Top Shelf IPAs

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  1. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Odd thought I had. If you had to rank your top shelf IPAs. Ones that you can walk into almost any store and just grab, how would you rank them. Mine will be skewed because I visit NE OH often, so those will be included.

    1) Columbus Brewing Co. IPA
    2) Fatheads Head Hunter
    3) Sweetwater IPA
    4) Bell's Two-Hearted
    5) Ska Modus Hoperandi
  2. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (856) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    Here in south Florida

    Jai Alai
    Two Hearted
    Stone Ruination
    90 Minute
  3. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,336) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    We're talking year-round, I'm assuming?

    1) Finestkind
    2) Flower Power
    3) GF West Coast IPA
    4) Ruination
    5) Tröegs Perpetual

    And then there's Torpedo. I feel like that's probably on everybody's list, whether they realize it or not—easy to forget about it / take it for granted.
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  4. KevinMc79

    KevinMc79 Initiate (171) Oct 29, 2008 Illinois
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    1. Union Jack
    2. Double Jack
    3. Revolution Anti-Hero
    4. Crooked Tree
    5. Lakefront IPA

    Western Suburbs of Chicago
  5. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,336) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Oh—for reference, my selection is coming from upstate NY.
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  6. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (470) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Here's my list from what I can locally get. However, if trade is open to conversation, this list would surely shift for Union Jake, Sweetwater, Heady and so on.

    1) Anderson Valley - Hop Ottin' IPA
    2) Three Floyds - Dreadnaught
    3) Bell's - Two Hearted
    4) Sierra Nevada - Torpedo
    5) Smuttynose - Finest Kind
  7. onemanarne

    onemanarne Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2009 Washington

    My rotation for the last while...

    GoodLife Descender IPA
    Ninkasi Total Domination
    Firestone Union Jack
    Fremont Interurban IPA
    Stone IPA
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  8. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Year around single IPA's you can easily find locally? no particular order.

    1. Bell's - Two Hearted
    2. Victory- Hop Devil
    3. Ithaca- Flower Power
    4. Alesmith- IPA
    5. FW - Union Jack
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  9. Guy-T

    Guy-T Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2013 Michigan

    Lately it's been
    1) Lake Erie Monster
    2) Bells Two Hearted
    3) Red Hook IPA
    4) Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3
    5) Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA
  10. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    LBNY. in no particular order.
    1)Flower Power
    3)Double Jack
    4)Lagunitas Sucks
    ya. i like imperials. so what. wannna fight about it:angry:lol
  11. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,959) Oct 19, 2010 California

    RR Blind Pig
    Kern River Just Outstanding
    Alpine Nelson
    Alpine Duet
    Ballast Point Sculpin

    Location: San Diego
    (Ok, I don't actually live there, but I wish I did.)
  12. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    Get out of my head!
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  13. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (205) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    In no particular order:

    FW Union Jack
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Stone IPA
    Lagunitas Maximus
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
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  14. themind

    themind Defender (696) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey

    1-Alpha King

    Im done...good night lol
  15. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    You have all those to trade I'm assuming?
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  16. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Elevated and Susan stand out to me.
  17. gcamparone

    gcamparone Poo-Bah (1,553) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    1) Heady
    2) Heady
    3) Heady
    4) Simtra
    5) Sucks
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  18. Shagator

    Shagator Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Kentucky

    West Sixth
    Dreadnaught or Arctic Panzer Wolf (seems i can usually find one or the other)
    Lake Erie Monster

    In Central KY
  19. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    Union Jack
    Double Jack
    Stone IPA
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  20. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,205) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Maine Beer Co Lunch
    Ithaca Flower Power
    DFH 60 Minute
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    Victory Hop Devil
    Troegs Perpetual
    Bear Republic Racer 5
    Green Flash West Coast IPA
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  21. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (326) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    1) Kane Head High
    2) Flower Power
    3) Latitude 48
    4) Breckinridge Small Batch 471
    5) Victory Hop Devil
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  22. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    A lot of DIPA picks as usual in these threads. DIPA Ht,Citra, Galaxy and Double Sunshine
  23. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Surly Furious
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Founder's Centennial
    SN Torpedo
    Odell's IPA

    All based on year round IPAs. If we're talking about seasonals and DIPAs, then my list would change.
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  24. MCain04

    MCain04 Zealot (585) Jan 3, 2013 Texas
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    DIPA or single?

