The best shelf IPA in your region

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  1. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,956) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Firestone Walker's Union Jack --> IPA
    Odell Myrcenary --> IIPA
  2. jcos

    jcos Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    I don't see having an additional middle man being the best way to routinely get a beer as fast as possible. To try once or twice sure, but to have And I think that was the original intended question of the thread.
  3. Rothobinide

    Rothobinide Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2014 California

    Pliny the Elder
  4. horsehockey

    horsehockey Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2014 Illinois

    The best shelf IPA is Tasmanian IPA by Schlafly.
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  5. ncclimber

    ncclimber Initiate (0) May 1, 2015 North Carolina

    Don't tell anyone but I think it's better than lunch!
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  6. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,103) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Brew Kettle's White Rajah or Fat Heads Head Hunter. Take your pick
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  7. bowzer4birdie

    bowzer4birdie Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2012 Illinois

    It would probably be Union Jack or Anti-Hero here for me. The problem ironically enough is that Union sits on the shelves too long and / or I can't really find any that are THAT fresh. Anti-Hero? Not much of a problem there.
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  8. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    My Man, Another One is Light Years beyond Lunch.
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  9. KrajDoesBeer

    KrajDoesBeer Devotee (453) Aug 2, 2014 Illinois

    Yea man you get Ballast in Wisco so Sculpin and GF Sculpin- Also how far are you from Chicago? come down and get Gone Away IPA in two weeks from Half Acre(Old Senita)- Spiteful IPA- we also get Union Jack here too.

    And for trading- try and trade some Scream IIPA or NG for Creature Comforts Tropacalia, Odell IPA, Fat Heads Head Hunter.. 3 solid year round offerings to trade for..
  10. KrajDoesBeer

    KrajDoesBeer Devotee (453) Aug 2, 2014 Illinois

    When it comes to being fresh I find the stores that are busy yet small they dont carry large amounts on hand like Whole Foods have very fresh beer. They dont mind ordering weekly one case at a time.
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  11. JArt

    JArt Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Without question, Head Hunter.
  12. beermeplz

    beermeplz Aspirant (270) Feb 13, 2015 California

    I wish Head Hunter and Finest Kind were shelf beers here in CA...think I'd pick them up more than anything here now to be honest
  13. BigDaddyWarbuxx

    BigDaddyWarbuxx Initiate (0) May 25, 2015 Iowa

    I'd have to say it's Torpedo. I can go across the river and into Illinois to get some Stone IPA, but seeing as how I have to go into a different state, I don't know if I'd count it as my region.
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  14. Kuaff

    Kuaff Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2013 Alaska

    Psh. "shelf IPA" is for newbies. I only drink "rack IPA."
  15. Rob315

    Rob315 Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2010 Kentucky

    Mystic Mama, Head Hunter, Truth, White Raja
  16. Golfer3Aces

    Golfer3Aces Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2014 Wyoming

    Living in Wyoming the easiest to get is Odell's IPA or Hop Nosh from Uinta Brewing.
  17. NickSMpls

    NickSMpls Meyvn (1,358) Nov 11, 2012 Washington
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    - Surly Furious
    - Summit Saga
    - Steel Toe Size 7 / 11
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  18. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (208) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    4 Hands Resurrected. I can't wait for it to be back out again in August and then it'll be year round.
  19. JLaw55

    JLaw55 Meyvn (1,194) Jul 10, 2014 Missouri

    Whoa whoa whoa..... are you saying that Resurrected is going to be a year round beer soon???? I have not heard this.
  20. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (208) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    Yes it certainly is. That news came from Kevin Lemp himself on the STL Hops site.

