Spicy/herbal IPAs to try?

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  1. Flightoficarus

    Flightoficarus Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2009 Washington

    Hey all,

    So, living out in WA, I'm well used to the many west coast style/in your face hoppy IPA's that are common out here (and love them), but I've been venturing into IPA's from other regions recently. I finally gave some Victory Hop Devil a good try, and really enjoyed it.

    I'm looking for any recommendations on some other IPA's to try in that vein that I might like, with spicy, and more subtle herbal/floral hop profiles. I have excellent access to anything from out west, and moderate access to northeastern US stuff where I live.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,668) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Sierra Nevada Celebration and Ruthless Rye would probably be up your alley, if you've never tried them. I know SN is somewhat part of your region. You mentioned Hop Devil, which is always the first beer I think of when I think "spicy IPA". I'm personally not a big fan of HopDevil, but it's definitely spicy and earthy..
  3. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (480) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Punk IPA is kind of earthy. But overpriced.
  4. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,672) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    2Brothers Cane & Ebel
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  5. OneDropSoup

    OneDropSoup Meyvn (1,048) Dec 9, 2008 Pennsylvania

    If Sam Adams does their Latitude 48 Deconstructed again, I'd recommend the Hallertauer.
  6. blackcompg

    blackcompg Defender (610) Feb 13, 2011 Illinois

    Please try Hop Rod Rye by Bear Republic, I think u will Love this! Their Racer 5 and Red Rocket are also excellent. I hope you get these in your area. Don't be thrown by the word 'rye', it is an excellent ipa with great floral, herbal and spiciness, and So well balanced - let me know what u think if you can get this :0). Cheers!
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  7. Flightoficarus

    Flightoficarus Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2009 Washington

    Thanks for all the suggestions so far everyone!

    BB1313 - I have had both before. Ruthless Rye is great, but I haven't come across it again since the first time I had it.

    gatornation - It can be tricky for me to get my hands on beers from the midwest out here, but I will keep an eye out for that one.

    blackcompg - Hop Rod Rye is another one I tried awhile back, but before I really acquired the taste for IPAs. I'll have to pay it a revisit, given the other excellent stuff Bear Republic makes.
  8. matthaslaservision

    matthaslaservision Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    Elysian Valhalla Red IPA is surprisingly herbal
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  9. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Harpoon Rye IPA, most of harpoons stuff is rather run of the mill but their rye is outstanding.
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  10. canucklehead

    canucklehead Poo-Bah (2,464) Mar 7, 2003 British Columbia (Canada)

    Plus one to this beer
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  11. cmac1705

    cmac1705 Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 Florida

    For me, all SN pales tend to exude spicy hop character. Might be some old Celebration and Harvest kicking around.

    Two-Hearted is pretty floral-dominent IMO. You might dig it.

    Napa Smith Organic IPA and Left Hand 400 lb Monkey are both pretty earthy. These are both English-style IPAs, which you may be into.
  12. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    you want to look for rye ipas. the rye gives it that nice spice. ruthless rye is a nice place to start
  13. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (470) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I often describe both Sweetwater IPA and Anderson Valley Hop Ottin as earthy in taste. Not sure if that's what you're after with the herbal description.
  14. aurorabeerealis

    aurorabeerealis Initiate (159) Jun 9, 2010 California
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    I'll second that vote. Just scored a 6 pack and it very peppery.
  15. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    If you like onion bombs try Deviant Dales.
  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,433) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Gubna is worse in my opinion.
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  17. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    Some of these are really well done- some I found to be mediocre-but here's some I've found to have a spicy and/or herbal hop quality. I'd say Hop Devil is in a class of its own- a very unique IPA.

    Southern Tier Unearthly
    DFH Burton Baton
    Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA
    Sly Fox Odyssey
    Brew Kettle Old 21
    Smuttynose Big A
    Marshall Brewing Atlas IPA
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Columbus IPA
    Southampton IPA
    Sand Creek Wild RIde IPA
  18. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    Alpine Nelson
  19. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania


    and, although it's not an IPA, if you're looking for herbal/spicy notes, you may want to consider...
  20. Damian74

    Damian74 Zealot (558) Dec 7, 2012 South Carolina
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  21. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,433) Mar 18, 2010 California

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  22. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    devil dancer
  23. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    I would think that English style IPAs might be what you want.

    My personal favorite is The Shed IPA. Brooklyn's EIPA might do the trick for you, and they're available in can 12ers
  24. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Unearthly had a nice spiciness character to it.
  25. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,254) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Ruthless Rye is a seasonal from SN. It's just hitting shelves again for this year so you should start seeing it everywhere very soon.

    HopDevil is the poster child of spicy. Sly Fox Odyssey is a great choice, but you probably can't get that where you live. As others have said, all the rye IPAs will fit the bill, Ruthless, Nelson, Hop Rod Rye, Founders Reds's Rye, etc.
  26. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (278) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    I had Green Flash 30th St. Pale Ale the other night, and I found it to be the most peppery beer I've ever had. It was pretty interesting.
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