Best "GATEWAY" beer for someone new to IPAs

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  1. fugazidps

    fugazidps Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2013 New York

    What is a good IPA or similar style (pale ale) to give to someone who is new to IPAs (craft beers)?
    I think Bells two hearted ale is a good start.
  2. kcp85

    kcp85 Initiate (93) Sep 7, 2012 Missouri

    Go hard with some Torpedo. Perhaps Centennial or West Coast IPA.
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  3. xShoWTeKx

    xShoWTeKx Disciple (316) Jan 21, 2013 South Carolina

    DFH 90 Minute /thread..... lol
  4. BurgeoningBrewhead

    BurgeoningBrewhead Crusader (772) Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Dogfish head 60min is a solid IPA, it was my first and it's still a favorite.
  5. Rimbimhoot

    Rimbimhoot Meyvn (1,011) Sep 26, 2012 Illinois

    60 min was me and my friend's gateway to IPAs. The first we ever tried was Raging Bitch when it first came out and we couldn't finish our bottles haha.
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  6. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Zealot (527) Jul 13, 2011 Florida

    Start with pale ales around 5%, then move to IPAs (6-7%), then if you still want more hops, go to Double IPAs (8%+).
  7. AdamsDTD

    AdamsDTD Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Something that's balanced - something way too out front with the hops could turn them away from the style. Sierra Nevada Pale? Founders All Day IPA? I'd Echo the 60 min too.
  8. c64person

    c64person Devotee (417) Mar 20, 2010 North Carolina

    Centennial or Two Hearted for sure, they are both phenomenal brews, with DFH 60 minute right there as well.
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  9. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Zealot (527) Jul 13, 2011 Florida

    60 minute is a good starter for IPAs if you skip Pale Ales.
    Another one they might like just starting out is Anchor Liberty.
    If they embrace the hoppiness, give them a West Coast-style like Stone IPA.
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  10. kcp85

    kcp85 Initiate (93) Sep 7, 2012 Missouri

    Starting out would probably best with a Pale Ale like others have said. SNPA or a Dale's if you can get your hands on it. Loved 90 min once I could finally get my hands on it.
  11. Icarus

    Icarus Initiate (127) Oct 6, 2012 Minnesota

    Meh, just dive in and find some Sury Abrasive...
  12. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (256) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Saranac and Long Trail's ipas are weaker and not overly hoppy thus they make good starter / introductory ipas IMO.
  13. Jwale73

    Jwale73 Poo-Bah (4,640) Aug 15, 2007 Rhode Island
    Society Trader

    What he said - I couldn't stand IPAs for the longest time (now I love them!), but DFH 90 and Southern Tier Unearthly got me into more accustomed to hops, and the rest was history.
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  14. GuitarIPA

    GuitarIPA Zealot (548) Mar 24, 2013 Connecticut

    Maine Beer Company - Peeper or MO
  15. Act25

    Act25 Poo-Bah (2,860) Nov 8, 2010 New Jersey

    Here's my 3:
    East Coast Beer/ Beachhaus Cruiser is the perfect starter IPA.
    Dales Pale Ale. (An APA)
    Anything from Harpoon, up to and including their Rye IPA.

    Not 60 minute.
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  16. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poo-Bah (2,044) Dec 15, 2012 California

    Maybe Bear Republic Racer 5. I found this beer to be smooth with little to no bitterness, very drinkable for me. At first, I was turned off by IPA's in general because the ones I tried up to that point were too bitter for me. Over time, I've come to enjoy IPA and DIPA's, but I remember Racer 5 was the first IPA I drank and thought, "Oh this is pretty good."
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  17. PerHops

    PerHops Devotee (455) Apr 5, 2011 California

    My first thought was Bell's Two Hearted. Racer 5 and lagunitas were what I started on in California, then moved up to Casey Jones, Blind Pig and Pliny. Surly Furious, I think, is a good one to start with as well.
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  18. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (441) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Smuttynose Finestkind IPA is positively outstanding approachable and have no doubt that every one else's recommendation is wrong hahaha
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  19. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,759) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Society Trader