    I've been doing the happy dance since hearing the news. :grinning:
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  21. JLaw55

    JLaw55 Meyvn (1,194) Jul 10, 2014 Missouri

    That is awesome!
  22. stompilator

    stompilator Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2014 Texas

    OP, if you're looking for a really stellar pale, you're not too far from FFF, which usually has 4+ IPA's on shelves. Alpha King is available year-round, and it's delicious. Pipeworks in Chicago always has a few IPA's out as well.
  23. DukeCola

    DukeCola Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2015 New Hampshire

  24. VDubDJ

    VDubDJ Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2011 Arizona

    gotta give a shout-out to a favorite go-to for me, Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes. Another good one, especially since they started to can it, is Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point. nothing better than a solid IPA on a 110+ degree day.
  25. jkane101

    jkane101 Devotee (464) Sep 22, 2007 New Jersey

    So many options in NNJ these days. That said I am looking forward to when Kane Head High starts being canned in the next couple of months. Hopefully it will be all over NJ as a 'shelf' IPA
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  26. TurkeyFeathers

    TurkeyFeathers Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2014 New York

    Space Dust, Grapefruit Sculpin here for me
  27. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,103) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    I think I would take Flower Power over Two Hearted, but I drink way more Two Hearted for some reason.
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  28. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,103) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    What part of OH? I can get Columbus all around me 65 miles north east of brewery. Picked up some 3 days old last week.
  29. Sturgeon83

    Sturgeon83 Disciple (300) Mar 11, 2015 Kentucky

    Local-specific, probably Rico Sauvin or Citra Ass Down.
  30. GoffmanvsDuffman

    GoffmanvsDuffman Initiate (157) Jul 15, 2013 Arizona

    Habanero Sculpin makes it only feel 109

    Best shelf IPA in AZ is Two Hearted
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  31. plutoniumpete

    plutoniumpete Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2008 New Jersey

    Don't forget Headhunter!
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  32. choicegrinds

    choicegrinds Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2014 New York

    Sixpoint resin. $2.50 a can and i can get it at a deli a block away
  33. millionsuns

    millionsuns Initiate (177) Dec 6, 2008 Maine

    Believe it or not, yeah. You can regularly find Lunch on the shelves around here, depending on where you look. Swish is admittedly hard to come by, but it lands in the local shops whenever they can it. It's spending less and less time on the shelves, though. (And it's seasonal.) And come to think of it, it's pretty darn hard to get Epiphany in the shops, though it used to make appearances on a regular basis. So with the passing of time, maybe you're right about me being full of baloney...

    As for Austin Street, they always have stellar stuff on tap. You can't go wrong with Patina, Kon-Tiki (if you hit it at the right time), and - by god - Brett Loves Hops. Brett Loves Hops is the absolute sleeper of their lineup. It is phenomenal and doesn't nearly get the accolades it deserves. They're expanding and plan to bottle quite a bit of their stuff in the next year.

    Good luck - enjoy your visit to our fair state!
  34. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (5,036) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I really enjoy both, but I tend to go with fresher whatever's fresher - and it seems that, despite FP being from NY, the 2H I find in any given store seems to be fresher :confused: Weird, right?
  35. JReites

    JReites Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Florida

    Coppertail Free Dive
    Tampa Bay Brewing Company Old Elephant
    TBBC Reef Donkey is also fantastic, a great pale ale
  36. 1960mb

    1960mb Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2015 Wisconsin

    Cases of Lagaunitas sucks for $34 at Woodmans. Best Deal in town.
  37. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois

    Two Brothers Wobble. And it holds its own with any IPA in the country.
  38. fds

    fds Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2013 Nebraska

    Here in Nebraska, my favorite shelf IPAs are Odell's and Fresh Squeezed, although a fresh six pack of Nebraska Brewing's IPA is always solid too.
  39. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,374) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    No one has ever heard of this one, but Funk Brewing Citrus IPA is the best local IPA available. Kick ass.
  40. ChuckHardslab

    ChuckHardslab Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2012 Texas

    From around here...
    Lone Pint Yellow Rose
    (512) IPA
    Rale Ale Full Moon Rye IPA
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