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Better DIPA this year? Lagunitas Sucks or Hopslam

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

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Better DIPA this year? Lagunitas Sucks or Hopslam

Poll closed Feb 17, 2013.
  1. Lagunitas Sucks

    54.4%
  2. Hopslam

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  1. flipdog0

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    Just did a side by side. Unfortunately, Lagunitas does "suck" when it compares to Hopslam :)
     
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    Haven't had the Hopslam yet but this years "Sucks" was awesome!
     
  3. BKBassist

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    No Hopslam in NYC, but Sucks is about the best (D)IPA I've had when it comes down to considering drinkability, price and complexity. So I can't compare the two but I can sit enjoying my Sucks and keep snatching it up til it's gone. I was a big fan of Enjoy by 12.21.12 but 2.15.13 didn't make it here so haven't had that either. As far as a true DIPA goes, I'm a big fan of Nogne O Two Captains, Brooklyn Blast! and Ruination. Surly doesn't make it out here either.

    NYC has a ton of great beer culture, but the whales don't make it out for some reason.
     
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    Haven't had Sucks but the fact that anyone voted for it over Hopslam makes me want to seek it out because Hopslam is the Nectar of the Gods!
     
  5. MADhombrewer

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    I am definitely going with Lagunitas. Hopslam did not impress me either time I had it.
     
  6. MADhombrewer

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    Wow. Just looked at the results. Really would have though everyone would have gone for Hopslam. Hype be damned.
     
  7. rambojr03

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    I finally had my first opportunity to have "Hopslam", and on tap no less! :):):) All I can say is "WOW!" Amazing beer, and the establishment I had it at told me they were charged $270 for a Keg. I'm going back tomorrow afternoon to have some more, though I have a feeling the Keg will have run dry by then.;)
     
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    I love, love, love Sucks. Its no Hopslam though. Neither of which can eve n be mentioned with Surly Abra...
     
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    Seek out Hopslam for the experience. Seek out Sucks for the value and sessionability.
     
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    Sucks by a mile. Hopslam shouldn't even have hops in the name, it's so fricking malty.
     
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    Having just had the 2013 Hopslam for the first time, this isn't even close. Sucks blows Hopslam out of the water. I don't know if this batch of Hopslam was actually worse than past years' or if I just don't like it anymore, but Sucks is the beer that's really doing it for me right now. It's especially weird because two years ago, I might've said Hopslam was my favorite beer.
     
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    Just had drafts next to each other...this year's Hopslam is boozy and weak on the hops...really sad, used to LOVE Hopslam... Sucks killed it this year. Part of my *yawn* on both of them this year though, comes from the fact that we've had a couple months of readily accessible Abrasive which was DIVINE this year!!
     
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    Know which is my favorite one.......the next one!
     
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    Here I can get a six pack of Hopslam for $19 or TWO six packs of Sucks for $16. Even if the price difference was only a couple bucks, I'd rather have Sucks, honestly.
     
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    I think a better comparo would be Dreadnaught/Arctic Panzer vs. Hopslam, or Hop Stoopid vs. Sucks. Similar price points and ABV's.
     
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    Good news, I drank a fresh Dreadnaught after the sucks vs hopslam last night. Dreadnaught might have them, maybe later this week I will try again with all 5 that you mentioned. (Even though hop stoopid cant hold a candle to the other 4)
     
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    I have bottles dated 1/10/13 and a fresh keg dated 12/27/12, blind tasting with friends after work today.
     
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    FTFY
     
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    This is an outstanding IPA.
    Can anyone from Mich (eastside - Macomb/Oakland county) direct me to a store that currently has Sucks? I've never had it and I really want to try it (and contribute to this thread).
    So far though Hopslam is outstanding 15-1 in my opinion (DRIPA is 14-2).
     
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    I enjoy Hopslam a bit more, but not enough so that I can justify spending six more dollars on a six pack.

    Same thing can be said with Darkness and a beer like Founders Imp. Stout. Buy one bottle of Darkness, or TWO 4-pks of Founders. Hmmmm, let me think.....

    These are just more examples of why I like craft beer. Show me a expensive, fairly hard to find beer, and there is typically an equally or almost as good example more readily available for much less $
     
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    I am not a huge Hopslam fan, but I had a 1/10/13 bottle last night and liked it WAY better than sucks.
     
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    Dreadnuaght for the WIN!!!
     
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    In my mind, as I read it I thought the thread title was silly. I figured no contest. But the poll dang near floored me. I think Hopslam is far and away better than Sucks. But it's not a fair comparison to say they are in the same catagory. Neither are standard DIPAs: Sucks (which I DO really enjoy and plan to continue purchasing) is an IPA (as stated, the IBUs and abv are in the straight up IPA range) whereas Hopslam has the abv but 60-70 IBUs is really on the low scale for DIPAs, plus it has the honey which help further separate it from standard DIPAs.

    Now to add to the semi off-topic shouts to other great beers: I absolutely love me some Hopslam but prefer Oracle, Dreadnaught, Heady Topper and Double Jack. If anyone wants to send me some Abrasive, I'd happily judge for myself if I need to join your ranks...
     
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    Hopslam is one of the best DIPAs out there. Sucks simply isn't at that level. That having been said, for the price Sucks is hard to beat.
     
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    Gotta give the edge to Hopslam. Its the better tasting beer (both were amazing though). Is it $1 per bottle better? Maybe not.
     
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    Guys I drain-poured my batch 11697 Hopslam tonight...horrendous relative to prior years. Sent a note to Bell's as well after having bad glasses of it at 2 separate bars yesterday as well...anyone else observing this?? I couldn't even choke it down
     
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    Yes, not even in the same league.
     
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    Sucks has some great hype going for it atm, i really dont consider it a dipa, nor would i take it over scuplin or green flash west coast ipa for the tropical west coast style that it is. Hopslam is a totally different style of beer, cant compair or judge the two beers against each other imo.
     
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    I love Sucks and gave away the Hopslam this year. Even being a Michigan girl, I am bowing to Lagunitas.
     
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    Sucks > Hopslam
     
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    Alpine 19/10 crushes them all. However Sucks for me.
     
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    I am not sure it's a batch issue - I just think this is how Hopslam now tastes. I used to wait in anticipation for January every year like a kid waiting for Santa Claus. Now I don't even buy it.
     
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    I know -- I so badly want it to taste like it did -- I mean this was abhorrent. I've had it for years -- I remember it being bad in 2011, decent last year and undrinkable so far this year. I really don't want to be done with this former beauty queen -- I'll try one more bottling this year but then RIP Hopslam...
     
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    I love Lagunitas Sucks (and many other Lagunitas brews) but it is Hopslam by a hair. Because I'm too lazy to change my avatar.
     
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    The Sucks I had was way off. A tad of vomit flavor. Hopslam was stellar as usual.
     
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    I can't believe Hopslam is losing in the poll. That stuff is just so drinkable for such a high ABV beer. Love it. Although these beers are kind of different. So I can see it being a tough choice for some. Not for me, Hopslam was the clear winner.
     
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    I'm surprised its that close. Hopslam is just so sweet and overpowers the hops.
     
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    Sucks, by a mile. Hopslam is good, not $18.00 a sixer good though.
     
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    Last years hopslam was great this years is different. Not as hoppy as I remember. Anyone else get this? Did a side by side and sucks is my pick. Hopslam was very disappointing this year.
     
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    Hopslam is so over hyped IMO. Voted for Sucks.
     
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