NC's Best Drinking IPAs/ DIPAs

Discussion in 'South-Atlantic' started by KRubes, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    Veil IPA's are great IMO. The problem is they hardly make any IPA's, it's predominantly all 8-11% monstrosities that are much too sweet and boozy.

    But enough about non-NC hops ha. Been a real treat to have some Heist stuff around lately, Blurred is the Word is really good as is Uberquench, but Citraquench'l is the one that really impressed me.
     
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  2. NoMoreBeerBelly

    NoMoreBeerBelly Initiate (136) Dec 2, 2009 North Carolina

    Heist's Now Trending (their first Milkshake IPA collab with Aslin) is fantastic. Can's sold out very quickly but they did have some on draft at last check
     
  3. dogleg_left

    dogleg_left Initiate (161) May 12, 2016 North Carolina
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    Hey!Beer has a Heist tap on 6/16, and the first confirmed keg was Now Trending.
     
  4. KRubes

    KRubes Aspirant (269) Sep 7, 2014 North Carolina
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    It's not an IPA (5.1% Juicy Pale), but really impressed with Boat Music from Wilmington Brewing Co.
     
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  5. c64person

    c64person Disciple (396) Mar 20, 2010 North Carolina
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    Nice! Just got some for the beach this weekend, hoping its a tasty one :grinning:
     
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  6. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    Should New Anthem be very crowded on a Sunday? How tough is parking?
     
  7. KRubes

    KRubes Aspirant (269) Sep 7, 2014 North Carolina
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    Street parking in a few block radius shouldn't be an issue. It's a walkable area. I can't speak to Sunday attendance, but there's usually a decent crowd every time I go there on a Saturday.
     
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  8. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    Wasn’t packed at all btw, super easy and found street parking. Bartender said they just got a crowler machine, but wasn’t up and running yet. Hand Me Down Pumas was very tasty though!
     
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  9. KRubes

    KRubes Aspirant (269) Sep 7, 2014 North Carolina
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    The Casita/Trophy collab TTYL is on point. Very balanced at 10%.
     
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  10. TomDRaleigh

    TomDRaleigh Aspirant (252) Feb 8, 2016 North Carolina
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    Completely agree, so much better then Veil Triple IPAs.
     
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  11. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    I normally hate all TIPAS pretty much across the board, but have heard a lot of good things about this one, so I will have to try it I guess ha. Also didn’t know it was a Trophy collab, nice.
     
  12. KRubes

    KRubes Aspirant (269) Sep 7, 2014 North Carolina
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    Yeah, I typically shy away from big D/TIPAs these days, but wanted to give this one a go.
     
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  13. Stonefeet

    Stonefeet Initiate (23) Jul 18, 2017 North Carolina

    Ttyl is that triple that drinks like a double. Really awesome display of galaxy and simcoe. And yes far better than the veil triple ipas

    Not sure what anyone would do with a 4 pack of that beer lol
     
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  14. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    While that definitely sounds good, I guess I’m still left wondering why make it so high abv then? If it’s a triple that drinks like a double, why not just make a double that drinks like a double?
     
  15. Stonefeet

    Stonefeet Initiate (23) Jul 18, 2017 North Carolina

    Meant it wasn’t overly sweet and boozy like a lot are (the veil in particular)

    Honestly it was more monkish triple like than anything else, just more soft flavors
     
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  16. c64person

    c64person Disciple (396) Mar 20, 2010 North Carolina
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    I must be alone in this, I really didn't like TTYL. Casita still hasn't quite figured out how to not have a strong malt background to their hoppy beers. Its good, but I still think Wewededed was much better for being int he same TIPA category.

    I'd like to get a hold of a New Anthem TIPA, I am curious if they could do one that wasn't so strong malt flavor wise.
     
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  17. Dtrain22

    Dtrain22 Initiate (43) Nov 2, 2017 North Carolina
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    While currently having TTYL on draft at state of beer, I’d say I’d have to agree with how it drinks like a really good double. ‘Soft flavors’ nailed it. I was skeptical about the comments saying it’s better than Veil’s triples, but I would have to gladly agree! Anyways, TTYL is delicious and worth a try for sure! Probably shouldn’t be a Monday 12:30pm beer, haha oh well.....ttyl I guess. (Derp)
     
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  18. miguel_loves_beer

    miguel_loves_beer Initiate (9) Feb 7, 2017

    agree about casita stuff having some maltiness, but i consider that a good thing. their stuff is malty compared to some of the en vogue NE ipas today, but it's not malty compared to the entire spectrum of ipas out there. it adds a nice depth of flavor.
     
  19. Subcontrabass

    Subcontrabass Initiate (59) Jun 21, 2014 North Carolina

    Had a 4-pack of Burial's From the Darkness There is Light (DDH Enigma and Galaxy + Mosaic lupulin powder) that they released on Saturday. Absolutely delicious. Charlton-esque.

    Drinking their Death in the Distance now and it's real solid, too.
     
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  20. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    So many good Burial ipa’s recently that it’s hard to keep up. But I’d still contend that very little beats a fresh Hawkbill.
     
