Best IPA/DIPA you have had.

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  1. brian4beer

    brian4beer Pundit (780) Jan 27, 2013 Indiana

    Double Sunshine for me
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  2. pep

    pep Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Pennsylvania

    in no order.

    head hunter
    southern tier IPA
    60 min
  3. pep

    pep Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Pennsylvania

    wait switch out 60 min for raging bitch.
  4. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,245) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
    Super Mod Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    I may have even posted here before, but after trying many, many more IPAs, here is my current opinion:

    I love Heady Topper, but PtE is just a perfect beer for my palate. HT and Double Dose get honorable mention, without question.

    Jai Alai
    I actually rated Nelson .01 higher blind, but I've had a six pack of Jai Alai, and exactly one bottle of Nelson. Based on all the single IPAs I've had, Nelson, Jai Alai, and Flower Power are among the absolute best, but if I had to pick one, right now, I'd go with Jai Alai.

    Palates differ; your results may vary. Cheers all!
  5. gcamparone

    gcamparone Maven (1,352) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island

    most definitely heady topper no contest hands down 100% by a longshot no doubt
  6. cmrncrzy10

    cmrncrzy10 Zealot (513) Nov 28, 2013 Ohio

    so many breweries come out with what seems to be the same recipe for an IPA. so to find a truly great one, wheter it be an apa or a dipa, i think is difficult because it has to separate itself. W ith that being said

    heady - pseudosue - pliny the elder - and i think 90 min is great because its so easy come across.
  7. dcs1548

    dcs1548 Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Virginia

    In no particular order:

    Cigar City Jai Alai
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    Sierra Nevada Celebration
    Coronado Idiot IPA
    Fat Head Head Hunter
  8. jrnyc

    jrnyc Pooh-Bah (2,916) Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    Peekskill Higher Standard
    PTE on tap
    Enjoy By
  9. bbkd3b

    bbkd3b Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 California

    Ballast Point Sculpin
    SN Celebration
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Pliny the Elder
    Firestone Walker Union Jack

    I don't know if these are the *best* I have had per se, but they're the ones that instantly come to mind whenever someone asks for a recommendation. That being said, they're all top 10 and for the most part, easy to find. Schlafly and Founders also had a pretty damn good IPA, but it's been a couple of years since I last tried them so I can't quite recall if they too any of these.
  10. Rutgers13

    Rutgers13 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2013 New Jersey

    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
    BP Sculpin (real fresh)
    Stone Ruinten
    Victory Dirt Wolf
    Otter Creek Double Dose
    Ithaca Flower Power
    DFH 90 minute
    SN Celebration 2012
    SN Hoptimum (must be fresh)

    And much more...
  11. TroyS62

    TroyS62 Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2013 Vermont

    Double Sunshine
    Hill Farmstead Susan
    Society and Solitude
    Double Dose
  12. DustinSWB

    DustinSWB Initiate (0) May 4, 2013 Florida

    Jai Alai
    Heady Topper
    Anchor Liberty
    Funky Buddha Pineapple Hop Gun
    Stone Cali-Belgique
  13. jdhops

    jdhops Zealot (642) Dec 30, 2011 Tennessee

    Pliny the Younger
    Heady Topper
    Pliny the Elder
    Kern Citra
    Alpine Pure Hoppiness
  14. cl3

    cl3 Savant (1,208) Aug 16, 2013 Wisconsin

    In no particular order:

    Bell's Hopslam
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Founder's Double Trouble
    New Glarus Moon Man
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  15. 3sheets2wind

    3sheets2wind Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2013 Texas

    Nelson, Sculpin (fresh only), AleSmith IPA, Stash (Independence)
    Pliny, Heady, Enjoy By, RuinTen, Pure Hop
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  16. MichaelBigbone

    MichaelBigbone Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2012 California

    This changes all the time. Right now I'm loving the ballast point beers.

    Pliny the Elder (Russian river)
    Sculpin (ballast point)
    831 (rustic ales)
    Deuce IPA (el toro)
    Chasin freshies (deschutes)

    GG_ALLINS_GHOST Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2013 Colorado

    FW Double jack
    Great Divide Titan IPA
    Great Divide Hercules double IPA
    FW Union Jack IPA
    DFH 90 min
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  18. kwakwhore

    kwakwhore Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2004 North Carolina

    IPAs Jai Alai, Sculpin, Foothills Jade, Two Hearted(on tap)
    DIPAs Ruinten, Hopslam, PTE, Sucks, Summer Yulesmith, Alpine Exponential Hoppiness
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  19. peteboiler

    peteboiler Zealot (654) Dec 16, 2010 Florida

    OMG just having the Stone Ruination for the first time. It just jumped up to one of my favs! Silly question, though. What is the difference between IPA and Double IPA? I was under the impression that Ruination was a double, but the label doesn't state that.

