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. 3morley

    3morley Initiate (0) May 26, 2010 Illinois

    Would Rochester Mills' Cornerstone or Witches Hat's Big Doedish qualify? Those two would rate high for me. Not much of a fan of the year-round selections of MI IPAs though, having moved here from San Diego (I think I got too used to the "West Coast IPA" style a la Green Flash or anything from Alpine). Red's Rye is good, and so is Two Hearted and Singapore, but nothing compared to the seasonal selections of IPAs in the state - eg Kuhnhenn's DRIPA, Short's The Liberator and Controversiale, Founders' All Day IPA, Odd Side's Citra Pale Ale, and even some of the off-shoots like Big Red Coq, Anger, and Sky High Rye (especially in teh can).

    Does anyone know why breweries don't brew some of those more popular IPAs year round? Is it the cost or availability of the hops? Wet hops for some?
  2. stooge

    stooge Aspirant (259) Feb 22, 2012 Michigan
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    Two Hearted, hands down. I moved to Michigan last year, used to treasure a sixer of this when I couldn't get it all the time. Now I love being able to order one of these at mainstream places like the local Buffalo Wild Wings here, it's so good fresh and on tap!
    Honorable mentions:
    Crooked Tree
    Huma Lupa
    Mad Hatter
  3. aaronanderson

    aaronanderson Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 Michigan

    Arcadia IPA, Bells, Crooked Tree, Saugatuck and Founders Centennial.
  4. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Initiate (0) May 16, 2012 Michigan

    Gotta say, Arcadia IPA was certainly my least favorite Michigan brewed IPA. Felt like I was drinking salt water or something. It was close to a drain pour for me.
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  5. mzeld

    mzeld Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2012 Michigan

    Hands down Two Hearted. Hard to beat it on draft.
  6. AnnArborJoe

    AnnArborJoe Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2011 Michigan

    Bells two hearted ale.
    Best out of the mini kegs
    Markintihar one? No way, bro.
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  7. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    Where's Kzoobrew? He's always hating on Two-Hearted.....
    trxxpaxxs and decadance like this.
  8. aaronanderson

    aaronanderson Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 Michigan

    It grew on me.
  9. MidwestBA

    MidwestBA Devotee (439) Jan 31, 2009 Illinois

    #1 - Crooked Tree
  10. decadance

    decadance Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2010 Texas

    Two hearted, than huma, no other competitors.
  11. Bucephalonius

    Bucephalonius Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2013 Michigan

    Two Hearted is pretty darn good. Wouldn't be able to say if its better than Centennial though. Mad Hatter is also solid. Since this forum is dominated by them anyway I might as well mention Norm's Raggedy Ass from Griffin Claw Brewing in Birmingham. Not sure it stands up to centennial but its cheaper and smells amazing for a brew named after a donkey. If you're looking for something new and want to support a smaller brewer I'd recommend it for sure.
  12. JasonR1975

    JasonR1975 Defender (642) Jun 11, 2013 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    It's funny looking at this pole a year later.

    Arbor Sacred Cow still sucks and still enough people have not had Crooked Tree. LOL.

    I would throw Mad Hatter and Sacred Cow completely off this list and seeing Saugatuck Singapore mentioned is regrettable.

    Arbor has however redeemed themselves as Buzzsaw is a fine IPA that I think Norm's is very solid as well. Another one that I did not see mentioned but I really enjoyed was Right Brain Spiny Norman - but I'm a sucker for Simcoe.
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  13. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (288) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    I always read your name in my head as "Tecate Toe"

    I have nothing else to add.
  14. core42

    core42 Devotee (459) May 5, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Living in Kzoo it's easy to take 2 Hearted for granted since it's my fallback beer when I have nothing new to tick at a bar/restaurant but it is great

    **edit** Ha, I just noticed this thread was a year old
  15. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Devotee (487) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I cant get enough Norms IPA, Griffin Claw.
  16. roger617

    roger617 Disciple (357) Jun 1, 2013 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Bells Two Hearted is practically a flagship IPA everywhere it is distributed. In the last 28 hours I have been in 2 very different main stream restaurants who both served this as one of their only non-Sam Adams craft beer. I think you could expand this question to a Great Lakes Forum and Two Hearted would still hold the top spot. It's too good and so readily available that at this point in time it just can't be beat.
  17. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,442) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Didn't read the thread but it was so easy to choose Two-Hearted. Such a fantastic IPA that I can find anytime I come home to SE Michigan (parents still live in the metro Detroit area).
  18. Bucephalonius

    Bucephalonius Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2013 Michigan

    Still haven't tried Crooked Tree myself, almost picked up a six pack of it tonight too. Kind of regretting not getting some. And I must say that I enjoy Mad Hatter less and less each time I try it.
  19. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Crusader (781) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Centennial slightly over Two Hearted. I find it a bit more citrusy and super fresh Two Hearted is a bit too floral for me. Had some Two Hearted on tap recently that must have been a bit old because it was much more sweet malt forward and I actually thought it was really damn good.

