Favorite Colorado IPAs?

Discussion in 'US - West' started by hoppytobehere, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. polkbar78

    polkbar78 Feb 11, 2011 Colorado

    Agree 100%. I haven't had it since they joined up with Strange, but Green Man used to aways hit the spot for me. It’s up their with Hogshead’s Gilpin Black Gold as a local beer I’d love to see packaged.
     
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  2. Limazulu

    Limazulu Jan 4, 2020 Idaho
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    Odell Mountain Standard
     
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  3. clusterfolk

    clusterfolk Jun 20, 2014 Colorado

    Cannonball Creek collab'd with Liquid Mechanics. It's a WCIPA called "Cartel." In cans. Go get it now.
     
  4. bla211

    bla211 Mar 17, 2015 Colorado

    Big fan, bought two 4-packs.
     
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  5. eppCOS

    eppCOS Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    4 Noses Revised Copy (neIPA)
    WW Many Splendored Thing DIPA both quite solid, though I lean 4 Noses...
     
  6. eppCOS

    eppCOS Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Oh, and if you haven't revisited Station 26 Bang Bang DIPA, 9.2% - it's worth it, for you "bigger Pliny the E" fans - this one has a resinous/pine "bark" and bite that I really enjoy.
    Reminds me of the recent Cumbre/PP/MT collab, Big West (same 9.2% too)
     
  7. eppCOS

    eppCOS Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Wow, this thread has gone dormant. You'd think with the panic, people would have stocked up.
    IN any case: Weldwerks a minute of perfection is worth every effort IPA. 6.6%. Galaxy, Sabro, and El Dorado hops. Tropical and fluffy as is their style. GET IT it's great!
     
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  8. Kuester

    Kuester May 14, 2012 Colorado

    Not sure how much might still be available but Cameo from Casey is craaaaaazy good!
     
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  9. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I got some of the Cameo on Saturday at Comrade. I liked it, but wasn't necessarily blown away by it like some folks. Tasted pretty close to Outer Range's hazy IPA's to me. That's not a bad thing, but I lean more in the WW or Epic style for hazies at the moment.
    I still like a little more sweetness in that kind of beer. I'm cool with bone dry IBU-laden hop bombs, but I like what sweetness does for new school and hazy items.
     
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  10. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    It would be pretty neat if Comrade and S26 joined forces and made Super Banger... a hybrid of 2/3 of my favorite Colorado IPAs
     
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  11. eppCOS

    eppCOS Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Latest ORB In the Deep Steep DDH DIPA (Motueka) is worth driving for, trading for, or killin' for!
    BE ADVISED.
    *end of PSA*
     
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  12. rikarmstrong

    rikarmstrong May 14, 2015 Colorado

    Slightly off topic, but does anyone have an aversion to Sabro hops? Lately I've been noticing in some IPAs I'm getting almost a "band-aid" or "medicinal" flavor note, which I've been able to pinpoint to beers with Sabro hops. Supposedly they impart a "mint" flavor, which I think is what I'm picking up.
     
  13. wasatchback

    wasatchback Jan 12, 2014 Tajikistan
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    Sabro in large quantities is dominated by Cedar. It’s so overpowering. I’ve never picked out the bandaid or medicinal personally.

    I think the hop has amazing potential but I think it needs to be used differently or in different amounts than the standard “banger” hops. They are insanely powerful hops. Smelling a freshly opened bag is crazy. To me they’re more powerful than Galaxy even. The hop aroma is nothing but tropical fruit but in beer the woody and herbal notes tend to be pretty strong. Still haven’t had a Sabro beer that I thought was amazing. They’re all interesting but have aspects that make them less desirable usually.
     
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  14. Panama69

    Panama69 Feb 8, 2015 Colorado

    Forklift Elevator from 4 Noses is excellent. Best IPA I’ve had from there and up there with Weldwerks.
     
  15. Justins123

    Justins123 Feb 7, 2016 Colorado

    Had some great IPAs recently, the highlight being Outer Range I Miss Loud Taprooms. Probably my favorite beer I've had from them.

    That and 2-3 week old half-racks of Odell IPA from the grocery store. Always tastes amazing.
     
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  16. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    Not new or exciting for some/most and I have probably said it before in one of the earlier 6,000+ comments in this thread, but for a widely available and affordable beer, Crooked Stave IPA is fantastic.
     
  17. wasatchback

    wasatchback Jan 12, 2014 Tajikistan
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    I would agree. However something seemed a bit different about the last 6ers I had (was a while ago). Can was dated early January (prolly grabbed them later that month) and it was actually pretty clear and didn’t have the aroma or flavor that I had associated with the hazier cans. Even found a can dated from November in the back of the fridge that I cracked next to it. Even a few months older can looked like I had expected it to look and was much more flavorful and aromatic. Been drinking a lot of this beer for a while now and these are the first cans that seemed dramatically different than previous batches. Felt like it was an intentional change in the product and not a one off mishap.
     
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  18. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Lots of breweries make significant tweaks to their existing beers (especially IPA's) so it wouldn't be a shock if CS did it. Sometimes it's just what's trending, other times it even comes down to what hops are available at the time or who's running the kettles.

    For what it's worth, I really like CS's IPA, but I haven't had it in a little while. My closest store (Chambers) seems to rarely have fresh cans for some reason. At the stores where it IS fresh, I usually go with Melvin or La Cumbre instead.
     
