Best IPA brewed on Long Island?

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  1. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (655) Jan 15, 2009 New York
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    Just figured I'd ask my fellow ba's what brewery kicks out the best ipa on long island. Personally I don't feel there is any mindblowing ipa made on li but would love to be proved wrong.
    Cheers Steve
     
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  2. sfr26

    sfr26 Disciple (341) Jan 15, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Barrier Money is a clear winner for me
     
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  3. Msudukie

    Msudukie Aspirant (256) Oct 26, 2013 New York
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    I think "mindblowing" is a tough bar to reach. Have heard good things about Money, Hoptical Illusion isn't bad for being local.
     
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  4. alexsergio

    alexsergio Poo-Bah (1,566) Mar 7, 2011 New York
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    I enjoyed gsb field 5, but I'd still rather buy about 50 other IPAs available to us.
     
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  5. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (655) Jan 15, 2009 New York
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    What would you consider mindblowing? As a guy who has had double sunshine over 10 times on tap my bar is set high. Ds and pseudosue (I know its classified as a pale but its really an ipa) are mindblowing to me. Just trying to get a feel on how long islanders and surrounding folk feel about long island breweries and the beer they make
     
  6. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Devotee (459) Jan 13, 2012 New York

    Sorry sir, I believe you're looking for the New England forum. :slight_frown:
     
  7. bosshop

    bosshop Initiate (142) Sep 13, 2012 New York

    though I don't have many other LI beers to benchmark it against, I really, really enjoyed Greenport's Otherside and Devil's Plaything during a visit over the summer. Legit liquid.
     
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  8. cornontherob

    cornontherob Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2011 New York

    Not that I've tried all of the beers mentioned above, but definitely haven't had any "mind blowing" ipa's on LI.

    I agree that I would love to be suprised.

    Ra
     
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  9. Msudukie

    Msudukie Aspirant (256) Oct 26, 2013 New York
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    Sorry, did not want to come across as confrontational. I was trying to say that there are really none that I would consider to be that great but still some ones out there that are not bad. To alexgersio's point, I rarely buy LI IPAs given they are not that great. I do think I am going to try Barrier given it is 20 minutes from my house. It would be nice to have something I could have as a local beer. Closest at the moment seems to be Flower Power.
     
  10. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,966) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    This is like asking for the best snow cone made in the Sahara Desert.
     
  11. koko2315

    koko2315 Initiate (135) Jul 28, 2010 New York

    Blue Point Mosaic was really good
     
  12. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,155) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    True, true! Very unfortunate!

    Thankfully I can point my car north and go get a great IPA on the Hudson!
     
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  13. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (655) Jan 15, 2009 New York
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    [qupoi="cavedave, post: 1897895, member: 307613"]This is like asking for the best snow cone made in the Sahara Desert.[/quote]
    My point exactly. Hopefully that changes
     
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  14. Bieniek30

    Bieniek30 Devotee (442) Mar 24, 2013 New York
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    I really like Barrier Money.
     
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  15. LIBeer

    LIBeer Initiate (93) Sep 17, 2009 New York


    Unfortunately, I have to agree with you. Almost of all the IPAs on Long Island are mediocre. A couple are decent(Hoptical Illusion and Money).
     
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  16. Msudukie

    Msudukie Aspirant (256) Oct 26, 2013 New York
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    Maybe us Long Islanders should gather to share/drink some non LI IPAs. Just a thought.
     
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  17. marshmeli

    marshmeli Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2012 New York

    Barrier Money then Barrier Bumble. Money is one of my top IPAs in the US never mind LI.
     
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  18. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (2,290) Jun 18, 2010 New York
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    Money and Hoptical. Decent choices from a pool of averages IPA's.
     
  19. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,192) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I know I shouldn't bite cavedave, but you make it so irresistible.
    Are the odds of a great beer coming from LI really all that different than from Westchester or Orange County?
    If you think so, then surely this isn't from anything particularly indigenous.
    How much great beer came from the banks of the Hudson 5 years ago?
     
  20. HugeBulge

    HugeBulge Disciple (361) Dec 31, 2012 New York
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    I might put bumble ahead of money, but their both great
     
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  21. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,155) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    I am a Long Islander and wish I could drive 20 or 30 minutes and get a top notch IPA, but unfortunately I can't. Peekskill Higher Standard in Westchester is awesome. Factoring in it is local and I can get it fresh from the brewery, it is right at the top of the list of desirable IPAs for me.

    Any chance I get I will do the 100 miles round trip to get my hands on it. We have nothing on Long Island that can touch it.
     
