The best shelf IPA in your region

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  1. PSU_Mike

    PSU_Mike Champion (865) Sep 6, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Head Hunter in a landslide.
     
  2. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,108) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Even though I don't live in Wa., +1
     
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  3. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (10,025) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Will trade PNW IPAs for NG sours/fruits.
     
  4. Chris_M22

    Chris_M22 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2014 Texas

    Lone Pint Yellow Rose - no competition.
     
  5. spitshaded

    spitshaded Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2012 Virginia

    I've really been enjoying Otter Creek's Backseat Berner.

    I think Fairwinds is going to be canning their Howling Gale soon.
     
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  6. spitshaded

    spitshaded Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2012 Virginia

    My favorite IPA, period. Wish we got Fat Heads in VA.
     
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  7. buckslayer50

    buckslayer50 Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2015 Florida

    Yeah, it's Jai Alai. Although Hop Banshee from Veteren's United up here is damn good in my opinion, I need to buy more of that.
     
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  8. BranfordBound

    BranfordBound Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2010 Connecticut

    Grew up in and currently still live there, yep! Guilford is a great town, not much for beer though. The old chips pub on route one changed to KC's pub and now they do some rotating taps.
     
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  9. frozyn

    frozyn Devotee (427) May 16, 2015 New York
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    I'm happy to third Jai Alai for the SW Florida region.
     
  10. reefer_bob

    reefer_bob Disciple (302) May 13, 2014 California
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    Deschutes Fresh Squeezed (Current go to for Drinkin' beer)
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    21st Brew Free or Die
    Track 7 Panic IPA (Sacramento)
     
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  11. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 Crusader (796) Feb 25, 2015
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    Tumbleweed, Big Sky and Hopzone
     
  12. cjgator3

    cjgator3 Poo-Bah (3,427) Jan 19, 2006 Florida
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    Cigar City Jai Alai - I can usually get this less than a week from canning, no more than a few weeks old.
     
  13. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (5,462) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I can usually count on Two Hearted, Flower Power, Sculpin of some sort, and Space Dust to be around...
     
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  14. R3ason

    R3ason Aspirant (250) Aug 13, 2014 Colorado

    Are we talking strictly locally produced, or what's available locally?

    The top of my list (currently) consists of:
    GF Sculpin
    Fresh Squeezed
    Modus Hoperandi
     
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  15. ChanChan

    ChanChan Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2009 California

    Trending: Breaking Bud. So fresh and so clean, clean!!
    Always: Just Outstanding IPA. Name says it all!!
     
  16. 4truth

    4truth Aspirant (237) Jan 30, 2015 Illinois
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    Spiteful Working for the Weekend or HA Vallejo here in Chitown
     
  17. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Defender (633) Oct 10, 2013 California
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    BP Sculpin
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
    Stone IPA
    Alpine Duet or Nelson
     
  18. KMitch

    KMitch Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Alabama

    My favorites that I can find fairly easily are Westbrook IPA, Lagunitas Sucks, Sculpin and Two Hearted (We get Jai Alai here but not very often)
     
  19. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,137) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I'm going to throw Wisconsin in as well, since I'm there at least once every other weekend.

    Sculpin/Grapefruit Sculpin
    Union Jack
    Daisy Cutter
    Alpha King
    Moon Man
    Whatever the hell Pipeworks released that week

    Another go-to that isn't sexy, but is still really solid, is Goose IPA (formerly known as Goose Island IPA). Just a great example of a more traditional English IPA.
     
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  20. FoamInnovation

    FoamInnovation Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2013 Washington

    Elysian Space Dust
    10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA
    Port Townsend IPA
     
  21. MA_hops

    MA_hops Initiate (0) May 18, 2015 Vermont

    apparently we don't get good shelf beer in MA…so GF Sculpin will have to do
     
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  22. sungsays

    sungsays Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2014 California

    LA:
    Blazing World + whatever the seasonal is from Modern Times (Oneida, Protocosmos, City of the Sun, Booming Rollers)
    Grapefruit Sculpin
    Beachwood's bottled IPA rotation (Citraholic, Thrillseeker, Melrose, Amalgamator)
    Oskar Blue's Deviant Dale's
    Kern River Just Outstanding

    Also no one's mentioned South Florida's Due South Category 5 yet.
     
