Best Michigan-brewed, year-round IPA?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by tectactoe, Oct 18, 2012.


Favorite Michigan-brewed, year-round IPA

  1. Arbor Brewing Company's Sacred Cow

    2 vote(s)
  2. Bell's Two Hearted Ale

    321 vote(s)
  3. Dark Horse's Crooked Tree

    22 vote(s)
  4. Founder's Centennial

    54 vote(s)
  5. New Holland's Mad Hatter

    1 vote(s)
  6. Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious

    54 vote(s)
  7. Other - comment and let us know which one!

    10 vote(s)
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  1. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Being from SE Michigan, my friend and I were debating this the other day. We are both fans of IPAs and are both very lucky to live in Michigan, a state with some incredible beer companies. For those of you who live in the area (or happen to have had some of these beers anyway), what's your favorite? Even if you haven't had them all, what ones HAVE you had, and what did/didn't you like about them?

    Personally, and luckily having had all the ones listed, I have to say my vote goes to Centennial, and my friend's goes to Two Hearted.
  2. dsal89

    dsal89 Disciple (331) Jul 6, 2008 Indiana
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    I picked Two Hearted just because i find myself buying that more than Founders Centennial but i think both are equally delicious.

    I havent had Huma-lupa-licious so i cant comment on that one, same with Arbor brewings ipa but in this order id go

    1.Two Hearted/Centennial
    2. Two Hearted/Centennial
    3. Crooked Tree
    4. Dunegras
    5. Mad Hatter
  3. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,602) Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Can I do this for CA and watch peoples heads explode?

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  4. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (845) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I havent had all of those so its hard to vote but my personal favorite is Centennial. Followed very closely by two-hearted.
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  5. beesy

    beesy Disciple (391) Jul 21, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Two Hearted - one of only a handful of Bells beers I would pick over Founders for a same style head 2 head.
  6. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (1,796) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Short's Huma-lupa gets my vote with the Crooked Tree pulling up second. Two hearted is certainly "2.1" though.
  7. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,376) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Don't forget about Founders Red's Rye PA... but yeah, Two Hearted...
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  8. meanmutt

    meanmutt Defender (688) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    I've only had 3 off of the list: Two Hearted, Centennial, and Crooked Tree

    Winner=Two Hearted
  9. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    not sure if dunegras is year round but it is pretty damn good maybe the best
  10. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,244) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    its 2Hearted IMO
  11. jaybags

    jaybags Aspirant (258) Mar 16, 2012 Michigan

    i dont believe this is an apples to apples comparison if you include both dipa's and ipa's

    that said, i love founders centennial and new holland mad hatter.

    how much is it per case of mad hatter in MI? $82 here in PA
  12. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,404) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    No contest 2H by a landslide.
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  13. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    +1. Came here to say just this.

    Also, go Tigers!
  14. jawzman

    jawzman Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2010 Minnesota

    As a standby, every day IPA, Two Hearted might be as close to perfect as possible. It also seems to deal with age a whole lot better than Centennial, which gets pretty malty after a while.
  15. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    I drink far too much Two Hearted for it not to be the best.
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  16. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Two Hearted is the IPA that got me into the style, and is still a stand by for me.
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  17. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    Crooked Tree for me
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  18. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (325) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Huma Lupa. Not even close for me.
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  19. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Meyvn (1,121) Feb 13, 2010 Illinois

    Two Hearted wins for me every time. But I do like Centennial and Huma-Lupa-Licious for a close second and third.
  20. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    1. Two Hearted
    2. Two Hearted
    3. Two Hearted
    4. Two Hearted
    5. Two Hearted

    Seriously, I don't know how you guys move on from that beer. When I visit my folks in Florida it's all I wanna drink.
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  21. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (209) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    How the hell is Bell's not sold in NY yet?!
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  22. Derek333

    Derek333 Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Bells Two Hearted for me.
  23. cetherid

    cetherid Devotee (411) Aug 23, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    If we were classifying Red's Rye as a standard IPA I'd take that. Otherwise, I'd give the slight edge to Huma over Two-Hearted.
  24. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    If I dont see anything that remotely perks my interest while shopping, I grab Two-Hearted. and I have since I got into craft beer. Its just that damn good.
  25. GR_Rick

    GR_Rick Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2012 Michigan

    Never bought a case of Mad Hatter, but it's usually around $9-$10 a sixer here in West Michigan, so my math says a case is probably around $30-$40.

    Are you sure you're not thinking of the Imperial Hatter at that price?
  26. GR_Rick

    GR_Rick Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2012 Michigan

    I voted for the Centennial... but it really depends on my mood. I also really like the Mad Hatter, and am a big fan of Founders All Day IPA.. both for those "lighter" hotter days. There's also times when the juiciness of a Two Hearted just seems to hit the spot. I was actually thinking of getting some buddies together one of these days and doing a blind head-to-head-to-head-to-head (x as many as we decide on tasting) to solve this for me once-and-for-all. Not at all surprised, though, to see the Two Hearted running away with the poll.
  27. mjtiernan

    mjtiernan Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2008 New York

    I voted Centennial but my overall pick would be Red's Rye.
  28. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Zealot (500) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    If Red's Rye counted, that would be my choice as well...
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  29. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (8,194) May 5, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Drinking a Two Hearted right now. I also seem to buy Founders Centennial a bit more often. I am torn, so I wont vote :stuck_out_tongue: Seriously one of the best hops ever bred right there, and its been around far longer than any of your hyped Simcoe and Citra(though I do love them haha). Old reliable is always available
  30. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    Little itty bitty 2 fingered handfull...cheers
  31. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

  32. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Devotee (499) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Why is this even a question? Two Hearted.
  33. jmosborn

    jmosborn Initiate (118) Jul 30, 2011 Michigan

    Arcadia Hopmouth
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  34. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (733) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    Two Hearted is the first IPA that I truly loved. I'd probably put Crooked Tree 2nd and Huma 3rd. (that would depend on the day and the freshness of the beer.)
  35. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    Hey, do any of you guys like Two Hearted?
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  36. gustogasmic

    gustogasmic Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Two Heart, Crooked Tree, Dunegras, Huma... Can't really decide on an order. I voted Two Heart but fresh Crooked Tree is sooooo good, those have gotta be my top two. And +1 to Red's Rye PA. I think it's way better than Centennial.

    If only ControversiAle (Hangin' Frank) was year-round.... Simcoe palace....
  37. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Two Hearted is one of very, very few beers I can't get here in Washington that I wish I could.
  38. nicholasofcusa

    nicholasofcusa Aspirant (223) Jan 14, 2006 Pennsylvania

    OTHER - Founders Red's Rye is my pick. I've had all listed but Arbor and Short's. Man, do I need to get my hands on some Short's beer.
  39. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,091) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Gotta go with Huma. That's some damn fine stuff. Too bad I can't get Short's brews in GA.
  40. MichaelinFishers

    MichaelinFishers Initiate (95) Mar 10, 2009 Indiana

    1. Huma
    2. Centennial
    3. Two Hearted
    4. Crooked Tree
    Those four are so close it's crazy. I wouldn't turn any of them away, ever.

    5. Mad Hatter
    Great beer, but a notch below the others.

    20. Sacred Cow
    Shouldn't even be on the same list as the others. I am so very relieved that it hasn't gotten any votes.
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