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  22. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,192) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    My post was actually referencing Peekskill as an example that it is not outside the realm of possibility that a desirable IPA could come from LI.
     
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  23. bayridge27

    bayridge27 Initiate (103) Dec 3, 2009 New York

    The better question is the best one in the Tri Local Area - from Kane in NJ, As far West and north as Rushing Duck, and then South and East out to Greenport.

    OK, GO.
     
  24. bayridge27

    bayridge27 Initiate (103) Dec 3, 2009 New York

    Id go with Head High and Eastern Stand. Money is close.
     
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  25. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,966) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    It's possible in five years from now there might be snowcones from the Sahara as well, I just wouldn't bet on it. Though I am sure that they both, snowcones and great IPA's, would be greatly appreciated by those living in their respective "deserts".
     
  26. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,155) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    The big question is why has Long Island not been able to produce a top of the line IPA. Damn, California cranks them out like they are going out of style. I would be happy with just one great one, don't think that is asking too much.
     
  27. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

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  28. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,192) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I guess I'm more optimistic, but I'm not the best person to comment because: A) I don't have any money on the IPA horse race, and B) I feel spoiled by the scene here in NYC. I'm a slave to bitters, and in this regard LI breweries put out my current favorites in NY State. IPA lovers have it so good, I think the lovers of Mild have a much harder time.

    Your big question is legitimate, but mine would be:

    - Why is it that Long Islanders seem to complain so much about what they have/haven't got? Plenty of great ones on the shelf and a brewery 1.5 hours away from Nassau County that people think put out world-class IPAs. I think others would be jealous. OP asked a perfectly reasonable question ("which is best" as opposed to "what's the most like Heady") and then drops the "mindblowing" comment practically inviting the inevitable negative responses.

    - Why would someone thump their chest about the Hudson Valley as a beer mecca and then claim that an area about an hour away is a desert? (but seriously cavedave, I'm looking forward to the day I can buy you a beer)

    Sorry to sound like a broken record on the issue.
     
  29. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (655) Jan 15, 2009 New York
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    55 gallons about to be made! Stay tuned jay
     
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  30. Msudukie

    Msudukie Aspirant (256) Oct 26, 2013 New York
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    Sorry to be dense, but I wasn't following to which beer this is referring.

    Zid - do you mean Peekskill or Kane? I have not tried either but have heard good things.
     
  31. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (655) Jan 15, 2009 New York
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    This post is about a citra bomb about to be made on long island...stay tuned dave. There may be an oasis in this deseet;-)
     
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  32. Msudukie

    Msudukie Aspirant (256) Oct 26, 2013 New York
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    Great. Would be great to know more when the time comes!
     
  33. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,192) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    jrnyc, sorry if my post felt like a jab at you in any way - I didn't mean anything to read like that.
    I've been referring to Peekskill. My experience with Kane is zero. IPAs are not my favorite style, but Barrier is my favorite brewery in NY these days.
     
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  34. Msudukie

    Msudukie Aspirant (256) Oct 26, 2013 New York
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    Thanks. I will be getting myself to Barrier ASAP. Am new to the scene and can't believe it is only 20 minutes from me!
     
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  35. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,155) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    No worries, didn't take it as a jab at all. Thanks.
     
  36. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,192) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Barrier's great strength might just be their portfolio. They are a non-flagship brewery. People would tell me that everything they do is good, and I was a bit skeptical. I felt like they were all over the place at first. I've come around for sure. The more I've had, the more I find to like. Honestly, I didn't care for Money, but it sure has its fans (and I've only had it once). I love some of their stuff. I'm very impressed with their takes on both Belgian and English styles.

    Your earlier post makes me assume that you like Flower Power. If so, definitely try some Peekskill when you get a chance. It's not too hard to find their more common brews in Brooklyn, but growlers can only be obtained at the brewery.

    Cheers.
     
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  37. marshmeli

    marshmeli Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2012 New York

    Its a close call... I think Bumble should be back at the brewery very soon... also the new batch of Submersion is great.
     
  38. abkayak

    abkayak Disciple (346) Jan 8, 2013 New York

    Money is a great beer..on cask was it was better..it just needs some aluminum wrapped around it..Hop Illusion, GSB Massive any time anywhere..if you folks cant enjoy these beers i think your expectations may be too high..knock these brewers if you like..im proud of them and their direction..if you think everything in life is suppose to be mind-blowing your gonna be disappointed more often than not..be grateful for the little things in life..like solid ipa’s
     
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  39. jon2465

    jon2465 Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 New York

    kelso industrial
     
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  40. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,873) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    I'm only 30 minutes from Barrier. Guess I need to go after y'all have hyped it up well.
     
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