Top 3 IPAs

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  1. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Crusader (746) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan

    OP being from Florida are you a Jai Alai IPA fan? I find it to be a sort of Heady Topper Jr., not that it's top 3 for me but definitely top 10.
  2. TheMagnanimous

    TheMagnanimous Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2011 Vermont

    Maine Beer - Dinner
    Berryessa Double Tap
    Treehouse - Julius
  3. JasonHaviland

    JasonHaviland Aspirant (227) Feb 19, 2013 New Hampshire

    Haven't had many listed so I'll go with what I know...

    1. Founders Centennial
    2. Bell's Two Hearted Ale
    3. Hop Ranch
  4. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (203) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    since noone else has come forward with Tree House love yet, I'll say Julius and Green and the obligatory Heady. A list without Heady just seems like a non-starter. Julius and Green have been drinking really beautifully lately. So yeah, 3 is too few but I'll throw down Heady, Julius and Green. It's been a long time since I've had such exquisitely fresh beers as I've been grabbing in Monson the past few weeks.

    edit: up until 5 minutes ago, noone kicked down with love for Tree House
  5. N8DAGR8

    N8DAGR8 Aspirant (208) Mar 15, 2011 Maine

    Same here!
  6. CincyStar

    CincyStar Initiate (0) May 6, 2014 Virginia

    1. Heady Topper
    2. Stone Enjoy-By
    3. D'Chouffe IPA Tripel
  7. theandychrist

    theandychrist Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2013 Maryland

    OTWOA DC Brau
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  8. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Florida

    Enjoy By
  9. BriantheBeerGeek

    BriantheBeerGeek Initiate (107) May 26, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Good to be silly, at least its positive. I love hearing top 3's. Tastes are subjective though and availability comes into play also. Maybe Heady, Pliny, Hopslam are better but here's the top 3 I've had. I'm excluding DIPA's since that's not the thread title.

    1. Bells Two Hearted
    2. Stone IPA
    3. Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's (almost a double)

    Honorable Mention:

    SN Torpedo
    21st Amendment Brew Free or Die
    Sixpoint Bengali
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  10. thereal_adam

    thereal_adam Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2013 Texas

    1. La Cumbre Elevated
    2. Heady
    3. Pliny
    4. La Cumbre Father Nelson
    5. la Cumbre Project Dank

    I like La Cumbre.
  11. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Society Trader

    IPAs or dipas?

    Ipa - HF Susan / HDR / head hunter

    Dipa - ht/ abrasive/ hop ju ju
  12. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    1. Hop Venom
    2. RPM
    3. Notorious
  13. Woodman70

    Woodman70 Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Wisconsin

    Toppling Goliath - King Sue
    Surly- Abrasive Ale
    Three Floyds - Permanent Funeral
  14. Ljudsignal

    Ljudsignal Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2013 Massachusetts

    Single IPAs--

    Tree House Julius
    Wormtown Be Hoppy
    Hill Farmstead Edward (yeah, yeah, pale ale, so sue me)

    Double IPAs--
    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude No. 5
    Toppling Goliath King Sue
  15. South2NW

    South2NW Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2013 Oregon

    Of ones I've been privileged to try:


    Boneyard RPM
    Hop Drop n Roll


    Hop Venom
    Pliny the Elder

    Newcomer/Honorable Mention
    Fall River Widowmaker

    Enjoy by (if it was more available to me$
  16. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (156) Feb 25, 2013 California

    if this is a list your top 3 IPA's, then in order....

    1. PtE (never had PtY)
    2. Stone Enjoy By...
    3. Knee Deep Hopoholic / Sucks / DFH 90 tie
  17. TTUJohn

    TTUJohn Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2012 Texas

    I would go:

    PtE, Hop Ranch, Lone Pint Yellow Rose

    HM: Heady, La Cumbre IPAs (all of them), Fresh Squeezed, and Sucks
  18. JerseyHopHead

    JerseyHopHead Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2014 California

    Too hard to narrow down, especially if you're opening it up beyond just single IPAs.

    Rough list:

    Simtra from Knee Deep
    Hop Ninja from Beachwood
    and it's hard for me to narrow it down between Pliny or Blind Pig from Russian River. Both are solid but comparing the two is hard.

    Heady is definitely in my top five IPAs... (Resin from Sixpoint may be in there as well)
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  19. Camjmorton

    Camjmorton Disciple (347) Jun 4, 2013 Virginia

    Smokes Ricky, let's go
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  20. tone77

    tone77 Poo-Bah (7,122) May 20, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Never tried Pliny.
    I would agree with Heady Topper. Also
    Cigar City Hopped on the High Seas- Citra
    Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
  21. mabermud

    mabermud Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Washington

    This list will always evolve.


