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. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    Had fresh growler last night. Meh.
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  2. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Fresh growler poured from the brewery with a new growler?
  3. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,729) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    alpine duet
    blind pig
    odells ipa
    Jai Alai
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  4. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (261) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    As far as I know none of these are readily available where I live, and I haven't yet gotten into the trading game. But despite all the hype I'm enjoying the hell right out of hopslam while I can still get my hands on it : )
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  5. Beerandboards

    Beerandboards Devotee (462) Nov 6, 2012 New Mexico
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    Elevated IPA, or La Cumbre's Full Nelson. If they were made anywhere other than NM, they would have first class tickets on the hype train.
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  6. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    I don't get the hype over Nugget Nectar. I was so excited to finally get to try it, and thought it was just "meh."

    Conversely, I don't think Lil' Sumpin Sumpin gets enough hype. Maybe because it's available year-round, but still.
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  7. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Initiate (55) Aug 6, 2011 Washington
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    ZD for me. An APA? I don't think so....
  8. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Initiate (55) Aug 6, 2011 Washington
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    If Boneyard bottled or canned, they would clean up.... My growler gets worn out...
  9. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,148) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Yet here you are in the thick of it complete with obscure avater and all...
  10. Duff27

    Duff27 Poo-Bah (1,796) Feb 10, 2010 Illinois
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    This is silly.
  11. dashmartino

    dashmartino Initiate (191) Aug 30, 2006 Pennsylvania

    i agree with perpetual ipa! pretty attainable, yet very very close to the quality of nugget nectar
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  12. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,283) Jun 4, 2012 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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    Lagunitas Maximus.
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  13. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (460) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    I agree. Does popularity = best? If that were the case, I'd be driving a Camry and listening to Lady Gaga. There are so many flavor profiles; more pine, less pine, more malts, less malts, tropical, floral, grassy, blah blah blah. It's all preference and you like what you like. Period
  14. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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  16. Shagator

    Shagator Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Kentucky

    I think it depends on the flavor or hop centric flavor that you like. For me Dreadnaught is incredibly balanced and is very good. I also like Zombie Dust, but is is a completely different taste and I have a hard time picking between the two. They are both equally great depending on the mood I am in. i also like Ruination and Palate Wrecker if I am in that kind of mood. With that being said I have not had head Hunter or HT. I have had Pliny, and to me it compared with Dreadnaught and i enjoyed Dreadnaught much more.
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  17. RamoneTavares

    RamoneTavares Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2013 Virginia

    Heady no contest and anything else coming out of VT is 1b, 1c, etc (Lawsons, Hill farmstead) ZD second and I'd rather have sculpin, flower power or nugget nectar than the rest. I know nugget nectar is an amber but its hittin this year!
  18. terrapinfan88

    terrapinfan88 Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Virginia

    All very good... All VERY Different. IPAs to IPAs kinda, Apples to Apples not so much. If were picking favorites Head Hunter, Heady, and Zombie Dust in a 4 way tie with 2 Hearted.

    ...and Dreadnaught, Panzer Wolf, Hopslam, Evolution Lot#6, Sculpin, and Jai Alai in a very close second. :grinning:
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  19. Rupert50

    Rupert50 Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2012 Ohio

    I think Head Hunter is very unrated. I have not tired HT yet. Maybe tomorrow ill break down and pop the can!
  20. rand

    rand Meyvn (1,010) Feb 24, 2006 California
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    that's the list right there. I'd add Keene Idea to the top (Double Nelson) if anyone's had it. Heady is overrated...
  21. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Nope. Pliny is oh so Divine-y.
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  22. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I haven't been graced with most of these and will have to work my pattootey off to change that I am sure. That being said this becomes especially difficult for me to judge because i can never be sure how fresh a beer is unless it has a date one it or if its been stored properly.. Since i love my beers, beta hop pleasant, I don't want to unfairly judge a beer that is past its prime and drowned out by alpha hot stringent bitterness.
  23. darkmoon66

    darkmoon66 Aspirant (248) Oct 8, 2011 California
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    I'd take most of Alpine's IPAs, Double Jack, Aroma Coma, and Lagunitas Sucks over any of those.

    But of those on the list Heady is my favorite.
  24. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Pliny followed very closely by Heady Topper.
  25. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,440) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    You are exactly right, and the line is not only blurred for you, it is blurred for everyone, and in fact there is no line. The brewer of Dales Pale Ale is on record as saying he chose that name only because it sounded better than Dales IPA. Yet you see folks here arguing that Dales is a Pale not an IPA. I call them all hoppy pales, cause that is the truth of it, all the rest is what kind of a mood the brewer was in, or what sounds good on the label, or where does it have the best chance of competing in a competition.
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  26. starkmarvelo

    starkmarvelo Disciple (370) Jan 20, 2010 Texas
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    I think Heady and Zombie Dust are well worth the hype. And I don't buy into hype. I think Cigar City Humidor Series IPA has probably been my favorite in recent memory.
  27. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    Yup this is a sloppy mess. HT is in a different ballpark!!!!
  28. NWer

    NWer Crusader (727) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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  29. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Not really sure what's going on here, but came here to say:

    Heady > Gandhi Bot > Hopslam> Pliny > Meadowlark
  30. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (968) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    Probably go Harlan over all those if we are talking about single IPAs. Though there's only one beer on that list classified as one.
  31. shuggy

    shuggy Initiate (138) Dec 22, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    I traded some Head Hunter for some Heady. In hindsight I wish I would have kept the Head Hunter.
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  32. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    You're a funny BA. It seems you make it your mission that every time Pliny is brought up on any thread, you have to let us all know it's over-rated. We get it.
  33. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    Zombie Dust or Duet from what I've had. Heady, Abrasive, Pliny, Blind Pig, Boy King, and Hopslam are all great (along with plenty of others). Citra is on its way here.
  34. 510a

    510a Disciple (397) Jan 12, 2013 Washington
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    Dont miss out on Deschutes Hop Henge , ILive in WA and have had only Pliny of the uber hyped so when nuggets like this and Enjoy By come around , I swoop in and stock up.
    Fat Tug and Descender , not hyped but excellent in the PNW.
  35. p90beer

    p90beer Initiate (34) Jan 10, 2011 Delaware
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    alpine nelson not getting enough love .....
  36. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    FRESH bottles & especially draft:

  37. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (467) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    I would throw Surly Abrasive or Furious into that mix. Just had an abrasive last night, it was fabulous!
  38. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    unfortunately I haven't tried any of the beers listed yet, where i am in jersey its really limited...or most of the ones mentioned i probably wont ever see on a shelf here. but some of my recent favorites are definitely Racer X i had that on draft it was incredible...really delicious DIPA. sculpin is always great, had the lagunitas sucks as well. im a huge hophead, even the nugget nectar is awesome. i'm heading to philly this weekend so if anyone in that area knows the best spots to get some of these IPA's listed in the poll lemme know !
  39. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    This thread is bad and you should feel bad.
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  40. miketd

    miketd Zealot (535) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    Head Hunter from that list(and almost any other). I'm sure it's been said, but trying to compare an IPA to a IIPA is futile.
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