Great Britain Best widely available USA style IPA available in UK

Discussion in 'Europe' started by LagerCognoscenti, Nov 18, 2013.

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  1. LagerCognoscenti

    LagerCognoscenti Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    What are people's thoughts on this? I'd be interested to hear people's favourite USA made or USA style IPAs, particularly the one's we can probably all find easily (i.e. in supermarkets). More difficult to find examples welcome of course...

    My top choices at the moment are...(no particular order)

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo (Tesco)
    Thornbridge Jaipur (Waitrose)
    Punk IPA (everywhere!)
    Hardcore IPA/Tesco American Double IPA (same beer)

    I'm undecided about Punk IPA as I had one at the weekend that was sublimely flavoursome and another that seemed relatively bland. Was it just my tastebuds or do they vary from batch to batch?
     
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  2. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (3,176) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Marks & Spencer's have just launched Greenwich Black IPA which is top stuff
    and some of their Adnam's brewed stuff has that big fruit US Pale Ale taste
     
  3. Slam_Dunkels

    Slam_Dunkels Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    I think you have most of them there already, I would add Goose Island IPA, it is in a few of the supermarkets and is still a good beer.
     
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  4. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Some decent choices. Would also add:

    Cromarty AKA IPA
    Alesmith IPA
    Odell IPA
    Port Brewing Anniversary Ale and Hop 15

    I'm sure I've forgotten a few.
     
  5. Gold89

    Gold89 Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2010 United Kingdom (England)

    Not so widely available though, at least round here.
     
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  6. Slam_Dunkels

    Slam_Dunkels Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Not so sure what "widely available" is really but the OP has opted for supermarkets, which I would say is a good indicator as that's where most people shop and most people have one or more in the local area.
     
  7. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Tiny Rebel Urban IPA - I have to walk past the off-license that sells it to get to the Tesco that does SNPA, Punk etc, plus it's less than £2 a bottle so that qualifies as mine.
     
  8. Slam_Dunkels

    Slam_Dunkels Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    What off-license is that?
     
  9. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Just the local independent corner shop.
     
  10. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Until recently Alesmith IPA and Port Brewing Hop 15 were available from Beers of Europe. Out of stock now though.
     
  11. LagerCognoscenti

    LagerCognoscenti Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Thanks for the thoughts so far everyone. Will try the M and S Black IPA. Had seen it but wasn't sure if it would be any good. As for the harder to find ones, I will keep a look out for those in specialist shops. I tried Shipyard IPA and Point IPA from the U.S. which have appeared in Tesco recently but they seemed pretty average and reminded me that the likes of Bengal Lancer and other British stuff that I sometimes take for granted are also pretty damn good!
     
  12. Hanglow

    Hanglow Defender (637) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    For nationally available beers I think you've covered them all

    If you include internet shops then you have to include breweries own shops too and there will be shitloads

    of course then you then to have to make a large order to offset the delivery charges, so it would be a good idea to maybe take a trip to a good beer shop and load up on singles to try a bunch out
     
  13. coolrwatt1

    coolrwatt1 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

    Those are the best readily available.. You should really make the effort to Try Kernel brewery IPAs and Pales.. Also Partisan..
    Kernels stouts are out of this world too.
     
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  14. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    They're good but no world beaters in my experience. I was underwhelmed by the regular London 1856 or whatever it's called, and the Imperial Brown Stout was nice but incredibly boozy. Buxton, Tiny Rebel and Magic Rock are probably the best brewers of stouts from this country from my experiences.
    Right about the pale ales though, Kernel ones are brilliant.
     
  15. Darwin553

    Darwin553 Initiate (67) Jan 5, 2009 Australia

    What? UK BAs actually go to their independent corner shop and not solely to their huge supermarkets they have over there?! :confused:
     
  16. Slam_Dunkels

    Slam_Dunkels Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    A lot of people don't have a well stocked independent shop nearby.
     
  17. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Yeah it's only a mile or two down the road, and the best shop in the city. Weird mix of Asian corner shop and beer geek paradise - Tiny Rebel, Buxton, Kernel, Partizan, Magic Rock, Moor, Arbor...
     
  18. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (3,176) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    I mean sure Tiny Rebel, Kernel, Magic Rock, Moor and to a lesser extent Marble
    are top, top beers that have really taken on the colonial influences
    but if you don't have a big budget or a car getting them is awkward
    and the specialist beer shops that are easy to get to seem to have about a 20% premium on the prices
     
  19. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Tiny Rebel beers (the staples) are cheaper than local ales supermarkets sell. With the others it depends whether you want to drink good or you want to drink lots.
     
  20. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (3,176) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    I'm not arguing that good beer costs but the easy to get to city centre shop
    sells Tiny rebel at about £3.99 a bottle that I know sell about £2.50 elsewhere
     
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  21. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Holy shit. That's horrendous as the most expensive one for me to get is the DIPA which is £2.30.
     
  22. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (3,176) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Well I now can go to Brewtique which obviously has to make a profit
    but the beers are more around the prices we know we should be paying
    BUT it involves an hour bus (to Manc city centre) then a half hour train
    whereas (un named) City Centre beer shop still need the bus but it's near where I work
     
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  23. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Might as well pay for delivery from their webshop lol
     
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  24. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (3,176) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    I will do once it's up & running :eek:
     
  25. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    It's been up for ages dude! Beer and merch!
     
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  26. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (3,176) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Crossed wires send me a link please
     
  27. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    http://tinyrebel.co.uk/shop.html

    Unfortunately the Belgian Urban IPA is out of stock already. Not sure what the bottled Full Nelson and Dirty Stop out are like but if they follow the trend they'll be pretty disappointing if you've had on cask before.
     
  28. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Crusader (795) Jan 29, 2012 United Kingdom (England)

    Jealous because you can't buy alcohol in your huge supermarkets in Australia?
     
  29. Flibber

    Flibber Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    I really like Ilkley Lotus and Kirkstall Dissolution
     
  30. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (178) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Two great breweries that for whatever reason never seem to feature on the lists of top "craft" brewers.
     
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  31. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (178) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    The moral of the story: drink local beer
     
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  32. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,716) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Or trade and drink other peoples local beer *tips hat to Zimbo*
     
  33. Kal

    Kal Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2012 United Kingdom (England)

    Tesco has withdrawn torpedo and the american double which isn't exactly the same as hardcore ipa by the way. They have replaced torpedo with the god awful shipyard ipa.
    So for me I would go for punk and dead pony from sainsburys and goose island and snpa from tesco

    I don't think online retailers should count.
     
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  34. Kal

    Kal Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2012 United Kingdom (England)

    They are but they aren't widely available
    Of you like stouts then also go for anarchy sublime chaos and sirens broken dream
     
  35. rgordon

    rgordon Defender (683) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    My kind of store. Give them your business and thank them. Those eclectic shops are rare everywhere.
     
  36. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (178) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Seem to be more and more popping up though. A convenience store near me now sells Stewart’s speciality range, SixºNorth etc and has draught beer to take away.
     
  37. Hopbomber

    Hopbomber Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Beermoth? Most expensive bottle shop in uk perhaps? £1/2 pounds more than bottle stop or even Utobeer in borough, they're clueless when it comes to pricing. One for the hipsters - not the beer geeks.
     
  38. Hanglow

    Hanglow Defender (637) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Is that in glasgow? which one if so?
     
  39. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (178) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Maxwell's Convenience Store in Pollokshields. Handy if you're nearby
     
  40. Hanglow

    Hanglow Defender (637) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Cheers, I'll nip in next time I'm round there
     
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