Crisp IPAs

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  1. SailIntoTheStout

    SailIntoTheStout Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2015 Michigan

    Summer is here and it's hot and humid. Does anyone have any recommendations for some crisp IPAs for these hot days? I'm not talking about the syrupy, extra sweet IPAs, but just the opposite. Medium to light mouthfeel and balanced.
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  2. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,934) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    If you like a light bodied IPA I would suggest Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion IPA.

  3. FBGordon

    FBGordon Initiate (0) May 15, 2012 Florida

    Down here (Florida Panhandle) people drink Founders All Day when it's hot, along with BP Sculpin and Cigar City Jai Alai. Plus those all come in cans. I'm completely drinking the Kool-Aid with these juicy IPAs and PAs; I'd be looking for Maine A Tiny Beautiful Something, Creature Comforts Automatic and PseudoSue.
  4. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2012 California

    Fat Heads Head Hunter came to mind.

    Smuttynose IPA "The Finest Kind", Port Wipeout, and while a borderline pale ale/ipa...Alesmith X
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  5. Chcshammonde

    Chcshammonde Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2014 California

    +1 on the Luponic, tons of flavor yet light bodied.

    Also would say Modern Times' Booming Rollers fits this profile 100%.
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  6. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,028) Aug 16, 2009 North Carolina

    i enjoyed Luponic but found it too light. i don't mind lighter IPAs but some pull it off better than others. i find Founders All Day to be syrupy and leave a weird aftertaste.

    Head Hunter is straight up amazing
    Union Jack is similar to Head Hunter, to me, and is crisp and clean
    Jai Alai is great too, i had it this winter but it struck me as a warm weather beer
    Carton Boat Beer is an amazing warm weather beer
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  7. Hwk-I-St8

    Hwk-I-St8 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2016 Iowa

    Excellent summer beer. I wish I could get more as it would be my go-to for sailing. It's supposed to hit distribution here soon (I'd originally heard April, but it seems to pushed back repeatedly).
  8. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2012 California

    Funny you should say that. I tasted fresh Head Hunter side by side with Jai Alai. At first, I thought Head Hunter reminded me of Union Jack. After further tasting though, the closer comparison for Head Hunter would be to a beer like Port Wipeout. Union Jack, to me, is a touch heavier and more complex all around. My brother refers to Union Jack as his Fall/Winter IPA.
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  9. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,028) Aug 16, 2009 North Carolina

    i've never had Port Wipeout but i hear that's very good as well. i'd LOVE to do a side by side with Head Hunter and Union Jack!
  10. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (564) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Uh-you're in Michigan--

    Two hearted come to mind?

    An IPA benchmark. Super fresh--as crisp as a true IPA gets.
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  11. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (446) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    Crisp and dry as a awesome low abv hop delivery device. Wouldn't call it balance though.
  12. TWStandley

    TWStandley Crusader (762) Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts

    When I think of crisp I think of Jacks Abby Hoponious Union or Calyptra. Sure, they are IPLs but still.
  13. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,834) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    The couple IPLs I've had fit the bill (the only one I remember by name is Orlison's - no way they're distributed to Michigan). So have some hoppy takes on pilseners, so long as they're not too big (a 7% abv lager with PNW hops isn't a pilsener - sorry Fish Brewing...).

    Not a popular suggestion for some, but I've had several "session" IPAs that were in the ballpark as well.
  14. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,739) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Fresh Headhunter is always a great choice.
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  15. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,628) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Two Hearted
    Creature Comforts Tropicalia
    Westbrook IPA
  16. mickyge

    mickyge Meyvn (1,461) Nov 1, 2014 Massachusetts

    Green Flash West Coast IPA is pretty crisp and refreshing
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  17. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (485) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    Revolution Fist City
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  18. hillind

    hillind Aspirant (268) Apr 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Victory Vital IPA is extremely crisp and light IMO.
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  19. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,500) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    I agree with other poster that 'crisp' may be most easily found in an IPL. St. Archer Nelson IPL is the best I've had recently. One can never go wrong with the Jack's Abby offerings. Cans of FW Pivo Pils may fit the bill too if you like pilsners.
  20. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (281) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Crisp is exactly how I would describe Two Brothers Wobble. Not overly tropical but a distinct drying bite with lemony hops.
  21. Dr_Bahmbay13

