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IPA with the largest malt backbone

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MaltMilkshake, Feb 13, 2014.

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  1. BriantheBeerGeek

    BriantheBeerGeek Initiate (0) May 26, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, torpedo is a perfect example of balance, not huge malt backbone.
  2. TheGator321

    TheGator321 Initiate (0) May 29, 2013 Connecticut

    lunch or PtE
  3. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (111) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey

    East Coast IPAs/older IPAs tend to have more malt, before the current craze of weed/funk/palate-wreck West Coast style took over the country.

    Like everyone has said, the DFH IPAs are the best example of that big malt backbone holding up the hops like atlas. 60/75/90/120 for sure. Incidentally, I had a DFH Hellhound on draft and I was reminded of just how much delicious maltiness DFH packs in their IPAs (in this case it was cut a little by the tart lemon but it was still present).

    Someone mentioned that Victory seemed to cut out the malt with their last two DIPAs and I agree. Hop Ranch is wonderful but a lil one-sided, which can lead to palate fatigue if you're having a few.

    Their Hop Devil, on the other hand, is another great example of malt+hop synergy/balance.

    West Coast I'll give it up to Alesmith's IPA and Pelican's IPA. "Creamy" is a word that comes to mind when thinking of those well-balanced yet big beers.
  4. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (621) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    I agree with Surly Furious. Huge malt backing.
  5. Rutgers13

    Rutgers13 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2013 New Jersey

    Brooklyn Blast has a nice malt backbone. Best beer I have had from them.
  6. brywhite

    brywhite Meyvn (1,196) Aug 27, 2009 California

    Any old, outdated or unfresh IPA should have a hefty malt backbone but I recommend sipping a nice fresh high ABV Triple IPA
  7. BeerWizard

    BeerWizard Disciple (327) Dec 22, 2012 Colorado

    DFH 90 - I'm drinking it right now and can testify!
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  8. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

  9. KolbMarley

    KolbMarley Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2013 Pennsylvania

    evil twin molotov cocktail
  10. LeperJim

    LeperJim Savant (924) Feb 10, 2008 Ohio

    I have a pit where I hold hostage some DFH 90 for just this stewing malty purpose.
    There, I feel better now.
  11. Dan269605

    Dan269605 Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2013 Connecticut

    Burton Baton, which I just drank...
  12. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    Left Hand's 400 Pound Monkey
  13. DerrickW

    DerrickW Aspirant (290) Jan 17, 2013 Georgia

    Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail
  14. BastardKing24

    BastardKing24 Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2010 Oregon

    Maharaja was one of the more malty IPA's I've had, and its pretty good to my memory, very sweet yet hoppy.
  15. joeneugs

    joeneugs Initiate (107) Aug 28, 2008 California

    It depends on what you mean by "malty". It doesn't necessarily mean sweet or under attenuated. You can have a beer with a high final gravity like Sucks or a beer that finishes sweet like Dogfish 120, but I wouldn't really call those malty... just sweet and under attenuated. Celebration has a lot of malt flavor, as does most of Sierra's IPA's.
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  16. ivorycannon

    ivorycannon Zealot (535) Feb 21, 2013 Indiana

  17. Sourkehd

    Sourkehd Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Massachusetts

  18. bound4er

    bound4er Champion (820) Jul 4, 2007 Wisconsin

    Tallgrass Ethos.
  19. DaKur

    DaKur Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Rhode Island

    Just about any IPA over 6 months old.
  20. prock180

    prock180 Aspirant (247) Mar 9, 2013 Arizona

    Racer X and Hop Henge. Along with a lot of good ones already mentioned.
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