Favorite Colorado IPAs?

Discussion in 'Mountain' started by hoppytobehere, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,222) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    It'll be full/busy and there will probably be a lot of drunk people, but it seems like a prime time to go. They'll have something like 20 taps including different vintages of their seasonal big stouts.
     
  2. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Disciple (392) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Tried FCB's Far Away IPA for the first time and was pleasantly surprised- its a crisp, west coast IPA with a light malt character that works really well.

    Would certainly try again. Definitely on a completely different level than the Rocky Mountain IPA they had in the past.
     
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  3. Fitshaced

    Fitshaced Aspirant (225) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado

    Having a Dry Dock IPA. Pretty tasty. Has a very crisp taste to it. I dog the artwork as well
     
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  4. Socalfan21

    Socalfan21 Aspirant (232) Aug 1, 2013 Illinois
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    Sounds fun. Thanks for the info.
     
  5. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,222) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Kind of IPA-related, Upslope's Citra Pale is now available in 6-packs. The version they released in tall-boys back in 2015 was one of my favorite CO hoppy beers. I just bought a 6-pack, so I'm hoping it's the same stuff!
     
  6. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,026) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    The Imperial IPA is pretty tasty.

    Cheers!
     
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  7. WingsAndBeer72

    WingsAndBeer72 Initiate (164) Jul 27, 2014 Colorado
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    This is very good news
     
  8. TrveBrewer

    TrveBrewer Initiate (116) Jun 13, 2014 Colorado

    Just a heads up that we're releasing our once-a-year DIPA, Nazareth, tomorrow at 4:20pm.

    This year the beer is 100% Troubadour Serenade, hopped with Amarillo, EKG, and Triplepearl at 7lb/bbl, and fermented with 001.

    This loss at this hopping rate was very high, as such, we don't have a lot of this one...it won't be around long.
     
  9. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,035) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Growler fills? :rolling_eyes:
     
  10. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,026) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Your brews do not make it to GJ, do they?

    Cheers!
     
  11. tylerstubs

    tylerstubs Initiate (194) May 14, 2015 Colorado



    That beer packaged at TRVEs going rate would be 85 bucks for 500 ml.
     
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  12. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,026) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Wow! They that good.:slight_smile:

    Cheers!
     
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  13. TrveBrewer

    TrveBrewer Initiate (116) Jun 13, 2014 Colorado

    Unfortunately not right now (that'll probably change soon, but I don't have a precise timeline).

    Also, while I get the humor, I've gotta say that we consistently price our mixed culture beers at or, often, below the going rate of our peers because we believe in the quality of the beer and want people to drink it. We also make efforts to not pass on all of our costs, when possible, which at our size/production level is not an easy thing to do....and we're one of the few places where you can still get a $5 proper pint of pale ale.
     
  14. WingsAndBeer72

    WingsAndBeer72 Initiate (164) Jul 27, 2014 Colorado
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    Anyone try the new Upslope experimental ipa?
     
  15. Fitshaced

    Fitshaced Aspirant (225) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado


    I just picked up a 6 pack and trying it now.. unfortunately this will probably become marinade for me. It has a huge malt back bone and very little hops to me.. just not a fan..
     
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  16. clusterfolk

    clusterfolk Initiate (131) Jun 20, 2014 Colorado

    Yeah thats what most of Upslope's IPAs turn out like IMO. The light-malt "modern" IPA is just not their thing. That said, their Citra Pale is more along those lines.
     
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  17. clusterfolk

    clusterfolk Initiate (131) Jun 20, 2014 Colorado

  18. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (963) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    Different yeast? Consider me intrigued!!!
     
  19. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (339) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    Anyone have Alpha Bits 5 from WeldWerks yet?
     
  20. Dan_K

    Dan_K Disciple (399) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado
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    Man, I am really wanting to try that DDH n00b now, but it's almost a 2 hour drive each way from my house. And I'm going to be there next weekend. The struggle is REAL!
     
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  21. Fitshaced

    Fitshaced Aspirant (225) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado

    So true!

    On the Citra pale ale note. I had it a while ago and it was so good then they didn't make it for about 6 months and I went back and tried it and it tasted more like a lager to me instead of a really good pale ale. So I've been Leary to go back and try it again..

    Cheers
     
  22. Fitshaced

    Fitshaced Aspirant (225) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado


    Yeah it sounds delicious. Think I'll swing by and try it and maybe grab a growler of it..
     
