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. 2BDChicago

    2BDChicago Aspirant (256) Nov 21, 2010 Illinois
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    I got a case of HP two weeks ago at Bell's General Store. And Lags Sucks has popped up all around Chicago. I've had both in the same session four times. One was draft vs draft at Bavarian Lodge. On the one hand I agree with one opionon weaving through this thread, "these brews don't quite seem like the same style". So is it a real grapefruit to grapefruit comparison? While both are awesome, and I've been a Hopslam fan for a few nod goes to Sucks. Two reasons; (1) more vibrant fruit flavs, (2) price...for sixers I paid $11 f/ Sucks and $16 f/ HP.
  2. Cotchept

    Cotchept Initiate (160) Jan 14, 2013 Colorado
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    I drank both the other day. Hopslam by far. Better flavor and mouthfeel. Also the aftertaste of Sucks is lacking whereas Hopslam coats your throat in hoppy goodness.
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  3. BKArmstrong

    BKArmstrong Aspirant (270) Jan 21, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Hopslam arrived in DC tonight, so I went all in and did a blind taste test of both tonight.
    Sucks was my winner, but as stated constantly, taste is subjective.
    Sucks has a better mouthfeel and seemingly higher gravity, which I liked more. Also seems to be more balanced.
    I've never had previous year's releases of Hopslam, so I have no point of comparison.
  4. hardy008

    hardy008 Poo-Bah (1,969) Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota

    Both are great, but I vote for Hopslam.
  5. jkeffer13

    jkeffer13 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 Virginia
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    I could get a case of sucks for the same price of 12 Hopslam, but the slam always seems to go down easier. My vote goes to Hopslam.
  6. Scalzo

    Scalzo Aspirant (245) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Double Daisy Cutter
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  7. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (474) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    Was this one of the options?
  8. Buttermilk

    Buttermilk Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2010 Illinois

  9. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Initiate (68) Nov 29, 2007 Illinois

    20 GO TO 10
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  10. KaiserSose

    KaiserSose Initiate (45) Apr 17, 2012 Minnesota
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    Both great beers, but Abrasive tops them both!
  11. Zimm

    Zimm Initiate (0) May 18, 2012 New Jersey
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    In NJ I can't get Hopslam. Would love to try it but can't... :-( . Got my limit of six Sucks tonight, but loved the hell out of it on tap!
  12. brian4beer

    brian4beer Initiate (130) Jan 27, 2013 Indiana
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  13. thegodfather2701

    thegodfather2701 Crusader (754) Nov 3, 2005 North Carolina

    Hopslam and for me its not even close.
  14. anglagard1

    anglagard1 Aspirant (215) Nov 17, 2010 Wisconsin

    Last year I was waiting impatiently for Hopslam, but when I finally got it, it tasted a little off. Well it turned out I came down with a really bad flu and was throwing up for the next 24 hours. As that was the last thing I had before getting sick, I don't think I'll ever see Hopslam in the same light again. Had them both this year and consider them very comparable, but give the edge to Sucks. But like I say, I am biased.
  15. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    For some reason Sucks doesn't come across me as a DIPA...

    Haven't had Hopslam this year but Enjoy By IPA > Sucks
  16. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Surly Abrasive is just better than both of these in every way possible, IMHO!
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  17. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Aspirant (208) Jul 13, 2012 California
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    sucks all the way......i thought hopslam was a little hot for me........
  18. Chaney

    Chaney Poo-Bah (2,035) Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

    I've bought a case each year of "Hopslam" in the past, but this year, considering "Lagunitas Sucks" is about $8-9 per 6er and "Hopslam" is $22+, I made a command decision to direct my beer buying habits to Cali this year.
  19. RockAZ

    RockAZ Disciple (371) Jan 6, 2009 Arizona
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    Both are great, the best tasting for fragrant hops, but Sucks is not really a DIPA. Slight preference for Hopslam because it is higher in ABV and it is a more complicated beverage holding more flavor.
  20. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    It's definitely pretty damn close. I voted one way, but now I'm not so sure.

    I remember back to last year's release. Saw cases of Brown Shugga Substitute on the floors of my local bottleshops and distributors sometime in December of '11. Started with a 'what the hell is this?' and me picking up a six-pack to add to my armful of Belgian Christmas beers. When I got home and tasted one, I was blown away. Had no problem trekking up to the distributor to take a case back with me.

