What brewers are making the best New England IPAs?

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  1. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Initiate (0) May 29, 2011 Florida

    Interested to see what your favorite NEIPA brewers are. With the style exploding across the country, and brewers from New England to California, Louisiana, Florida, Virginia, etc.. brewing the style, who are your top NEIPA producers?

    Some names that come to mind for me, in no particular order, are:

    Hill Farmstead - Trillium - Tree House - Tired Hands - Lawson's Finest - The Alchemist - Other Half - Bissell Brothers - The Veil - Aslin - Monkish - Civil Society - Great Notion - Parish - Grimm - Fiddlehead - Hoof Hearted

    So what are your thoughts? Top 5? Etc...
  2. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona

    I have only had NEIPA's from the first three you list here as well as Heady Topper and Focal Banger from The Alchemist but I have found them to be pretty damn good. Julius stood out particularly to me for its cloudy, bright orange appearance, its citrus smell, and the citrusy, zesty, bitter fruit taste reminiscent of fresh squeezed fruit juice. One of the more amazing beers (IMHO) I have had the luck to sample. Modern Times from California's 'Accumulated Knowledge', follows the style and is a very good interpretation of it. While technically a Pale Ale, Drumroll from O'Dell is also a very hazy NE style, but it does not come close to the aforementioned beers IMO. I know it is becoming a hot topic in the brewing world, especially in Colorado and California I expect to see a lot more of it in the near future. Cheers!
  3. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,181) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Of the breweries listed I have only had beers from Hill Farmstead and Tired Hands.

    I absolutely love Hill Farmstead hoppy beers but IMO (my personal definition) the Hill Farmstead hoppy beers are not of the so called "NE" style IPA.

    I have had many brands of Tired Hands hoppy beers and I think they produce high quality so called "NE" style IPAs.

  4. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Grand Pooh-Bah (3,586) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    Of those mentioned my favorites have been from Bissell and Other Half. I've enjoyed the few I've had from Tired Hands. Have to agree with Jack in that I love Hill Farmstead but I don't know if it's NE style beer. Meanwhile, Conclave, a small brewery near me, brews a NE style IPA, called Gravitational Waves, that just my be my favorite of all.
  5. TheMeadgician

    TheMeadgician Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2015 California

    Moonraker Brewing in Auburn, California is making some awesome New England Style IPA's. YOJO IPA and DOJO IIPA are both fantastic and after starting off on draft only, just had their first canning run!
  6. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Initiate (0) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania

    To your already-formidable list I would add a few of my favorites:
    - Sole Artisanal Ales: Juicebox
    - Sloop: Juice Bomb
    - Beer'd

    None of these have reached the quality of Tired Hands though...but always fun to try new ones! I love the style.
  7. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Pooh-Bah (1,977) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Modern Times has entered the fray in a big way w this one. Total orange juice bomb. More Trillium/HF than Alchemist/Bissell Bros
  8. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Grand Pooh-Bah (3,625) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Modern Times

    And from what I hear (not personal experience) Monkish.
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  9. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,677) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina
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    Gibbs 100 Brewing in Greensboro has had Greensboro Pale Ale for a while. It fits the profile, but I always just thought it to be a really nice ale. A very satisfying beer!
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  10. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Grand Pooh-Bah (3,625) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    You need to try MT Blam Blam, My $0.02
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  11. Hoppy_Time

    Hoppy_Time Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2016 Maine

    I'd love to try some of the interpretations from "away" but have only had Other Half from outside of NE. I've had a cosinderable portion of the ones brewed within New England. Other Halfs All Citra Everything and Double Mosaic Dream were the closest to many of the New England brews, but lacked the comparatively huge aromas. Great beer no doubt though and I'd drink it any day. I prefer Trillium on the whole over the other hoperations up here, but in the end though I think we have reached the pinnacle, I can drive in any direction and get great beer.
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  12. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Initiate (0) May 29, 2011 Florida

    I have to disagree wholeheartedly. I think HF, along with The Alchemist, were the creators of the style. Perhaps, they are not the "juice" that we see today from Tree Hoyse, Trillium, etc... but they were putting out soft, juicy, hazy IPA before anyone.

    And if you disagree, please show me where I'm wrong good sir!
  13. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,656) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    OP did a nice job capturing the current top ones that are out there. I had a beer or 2 from few of them. Here is my rank order from the OP's list:
    Tier 1: HF, Alchemist, Aslin
    Tier 2: Fiddlehead, The Veil, Trillium, Lawson's Finest

    Splitting hairs amongst many so I thought more fair to group in tiers.
  14. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Pooh-Bah (1,977) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Sweet fancy Moses Jack....they must lose their NE style over the roads from Greensboro Bend to PA....:grinning:
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  15. SMason

    SMason Zealot (653) Feb 6, 2009 New Jersey

    My picks -
    Hill Farmstead
    Tree House
    Other Half

    Honorable Mention - Hoof Hearted, Veil, Monkish, Bissel
  16. MA_hops

    MA_hops Initiate (0) May 18, 2015 Vermont

    A few new breweries to seek out if you're ever in VT: Foam Brewers in Burlington VT, Frost Beer Works in Hinesburg VT, River Roost Brewing in White River Junction VT - all of them make NE IPA's among other styles of beer and all of them are very good.
  17. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,181) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    No real need for me to respond since you already addressed this.

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  18. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,181) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I have absolutely no idea what you are communicating here but a :grinning: right back achacha!!

  19. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Pooh-Bah (2,224) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I've been meaning to inquire since I tried it a week ago but really didn't want to make a whole thread for a possibly easy answered question -

    Is enjoy by unfiltered comparable in flavor and style to "neipas"? I've never had ANY of the ones mentioned in this thread. Enjoy by unfiltered blew me away and was unlike any other ipa/dipa I've ever had. It certainly fits the bill for appearance right? Is it similar to the heavy hitters mentioned in this thread? If so I may rethink my stance on not being a "hophead" if similar taste is found in these beers...
  20. JimBrody

    JimBrody Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2015 Maryland

    I'd recommend checking it out for yourself. Where are you in Pennsylvania? If you're in the western half, hit The Brew Gentlemen in Pittsburgh. If you're in the eastern half, hit Tired Hands outside of Philly. Either of those would give you a great experience for the NE IPA.
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