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. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Disciple (332) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    1. Two Hearted 2. Two Hearted 3. Crooked Tree 4. Huma
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  2. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Zealot (567) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Dirty Bastard!!!
  3. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Two Hearted.

    I really enjoy Batch 69 and Crooked Tree as well though. Centennial's good when it's fresh ...
  4. Biffster

    Biffster Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    It was with a fairly heavy heart that I voted for Two Hearted. I really love crooked tree, centennial, mad hatter and especially - Im so sorry, Joe - Shorts humalupalicious The fact is, Bells is a true classic example of the style. Its so balanced. Perfect hop emphasis with just enough malt backbone to counter with almost no caramel sweetness to distract you. Huma is a VERY close second but is just a little more rough around the edges and less consistent. But Im old enough to remember apologizing for Larry Bells beer by saying it was rough around the edges and inconsistent, so watch out....
  5. hardy008

    hardy008 Poo-Bah (1,951) Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota

    Two Hearted gets my vote.
  6. jaybags

    jaybags Aspirant (258) Mar 16, 2012 Michigan

    my bad, i was defintely referring to imperial hatter.
  7. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Huma, 2 Hearted, Crooked Tree, Centennial...pretty close competition though.
  8. GRPunk

    GRPunk Meyvn (1,197) Apr 5, 2007 Michigan

    Bell's, Short's, Dark Horse, and Founders are top shelf. Two Hearted got my vote.

    New Holland, North Peak, Frankenmuth are solid but a notch below.

    Arbor just doesn't do it for me.
  9. BoneyardBrewer

    BoneyardBrewer Initiate (105) Apr 24, 2005 Michigan

    Black Forest X-Day (formerly Lost Sailor)
  10. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,872) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Two Hearted all the way. Although I do enjoy Huma on-tap, I find Short's bottles lacking across the board especially Huma-Lupa. Definately not up to Bell's, Founders, New Holland, or Dark Horse's standards.

    Maybe in another year or two we in MN will be able to have a poll like this.
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  11. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Initiate (195) May 1, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    daisy cutter
  12. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,801) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Needs Red's Rye and All Day. Founders Centennial is alright, though nothing special. Their other two easily give Two Hearted a run for its money.
  13. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Where is Half Acres Michigan brewery? I'd love to visit.
  14. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Initiate (195) May 1, 2012 Florida
    Beer Trader

    my bad i thought it was midwest thread, so sorry
  15. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Aspirant (213) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Two Hearted. If Founders brewed All Day year round, that might've been my top spot or a narrowly close second.
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  16. jbck109

    jbck109 Aspirant (267) May 30, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Two hearted, but Perrin pale is certainly up there, can't believe how good it is for a new brewery! I am very excited to see the beer that comes out of this place. They are not canning/bottling yet, but will be soon.
  17. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    haha your a perrin fanboy already huh J? :stuck_out_tongue:
  18. jbck109

    jbck109 Aspirant (267) May 30, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    yup, great place with two of the best brewers that I know, gotta talk em up!
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  19. sullenbee

    sullenbee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Michigan

    I probably drink more Two Hearted than anything, but I do love me some Huma. Centennial and Crooked Tree are also damn good. Gotta go with Two Hearted though, based on how many pints I consume per year.
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  20. travMI13

    travMI13 Aspirant (213) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Two Hearted. Absolutely no contest.

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  21. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Correct me if I'm wrong... (and this is the reason I didn't add it to the poll) but Red's Rye isn't considered a true IPA.... is it? Or is it? I wasn't too sure. Of course it's got IPA characteristics, but I feel that it's different enough to not really be considered an IPA.

    I don't know.
  22. SeanfromShorts

    SeanfromShorts Aspirant (280) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Drank some Two Hearted this weekend and it was delicious. Such a balanced IPA!

    I'll never forget my first Huma, though--Kalamazoo in '07 or '08 @ Shakespeare's...blew my mind away.

    Simply said, Michigan brews some damn fine IPA's.
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  23. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Yes, All Day is damn fine. It's very impressive how much IPA flavor and aroma is packed into a 4.7% ABV beer.
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  24. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    It is a Rye PA, an IPA brewed with a significant amount of rye. When a malt bill contains that much rye the beer will usually be grouped with rye beers instead of IPAs no matter how similar they are. It is not wrong to compare Reds Rye to an IPA, it is a good comparison, personally I would not include the beer with my top IPAs however.
  25. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    I see. Makes sense... Thanks for explanation.
  26. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    I've had them all:

    2 Hearted
    Crooked Tree
    Mad Hatter
    Sacred cow

    The Huma and 2 hearted are probably tied, but I also prefer a more hop forward IPA do the Huma gets a little bump. The Centennial I had way back when and all I remember was it wasn't very hoppy. I should try it again.
  27. Hazer115

    Hazer115 Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2011 Michigan

    Being from Michigan I've actually had all of the beers mentioned and have to go with Two Hearted, definitely one of my go-to beers.

    1. Two Hearted
    2. Huma Lupa
    3. Crooked Tree
    4. Centennial
    5. Mad Hatter (a distant 5th)
    6. Sacred Cow
  28. MattintheCrown

    MattintheCrown Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2011 Indiana

    Haven't had them all, but I'm a 2-hearted guy.
  29. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Two Hearted isn't just the best IPA or best beer, it's the best thing on Earth, ever.
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  30. OTB

    OTB Disciple (383) Sep 2, 2011 California

    Aside from getting a nice selection of Boulevard when visiting the in-laws I get an opportunity to consume to my hearts content all of the Two Hearted I want, and seeing that we are going back for Thanksgiving I am ready and willing.

  31. lurpy1

    lurpy1 Zealot (564) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Two Hearted gets my vote narrowly over Huma. Have not had Sacred Cow, but generally Arbor beers don't hold up to the other 5 breweries. Also, I don't know if Odd Side Citra is year round, or if it is an IPA, even, but if the answer to both is yes, it gets my vote.
  32. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Eh, I'll start one now. It's pretty good here right now!
  33. Bogforce

    Bogforce Disciple (332) Sep 2, 2010 Ohio

    I take it a lot of people haven't had Dark Horse Crooked Tree.
  34. ChiPool

    ChiPool Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Illinois

  35. ChiPool

    ChiPool Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Illinois

    Agree with the Red's Rye comments!
  36. raymo55

    raymo55 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2011 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I agree with all of the Two Hearted voters.....but I gotta give a shoutout to my hometown Hopnoxxxious IPA from Walldorff!
  37. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Initiate (0) May 16, 2012 Michigan

    Centennial is the best imo. Although 2 hearted is a close 2nd. Funny that sacred cow gets no votes and my first impression was that it wasn't any good.
  38. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,276) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I like it on the handpump at the brewpub. Not as good on draft at the Corner, or in bottles.
  39. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Initiate (0) May 16, 2012 Michigan

    I've only had it at the Corner. I live like 2 miles from there.
  40. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    Bell's2HAle. Then Founders All Day IPA, then North Peak's Wanderer, then Crooked Tree, then the rest.

    Although 2HA seems to be widely distributed outside of MI, this has got to seem like a complete 'gift' for those of us who can't get it easily, and can't drink it Uber Fresh! This is the geographic equivalent of living at the base of a picturesque mountain. It's easy to appreciate, and then easy to forget, just how lucky one is to have such a view: And as surely as we are, to have such a brew. Cheers!
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