  23. WingsAndBeer72

    WingsAndBeer72 Initiate (164) Jul 27, 2014 Colorado
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    That is what I was afraid of.
     
  24. GOciepka

    GOciepka Initiate (131) Oct 6, 2013 Colorado
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    I bet it'll still be on next weekend
     
  25. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (720) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Want to try it, but their prices on double ipas or DDH beers are pretty insane. $9-10 for a pour. I'm guessing the crowlers are around 16-18$ to take home. No thanks. :angry::rolling_eyes:
     
  26. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (963) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    I didn't realize it was crowlers :slight_frown:

    In my experience, Odd13 beers need to sit for a couple of weeks before drinking, but I've made the mistake of sitting on a crowler for two weeks which ended up being an oxidized mess.
     
  27. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (339) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    Their prices don't bother me at all. I've never paid that much for any of their IPAs. They're definitely not $9-10 at the taproom. I'm not going to pretend I know how much it costs to make those beers cuz I don't, but I do know it's not cheap with the DDH beers and DIPAs.
     
  28. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,035) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Really? I have had two month old crowlers that taste fine.
     
  29. R3ason

    R3ason Disciple (307) Aug 13, 2014 Colorado
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    I'm lost. Odd13 doesn't have a crowler machine now, do they (the day they get one, I'll be so happy)?

    DDH n00b = growler
    Alpha Bits 5 = crowler
     
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  30. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (963) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    I heard crowler. Good to know.
     
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  31. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Savant (963) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    I had a DDH Galaxy Juicy bits this past week and it was very oxidized. I've had two month old BA stouts that were fantastic though.
     
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  32. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (339) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    Cerebral just released Tandem Jetpack today for those that are interested.
     
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  33. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (720) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    They definitely are $9-10 At the taproom. DDH juicy bits and Alpha 5 are both $9 At the taproom currently. Extra juicy bits was $10.
     
  34. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,035) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I did have juicy bits in a crowler with about a month on it, and while it was still great, it wasn't the same glorious elixir it was fresh.
     
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  35. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,035) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    @rscot231 my homebrew geekery has gotten the best of me, can you elaborate on the yeast changes? If you prefer not to I get that too. :sunglasses:
     
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  36. Yohinesness5

    Yohinesness5 Initiate (123) Oct 5, 2014 Colorado

    Their crowler prices are definitely on the expensive side compared to similar styles from other breweries around town. For being a flagship beer, I wonder why it hasn't been put in 12oz cans yet? Can't say I've heard much about their current 12oz offerings.
     
  37. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (720) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    i was just thinking about this today. They make enough juicy bits to have no limits at the pub, and send out crowlers to distribution. So when they decided to do cans they thought that hef and puesta would be best... but why? Because they're lighter beers and lighter beers should be in cans? It seems to be a common theme when breweries start canning to not put their best selling beer in them but a pils or a lighter lager of some sort.

    :confused:
     
  38. rscot231

    rscot231 Initiate (178) Mar 11, 2008 Colorado
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    We use Vermont Ale from The Yeast Bay as our house yeast at the production brewery. It's predictable, fast, and tasty. We use London Ale III sometimes for rotating IPAs or taproom releases. The taproom has largely switched to LA3 for everything. This is n00b with LA3, oats, and a Citra double dry hop. The base beer is Mosaic and El Dorado.
     
  39. rscot231

    rscot231 Initiate (178) Mar 11, 2008 Colorado
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    Not speaking for my dear friend Neil or anyone else, but this is one of the problems with crowlers. People treat them like cans. They aren't filled the same way as cans on a machine that's dialed in to do the filling. They are subject to human variability. You can have a great crowler fill or a shitty one, depending on who's filling it. We certainly have cans that occasionally have oxidation issues, but for the most part the automation on the machine creates a more consistent product with less oxygen pickup. Treat crowlers like growlers, not cans.
     
  40. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,035) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I think by putting the beer into distribution channels in a crowler format is begging for the crowler to be treated like a can. Like everyone else, I am surprised juicy bits hasn't seen cans at this point.
    Also, thanks for the input on yeast changes in n00b. I like la3 in my homebrews, but it likes to stay in suspension until I bottle. Somehow it always floccs hard once bottled. Maybe it's a function of pressure.
     
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