    DIPA list:
    Galaxy Unicorn
    Double Jack

    IPA list:
    Zombie Dust
    Union Jack
    Alpha King
  25. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (282) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    So this is a list of year rounder favorites that are available in our area, right?
    West Chester, PA
    (In no particular order)
    Double Simcoe
    Hop Wallop
    Bengali Tiger
    Flower Power
    Red Racer
  26. liane

    liane Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 Minnesota

    MN-he'brew hop manna; surly furious; sierra nevada torpedo; victory hop devil; sierra nevada celebration; hop stoopid

  27. jasonmason

    jasonmason Initiate (174) Oct 6, 2004 California

    Green Flash West Coast IPA
    SN Torpedo
    KRBC Just Outstanding
    Racer 5
  28. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    You have Zombie Dust, Pliny and Heady on this list. You cannot find two of those three beers on the shelves in any place where you can find the other...
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  29. 510a

    510a Disciple (397) Jan 12, 2013 Washington
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    Fat Tug
    Hop Henge
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  30. zestd

    zestd Disciple (368) Jan 18, 2013 Idaho

    Ninkasi Tricerahops
    Deschutes Hop Henge
    Widmer's Falconer IPA (Rotator series)
    Stone Ruination
    SN Torpedo
  31. warrenout330

    warrenout330 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Ohio

    Ne Ohio selection

    1. Head hunter
    2. white rajah
    3.columbus brewing ipa
    4. Sculpin
    5. Anit-hero
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  32. bismarksays

    bismarksays Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2008 Iowa

    In Iowa, restricting to myself lto what I can get canned/bottled (sorry Toppling Goliath...for now)
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Founder's Centennial
    Stone Ruination
    Summit Saga
    Lakefront IPA
    Of course, I would never turn down a Ranger, Torpedo, or Green Flash West Coast IPA either.
  33. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    FW Double Jack
    Flower Power
    ST 2xIPA
    Smuttynose Big A
    He'Brew Lenny's RIPA
  34. mjryan

    mjryan Zealot (581) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    In St Paul Mn.
    Town Hall Masala Momma.
    Surly Furious.
    Lift Bridge Hop Dish.
    Summit Saga.
    Lucid Foto.
  35. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Double Jack
    Shed IPA (English style)
    Green Flash WCIPA
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Kelso Industrial Unfiltered
  36. Trevdawg

    Trevdawg Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    Flower Power
  37. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (675) Jan 15, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    Flower Power
    Union Jack
    bengali tiger
    Port Jeff IPA
    Kelso industrial
  38. MatthewPlus

    MatthewPlus Disciple (327) Jan 2, 2013 Florida
    Beer Trader

    In tampa-
    Ballast Point Sculpin
    Cigar City Jai Alai
    Stone Ruination
    Oskar Blues Gubna
    Bells Two-Hearted
  39. sefus12

    sefus12 Aspirant (224) Sep 7, 2006 Kentucky

    Here's my list from Louisville, KY

    1- SN Torpedo
    2- Bell's Two Hearted
    3- West Sixth IPA
    4- Founders Centennial
    5- Stone Ruination

    Side note- We get 3Floyds and Green Flash as well, but some combo of availability or freshness forces me to leave them off the list.
  40. MCain04

    MCain04 Zealot (585) Jan 3, 2013 Texas
    Beer Trader

    you can if you travel like I do. be jealous.
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