    Dr_Bahmbay13 Devotee (459) Mar 10, 2013 Michigan

    No problems Ipa from Perrin easy to get too. Oddside Ales Troll toll, Very good Session ale.
  22. GreatStoutman

    GreatStoutman Crusader (751) Jan 5, 2016 Texas

    Two-Hearted because duh...

    also, Stone IPA is pretty crisp with a good clean finish.
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  23. pinyin

    pinyin Disciple (357) Sep 19, 2013 New York

    Carton Boat, but difficult to find in cans, even in NJ.
  24. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,238) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    Victory Vital IPA. It's like a pilsner-IPA hybrid. So crisp and clean.
  25. hopnado

    hopnado Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2014 Michigan

    When it gets hot and HUMID in Michigan I basically throw particular style out the window. Sometimes all I want are beers that are light, refreshing, and crisp.

    Blackrocks Grand Rabbits
    Frankenmuth Twisted Helles
    Victory Prima Pils
  26. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,238) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    Damn, that looks good.
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  27. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I came over to say Vital IPA is really light and crisp.
  28. Caj1

    Caj1 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2013 Texas

    Stone Go-To
    Ballast Point Sculpin (some may disagree but I found it pretty crisp)
    Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
    New Belgium Ranger
    Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion
    Lagunitas IPA
  29. Dr_Bahmbay13

    Dr_Bahmbay13 Devotee (459) Mar 10, 2013 Michigan

    Grand Rabbits was going to be my other recommendation! Great summer time beer!
  30. pauljrinaldijr

    pauljrinaldijr Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois

    came here to say this...have not had version 2 yet...but I am guessing it will be fantastic like the first one
  31. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,375) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Wow, you and I think exactly alike. I was going to say these 2 beers. Smutty is super crisp as is Head Hunter. I just love, love, love Head Hunter. Wipeout I've only had once or twice so I honestly don't remember it. Also, the Fat Heads Sunshine Daydreamin is super crisp and clean, but it's a session IPA so it should be crisp.

    The other one I see was listed above is Vital IPA from Victory. Pilsner malt and hops? Crisp and clean IPA. I'll disagree too on Fresh Squeezed. For me that has way more malt and sweetness to it, enough so I would not really call it crisp.
  32. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Any decent Kolsch will do!
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  33. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,800) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    Lizard King
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  34. Tonyjenlasc

    Tonyjenlasc Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2015 New Jersey

    Stone Ruination 2.0
    Otter Creek Back Seat Burner
    Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion / Union Jack
    Founders Mosaic Promise
    Alpine/GF Hoppy Birthday
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  35. Condado

    Condado Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2016 New Jersey

    I like a lot of what's been mentioned ed but would add the Sweetwater IPA
  36. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (2,942) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    We're in Michigan, man. Two Hearted, All Day, even Centennial will do. You want something local, try some Short's Space Rock or Greenbush Closure. Sure, they're APAs, but they're crisp and refreshing in a hot day.
  37. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,763) May 7, 2015 Florida
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    Fat Head's Head Hunter
  38. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    I call them pilsners. Look for a hoppy US style one. YRMV.
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  39. scottakelly

    scottakelly Zealot (502) May 9, 2007 Ohio

    For "crisp" I think lager. If you want a hop fix with it, Victory Prima Pils, or SN Hoppy Lager
  40. monkeybeerbelly

    monkeybeerbelly Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012 New York

    i might get it for this one but...

    new belgium citradelic is really crisp and refreshing for those warm summer days
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