Favorite Colorado IPAs?

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

  1. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (355) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Damn son you picky.
    I know plenty of local breweries with loads of not products that are not even remotely fresh.

    Not everyone can be WW, Cerebral, and Outer Range and can/release something new every week.

    But I still love you. You the real MVP always. Let's chug some beers on your porch and make Chris eat some Bruery wax soon.
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  2. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,294) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I am kind of on the same page as @tylerstubs here.

    I think most IPA's maintain their peak through 6 weeks but I tend not to buy 4 or 6 packs of IPA's older than 30 days, as I don't expect I will drink through the pack before that window of peakness has lapsed. When an "old" 4 pack of La Cumbre Elevated IPA is ~ 2 weeks old (beer/brewery may differ for others based on preferences and location), I have the luxury of being picky like that. I can't tell how many times recently I have been at the beer store and wanted to grab a different IPA only to see if it over a month old already and grab some Elevated instead. If that IPA was in the singles section, I would definitely buy a couple at up to 6 weeks or so, but not a full 4 or 6 pack.
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  3. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,140) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    That's cool and all, but I'm not sure how 2/28 Hubert is 30 days old. Seriously, the wookus I picked up last night has a brewed on date that's more fresh than any of the Melvin I looked at and the dates you're giving. You can choose to think I'm an asshole for saying it. I'm simply pointing out that a larger company is doing exactly what you have alluded to not being able to do. Growth for the sake of growth is assanine, and pride goes before the fall. You want to dip out simply because you're hearing something you don't want to hear? That's life bro.
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  4. tylerstubs

    tylerstubs Aspirant (204) May 14, 2015 Colorado

    I'm just saying when your company doesn't listen to the consumer, it isn't good for business. Thats all.

    Melvin has a really good business model. Great branding etc. On the retail side, I even see them gaining consumer BRAND loyalty which doesn't happen much in the craft world. It is usually "style loyalty." I also see them pulling more consumers straight from the AB Coors customer than any other brewery. They're doing good work.

    Also, I'm picky cause I can be picky. There was a time when I settled for okay IPA. I'm not gonna anymore.
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  5. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (355) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    I'm just saying I love you and want you to be happy with whatever IPA floats your boat. I will crush Melvin no matter what because they are great AF.
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  6. tylerstubs

    tylerstubs Aspirant (204) May 14, 2015 Colorado

    We gotta drink soon.
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  7. Spaceman_Jer

    Spaceman_Jer Defender (602) Jan 27, 2015 Colorado

    This isn't necessarily directed at anybody in particular, but since the discussion of what people consider "fresh" came up I'll pose a question that I often wonder about. Does anybody else actually "test" how their favorite IPAs stand up to aging?

    I'm not talking about experimenting just for experiment's sake, but rather tasting your FAVORITE go-to IPAs at different ages to see how well they stand up. For me, since I have a short list of favorites I actually often buy, I figure it helps me personally to know how much I like those favored products at different ages. Because let's face it, we consumers don't necessarily control the age of beer that is presented to us, only whether or not we buy it. So for me I like knowing whether I prefer IPA #1 out at 3 months versus IPA #2 at 6 weeks.

    Obviously there is the variable of transit and retail storage that makes beers "unequal" sometimes, but I've personally found it very useful to know that I like Hubert at 3 months much more than say Union Jack at 2 months.
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  8. tylerstubs

    tylerstubs Aspirant (204) May 14, 2015 Colorado

    I have and will definitely say that Melvin and Odd 13 seem to taste the best "with age".
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  9. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Meyvn (1,028) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    I test with most of my 4/6 packs, and for my favorites, that means I test many times.
  10. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,294) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I have.

    Most recently with La Cumbre's Elevated IPA. I have tried it over the past couple months at all weekly intervals up to 2 months, with the exception of 7 weeks old. At 6 weeks it was still great to me, at 8 weeks it had a noticeable drop off....wasn't bad by any any means, but definitely past its prime.

