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. adamridge

    adamridge Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Indiana

    I'm not a big IPA fan, so my exposure to(good)IPA's is minimal, but right now from whats available here. I would have to agree with Founders Centennial IPA being the best none hyped IPA for me, right under Hopslam which I think may be a little overhyped. I was also surprised by a IPA last month(Beer Club), Mojo IPA by Boulder Beer Co., never heard of it, but it was pretty tasty.
  2. rand

    rand Savant (993) Feb 24, 2006 California
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    Alpine is underrated in general. That's fine, picked up a bunch of Bad Boy this weekend, and since it's not in the top 20 (where it should be) you don't have a total frenzy.
  3. Mark

    Mark Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2001 California

    Isn't Pliny a DIPA? My favorite every day IPA's are Lagunitas and Anderson Valley. IPA's I liked a few weeks ago now taste like shit (Firestone Union Jack comes to mind). This is most likely due to my yearly phenonmena I undergo after returning from England and a diet of cask real ale. My taste buds will readapt but I ithink I don't like Firestone nor do I care for Speakeasy Bid Daddy.

    OLSKOOLKEG Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2013 California

    I would Say Pliny..But Double Standard is very good also From 3rd street AleWorks Santa rosa Ca
  5. beachfirebrews

    beachfirebrews Initiate (0) Nov 10, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Best hyped: Lagunitas Sucks, Flower Power, Sculpin

    Best underhyped: Sweetwater IPA, Southern Tier 2X IPA
  6. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    Never had Pliny or heady, chose hh. What did op choose?
  7. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    Also I think it depends on the regend. What is available to you and your surroundings.
  8. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    I'm Furious that a certain beer was left off this list, if you get my drift. Actually I'm not furious at all. In fact I don't give a flying nun fart.
  9. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    This is spot on. Would also take basically any HF or Societe IPA over the ones on this list.
  10. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    I can't wait until Kane starts bottling and distro outside of NJ. Then you will all know the wonder that is Head High IPA.
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  11. Rupert50

    Rupert50 Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2012 Ohio

    After trying all the beers from list this week here is my order:

    Head Hunter> Pliny> HT> Dreadnaught> Zombie Dust
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  12. hardy008

    hardy008 Poo-Bah (1,969) Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota

    I'm not sure I could pick one IPA or DIPA as being the absolute best. It's too tough of a call for me. If the question is what is the most underrated IPA and DIPA, I would probably pick Odell IPA and Myrcenary. I think both beers are truly great, and don't get as much praise as they deserve.
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  13. smitherz22

    smitherz22 Initiate (0) May 8, 2012 California

    Firestone/Walker Double Jack gets no love or hype, but is SOLID. Very crisp and clean.
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  14. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    kane head high is fucking awesome, i really like the quad too
  15. jdaddy

    jdaddy Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I have been really lucky to have quite a bit of experience with the beers listed in the poll. Having said that, as many have pointed out, it's quite a goofy poll which basically asks "which beer should I like best"?

    Now, here is a question that I rarely see addressed, so maybe I am violating some unspoken BA rule here, but how do you factor price into this? I mean really, $35 a case for Zombie Dust? $67 for a sixtel of Flower Power? How can anything beat deals like these?

    When we are talking personal preference and I find myself coin-flipping between a beer that is $70 a case versus $35 a case . . . .
  16. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,520) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Fresh Odell IPA is tough to beat....
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    KVNBGRY Champion (876) Aug 1, 2012 Florida
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    Out of those listed, I like Pliny. But If we're talking IPA, not DIPA, then my vote goes with Odell, or Ballast Point.

    KVNBGRY Champion (876) Aug 1, 2012 Florida
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    Green Room Brewing here in Jax, Fl has a Head High IPA, as well as a Double Overhead, DIPA. Not bad brews. They should definitely package them.
  19. BenTenison

    BenTenison Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 New Jersey

    Picking and ranking your favorite DIPA/IPA is like ranking your children. That being said my favorite child is HT but that is the personal preference of that super resin pine flavor HT delivers over Pliny. Also I can get a case of HT whenever I am up in Vermont. Pliny I had to hunt down on tap in Philly to try.
  20. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,492) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I understand what your asking, but you have IPA's mixed in DIPA's.

