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Perfectly balanced IPA's

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

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  1. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    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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  2. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Drive, trade or maybe even beg for some Two Hearted.
     
  3. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois

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

    kojevergas Aug 15, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

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

    DarkDragon999 Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

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

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois


    So you want something other than an IPA?
     
  7. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    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

    DarkDragon999 Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    No I want something like Racer 5.
     
  9. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

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

    Dennoman Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

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

    AdamP Mar 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Dogfish Head 60 (and 90, really) minute IPA. Or just buy 'hoppy' IPAs that are a few months old...
     
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  12. draheim

    draheim Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Two Hearted and Pliny are well-balanced similar to Racer 5. Firestone Walker Union Jack might also meet your needs.
     
  13. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

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

    draheim Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    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

    DarkDragon999 Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    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

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    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.
     
  17. msween21

    msween21 Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    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.
     
  18. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew May 8, 2006 Michigan

    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.
     
  19. DaftCaskBC

    DaftCaskBC May 7, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    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

    DarkDragon999 Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Yeah Ive had SN Torpedo many times. I wouldnt say its perfectly balanced but its a decent beer.
     
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  21. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    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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  22. DaftCaskBC

    DaftCaskBC May 7, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    Malt forward IPAs that come to mind include Hopworks IPA and Anderson Valley's IPAs.
     
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  23. priwen

    priwen Apr 1, 2007 Arkansas

    I think Tallgrass IPA would be a good one to try.
     
  24. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    I'd try that one anyway just for the awesome looking can.
     
  25. diesel59

    diesel59 Jan 3, 2012 New York

    "Jai Alai"................ by cigar city!
     
  26. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Mar 1, 2009 California

    Palates differ but while HT is fantastic, I wouldn't suggest it as the poster DIPA for balance...
     
  27. 19etz55

    19etz55 Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    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
    ________________________________
    Good luck and enjoy! IPA's are my favorite style!
     
  28. 19etz55

    19etz55 Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    There are IPA's that don't bomb out.
     
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  29. 19etz55

    19etz55 Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    2X is great!
     
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  30. miwestcoaster

    miwestcoaster Jan 19, 2013 Michigan

    Big Sky IPA reminds me of Racer 5. Give it a try.
     
  31. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    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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  32. mcrago

    mcrago Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Had my very first Sculpin last weekend. I must admit, it's as good as Pliny IMO...
     
  33. kojevergas

    kojevergas Aug 15, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    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.
     
  34. Kerrie

    Kerrie Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    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.
     
  35. herrburgess

    herrburgess Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    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

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Mar 1, 2009 California

    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

    genuinedisciple Jan 10, 2010 Michigan

    There are no facts, only interpretations. -Nietzsche
     
  38. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Boulevard make balanced IPA's
     
  39. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Jun 5, 2012 Indiana

    Why not look for some English IPAs?
     
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  40. genuinedisciple

    genuinedisciple Jan 10, 2010 Michigan

    There are no facts, only interpretations. -Nietzsche​
     
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