    Sucks (bottles) hasn't hit my area yet, but I can only hope it'll prove to be readily-available, despite the demand being so high. Hopslam, on the other hand, sells out right away; even if it does come in in great volumes. If you have trouble landing a sixer of Hopslam, I always swear by Stoudts DIPA. Think Hopslam, specifically with orange blossom honey. I'm not sure where you're at and if you get their distribution, but it's a similarly awesome beer. Quite the underrated IIPA.
  21. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (400) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    I was in Chicago last week where I usually get my Hopslam. This year I thought, "fuck it". I'm tired of hunting down Hopslam every year. It is a great beer, but there are so many great IPA/IIPAs that are more available. I decided to let the other chumps to hunt down sixpacks for $18.
  22. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    Heady Topper
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  23. terryg75

    terryg75 Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2012

    Hopslam all the way. I just can't get into Lagunitas at all. Tried Sucks on trap the other night and didn't do anything for me. I also traded off my last six of Brown Shugga for a four pack of Ten Fidy last week. I don't get all the hype for their shit at all.
  24. KevinGordon

    KevinGordon Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 North Carolina

    I'll vote on this as soon as Hopslam comes to NC. Holy crap they are taking their sweet time.
    That being said Sucks is an amazing beer
  25. Cotchept

    Cotchept Initiate (160) Jan 14, 2013 Colorado
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    Tried them both again last night and I still prefer Hopslam. I love the tropical hop profile of Sucks but it lacks in the other areas where Hopslam excels.
  26. seplo

    seplo Aspirant (271) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    I'm going with Hopslam
  27. jefftennis

    jefftennis Initiate (165) Oct 6, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Had them both last night. Sucks is definitely better.
  28. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Obviously, the answer is Heady Topper.
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  29. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    But it's only 8%!!!!

    I haven't actually tried Sucks yet, so Hopslam is my default answer. Tastes as good as always.
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  30. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Truthfully, since Heady isn't part of the discussion, I opt for:

    C) none of the above
  31. 1beergeek

    1beergeek Initiate (147) Oct 26, 2012 New Mexico
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    I saw a viedo on Draft Magazine that gave the 1-03-13 bottling of Hopslam a very bad review. I would love to tast it to make a judment call myself though. Has anyone else seen the viedo?
  32. JimSmetana

    JimSmetana Initiate (0) May 11, 2012 Illinois

    Literal CASES here at my local GROCERY store all week here in Chicago Area.

    Maybe if they were at Binny's they be goners.
  33. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Apparently the voters thought the question was "which beer is more widely distributed?"
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  34. caguiar

    caguiar Initiate (132) Jul 5, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Sucks is my vote for the poll but if you're really going out of your way, go with Heady Topper.
  35. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    I don't give a shit what the BA bros say Lagunitas Sucks is NOT a DIPA. Its 7.7 % and only 63 IBUs. How is this DIPA territory, when Union Jack is still considered a single IPA?
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  36. eagles22

    eagles22 Aspirant (251) Sep 7, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I just got slammed!! Haha I'm goin with hopslam but not taking anything away from sucks!!
  37. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    This. A million times this. Had a 3 day old version on tap for the same price per pint as what I would pay for a 10-12oz pour of Hopslam IF it was served outside of 9-5 business hours here...and it absolutely destroyed Hopslam in my book. If I saw a 3 day old bomber of Stone Enjoy By, I'd grab it without hesitation at $7.50 (roughly the same price/oz as Hopslam here), and would consider and most likely buy it up into the $15 range. Just one bottle, mind you...but damnit, that beer was amazing.
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  38. iadler

    iadler Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2009 Illinois
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    $9.99 for a tasty 6 pack versus $16.99 for a tasty 6 pack in my area. I'll take Sucks. Hopslam is good but not even the best IPA from Bells, which is Two Hearted IMO.
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  39. BigMike

    BigMike Meyvn (1,264) May 8, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Drove 5 minutes and Bought a case of sucks today for $43 out the door. I can drive close to an hour and get a case of Hopslam for $65. So, when i'm off thursday ill be getting some Slam! Sucks is an awesome beer. But Hopslam it ain't!
  40. SournRare

    SournRare Initiate (149) Dec 2, 2012 Michigan
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