    I have also done a less complete test with Odell's IPA....found it peaked for me between 4-6 weeks post bottling, did not like it quite as much when it was fresher than that....but never tested how it fared after that 6 weeks. I
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  11. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,140) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I don't drink a lot. A sixer can last me a couple months. Most IPAs, melvin included, drop off around 6 weeks for me. So if I get a sixer of ipa that already us 30 days on it, chances are half my six pak is going to shit before I can polish them all off. The beauty of Melvin, when they first hit our market, was I could get a six pak of Hubert or a 4x of riipa with a week on it. Now they blend in with a slew of month old beer for me. See, freshness doesn't always mean a customer wants to drink week old ipa. It may mean a customer wants a sixer of week old ipa so said consumer can drink one or two a week and not worry about drinking cardboard flavored grapefruit tea.
  12. MelvinBrewing_2x4

    MelvinBrewing_2x4 Initiate (121) Jan 5, 2016 China

    Wasn’t dipping out because we can’t handle criticism. Not trying to clutter up the CO IPA thread since we’re from WY. More than happy to take questions and concerns on our Melvin thread. Now, speaking of CO IPAs, anyone tried the new batch of Hog Wild from Hogshead? Check it out, it’s straight fire
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  13. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (355) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Nothing would make me happier than beers on your back deck. I have many fond memories there crushing the old school cool beers. VR, Prop 14, OG CBS, my first Pappy pours all had at your home. The old days were good. Crystal Springs 13 beating out VT Sip of Sunshine, Heady in a blind. We had fun.

    Now I just drink barleywine with Bales and crew up north and drink the latest haze craze.

    Speaking of that River North Mountain Haze is a great 6pk. They are crushing that beer with fresh canning dates and it hits all the hypebros checklists for hazy IPAS.
  14. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,178) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    IMO the sweet spot for most packaged "modern" IPA's (both WC and Hazy) isn't that big. I've had Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Green Flash WCIPA, and Victory Hop Devil that tasted absolutely fine if not mostly fresh after 6 months. Yet most of those massive late hop addition and pale malt IPA's tend to fall off after closer to 2. That can be tricky with some of those that feature extensive dry hopping (sometimes 2x) giving off a chalky harshness for 2-3 weeks.
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  15. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Meyvn (1,028) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    Nah brah, no checkmark for .rar
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  16. tylerstubs

    tylerstubs Aspirant (204) May 14, 2015 Colorado

    If anyone up north is looking, Make IPA Clear Again is at Atlas Valley.
  17. dauss

    dauss Zealot (558) Aug 9, 2003 Colorado
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    Comrade is releasing More Dodge Less Ram Triple-Dry Hopped Superpower IPA 4/21 at their 4th anniversary party. Grapefruit Superpower is also making a return.
  18. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (355) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Or at Wyatt's :wink:
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  19. poonamibaxter

    poonamibaxter Aspirant (266) Jun 26, 2007 Colorado
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    Stopped by Trve today for the Nazareth release, solid beer. Enjoyed the normal ipa a ton also.

    Real talk, why aren't we talking about Trve's mixed culture saisons? I grabbed one today and was blown away. Easily as good as any Casey beer I've tried and $20 for 32oz out the door. No 2 hr plus drive, no ticket to enter, normal hours, and no cover charge. They play good stoner metal also which is a plus.
  20. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (360) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    Probably because this is an IPA thread.
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  21. tylerstubs

    tylerstubs Aspirant (204) May 14, 2015 Colorado

    And it is delicious! I know haze bombs taste juicy and good, and I still like them of course. But this beer had awesome soft layers of hop flavor. Perfect IPA. If it were available Id drink nothing else....for like a month or so at least.
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  22. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Meyvn (1,028) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado
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    I stopped by Endo Brewing yesterday and grabbed their NEIPA, Kingdom Trails. One of the better versions I've had from a "neighborhood brewery". I wouldn't search it out, but if you're at Atlas, go grab a glass.
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  23. roemmic1

    roemmic1 Initiate (27) Jan 24, 2015 Colorado
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    Odd 13 is still amazing...Alpha Twins, uberNoob and Superduperfan have me drooling. Take my wallet.