    Southern Tier 2XIPA- nicely fruity with a solid malt backbone, not overly bitter.
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  20. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (582) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana

    Can't go wrong with Two Hearted Ale.
  21. EnthusedAboutBeer

    EnthusedAboutBeer Zealot (583) May 13, 2013 New Jersey

    SN Torpedo
    Redhook Longhammer
    DFH 60 min
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  22. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,456) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Everyone can moan and groan at this one, but heady topper is the IPA that brought me into the fold. If you can't get some, go for some odell ipa. One of the best ipa's out there.
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  23. BlackBelt5112203

    BlackBelt5112203 Defender (689) Jan 2, 2012 Michigan

    I know that I might be a bit of an outlier here, but I was hooked on IPAs after I had my first Hopslam about 2.5 years ago. I had had weaker IPAs (albeit not that many) prior to trying that beer and I wasn't very impressed with the style as a whole. I didn't think they tasted great and they were unpleasantly bitter (at the time). After I had Hopslam, it's like my eyes were opened for the first time to what IPAs, and beer in general, could be. I couldn't get enough. Of course now that I have a taste for them, I like IPAs of all shapes, sizes, colors, strengths, etc. But a big, bold, and great-tasting (D)IPA did the trick for me.
  24. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (508) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Good beers, although the price may scare newbs away.
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  25. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (508) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    I've started a couple people on Flower Power with good results.
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  26. c64person

    c64person Devotee (417) Mar 20, 2010 North Carolina

    Speaking of Blind Pig, just has my first one, friggen fantastic, I dare say it, but better than Pliny!
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  27. PerHops

    PerHops Devotee (455) Apr 5, 2011 California

    I try not to compare the too, because I love them both. But I will say blind pig is my go to beer for sure.
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  28. fightingcherries

    fightingcherries Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2013 California

    Daytime IPA
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  29. 1up

    1up Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    Ale Asylum Ballistic IPA and Flying Fish Exit 16. I've been helping my girlfriend acquire a taste and those are two IPAs that aren't in your face bitter but more subtly bitter.
  30. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (349) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    GF WCIPA is #1 for me (might as well get on board with the "date checking brigade" that is BA).
    Burton Baton (not a true IPA but is really good).
    2 hearted/90min

    Needless to say if you're in NY, closer is probably better or check bottling dates.
  31. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,326) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Southern Tier Live
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  32. rather

    rather Aspirant (202) May 31, 2013 California

    honestly I gave samples of ruinten to family that never had other good beer and they liked it. otherwise go sn pale ale then torpedo
  33. king75

    king75 Devotee (429) Jul 27, 2010 Michigan

    Two hearted b/c it is very well balanced and not over the top hoppy. That or all day IPA which is lighter and lacks hoppiness as well
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  34. Justinsosmart

    Justinsosmart Aspirant (249) May 14, 2013 California

    I finally did a side by side the other day and I prefer BP too. I would have never thought...
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  35. ItsAlwaysSunny

    ItsAlwaysSunny Initiate (0) May 15, 2013 Mississippi

    Bell's Two-Hearted
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  36. Apom

    Apom Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 South Carolina

    Two hearted or terrapin rye pale ale is an easy drinker.
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  37. schmidtmattsays

    schmidtmattsays Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2013 Illinois

    Bell's Two Hearted
  38. Cyrion

    Cyrion Initiate (130) Mar 1, 2013 Virginia

    Founder's All Day IPA. Easy on the hop presence and the ABV. We're trying to entice, not shock, new IPA fans.
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  39. nuckbuc

    nuckbuc Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2010 New York

    Heady Topper?! :wink: lolz
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  40. primrose54

    primrose54 Aspirant (238) Apr 7, 2009 Ohio

    60 min IPA DFH
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