    IPA - Nelson, Founders Centennial IPA, Jai Alai

    DIPA - Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, Enjoy By
  22. Flip4beers

    Flip4beers Aspirant (207) Feb 18, 2014 California

    Locally for me is Pliney, knuckle sandwich, and just outstanding.
  23. Camjmorton

    Camjmorton Disciple (347) Jun 4, 2013 Virginia

    For me:

    1. Sucks Double Dry Hopped (had it at the brewery last weekend and it was the best beer I've ever tried)
    2. Pliny the Elder
    3. Hopslam

    **If Dirtwolf and Hop Ranch combined into a super beer, that might be the most amazing thing to grace the beer world (go Victory)
  24. Sweffin

    Sweffin Savant (977) Jun 25, 2013 Wisconsin

    Half Acre Space
    Surly Furious
    Founders Harvest Ale

    Pipeworks Amarillo
    Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn
    Surly Abrasive

    Great Lakes Chillwave, Stone Ruination, FFF Permanent Funeral also right in the mix
  25. Bonsall_Phil

    Bonsall_Phil Disciple (380) Mar 21, 2014 California

    Duvel Triple Hop
  26. amano_h

    amano_h Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2014 Oregon

    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Maine Brewing Company Lunch
    NoDa Brewing Company Hop Drop 'N Roll
  27. bouncepass

    bouncepass Devotee (469) Oct 3, 2006 California

    Heady Topper
    HF Abner
    Pliny the Elder

    Honorable mention: the one time (so far?) Alpine/New Belgian collab Super IPA
  28. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California


    HM: Enjoy By and Gandhi Bot
  29. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Poo-Bah (1,669) Jul 27, 2013 Texas
    Society Trader

    The list almost needs to be by region because of distribution. We have an embarrassment of riches in California:

    Enjoy By
    Double Jack
  30. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (2,139) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    the same three i posted in the previous 20 threads concerning my "top IPAs" no matter how you package the question
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  31. McStagger

    McStagger Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 California

    West coaster here. Haven't had any experience with the New England IPA's that get those insanely high scores.

    Single IPA:
    Union Jack

    Enjoy By 4/20
  32. rickles512

    rickles512 Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Illinois

    3Floyd's Permanent Funeral
    Solemn Oath Ravaged By Vikings
    Great Lakes Chill Wave
  33. CapeCodHopHead

    CapeCodHopHead Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    I'm starting to like Another One better than Lunch!
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  34. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    Double IPAs:
    • NEBCO's Gandhi Bot
    • Fat Heads Hop Juju
    • Lawson's Double Sunshine.
    American IPAs:
    • MBC's Another One
    • Ballast Point Sculpin
    • Brew Kettle White Rajah.
    *I've had Heady Topper, not a fan*
  35. Givemebeer

    Givemebeer Zealot (543) Apr 6, 2013 Vermont

    To me, Double Sunshine is better than all 3. And Double Dose is better than Dirtwolf.
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  36. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,098) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Society Trader

    My top 3 that I have tried

    Heady Topper
    Zombie Dust
    Hop Venom
    White Rajah
    Flower Power
    Boy King
    Bad Boy
    Hoppy birthday
    Higher Standard
    Double Sunshine
    Fuzzy Baby Ducks
    Ghandi Bot
    Enjoy By
    Shotgun Willy
    Head High

    Okay, that was more than 3, sue me
    #116 cavedave, May 24, 2014
    Last edited: May 24, 2014
  37. kingston2

    kingston2 Disciple (376) Sep 14, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Pseudo Sue has to be on the list. Tremendous beer!!
  38. Robdn

    Robdn Initiate (0) May 23, 2014 Ohio

    1. CBC Bodhi
    2. Hop Juju
    3. Enjoy By

    Haven't tried Sucks yet but I just picked up a 6 for the weekend, so this list could change given the enthusiasm I see for this one (although I do question the freshness of this particular sixer).
  39. raulstotle12

    raulstotle12 Initiate (162) Feb 19, 2014 California

    Jai Alai
    Dirt Wolf
  40. OUJayhawk1799

    OUJayhawk1799 Devotee (483) Jan 25, 2013 Oklahoma

    Heady Topper
    Pliny the Younger
    Society & Solitude #5

    Honorable Mention:
    Pliny the Elder
    Double Sunshine
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