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Perfectly balanced IPA's

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DarkDragon999, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. DarkDragon999

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    I'm not a huge IPA fan mainly because the ones I have had are too hop heavy and bitter and I want ones that are more balanced. I just had Racer 5 for the first time and wow, to me this was perfectly balanced. I need some more perfectly balanced IPA's now.
     
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    Drive, trade or maybe even beg for some Two Hearted.
     
  3. YogiBeer

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    You realize that this is almost completely relate to individual palates, right?
     
  4. kojevergas

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    Hate to be Mister Obvious, but Heady Topper really is incredibly balanced.
     
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  5. DarkDragon999

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    No, I dont want grapefruit bombs. I want IPAs where the malt has more of a presence.
     
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  6. YogiBeer

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    So you want something other than an IPA?
     
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    From what I can see with a quick scan of Seekabrew, I'd say that Southern Tier IPA is a good place to start. Their 2XIPA is also not too bitter, with a better aroma too.

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo might also fit the bill- it's got a decent malt backbone.
     
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  8. DarkDragon999

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    No I want something like Racer 5.
     
  9. SFACRKnight

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    Seriously, I get more balance from DIPA's than I do from IPA's.
     
  10. Dennoman

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    "Balanced" is usually a euphemism for "too malty" for me. When in doubt: add ALL the hops!
     
  11. AdamP

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    Dogfish Head 60 (and 90, really) minute IPA. Or just buy 'hoppy' IPAs that are a few months old...
     
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    Two Hearted and Pliny are well-balanced similar to Racer 5. Firestone Walker Union Jack might also meet your needs.
     
  13. Ivegotmule

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    IPA with huge malt balance is called Barleywine, right?
     
  14. draheim

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    NOT this. Hops do not fade in a vacuum. What you'll get is an imbalanced mess that bears no resemblance to what the brewer wanted you to taste.
     
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  15. DarkDragon999

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    Yeah Im not a huge IPA fan YET but I respect them of course and I would only want ones that are fresher. Buying an older ipa and hoping the hops have faded just because I dont like it really hoppy is NOT something I would ever do. I wouldnt disrepect beer like that.
     
  16. SFACRKnight

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    Ok, lets be reasonable here. If you don't like super hoppy beers, and you enjoy more malt, lets take it down a notch, I'm suggesting mirror pond pale ale and firestone walker DBA.
     
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    I tend to agree that for my taste "balanced" means too malty to me. Torpedo was definitely too malty for my liking although I did enjoy Racer 5.
     
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    I have no idea why people are dismissing the thought of a very well balanced IPA, they certainly exist and really are not all that rare. I understand that one my not enjoy a balanced example of the style but to dismiss it completely is bit ignorant.
     
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    Many neophytes say the same thing when they first are introduced to IPAs. Then their palates change. I used to say the same thing in my early reviews.

    Beertunes once told me: hops are like hot sauce.

    I suggest just trying as many IPAs as you can. Pretty soon your palate will change and you will come to enjoy amazing beers that you once thought were "unbalanced".

    Just like how the first time I tried Russian River Consecration I thought it was too sour, now I think its amazing.
     
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  20. DarkDragon999

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    Yeah Ive had SN Torpedo many times. I wouldnt say its perfectly balanced but its a decent beer.
     
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    Lagunitas Maximus is a sweet, malty DIPA. Their regular IPA is less sweet and malty and not as hoppy/bitter as many IPAs.
     
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    Malt forward IPAs that come to mind include Hopworks IPA and Anderson Valley's IPAs.
     
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    I think Tallgrass IPA would be a good one to try.
     
  24. DarkDragon999

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    I'd try that one anyway just for the awesome looking can.
     
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    "Jai Alai"................ by cigar city!
     
  26. RBassSFHOPit2ME

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    Palates differ but while HT is fantastic, I wouldn't suggest it as the poster DIPA for balance...
     
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    Kane Head High IPA
    Port Brewing Wipe Out IPA
    Harpoon IPA
    Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
    Dog Fish Head 60 Minute IPA
    Brekinridge Small Batch 471 IPA
    Troegs Perpetual IPA
    Long Trail Double IPA
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    Good luck and enjoy! IPA's are my favorite style!
     
  28. 19etz55

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    There are IPA's that don't bomb out.
     
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    2X is great!
     
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    Big Sky IPA reminds me of Racer 5. Give it a try.
     
  31. smartassboiler

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    Like was said above, I also highly recommend Firestone Walker Double Jack. It's an Imperial IPA, but it maintains incredible balance. It's also pretty available as long as Firestone Walker distributes to your state.
     
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    Had my very first Sculpin last weekend. I must admit, it's as good as Pliny IMO...
     
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    I absolutely would. To be fair, I just did. It's the most balanced (D)IPA I've ever had, and I've had one or two. Can you suggest a more balanced IPA I could try for comparison?

    You've piqued my interest.
     
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    Seconding those. Also seconding ST 2XIPA. Another favorite of mine is Founders Centennial, if you can get that in your area. I also liked Hopslam when I had it on tap but that's already off the shelves this year, it seems.
     
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    To quote the late Michael Jackson on his (belated) birthday: "In whatever style, the elements should find their own balance. A hoppy beer should not simply be harshly bitter...."

    EDIT: and yes, get some Two Hearted.
     
  36. RBassSFHOPit2ME

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    ok,
    I'll take the bait:

    PtE (you're out of your mind to call HT more balanced but...to be passive agressive, to each their own ;-P)
    PtY (not fair or apples to apples but...)
    Alpine's Bad Boy & Pure Hoppiness.
    Fresh Dreadnaught...well above 8% but still balance of malt to hops on par in which I'd still take before HT.
    ABNER, nuff said.

    For the record...I'm not knocking HT. I very much so like that beer. It just doesn't do for me what it does for everyone else on here...

    Cheers!
     
  37. genuinedisciple

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  38. JuicesFlowing

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    Boulevard make balanced IPA's
     
  39. Boilerfood

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    Why not look for some English IPAs?
     
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    There are no facts, only interpretations. -Nietzsche​
     
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