  20. OnryAndMean

    OnryAndMean Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2013 New York

    The top 5 DIPA's I've had, in my opinion (and in this order) are-

    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy
    Hill Farmstead Double Citra
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #5
    Russian River Pliny the Elder

    Top 5 IPA's would be-

    Hill Farmstead Edward
    Hill Farmstead Susan
    Hill Farmstead Amarillo
    Maine Lunch
    Ithaca Flower Power
    #261 OnryAndMean, Jan 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014
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  21. Buster

    Buster Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2012 Oklahoma


    Heady Topper
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Tallgrass Ethos
    Firestone Walker Double Jack
    Dogfish Head 90 Minute
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  22. peteboiler

    peteboiler Zealot (654) Dec 16, 2010 Florida

    I will pay someone, anyone, MILLION dollars to try the Alchemist Heady Topper. Send it, and the money is yours. Hehehe...

  23. thekidsarealright1

    thekidsarealright1 Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2014 California


    Titan - (it was my first IPA ever)
  24. Somel3uddy

    Somel3uddy Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2013 California

    Pliny the Elder
    Heretic - Evil Cousin
    Green Flash - Green Bullet
    Deschutes - Fresh Squeezed
    101 North - Heroine
    Lagunitas - Sucks
    Knee Deep - Simtra

    all i can think of off the top of my head, im sure this list could go on for days though.
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    IRS4MEPLEASE Devotee (328) Jul 20, 2008 California

    Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich & Far Out IPA, Pliny the Elder
  26. wpqx

    wpqx Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2013 Illinois

    For that price you could probably fly to Vermont and buy many, many, many cases of Heady.
  27. Juan611

    Juan611 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 California

    Right now, I'd say:

    Citra Showers (if it lives up to hype, sitting in my fridge for the right day)
    Knuckle Sandwich
    Tongue Tickles
    Big Whig
    Blind Pig

    I have a Pliny still sitting from 11.7.13 :slight_frown: forgot to trade it away/give it away sooner.
  28. nawset

    nawset Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2011 New Hampshire

    In order:

    Heady Topper
    Gandhi Bot
    Lawson's/Otter Creek - Double Dose
    Wachusett's Larry
    Stone bb 12.21.12
    DFH 90
  29. Synergy87

    Synergy87 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2012 Wisconsin

    Hands down the best IIPA is Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine IPA, followed by any IIPA from Hill Farmstead, and Heady topper.

    Most sessionable IIPA is Pliny the Elder and Lagunitas Sucks (this is probably the most important characteristic of a truely world class beer)

    Best IPAs I'd say fresh Zombie Dust, Ballast Point sculpin, and Anicca.
  30. sjc83

    sjc83 Devotee (340) Apr 4, 2013 Ohio

    Head Hunter since its brewed down the street and I can get it when its 2 days old.

    After that:

  31. WadeBridgman

    WadeBridgman Zealot (728) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    Three Floyds- Zombie Dust
    Stone - Enjoy By
    Surly - Abrasive
    Firestone Walker - Double Jack
    Lagunitas - Hop Stoopid
  32. BeerGreg

    BeerGreg Initiate (0) May 17, 2013 Illinois

    This is one beer that I MUST have. Was in Waterbury back in August. Black Back told me they get a small keg mostly every Friday. Told me to come back after 5 pm. I do, and they inform me the delivery guy didn't bring any this week. I was crushed. :slight_frown: Someday I'll try it. Someday.
  33. MenardMa

    MenardMa Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2011 Connecticut

    1. Tree House - Julius
    2. Hill Farmstead - Abner
    3. The Alchemist - Heady Topper
    4. Hill Farmstead - Susan
    5. Tree House - Curiosity #5 (Green could take this spot too, they're quite similar)

    Honorable Mentions - Enjoy By always floors me, Double Sunshine (have only had a few samples, cant really judge properly), NEBco Ghandi Bot, Fuzzy Baby Ducks, Coriolis...(3 AMAZING IPA's by NEBco that don't quite make the top 5), Lawsons Chinooker which I havent had for a few years but remember LOVING.
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  34. CMoPink

    CMoPink Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2013 Michigan

    What's Double Hearted? Who makes that?
  35. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2013 Kentucky

    Hopslam, Palate Wrecker, Permanent Funeral, Dreadnaught, Heady Topper. Not in order.
  36. jayrutgers

    jayrutgers Zealot (687) Oct 29, 2011 New Jersey

    Pliny, Heady, Limbo, 75 Min, Sculpin, Mongo, Dirtwolf, and for session-ing I'm loving the newer Latitude 48 from last year.
  37. woosterbill

    woosterbill Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky

    IPA: Fuzzy Baby Ducks
    DIPA: Heady Topper
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  38. MichiBrew

    MichiBrew Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2010 Michigan

    Good about Homerism...
    Dub Crook Tree and DRIPA (tie)
    hon. mention: Perm Funeral
  39. TheeWalrusHunter

    TheeWalrusHunter Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Oregon

    5 tops?

    As an Oregonian, i signed a blood oath that forbids me from telling of my favorite beers from Oregon (hint: its better than all the shit you get every where else)

    that being said, my favorite non oregonian IPAs are:

    Alpine Keene Idea
    Stone Enjoy By
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