Hoptimum, Lag Sucks, Hop Wallop. Hops for cheap.

    IS: Brooklyn BCS, Rasputin, Narwhal, FBS.
     
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    Harpoon Leviathan and SN Hoptimum are very good DIPAs at the same price/oz. Likewise for SN Narwhal and Founders' Imperial Stout, although most of the time I won't hesitate to pay the slight premium for Bell's Expedition Stout
     
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    I agree completely!!
     
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    Sucks
     
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    Very nice suggestion on the Heavy Seas.
     
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    If arithmetic is challenging for you, then yes, this is the best deal for the money. But at $4.99 for a bomber (as it costs in MN), that's equivalent to $16.33 for a 6-pack, or approximately the cost of Hopslam. Some people in other states claim they can get it for $4. That's still a $13.09 six-pack. I can get Sucks for $8.99.

    Better put your hands back up.
     
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