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Hype vs Taste Best IPA

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Rupert50, Feb 7, 2013.


Best IPA

  1. Pliny

  2. Heady Topper

  3. Head Hunter

  4. FFF dreadnaught

  5. FFF zombie dust

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  1. Rupert50

    Rupert50 Nov 11, 2012 Ohio

    I have recently acquired Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, FFF Dreadnaught, FFF Zombie Dust and Fat heads Head Hunter. I just want to see how people ranked these beers against each other. I can not get enough of IPAs. Which of these beers are over rated and which need more attention. Feel free to throw in other beers not mentioned.
  2. beercanman

    beercanman Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    ZD is a pale ale
  3. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Yet it tastes like an IPA. I'll allow it.
  4. beercanman

    beercanman Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

  5. beercanman

    beercanman Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    On the list ZD. Maximus, sculpin and palate wrecked other wise.
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  6. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Mar 1, 2009 California

    Meh... ;-P

    Bad Boy
    Poorman's DIPA
    Kern River Citra
    Pliny the Younger FTW
    darkmoon66 and rand like this.
  7. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Centennial IPA from Founders. Very solid, weee little hype.
  8. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    I have had all of the listed minus head hunter.

    Ranking IMO:
    Dreadnaught (I liked arctic panzer better)
    jcreegan likes this.
  9. mixed_master7

    mixed_master7 May 16, 2012 Florida

    I picked Dread, but that's because I haven't had Heady. I would also like to notably mention the following:

    Oak Jai Alai
    and prob a new top favorite as of Tuesday, fresh Double Dry Hopped Ruinition
    HipsterBrewfus likes this.
  10. bccocx

    bccocx Jan 13, 2007 Texas
    Beer Trader

    I can't get any of these beers regularly... so, St. Arnolds Endeavour or Lagunitas Sucks.

    IMO: HT > ZD > Pliny. I haven't had the other FFF or Head Hunter
  11. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Bad Boy better than all in poll and all not Bad Boy in replies.
    darkmoon66, cavedave and Pelican5 like this.
  12. victory4me

    victory4me Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

  13. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
    Beer Trader

    Two Hearted is my favorite IPA for everyday. Not a Hop Bomb by any means, but a fantastic, well-rounded IPA. So drinkable.
  14. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
    Beer Trader

    Definitely a good choice too. Same with Lakefront IPA....another great IPA that gets no hype.
    morganmcd likes this.
  15. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    Then which?
  16. brewtus

    brewtus Dec 29, 2012 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Love to see headhunter here , Ohio represent. Hit me up if you want trade for it
    DogfishJoe, Rupert50 and beercanman like this.
  17. cantak

    cantak Oct 10, 2012 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Zd myself
  18. Jfriz25

    Jfriz25 Jun 8, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Tried an Odell's IPA next to Pliny, blind pig, zombie dust, and furious and it was as good as any of them.
  19. CityofBals

    CityofBals Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    Heady is currently the best ipa in cans, but once boneyard starts their canning line, who knows. :confused:
    flexabull, cavedave and spicelab like this.
  20. FozzieThaBurr

    FozzieThaBurr Feb 8, 2013

    I chose Zombie Dust because it's my favorite of the options. I've had all but Head Hunter, so I can also say that ZD isn't really comparable to the others.

    After Zombie Dust, I would probably choose Heady, then Pliny, then Dreadnaught. Zombie Dust still trumps all for me though.
  21. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    I swear by Hop Wallop.
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  22. vurt

    vurt Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Citra gets most of the love, but Kern River's Just Outstanding IPA is, in fact, just outstanding.
    cavedave and corby112 like this.
  23. corby112

    corby112 Nov 19, 2008 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Pure Hoppiness?
  24. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Pliny is the best.
  25. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    LOL! Y'all are still talking about these beers, aren't you? Honestly, do any of you actually try beers blindly? When you go to the bar or bottle shop, there are great beers that you just overlook if you're always trying to hunt based on what you "heard." Funny, because if you take out the "a" in"heard," you get the embarrassing truth of your beer drinking lifestyle.
  26. Joah52

    Joah52 Apr 30, 2012 Missouri
    Beer Trader

    I live in PA so I can get some pretty great IPA's, Heady Topper is fantastic and lives up to the hype. But HopSlam and Nugget Nectar are also quite good. As well as your usual Two Hearted, Sculpin IPA, Hop Devil, and Hop Wallop (Victory). But I agree with Robert, if you like 1 IPA, then chances are you're goign to like all IPA's just to a varying degree. I've never wasted money on a single IPA I didn't like. Can't say the same for many other styles of beer.
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  27. Timmush

    Timmush Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey

    I have had them all in a blind taste test. Heady and Double Sunshine were my favorite by far. But I like that flavor profile which is WAY different than the rest. Head Hunter is good for everyday drinking but it is a Honda to Headys Mercedes.
    It is very hard to compare because they are all so different. Partly because you have 3 different styles in the list.
    jeromy44 and djrn2 like this.
  28. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Is the poll a trick question? There is only one IPA listed? I suppose I have to vote for Head Hunter.
    birdsellam, ncaudle, modern and 6 others like this.
  29. Texsuds

    Texsuds Jan 22, 2013 Texas
    Beer Trader

    My recent fave is Lagunitas Sucks!
  30. thebigredone

    thebigredone Dec 19, 2011 Wisconsin
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  31. Timmush

    Timmush Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey

    I get too much onion out of Lagunitas Sucks.
  32. jrnyc

    jrnyc Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    Zombie Dust
    Head hunter
  33. Rupert50

    Rupert50 Nov 11, 2012 Ohio

    I am huge fan of Founders . I love their Double Trouble and Devil Dancer as well. Plus all the other beers they brew.
  34. heyduke

    heyduke Jan 14, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Those are all great IPA's, I don't think any of them are overrated! I gotta throw Odell's IPA and mycenary to that list.
    PalatePilot and KVNBGRY like this.
  35. XpensiveBieros

    XpensiveBieros Feb 3, 2013 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Just to clarify and be forthcoming with my vote...I've only had HT and Dreadnaught!
  36. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Nov 10, 2006 California
    Beer Trader

    My current favorite IPA is Drake's Aroma Coma. Too bad it's not release year round
    Kadonny, PerHops and albertq17 like this.
  37. SpeedwayJim

    SpeedwayJim Jun 19, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    Sean Hill wants a word.
    jacksback, caguiar and brewsader like this.
  38. logan0203

    logan0203 Nov 16, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Heady Topper is the best by far. No hype there.

    For more available everyday IPAs:
    Troegs Perpetual IPA
    Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
  39. cavedave

    cavedave Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    My top 8's

    KR Citra
    Bad Boy
    Boy King
    Expo Hoppiness

    White Rajah
    Just Outstanding
    Head Hunter
    Zombie Dust
    Flower Power
    Jai Alai
  40. nrs207

    nrs207 Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    This thread is nuts. Agreeing on what IPA is the best is impossible. I'd take Heady over anything I've had. Stone Enjoy By is probably my second favorite right now.
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