    IF your looking strictly at IPA's: Flower Power/Head Hunter/Blind Pig/ ZD even though it's marketed as an APA. HF Susan.

    DIPA's : HT/Abrasive/Sucks/Pliny. A few more I like a lot, but I've only had 1 bomber of Kern Citra/Knuckle Sandwich.
  21. ScottUCF84

    ScottUCF84 Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2006 Florida

    Haven't tried any of those. But Sucks and Palate Wrecker are my recent faves.

    Here here to widely available IPAs and DIPAs.
  22. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,241) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    From your list, Pliny wins. The everyday IPA I wish I could get regularly? Furious.
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  23. shuggy

    shuggy Initiate (136) Dec 22, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Quite a few of you folks really seem hung up on what style category these beers are listed as here or by the brewer. Dreadnaught and ZD are at opposite ends of the spectrum but HH, Pliny, and HT are so close in ABV and IBU's they are certainly comparable no matter what category they are in.
  24. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Texas

    Alaska IPA is in my opinion perfectly balanced and hopped.
  25. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Don't all of those riding the hype train pretty exclusively?

    I'll take a Fortnight, FBD, Ghandi Bot or Sculpin any day.
  26. NHbeerfishing

    NHbeerfishing Devotee (406) Dec 31, 2012 New Hampshire
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    HF Double Galaxy
    HF Abner
    HF Double Citra
    Kern Citra
    Zombie Dust
    Head hunter is nice, but can't even touch HF Susan which isnt even on my list of favs. After killing a bunch of these brews(again) over the snowy weekend the results were clear.

    Kern Citra, HF Doub Galaxy,Heady and Pliny were best brews.
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  27. omgshesaboy

    omgshesaboy Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2010 Ohio
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    Trick question? I only see one IPA on that list!
  28. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Initiate (16) Dec 13, 2012 New York
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    I had a busy 2 weeka of DIPAs due to snow and Super Bowl a tasting.
    Never had FFF or Kern but the majority of the others mentioned... Shocked nobody said Enjoy By?
    #1 Heady, #2 Kelso Industrial IPA seriously amazing stuff and @ 11.5% I was shocked. Next is a Pliny Elder which tastes very similar to Kelso. I never had Younger but I think Kelso made some.... Anyone in NYC needs to find this before it goes away.
  29. jcrackimus

    jcrackimus Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2013 Indiana

    Dreadnaught for me but it's an Imperial IPA. Hopslam is great but I believe it's a double IPA. Also Hop Walop by Victory is great. Zombie Dust is a pale ale like Alpha King.
  30. grynder33

    grynder33 Devotee (422) Jul 31, 2003 Wisconsin

    I'll take the one thats closest to being out of the fermenter
  31. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

  32. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    Good assemblage but sorely lacking Alpine.
  33. heatwaves

    heatwaves Aspirant (269) Oct 17, 2009 California
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    Sculpin is my favorite, but it doesn't get a lot of love anymore now that it's easy to obtain. Zombie Dust is my favorite from the list. Duet, also not on the list, would be my #3.
  34. NHbeerfishing

    NHbeerfishing Devotee (406) Dec 31, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Pure hoppiness, Nelson and Duet are coming in this week
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  35. harperman69

    harperman69 Aspirant (234) Feb 11, 2009 Tennessee
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    I still think Heady is the best beer hype or not. I'd go with Anti-hero as the best not super hyped IPA.
  36. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Pliny was the only one I've had from this list, but magical as it was, I'd also pick palate wrecker over it.
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  37. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    sweet jesus i'm drooling
  38. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

  39. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    Just an FYI - the last bottling of Duet is undercarbed and not indicative of the quality of the beer. Both recent bottlings of Pure and Nelson are A+ though. Enjoy.
  40. AJDePaul

    AJDePaul Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Illinois
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    We did a blind DIPA tasting last year. Although I wish I could have included Citra since I've never had the pleasure, this is the consensus among several participants...

    1. Heady....
    2. Dreadnaught
    3. Double Sunshine
    4. Ninja v. Unicorn
    5. New Glarus thumbprint IIPA
    6. Pliny
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