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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by tectactoe, Oct 18, 2012.
1. Two Hearted 2. Two Hearted 3. Crooked Tree 4. Huma
I really enjoy Batch 69 and Crooked Tree as well though. Centennial's good when it's fresh ...
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....
Two Hearted gets my vote.
my bad, i was defintely referring to imperial hatter.
Huma, 2 Hearted, Crooked Tree, Centennial...pretty close competition though.
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.
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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.
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.
Where is Half Acres Michigan brewery? I'd love to visit.
my bad i thought it was midwest thread, so sorry
Two Hearted. If Founders brewed All Day year round, that might've been my top spot or a narrowly close second.
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.
haha your a perrin fanboy already huh J?
yup, great place with two of the best brewers that I know, gotta talk em up!
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.
Two Hearted. Absolutely no contest.
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.
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.
Yes, All Day is damn fine. It's very impressive how much IPA flavor and aroma is packed into a 4.7% ABV beer.
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.
I see. Makes sense... Thanks for explanation.
I've had them all:
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.
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
5. Mad Hatter (a distant 5th)
6. Sacred Cow
Haven't had them all, but I'm a 2-hearted guy.
Two Hearted isn't just the best IPA or best beer, it's the best thing on Earth, ever.
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.
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.
Eh, I'll start one now. It's pretty good here right now!
I take it a lot of people haven't had Dark Horse Crooked Tree.
Agree with the Red's Rye comments!
I agree with all of the Two Hearted voters.....but I gotta give a shoutout to my hometown Hopnoxxxious IPA from Walldorff!
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.
I like it on the handpump at the brewpub. Not as good on draft at the Corner, or in bottles.
I've only had it at the Corner. I live like 2 miles from there.
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!