Name a Brewery Whose Pale Ale is Better Than Their IPA

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  1. smanson56

    smanson56 Crusader (793) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire

    I'd have to say as good as Stoneface IPA is there APA is just as good if not a little better IMO.
  2. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (3,140) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Me too!!! Oh, that's a beer? :wink:
  3. DrunkAl

    DrunkAl Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2014 Illinois

    Two brothers sidekick > outlaw
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  4. EveningCordial

    EveningCordial Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2014 New Jersey

    Although they're both great here in NJ, Kane Head High is better than their Overhead.
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  5. EveningCordial

    EveningCordial Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2014 New Jersey

    I agree with the other dude, I enjoy one claw better.
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  6. Pahn

    Pahn Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2009 New York

    In general i agree, but when you come across lagunitas IPA fresh on tap, it's so good.
  7. BobJude

    BobJude Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2014 Wisconsin

    I think Deschutes Mirror Pond is better than Inversion.
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  8. mpdavis

    mpdavis Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2014 Iowa

    I enjoy TG's PseudoSue better than all of the IPAs they make.
  9. Nlawrence301

    Nlawrence301 Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2013 Maryland

    I second flying dog, doggystyle is worlds better than snakedog
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  10. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Crusader (726) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona

    Lumberyard in Flagstaff. Knotty Pine > Flag IPA
  11. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Aspirant (261) Jun 18, 2010 Virginia

    Slow day at the office so I'll get in on this:
    Three Brothers: Great Outdoors > Hoptimization
    Founders: Dry Hopped Pale Ale > Centennial IPA (though it is close)
    DC Brau: The Public > Corruption
    Deschutes: Mirror Pond > Inversion
    Victory: Headwaters > Hop Devil
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  12. denverbeerguy

    denverbeerguy Initiate (0) May 10, 2013 Colorado

    Toppling Goliath.
  13. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (131) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    Schlafly. Their rotating IPAs are on point but Schlafly Dry Hopped APA is fan-damn-tastic.
  14. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Victory Headwaters is way better than HopDevil. HopDevil is very meh.
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  15. BallantineBurton

    BallantineBurton Initiate (97) Jan 22, 2012 Massachusetts

    Agree with your thought on the Limbo IPA. It's definitely better than the Long Trail IPA. BB
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  16. patrickcmcd

    patrickcmcd Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    I havent read one post in this thread but Trillium FPPA is the jewel of all the Trillium beers, IMHO.
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  17. Dpell1987

    Dpell1987 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Maine

    I saw this thread and immediately thought the same thing
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  18. MistahBeah

    MistahBeah Initiate (0) May 12, 2013 Massachusetts

    All been said but Sierra, Oskar Blues, Victory, Abita and Flying Dog. Founders is too close to call for me. I have to disagree with Newburyport. Did not care for their pale at all.
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  19. upsbeernut

    upsbeernut Aspirant (281) Sep 22, 2011 Georgia

    Just got back from the growler shop and the owner said the same thing. I'll give it a try when I see it in the stores. Pale ales are more flavorful at times with the hops shining thru more than an iPa.
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  20. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

  21. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    I like Pseudo way more than Zeelander, but Sue and Nugget are pretty close.
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  22. JDizzle

    JDizzle Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2010 Indiana

    Flat 12 Walkabout Pale Ale > Half Cycle IPA. Both are fantastic though.
  23. Dizzy242

    Dizzy242 Crusader (758) Jul 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    Trillium by far. None of here IPAs hold up to 4 points pale ale. That is saying something about them. Congress & Melcher st. are great. Top 2 brewery in Ma, next to Tree House.
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  24. Aleforme

    Aleforme Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2008 Washington

    Bale Breaker's Field 41 Pale Ale > Top Cutter IPA?

    I'm on the fence but many prefer Field 41 to Top Cutter.
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  25. Dools9

    Dools9 Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

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  26. Phigg1102

    Phigg1102 Crusader (779) Sep 29, 2013 New York

    I would take HFS over Susan, and possibly Abner (Abner is a bit tougher to come across so although Edward is a fave, I would have a hard time passing on Abner when available). Some others have said MO over Lunch and I gotta agree with that as well, haven't had Dinner though :slight_frown:.
  27. zestd

    zestd Disciple (368) Jan 18, 2013 Idaho

    As many have stated, Deschutes. Mirror Pond and especially Red Chair are substantially better than Inversion. Fresh Squeezed may be a toss up depending on the day though.
  28. DerekP

    DerekP Disciple (398) Dec 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

  29. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    I am sorry but I couldn't disagree more. Overhead is tremendous
  30. vette2006c5r

    vette2006c5r Poo-Bah (4,272) Oct 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Summit and Steven's Point comes to mind.
  31. Jwale73

    Jwale73 Poo-Bah (5,135) Aug 15, 2007 Rhode Island
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    Proclamation Ale Company's Derivative is incredible and supercedes their Derivative IPA in my opinion.
  32. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Disciple (304) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey

    A medicore, forgettable IPA? Yeah.

    Awful? Far from it.
  33. boothbeer

    boothbeer Aspirant (272) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    Half Acre Daisy Cutter is awesome. Better than most IPAs
  34. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,459) Feb 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I don't know, man, I've had it a couple of times on draft and couldn't finish the glass either time. Maybe old kegs/dirty lines, but ugh.
  35. ceeg

    ceeg Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2010 New York

    I prefer Westbrook One Claw to their IPA
  36. McDiddyPop

    McDiddyPop Initiate (153) Feb 9, 2008 Florida

    I prefer Invasion over Jai Alai, but both have a special place in my heart.
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  37. FrankLloydMike

    FrankLloydMike Devotee (403) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts

    Not contract for long either--I believe they just bought the original Smuttynose brewery on Heritage Ave in Portsmouth.
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  38. LegitCraftBeer

    LegitCraftBeer Initiate (0) May 2, 2014 Illinois

    Toppling Goliath
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  39. kdb150

    kdb150 Devotee (448) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Edward is Hill Farmstead's best hoppy beer.
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  40. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (15,064) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    In my mind Coors Pale Ale is way better than Coors IPA.
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