    P.S. Aren't Centennial and Two Hearted the only ones on this list with bottling dates?
  20. MgoJohnStamos

    MgoJohnStamos Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 Michigan

    Citra Pale Ale!
  21. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Who revived this crap? Two Hearted is the best. Can't believe I used to like Centennial better..... Yikes!!
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  22. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Aspirant (271) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Short's bottled on date can be found on the neck in black ink
  23. emilyLOVESlime

    emilyLOVESlime Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2009 California

    Zombie thread!

    I'll put my two cents in though, I like Two Hearted so much that I will gladly drink it over any IPA I can get in San Francisco :) I was raised on beautifully balanced IPAs and will forever prefer that over any of the west coast super hoppy stuff.

    Believe it or not, Huma Lupa is too hoppy for me!
  24. willth

    willth Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2013 Illinois

    My list goes
    Super G - white flame brewery
    Then the rest
  25. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Devotee (477) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    As much as I complain that Two Hearted ain't what it used to be appearance wise. It's an old trusted friend that refuses to let me down. My next (on the list) one would be Centennial, and then probably Shorts Huma-yummy.

    I'm currently quaffing some All Day. And uh uh. No way on Founders All Day even being close to a contender. It's too one dimensional in comparison to any of the others on the list that I am familiar with.
    #105 MostlyNorwegian, Dec 29, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
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  26. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (633) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Two Hearted. But I'd much rather have a Columbus IPA than a Two Hearted.
  27. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (510) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Two Hearted hands down. Shorts Hopstache a close second.

    That's because you're from Ohio ;)
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  28. BreakfastStout

    BreakfastStout Disciple (305) Oct 15, 2013 Michigan
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    Two Hearted is hands down the best IPA I've ever tasted anywhere, let alone Michigan. Centennial, Dungras from Greenbush, and Crooked Tree are all delicious. Mad Hatter is just a bit behind those. I'm not sure why Humalupalicious is on anyones "best" list.
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  29. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Crusader (781) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Oh ya sorry just went and looked at my bottle of Liberator and Juicy Tree and noticed it very faintly, couldn't really make out the date. Guess the refrigerator smeared it off or something.
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  30. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (633) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Maybe partially, but I prefer it to practically any IPA. I think the closest I've had to it was a really fresh White Rajah. Otherwise, I find myself going back over and over.
  31. MisterMagoo

    MisterMagoo Initiate (151) Apr 4, 2014 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I would say I am a Michigan IPA aficionado: Two Hearted is obviously nĂºmero uno (rated 2nd best beer in USA at one time) but there are many other great ones. I didn't see anyone mention North Peak Diabolical which is another favorite.
  32. wtkphoto

    wtkphoto Devotee (488) Apr 3, 2009 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Out of those specific beers I'd vote Two Hearted but right now my go to is Blackrocks 51K.
  33. cl3

    cl3 Aspirant (273) Aug 16, 2013 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    I was about to say the same thing. At least when I'm back home in the Yoop.
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  34. fishmich

    fishmich Devotee (416) Apr 11, 2013 Michigan
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    that one has become a regular for me. really like their cream ale too when i want something simple.
  35. whatsleftofyou

    whatsleftofyou Aspirant (227) Mar 12, 2006 Michigan

    Funny. I was about to post the exact same thing. I've been drinking a shitload of 51K lately. In fact I just got some Sculpin on a recent trip to Green Bay and thought, "This is great, but I'd prefer a 51K". The Blackrocks guys are all great dudes too, which doesn't hurt.
  36. MadLatvian

    MadLatvian Aspirant (243) Feb 8, 2015 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    1. Two Hearted
    2. Huma Lupa (very under rated imo)
    3. Crooked Tree
    4. Centennial
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  37. king75

    king75 Disciple (389) Jul 27, 2010 Michigan
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    Two hearted wins for me closely followed by Huma
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  38. hopnado

    hopnado Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2014 Michigan
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    Two hearted wins easily. 51k IPA should be on the list
  39. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,442) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Nice necrobump.
  40. westlaunboy

    westlaunboy Initiate (184) Mar 31, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    1 Two Hearted
    2 Fluffer
    3 Crooked Tree
    4 All Day (mostly cause it fills a niche)
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