  21. Dtrain22

    Dtrain22 Initiate (43) Nov 2, 2017 North Carolina
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    Haven’t had them frequently enough, but HopFly really has a great thing going, especially for the east-of-95 part of north eastern NC. Had their Juice Box NEIPA during a little travel break today and it was very good and refreshing. Glad to see them popping up on draft lists around the triangle.

    I also second the above comment on fresh hawkbill!
     
  22. Andy311x

    Andy311x Initiate (101) Apr 28, 2008 North Carolina

    Went to Brewery Bhavana for Fathers Day, Pulp was absolutely outstanding!
     
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  23. carolinabeerguy

    carolinabeerguy Savant (920) Oct 10, 2005 North Carolina
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    Wise Man’s Blissed Out mango tangerine milkshake IPA is fantastic.
     
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  24. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    Burial, Heist, New Anthem.

    My top 3 for ipa’s right now.
     
  25. dogleg_left

    dogleg_left Initiate (161) May 12, 2016 North Carolina
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    I would go New Anthem, Resident Culture, and Heist in a top 3 list. My top 5 would include Brewery Bhavana and Burial. Casita and Wilmington Brewing are just on the outside. We are getting spoiled.
     
  26. Subcontrabass

    Subcontrabass Initiate (59) Jun 21, 2014 North Carolina

    This tangerine/mango batch of Blissed Out is their best IPA so far. That one seemed to go pretty quick in the Triad, but I believe they still have it on tap at the brewery. I would dig it if they did batches of blissed out featuring other tropical fruit (guava, papaya, pineapple, etc).
     
  27. defaultroute

    defaultroute Initiate (137) Aug 14, 2005 North Carolina

  28. KRubes

    KRubes Aspirant (269) Sep 7, 2014 North Carolina
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  29. dailyminefield

    dailyminefield Devotee (468) Jun 13, 2012 North Carolina

    Burial has been too inconsistent this past year for top three.

    Heist, New Anthem, High Branch... in that order for me.

    Everyone is sleeping on High Branch.
     
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  30. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    Really? When I think of consistency, Burial is the first name that comes to mind.
     
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  31. Henryb22

    Henryb22 Initiate (88) Jun 18, 2014 South Carolina

    Just had Savages of Ruminating minds and it was a far cry from the last burial IPA I had which were the RAR and other half collabs last year. Also stopped there maybe 8 months ago and wasnt super impressed by their ipas but this was way better.

    Only had High branch once (McGill) and it was ok though I think there was something wrong with the batch or it was oxidized. Going up to charlotte at the end of this month and Ill be stopping by there in addition to Heist and Resident Culture.
     
  32. dailyminefield

    dailyminefield Devotee (468) Jun 13, 2012 North Carolina

    hmmm...

    Page 21 of this thread discusses Burial's inconsistencies.
     
  33. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    From March 2017? You said this past year.
     
  34. Subcontrabass

    Subcontrabass Initiate (59) Jun 21, 2014 North Carolina

    Burial is notorious for tinkering with their recipes. This made some of their IPAs "inconsistent" in the past because Burial was altering their hops, yeast, malt bill, etc.

    Since the start of this year, I have had 9 different Burial IPAs and some of them I will hold up as on par with the best on the state. Burial seems to have locked down a strategy to making really solid hazy IPAs. A year or two ago, I would have said IPAs were their soft spot compared to their great dark beers, farmhouse styles, and lagers. Now, I'll readily put Burial in the same sentence with a few other breweries as making some of the best hazy IPAs in the state.
     
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  35. Subcontrabass

    Subcontrabass Initiate (59) Jun 21, 2014 North Carolina

    Also, I think this fresh batch of Bandwagon from Four Saints is really great. It sounds like they only did kegs this time, so be sure to check the dates if you see cans.
     
  36. CavemanRamblin

    CavemanRamblin Crusader (740) Jun 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    Yeah I mean, they had some growing pains just like every brewery and have had some consistency issues going back to early 2017. But that feels like ancient history now. Their stuff has been super dialed in over the past year, especially all of 2018.
     
  37. Henryb22

    Henryb22 Initiate (88) Jun 18, 2014 South Carolina

    I have a friend picking me up cans from Resident Cultures release this weekend. Just wondering how busy they get and does he need to get there before the release at 1pm? TIA
     
  38. KRubes

    KRubes Aspirant (269) Sep 7, 2014 North Carolina
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    These Fullsteam NEIPAs are flying under the radar IMO. Really enjoyed Space Farce.
     
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  39. brentk56

    brentk56 Poo-Bah (8,860) May 13, 2004 North Carolina
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    The High Branch Is It Hoppy that was released on 7/27 is a great one. Perfectly balanced between the juicy and bitter elements without any of the big malt flavors you sometimes get from an 8%+ ABV DIPA.
     
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  40. dogleg_left

    dogleg_left Initiate (161) May 12, 2016 North Carolina
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    New Anthem's recent Kill The Headlights and Throwing Shade can releases were tremendous.