  19. wasatchback

    wasatchback Jan 12, 2014 Tajikistan
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    I am aware of the potentially frequent changes or tweaks made in commercial beers whether they are intentional or not.

    However this seemed like a wholesale change in the brand, like a yeast change.

    Anyone poured any fresh CS IPA into a glass recently? Wondering if it’s hazy or clear(ish)....
     
  20. eppCOS

    eppCOS Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Agreed. Something strange in the last 2 six packs from CS IPA - taste was off.
     
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  21. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    Last week when I posted about the CS IPA, I had just drank the last two beers out of six I had bought sometime before March 14th. I have only been buying crowlers supporting a couple of local breweries since then, so I know it was at least 2 months old but did not check the date. It still tasted great and was hazy. I will have to pick another 6 up on my next liquor store visit. Bummer if it changed permanently for the worst.
     
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  22. wasatchback

    wasatchback Jan 12, 2014 Tajikistan
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    know idea if it “changed” or not. Not sure if those canned dated 1/8 were just an off batch, a yeast experiment, or what? Interested to know what the latest cans you can find look/taste like.
     
  23. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I dont get the outer range hype. Sue me
     
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  24. dauss

    dauss Aug 9, 2003 Colorado

    More Dodge Less RAM is still on tap at Comrade. 2019 GABF Gold Medal American IPA
     
  25. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Definitely screaming through my 8 pack of Vermont IPAs from Red Truck.

    Solid solid offering.. much more balanced than the newer school NEIPAs.. similar to what I recall Hetty Topper to taste like. Will certainly grab another 8 pack lol
     
  26. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    8 pack huh? I'm intrigued. Brewery only, or liquor store availability?

    Visited Red Truck last year and enjoyed what I had including the food. Nothing blew me away, but solid offerings and a unique "milk bar/70s diner" feel that felt like a throwback.

    Somewhat refreshing when so many other new brewery spaces feel try-hard or derivative.
     
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  27. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Yes an 8 pack!
    Picked them up from the beer store around the corner from my crib.

    Agreed on them- nothing will really blow your mind, but nothing will disappoint either. I like what they did with the space and appreciate that they aren’t contrived or trying too hard.
     
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  28. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    While I’m not crazy about mixed buckets in general- Odell consistently puts out a variety pack that doesn’t result in me having 3-4 extra beers that just get pushed around the fridge for months.

    The latest Montage has Peach Radler (my babe loves these along with Sipping Pretty), OG IPA, and CryoHop ipa, which is delightful. Not sure I’ve had a beer made with hops treated this way, but I thought it was great... very much a new school hop profile that integrates well with a light malt base.
     
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  29. eppCOS

    eppCOS Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    So, one consequence (?) of this whole pandemic has been greater, local, availability of some of Denver's best. I'm taking a real shine to TRVE's offerings, including Scorn and Show No Mercy - (west coast IPA @5.6%?) - damn stuff is like heavy-metal beer Champagne. Dry, crisp, great see-through appearance with mountain's worth of foam on top. So drinkable. Damn good stuff - can't wait to go visit that place in person... sometime.
    We didn't get much of their stuff prior to this era, so for that at least, I'm grateful. Cheers!
     
  30. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Tunnel of trees in cans is a welcome addition to my refrigerator
     
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  31. bufante

    bufante Jun 28, 2014 Iowa
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    Great thread! I've had a ton of Weldworks stuff, but I am very happy to find a bunch of other suggestions in this thread. Keep the great IPA convo coming! I'll be in the Denver area late June!
     
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  32. travis224

    travis224 Jul 24, 2010 Colorado
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    This is the only IPA of theirs that I haven't picked up since we've been in quartine. Glad to hear it's tasty. I had Scorn, Tunnel of Trees, and Ageless Fire. Liked them all a lot, and they were all very different. Really curious about the kviek beer they have too, Hefring. Sounds interesting and nice and summery.
     
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  33. travis224

    travis224 Jul 24, 2010 Colorado
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    Not a Colorado IPA, but has anyone seen Breakside’s IPA in 6 packs anywhere? According to their website, they added this format recently. It’s one of my favorite IPAs and I’ve always thought it would be great as a sixer.

    https://breakside.com/our_beer/breakside-ipa/
     
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  34. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    I’ve only ever had it on draft and it does not play.
    Definitely West coast-y, but also seems modern and relevant. Will certainly be keeping an eye out for this... thank you!
     
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  35. dauss

    dauss Aug 9, 2003 Colorado

    Comrade taps Honeyman 33 today, the 33rd iteration of their R&D IPA. Citra, Azacca & El Dorado, 6.3% ABV
     
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  36. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Why is it called honey man?
     
  37. dauss

    dauss Aug 9, 2003 Colorado

    Our brewmaster, who was previously at Barley Brown's, had a lot of beer names named after equipment: Ratchet Strap, Pallet Jack, Handtruck, Forklift, etc. Handtruck is a pale ale. We named it after the brand of US-Made hand trucks, which is pretty much the gold standard of the brewing industry, Honeyman
     
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  38. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Ifigured it may contain honeymalt. Good to know.
     
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  39. dauss

    dauss Aug 9, 2003 Colorado

    Westbound & Down Western Conference All-Stars collab cans are dropping this week. West Coast IPA with Comrade. Another West Coast IPA with Cannonball Creek
     
  40. Cynthiafaron

    Cynthiafaron Jun 9, 2020

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    I think you might like to try an "About Damn Time" from 4Noses Brewery- west coast dry and hoppy -
     
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