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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by nickapalooza86, Aug 29, 2013.
There's none I can get all the time and love. What I love depends on where I am and what's fresh.
Something I can always get fresh: Alesmith IPA,
If it was distributed here: Furious or Odell IPA,
Whenever I see it I buy it: any Alpine IPA, Hoppy B-Day at the top of the list even though it's an APA
Green flash West Coast
Uinta Hop Notch has been my go-to lately. Fresh and delicious.
And if I could get fresh Union Jack on a regular basis it would be my other. (And when it's not around, Finest Kind is in the mix as well.) So many tasty ones out there, though...
3 way tie. Maximus, bodhi, gubna
Columbus. Only available to me a few times a year, but by the case. My favorite IPA
Sweetwater is not available but its my next favorite
Dales is really an IPA.....
Regardless of the style you call it, I'll call it delicious.
I give mad props to Bell's Two Hearted, it is a nearly perfect IPA imho, and I would be very content if it were the only IPA ever to grace my fridge. It's also fairly reasonably priced, and available year round, and I buy it often ($9.49/6pk). But with that said, the IPA (actually DIPA) that I've always had in my fridge this entire year so far is New Belgium's Rampant - and I've got to say, this beer has grown on me significantly. And at $8.99/6xer and yr round availability (and always fresh at my local shop 1 minute up the road), I Always have this in my fridge.
*I also rotate the latest Lagunita's products all year long, the Mariano's that is reasonably my house has all of their main stays and seasonal offerings at $8.49 a 6xer, sometimes on sale for $7.99 (= stock up time! - just recently finished up a case of Lil' Sumpin Wild)
And if we're talking favorites? Well let's just say that my family from Kalamazoo is bringing my 2 cases of Bell's Oracle when they come to stay a few nights next weekend.
Whatever I haven't tried yet. I very rarely purchase the same beer more than a couple of times a year.
Dry Dock Hop Abomination
Can get everyday: Flower Power
Can only get by trading but wish I could get everyday: Surly Furious
Fat Head's Headhunter. End of discussion.
I came into this tread just to post Two Hearted Ale... You did it for me.
That "extra" means about as much as Summit Extra Pale Ale, or Guinness Extra Stout...
Size 7 and Furious
It kills me to leave 2H or Odell out.
Big Sky IPA. Great price, great beer.
1. Surly Furious - all around go-to
2. Big Eddy Imperial - in the summer
3. Harpoon - when I'm back east
Green Flash west coast IPA
Been enjoying the Kane growlers lately
Bell's Two Hearted
RR Blind Pig
Any homebrew IPAs I decide to make.
Couldn't agree more. I'd also have to throw in Torpedo as well. I can run 2 minutes up the road, one single right hand turn, and pick up Torpedo at my local 7-11. And I do... often. I prefer Two Hearted, but it's more like a 20 minute drive.
Right now Founders All Day IPA (looking at previous posts it seems I am not alone). Easy to drink, tastes good, can find it at a couple of local stores, comes in a sixer, and ok priced.
Next would be probably Racer 5.
Although if I could get Wormtown Be Hoppy in a sixer for a decent price, that would probably be my go to.
I still have lots and lots to try, so this may change in the future/near future.
Head hunter. Seriously every time I drink it I'm so happy, for me it's nearly a perfect beer.
Ballast Point Sculpin and Stone Ruination
Founders Centennial (it's a constant debate between this and two hearted for me, but I always seem to buy Founders much more)
Stone IPA (always blows me away and is always available fresh, thanks Stone freshness project)
Whenever I go to my parents house in Ohio: Head Hunter, White Rajah, and Columbus are always purchased . So those are my side quest IPAs I can't get here. Love all of them
DIPA - DFH 90 has the best balance
IPA - Sculpin
Now... you may discount my choices after I confess my great sin: I really dislike Two-hearted and have no idea why people rave about it.
Big Eye IPA
used to be jai alai until CCB distro started blowing.
I'll second that.
Wow, I'm impressed with all the love/respect that Stone IPA is getting in this thread. It seems that most people forget that Stone even does a standard IPA, instead everyone is usually fussing over Ruination.
I can't get this all the time as it's not distributed in PA but New Belgium's Ranger is delicious.
Consistently and available
1) Two Hearted
2) Stone IPA
Available but seem to be only great when super fresh
1) Flower Power
Wish they were available but aren't
1) Blind Pig
2) Jai Alai
Totally wish we could get Jai Alai and Two Hearted up here in Rhode Island, but we don't and I haven't tried either yet. Also, I think that Rhode Island is one of the few states that is missing a world class IPA that is produced in-state.
With that being said, my 2 favorite readily available IPAs are, Lunch & probably 90 Minute.
Honorable mention to those who are not readily available like Tree House's Julius which is probably my favorite all time IPA.
Torpedo and for the most part, Flower Power
My favourite - HF Susan (but although I had this once in NYC, now this is pretty much limited to when I go to VT, and then, if it's available - a la the Friday before FOFA)
I buy when it's available - Lunch
I buy when I feel like an IPA - Flower Power
I buy when I'm at the in-laws (Miami) - Jai Alai (used to get this in NYC, but not anymore - boo)