Best budget Imperial IPA

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  1. yodajammies

    yodajammies Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013

    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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  2. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Hop Stoopid at around $4 a bomber.
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  3. bump8628

    bump8628 Meyvn (1,092) Feb 21, 2008 Oklahoma

    Hoptimum and Narwhal are both great values, oh and old rasputin.
  4. tjwarren

    tjwarren Disciple (345) Dec 31, 2008 Ohio

    Victory Hop Wallop at $9.99 a sixer, although I have seen it at as high as $11.99 - still worth it
  5. screamking

    screamking Devotee (466) Jan 20, 2013 Ohio
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    Founders imperial stout.
  6. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (186) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota
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    Lagunitas Sucks
  7. NJR19056

    NJR19056 Initiate (135) Mar 23, 2011 Pennsylvania

  8. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,066) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Another Lagunitas suggestion- Maximus.
  9. jman005

    jman005 Aspirant (256) Jan 21, 2013 Kentucky

    Sixpoint Resin. Awesome IPA and only 8.99/4 pk 12 oz cans. 9.1 abv
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  10. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Bridgeport Hop Czar is pretty decent stuff. Old Raspy is priced fairly well too, for a good Stout.
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  11. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (186) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota
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    Another submission...

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

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    +100 for Hop 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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  13. smutty33

    smutty33 Defender (606) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Yep,I agree.Finishing a Narwhal as I type and it cost me less than $2.50 per 12oz.!

  14. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    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
  15. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Maximus and sucks
  16. thebigbambino

    thebigbambino Initiate (44) Feb 20, 2012 Florida

    hands down Hoptimum is my go to IPA. Narwhal is hard to beat for the imperial stout
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  17. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (464) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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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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  19. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (464) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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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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  20. screamking

    screamking Devotee (466) Jan 20, 2013 Ohio
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    7.50 a six. For any Imperial that's great deal.
  21. AWolfAtTheDoor

    AWolfAtTheDoor Disciple (331) Oct 30, 2005 Washington

    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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  22. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (464) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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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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  23. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,422) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Budget IPA ? its SN Torpedo
  24. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (203) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    Yep, I buy Maximus all the time. For $9.99 a sixer, it's hard to beat around here.
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  25. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (464) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Great beer, but flawed logic as it's not an imperial.
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  26. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,807) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    When it comes to beer, what's a budget?
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  27. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Green flash imperial IPA. Picked up bombers for 6.99
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  28. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,422) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    yes but it is extra IPA #logicfail4u
  29. gentlystewed

    gentlystewed Disciple (382) Dec 12, 2010 Georgia

    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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  30. cid71

    cid71 Initiate (135) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey

    2xipa. Southern tier
  31. raffels

    raffels Initiate (168) Dec 12, 2009 West Virginia

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  32. obrike

    obrike Crusader (711) Jun 19, 2009 Texas

    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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  33. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Aspirant (232) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    +1 for Hop Czar.
  34. craigo19

    craigo19 Disciple (332) Oct 12, 2009 Michigan
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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.
  35. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Smuttynose Big A, Hoptimum, Lag Sucks, Hop Wallop. Hops for cheap.

    IS: Brooklyn BCS, Rasputin, Narwhal, FBS.
  36. zachary80

    zachary80 Zealot (504) Nov 29, 2009 Indiana

    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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  37. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    I agree completely!!
  38. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

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  39. lackenhauser

    lackenhauser Poo-Bah (2,275) Dec 10, 2002 Maryland
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    Very nice suggestion on the Heavy Seas.
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  40. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    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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