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  23. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2012 Virginia
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    Sculpin (original)
    2 Hearted
    Racer 5
    Stone
    Union Jack

    I usually just buy whatever is freshest if I'm going for a shelf IPA, except Sculpin, I rarely buy b/c of the price.
     
  24. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,561) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Question: Is Fresh Squeezed a year round beer or seasonal? Deschutes is sold in NOVA now and sometimes I trek down from MD to get out of state distro. I found it once on a random visit and thought it was outstanding. Just wondering if its easy to find year around.
     
  25. TWStandley

    TWStandley Crusader (749) Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Ipswich Route 101 and Jacks Abby Hoponious Union. Both fantastic and all over MA.
     
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  26. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Ipswich Route 101.
     
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  27. Irrenarzt

    Irrenarzt Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 New Mexico

    Elevated/Project Dank
     
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  28. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Initiate (178) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    Seconding Backseat Berner.

    And also SN Torpedo. Both readily available in 6pk and 12pk format and great value for the quality.
     
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  29. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (3,632) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
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    Two Hearted
    Union Jack
    Odell IPA
     
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  30. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (12,594) Apr 18, 2007 Florida
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    Steel Toe Size 7 IPA on the shelf in Minneapolis ...Great brew
    Odell's IPA
    Freshed Squeezed
     
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  31. AWA

    AWA Defender (632) Jul 22, 2014 California
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    Union Jack and Fresh Squeezed are my middle of the road. Torpedo for everyday, and Sculpin when I'm feeling fancy.
     
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  32. SicEmChris

    SicEmChris Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2014 Maryland

    Double Duckpin by Union is the best beer brewed in MD imo
     
  33. DukeCola

    DukeCola Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2015 New Hampshire

    What shelf do you find that on? I live in NH and visit the crafts stores and all I ever see is Mo, Peeper, and their porter. Never a IPA on a shelf.
     
  34. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (2,150) Jun 6, 2010 Texas
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    In Texas:

    Lone Pint Yellow Rose*
    Karbach Weekend Warrior
    Deep Ellum IPA
    Saint Arnold Elissa
    No Label Pale Horse
    Real Ale Lost Gold

    That's a mix of pales and IPAs, and other than Yellow Rose, you can't find consensus on which is best. I love Weekend Warrior because it's the easiest for me to find freshest. Yellow Rose gets the asterisk because it's not easy to find on the shelf -- fortunately, it's relatively easy to find on tap.

    If I can't find fresh Deep Ellum IPA, my go-tos on the shelves around here are:

    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Founders All Day IPA
    Stone Enjoy By
     
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  35. WillQC4Beer

    WillQC4Beer Initiate (0) May 1, 2014 Vermont

    Foley Brothers Fair Maiden
     
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  36. ELS

    ELS Devotee (460) Apr 22, 2012 Florida
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    I'll make it four!
     
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  37. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    I Find that on three actually. Honeygo, Canton and Max's. All on the East Side of Baltimore. Why you haven't seen it is a puzzle to me.
     
  38. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (7,315) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    In my region, if you're defining "shelf beer" by not just a beer that appears on shelves, but can be damn near guaranteed to be there, year round, I think I'd have to go with Sixpoint Resin.

    Yes, that's a DIPA. If I have to pick a single IPA, I think I'd go with Long Trail Limbo, barely edging out NEBCo Sea Hag.
     
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  39. jcos

    jcos Aspirant (212) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    Trading is a great way to have fresh IPAs?
     
  40. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (2,062) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    Both so good. Great brewery experience!
     
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