Better DIPA this year? Lagunitas Sucks or Hopslam

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BKArmstrong, Jan 27, 2013.


Better DIPA this year? Lagunitas Sucks or Hopslam

Poll closed Feb 17, 2013.
  1. Lagunitas Sucks

  2. Hopslam

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  1. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    And I could be wrong, but it sounds to me like you had a decent price on Hopslam and a so-so price on Sucks. May not come as a surprise, but it sounds like people are spending $9-10/ sixer of Sucks on the West Coast and in less expensive markets (I'm anticipating $12/ sixer in upstate NY, last year it was $11-13). And Hopslam goes for, what, about $18/ sixer?
  2. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Just gimme some Palate Wrecker already, damnit. Still has not landed in upstate NY.
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  3. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (561) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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  4. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    Deschutes Hop Henge.

    EDIT: Though if you want to get technical I suppose Henge would fall into the TIPA category this year.
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  5. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    Wouldnt call sucks a double either but it is far better than hopslam in my opinion.
  6. MinnesotaMoon

    MinnesotaMoon Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2013 Minnesota

    both are has a great beer for great value and readily attainable ....hopslam is great beer for not as good value and only slightly harder to attain, but in the hopslam price point I would much rather have surly abrasive. long answer short: sucks over hopslam
  7. merc7186

    merc7186 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2010 New York

    I have reviewed both beers and Hopslam has the better review from me. With that being said....Heady Topper is the real winner.
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  8. Naterobsnyk4

    Naterobsnyk4 Initiate (175) Jan 25, 2012 New York

    Sucks all week and twice on sundays.
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  9. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    This. OP, just get yaself some Heady, if you haven't already. Find a VT trader and it shouldn't be so hard to get, probably easier and cheaper to do so than Hopslam.

    And just go to a store and buy some Sucks—curious as to why you'd have to go out of your way at all to get it.
  10. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    Hopslam! No Sucks..... No wait, Hopslam. Or maybe Sucks. I'm gonna have to drink them both again and decide later.
  11. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Poo-Bah (3,058) May 29, 2005 Ohio
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    Head Hunter is so much better than either of those. And is only an IPA to boot.
  12. Brian14608

    Brian14608 Initiate (147) Sep 15, 2009 Florida

    Sucks makes me happy all the way around.
  13. dave122382

    dave122382 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2012 Michigan

    Both great but my vote goes to the slam!
  14. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    But Bell's says Hopslam is in the upper 60s as well.
  15. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Disciple (335) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado
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    Because of ABV, price and availability I gave the slight edge to Sucks.
  16. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,416) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Sucks >hopslam (of course IMO)
  17. dujayhawk

    dujayhawk Initiate (53) Aug 8, 2011 Kansas
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    I like Sucks better, tried Hopslam for the first time this year and if I were to try it blind I swear it was a Pale Ale not a DIPA. Though just my humble opinion.
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  18. harperman69

    harperman69 Aspirant (234) Feb 11, 2009 Tennessee
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    Since I'm getting technical, what the crap is a TIPA? Triple IPA?
  19. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

  20. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Yes, which means that both beers have almost identical IBUs.
  21. FantomeMenace

    FantomeMenace Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2010 Indiana

  22. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    I agree with this assessment.

    But to address the OP, why decide when you can have both. :slight_smile:
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  23. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Well said!!! That was my arguement 3 years ago when it was one of the many beers compared to PtE. I argued Hopslam moreso needs to be compared to PtY based on ABV as that year PTY was 10.25% if I remember correctly, (every year varies) whereas there really was no comparison. ;-P

    OP - I'd rather go with (assuming all are fresh) PtE, PtY, Dreadnaught, Hop Salad, Bad Boy, & Citra. But I'd still prefer fresh SUCKS and Hopslam over Heady all day. Call me crazy, but preference is subjective afterall...

  24. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (561) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    let you know tomorrow...........CAN'T WAIT! (for HopSlam)

    btw... Sucks is amazing this year!
  25. dumpman

    dumpman Disciple (312) Feb 6, 2010 Rhode Island

    Hopslam, uh no sucks, uh no heady yeh, pliny wtf there all great i'm oing to the fridge to grab a sculpin.
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  26. jderosia603

    jderosia603 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2012 New Hampshire

    Had both this week and was much more impressed with sucks.
  27. OTB

    OTB Disciple (398) Sep 2, 2011 California

    Had my first LS this year. We dont get HS in So. Cal but I did trade for some last year and really liked it.Both are world class beers.

  28. NateMac13

    NateMac13 Devotee (460) Apr 10, 2011 Illinois

    I have both chilling a bit to do a blind taste test -- and it will be my first time trying both of these. My wife is about to pour them. I'll get back to you.
  29. StylzMC

    StylzMC Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    Never having hopslam, I can't vote.... but the Sucks was 10.99 for a sixer. Gotta like that.
  30. maximumu13

    maximumu13 Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2010 Ohio

    IMO they are both delicious but different. After doing a back to back I find hopslam to be better balanced and sucks to be more in your face, so I guess it just depends on what you like. For me its sucks all day until double trouble comes out.
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  31. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Meyvn (1,483) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Beat me too it!
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  32. NateMac13

    NateMac13 Devotee (460) Apr 10, 2011 Illinois

    Hopslam is a wonderfully crafted beer. At over 2% more ABV than Sucks it is fantastic. Not to take away anything from Sucks though. After my first taste I liked Sucks a bit more. But as I continued to drink, the balance and complexity of Hopslam swayed me toward it. Both excellent but Hopslam is the winner for me. But I look forward to getting more Sucks since it is becoming more available.
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  33. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Aspirant (295) Nov 20, 2012 Virginia
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    Palate Wrecker. Just because it likes to punch me in the face.
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  34. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Hopslam, DRIPA, and PtE are top of the list for me. Sucks is a great beer, but can't hold a candle to these three IMO.
  35. MaltMilkshake

    MaltMilkshake Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2011 California
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  36. jdhende

    jdhende Disciple (306) Sep 27, 2010 Illinois
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    Both great beers, but the overall drinkability and price point on Sucks wins it for me. I found a store where I can get 6 packs for $9.50 in Chicago. I will take that any day over the $16-$18 price point for Hopslam.
  37. theCoder

    theCoder Disciple (393) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota
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    Both but if i had to pick just one. Sucks, find a single of Hop Slam or like I'm doing this year just going to have it at the various tap releases and that'll do fine by me.
  38. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (849) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I dont really like Sucks, I'd rather drink just about every other (hoppy) Lagunitas beer than that.
  39. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Artic Panzer Wolf or Double Dorado as my picks!
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  40. cway2031

    cway2031 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Illinois

    I'd go with Sucks for the above reason. More sessionable. Does it get points for having a better name?!
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