MOST bitter IPA

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  1. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut

    I saw the ' least bitter IPA ' thread, so naturally......
    -Green Flash West Coast
  2. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Green Flash Palate Wrecker. Or Mikkeller 1000 IBU, but that one was horrible.
  3. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (3,198) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland

    Smuttynose Finest Kind is like getting knifed in the palate by a bloodthirsty, sentient grapefruit. In a good way.
  4. BurgeoningBrewhead

    BurgeoningBrewhead Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    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.
  5. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,349) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    Finest Kind for the 'single' IPA

    Hopsickle for the DIPA
  6. bobhits

    bobhits Meyvn (1,268) Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    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.
  7. mtomlins

    mtomlins Savant (936) Mar 12, 2010 Canada (ON)

    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum had a long, dry, bitter finish
  8. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    Easily palate wrecker.
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  9. bobhits

    bobhits Meyvn (1,268) Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    All of these were so damn sweet that their bitter notes were kinda lost on me.
  10. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,431) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    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).
  11. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    Never understood the love for finest kind. Only 75 ibu's. Pretty meh IMO.
  12. BurgeoningBrewhead

    BurgeoningBrewhead Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    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.
  13. No1Smitty

    No1Smitty Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2011 California

    This has already been discussed but, for me it was Huma-lupa-licious from Shorts.
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  14. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    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.
  15. douginromeo

    douginromeo Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2013 Michigan

    Shorts the Liberator. It liberates your tongue of all it's taste buds.
  16. bobhits

    bobhits Meyvn (1,268) Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    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.
  17. RMoeNay

    RMoeNay Disciple (336) Sep 22, 2010 Connecticut

    Fat Heads Head Hunter, it was like getting speared through my head from the back of my tounge.
  18. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Ethos. Nothing compares to that. If you haven't had it, go bite into a piece of chalk. That's a pretty close comparison.
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  19. jus10savestheday

    jus10savestheday Initiate (42) Dec 23, 2011 South Carolina

    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.
  20. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Hoptimum (which I'm having right now) is up there. But damn is it good.
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  21. s_wit

    s_wit Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2012 Wisconsin

    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.
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  22. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (526) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Hoptimum--bitter but really good

    Palate Wrecker--face melting--a four pack is a chore
  23. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (577) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana

    Artic Panzer Wolf and Ruinten for me personally.
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  24. shirtless_mike

    shirtless_mike Zealot (540) Aug 4, 2010 Indiana

    Half Acre: Space IPA
    3 Floyds: Arctic Panzer Wolf
    Green Flash: Palate Wrecker
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  25. kell50

    kell50 Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    Hoptimum and Palate Wrecker were both a punch in the teeth this year!

    And I LOVED it!!
  26. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,898) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    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. ;-).
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  27. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    Hoptimum or Oracle if we are talking perceived alpha acidic bitterness.
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  28. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Double Daisy Cutter was pretty damn bitter too.
  29. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (821) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    RuinTen and also On the Wings of Armageddon, both were just hop ecstasy for me
  30. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,898) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    The first year Oracle was out, it was one of the most bitter beers I ha ever had. Next year not quite.
  31. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (4,635) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio
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    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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  32. gueuzedreg

    gueuzedreg Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Colorado

    Second RuinTen

    “A lot of people ask me, ‘Kenny Powers you’re a giant star - you can get any woman. Have you ever paid for sex?’ The answer is yes, I have. Several times in fact. And it’s actually kind of cool. You can negotiate practically anything, and sometimes even just kinda do stuff in the moment you never agreed to pay for, and it goes by without much argument.”
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  33. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    in bottles i agree, i think the draft has stayed steady
  34. qchic

    qchic Defender (629) Jul 6, 2004 Maryland

    Hopsickle is the only one that made me feel like a wuss.
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  35. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (584) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

  36. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,421) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    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.
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  37. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Florida

    Ruination, Ruinten, Hoptimum
  38. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,302) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin

    Hoptimum and Ruinten for sure.
    Humu-Lupa-Licious is second runner-up.
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  39. mythaeus

    mythaeus Crusader (762) Jul 22, 2013 Pennsylvania

    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.

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  40. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,097) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    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.
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