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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Matthew1788, Apr 12, 2013.
White Rajah is my choice. Just wondering everyone else's opinion.
Typically I would say Head Hunter, but I am currently drinking my 4th growler of IBUsive and I think this may be better. If we are taking IIPAs into account, Hop Juju would get consideration.
With Rajah a close 2nd.
Buckeye Amarillo IPA, but that may be nostalgia telling me it was that good. It seems to be quite extinct these days. In production, I would have to say Head Hunter.
my vote is head hunter. White rajah has been inconsistent lately and drops off way too fast. I haven't had IBUsive yet but the reviews are solid.
No, it was that good.
Haven't had White Rajah yet so I'm going with Alchemy Hour.
IPA-head hunter, white rajah, citramax
DIPA-bodhi, monster, alchemy
Head Hunter or Columbus
I really like all of these that have been posted.
Alchemy Hour is a DIPA not an IPA as the OP asked with that said White Rajah gets my vote!!
White rajah is overrated... But I can't seem to think of a better IPA (that I've had) from Ohio. Im not a huge IPA fan, doubles or imperials are way better in all categories.
Single: Head Hunter
That's a good call. I often forget about Jackie O's
....It all makes sense now.
I would have said something different a week ago.
IBUsive has to be my favorite Ohio hop beer. I don't care if its IPA. IIPA. Its just awesome.
Columbus IPA by a hair to those mentioned. As far as Hop portfolios though, these guys are best in the state hands down (IPA, Bodhi, Creeper, Uncle Rusty, Big Frank...).
Edit: Haven't had IBUsive yet ....and can't wait! Ohio is a damn fine state for hop heads! (especially considering distro)
Should have started a poll. #fail
Compared to the west coast stuff white rajah is average. Sculpin kills rajah!
Great Lakes Hop Madness (formerly Quitness). Only available in draft.
After that I would say Bodhi and White Rajah.
Cool story bro, but i believe the thread was "What is the best Ohio IPA" Not west coast or any other coast, But since you threw it out there.....To say WR is average compared to west coast stuff is crazy!! i would put FRESH WR up against any west coast IPA any day.
Don't bro me if you don't know me. More people think sculpin is better hence the better rating. But you are right about this being an Ohio thread. Sorry.
And I also said it was the best IPA I've had from Ohio.
My answer is obvious, but I also love WR and Columbus. I need to buy some Gangster Frog while I know it's still fresh. For someone to say Sculpin crushes WR makes me laugh. Recently four friends and myself did a blind IPA tasting. Beers included were HH, WR, Columbus, Sculpin, Finest Kind, Two-Hearted and Alesmith IPA. WR was ranked 3rd or higher by all of us and the big bad west coast beers never got higher than 4th. For the record I'm not a hater, I'll buy any west coast ipa if I know it's fresh.
For IPAs it has to be either Head Hunter or White Rajah. Double IPAs is Maumee Bay Amarillo Brillo.
Like any IPA freshness matters, maybe the White Rajah I had wasn't so fresh and on its way out. This could be my soul reason for saying its overrated. I don't recall a bottle date on there, is there one?
Anyway seeing as this thread is about Ohio IPA's, and doubles are still IPA's alchemy hour gets my vote.
As much as I like to get White Rajah and Head Hunter while I am in town, Columbus IPA is just a hair better to me. I think both WR and HH are a touch overrated, but still delicious. For $9 a sixer, Columbus IPA is a steal and places never seem I run out. On tap, I may have to give the slight edge to White Rajah.
Anyone saying anything other than IBUsive hasn't had it yet
#1 Head Hunter
Lure Bistro is will have kegs of it towards the end of the month.
Columbus for me is easily the best. My only complaint about CIPA is that sometimes I catch a batch that just isn't that good; however, when it's on, there isn't an IPA I'd rather drink. White Rajah is a great beer, but it doesn't hold up like CIPA. The difference in fresh WR vs month old WR is vast. Let me follow that by saying super fresh WR is as good as it gets. Head Hunter seemed like a solid standard IPA to me. I found it a little more balanced than CIPA and WR, which may be why it is so popular. I like it, but at $10 a 4 pack I will pass it up every time if there is CIPA for $9 a sixer. Plus it isn't as good as CIPA... Again, just my opinion.
So my rankings would be 1. CIPA, 2. WR, 3. Head Hunter
As for DIPAs, gotta be Bodhi then Alchemy Hour (or whatever the hell they are gonna call it).
For the "big 3", I'd go White Rajah > Head Hunter > Columbus IPA (all great)
DIPAs I'd go: Bodhi = Alchemy Hour.. Hop JuJu is great too.. TBK Old 21 is underrated..
I agree that IBUsive is special, I just hope that they plan on brewing it alot more and it's not just a one time thing like
This thread is awesome. I'm originally from ohio (Bloomington, IN now) and am glad OH is catching up on awesome beer! We just got headhunter distribution, and i love the stuff (happen to be drinking one now) and visit Colmbus a lot (for Buckeye games) and slam the Columbus IPA... awesome. I need to get a hold of some IBUsive it sounds like, i will try next time i'm up that way...
I haven't had white rajah, though, to they distribute at all? Just ohio or local?
The Brew Kettle distributes throughout just Ohio at this point.
I was just there and it seems they want to make it a regular offering. From what I was told, they are trying to secure a lot of this hop for future use. Good news!
In regard to another post, I would say Columbus IPA is the most "balanced". It is definitely the maltiest of the three, with HH being the most hop forward and bitter.
To each their own...
cool, thanks for the info. i'll track some down next time i'm there.
That's good to hear. I know the Mosaic hops are relatively new and I'm not sure how easy they are to obtain, so I put that into consideration. I'm glad they know they have a good thing..
This plus Great Lakes Alchemy Hour
A reliable source there told me they want to keep it on all the time if they can. And in a year or more from now bottle it if they can.