Minimal flavor/ maximum bitterness IPAs

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  1. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,186) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Just wondering which IPA's (or could be another style) you recall that lacked any true positive flavoring but just seemed like the hops were way overdone and created a flavorless bitter taste like chewing on pine cone or tree bark. I've tried Sam Adam Latitude 48 a few times and that is the one that is just too bitter for me and seems to miss big on flavor balance. I've had many higher IBU beers than this one but they are way more balanced and flavorful.
  2. chocosushi

    chocosushi Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Oklahoma

    Alpha Dog is this for me.
    Horrible beer.
  3. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Trinity IPA, from my home state. It's terrible.
  4. DonFrap

    DonFrap Zealot (536) Feb 27, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Narragansett double IPA. I love bitterness but there was nothing at all to back it up flavor wise.
  5. Brandywine

    Brandywine Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012 Washington

    Pliny the Elder. Except its chewing on grapefruit rind rather than a pine cone.
  6. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (569) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    Howe Sound's aptly named 'Total Eclipse of the Hop'
  7. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    I'll get stoned (heh, heh) for this, but Stone's Ruination IPA is this for me.
  8. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,480) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    river horse tripel horse isn't an IPA, but it's the worst beer i've ever had.
  9. taxman

    taxman Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois

    Zombie Dust. Just have to work too hard to get past the bitterness to taste the underlying flavors. I don't want to work hard when I am drinking beer.
  10. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,764) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Green Flash Palate Wrecker, seemingly by design.

    If nothing else, it's a hell of an experience.
  11. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Devotee (440) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    i find Runiation more bitter than flavorful as well. I suspect we are pretty lonely on this line of thinking but what the hell.
  12. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Sly Fox Route 113 is actually one of the most bitter beers I have ever had. Not a big fan.
  13. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Defender (699) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    Remember this? I think it's now used to kill cancer cells.
  14. CMack

    CMack Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2008 Massachusetts

    This. Possibly the most bitingly bitter beer I've had.
    That's not to say I wouldn't buy it again if the ever re-brew it.
  15. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Defender (699) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    My tongue was messed up for nearly two days after one bottle. Two weeks later I got the nerve to drink another bottle. I gave the other two to friends so I could watch their eyes pop out.
  16. spoonhawk

    spoonhawk Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Iowa

    Most Double-IPAs that market themselves as "Tripple-IPAs" -- should be labeled "beware of soap" -- and intensely dry IPAs
  17. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Devil Dancer
  18. bovineblitzkrieg

    bovineblitzkrieg Initiate (142) Nov 25, 2008 New York
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    Haverhill Leatherlips for sure. It's basically named after that trait.

    Green Flash IPA I find to be mostly about the bitterness as well.
  19. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I just had a two month old bottle tonight, however a few weeks ago i had a two week old bottle. I have to say the two month old bottle was A lot more bitter! I'm guessing the beer loses its beta hop character as it ages, which IMO is what makes it a great ipa. In the future i will only want the freshest pliny possible!
  20. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Born and Raised IPA by No Li. It's like drinking pine sol:confused:!
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