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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Robtobfest, Aug 20, 2013.
I saw the ' least bitter IPA ' thread, so naturally......
-Green Flash West Coast
Green Flash Palate Wrecker. Or Mikkeller 1000 IBU, but that one was horrible.
Smuttynose Finest Kind is like getting knifed in the palate by a bloodthirsty, sentient grapefruit. In a good way.
Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Stone RuinTen and Founder's Devil Dancer are some of the more bitter ones I've had that I can think of.
Finest Kind for the 'single' IPA
Hopsickle for the DIPA
I mean most IBU's vs the balance is off? I mean 1000 IBU's was very well balanced and came off pretty sweet too. Mean while I recall having a 3% "session" stone colab that was pretty damn bitter with no malt back at all. I doubt it was 60 ibu's but it was more bitter to me than the 1000 IBU.
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum had a long, dry, bitter finish
Easily palate wrecker.
All of these were so damn sweet that their bitter notes were kinda lost on me.
Most bitter in a bad way: Clown Shoes Supa Hero comes to mind. Couldn't finish the bomber it was so bad. Also Red Brick Hoplanta.
Most bitter in a good way: GF Palate Wrecker, Sixpoint Resin and Hop Stoopid which used to be too hoppy for me back in the day but, when I revisited it more recently, I thought it was great.
Most bitter that I've had recently: Chafunkta Voo Ka Ray IPA (in a good way).
Never understood the love for finest kind. Only 75 ibu's. Pretty meh IMO.
Different experiences seem common; a few have said that Finest Kind was very bitter but I don't remember it being noticeably more bitter than any other IPA.
This has already been discussed but, for me it was Huma-lupa-licious from Shorts.
This one was a brewery only, but Papa Jade, it was so bitter that IMO it was undrinkable. And I love big bitter hoppy brews, but this one could strip varnish.
Easier to get brews, Palate Wrecker, Hopsickle, and Smuttynose are all quite bitter, but also very good too.
Shorts the Liberator. It liberates your tongue of all it's taste buds.
No doubt, we all pick up other things. I'm struggling to think of the most bitter beer. IMO most brewers err on the side of too sweet to avoid being "overly bitter"
That said I think IPA's tend to be far more bitter than double IPAs due to the over abudence of sugar and malt to get a beer to the double iPA level. Ruination FRESH being the exception but by today's standards that's an IPA.
Fat Heads Head Hunter, it was like getting speared through my head from the back of my tounge.
Ethos. Nothing compares to that. If you haven't had it, go bite into a piece of chalk. That's a pretty close comparison.
Founder Devil Dancer was a tough one for me to finish because of its bitterness. RuinTen is another one that comes to mind. I didn't think Palate Wrecker was all that bad, but it may have not been fresh. I'll have to try it again this year.
Hoptimum (which I'm having right now) is up there. But damn is it good.
This has my vote. Devil dancer has a lot of malts so it tastes a lot less bitter IMO. Have not had palate wrecker but would like to some day.
Hoptimum--bitter but really good
Palate Wrecker--face melting--a four pack is a chore
Artic Panzer Wolf and Ruinten for me personally.
Half Acre: Space IPA
3 Floyds: Arctic Panzer Wolf
Green Flash: Palate Wrecker
Hoptimum and Palate Wrecker were both a punch in the teeth this year!
And I LOVED it!!
I am always shocked at my first sip of ZumUerige's Altbier when in Duesseldorf, damn is that bitter. After 5 or 6 it is not so bad. ;-).
Hoptimum or Oracle if we are talking perceived alpha acidic bitterness.
Double Daisy Cutter was pretty damn bitter too.
RuinTen and also On the Wings of Armageddon, both were just hop ecstasy for me
The first year Oracle was out, it was one of the most bitter beers I ha ever had. Next year not quite.
SN Hoptimum, Great Divide Hercules, Fat Head's Head Hunter, Smuttynose Finestkind..
(Head Hunter is the only one I truly love)..
... and I guess I have to add Founders Devil Dancer..
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in bottles i agree, i think the draft has stayed steady
Hopsickle is the only one that made me feel like a wuss.
Latitude 48 by SA was the most bitter beer I recall. I've had pallet wrecker and hoptimum which although we're bitter also had some positive flavorings as well and were well crafted. Lat 48 was just flavorless bitterness.
Ruination, Ruinten, Hoptimum
Hoptimum and Ruinten for sure.
Humu-Lupa-Licious is second runner-up.
Wow, neither the RuinTEN nor Hoptimum was crazily noticeably bitter for me at all. I absolutely love them both (RuinTEN more). I do recall having not been able to finish a Weyerbacher Double Simcoe because it was overly bitter, but that was at least a couple of years ago, when I just started really enjoying IPAs.
Funny to see Finest Kind listed, when its older brother, Big A, when fresh is so much more bitter it is hard to exaggerate it. Then there is the highest rung on the bitter ladder, fresh Hopsickle, and there pretty much is nothing more deliciously bitter than that one.