what should my first IPA be?

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  1. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    stout girl here.... I <3 stouts. really I do. Drink at least 1 a night.

    BUT, I'm missing out by remaining so myopic. Can tell you that I've had a lot of bad experiences with sours, and let downs with lagers, and even some ales. I like brown ales, and some belgians, but that's really it.

    Do you think I'd like an IPA? And specifically, which one would be a good first try? (Live in the ny metro area, so some west coast brews aren't about here)
  2. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    I think Victory Hopdevil is a great first IPA.
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  3. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Given your area... Flower Power!
  4. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (272) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Its hoppy but not too too hoppy and is good for a first time IPA IMO.
  5. smo

    smo Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I second this!
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  6. mklisz

    mklisz Champion (848) Dec 31, 2010 New Hampshire
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    I would ease yourself in with APAs before jumping head first into IPAs. Try Dale's Pale and Sierra Nevada Pale to get your feet wet.
  7. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Flower Power!
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  8. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    you're in NY? Try a Smuttynose Finestkind IPA.
  9. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (259) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I kinda held off on IPAs for a while too, for whatever reason they just didn't appeal to me, but now I love em. If you can get Stone or Dogfish Head I think those are good places to start. Sierra Nevada Torpedo is really good too. I've also got a Sculpin waiting for me at home that I'm pretty excited to try. If you have trouble getting some of those in your area check out seekabrew.com for a list of breweries you get in your area, and look into what IPA they're known for. Happy hunting : )
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  10. bulldogbrewhaus

    bulldogbrewhaus Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012 Virginia

    Heavy Seas-Loose Cannon is a good starter IPA. Good flavor but not ridiculously hoppy. They are out of MD so you ought to be able to get some in NY. Cheers.
  11. Focusf111

    Focusf111 Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2012 Vermont

    do yourself a favor. Stone IPA. rarely does it get better.
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  12. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    Greene King - oh yeah !!!
  13. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,794) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    OB even calls Dales an IPA. And I've always thought that SNPA was hoppy enough to be considered an IPA. For a Pale I'd suggest Mirror Pond, if it's available to the OP. If she can get Flower Power, that's a very good IPA.
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  14. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (36) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    Whatever you choose, make sure you can get it fresh (less than a month old).
  15. time4lunch

    time4lunch Initiate (175) Aug 10, 2012 New Hampshire
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    All of the mentioned beers are solid. On another note, try to get urself some jacks abby hoponius union ipl. Awesome hoppy lager. I think it would set u right on ur way in proper hophead form. Cheers.

    Bm me if u want some :wink:
  16. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 Texas
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    Can't go wrong with dogfish 60 minute, or stone ipa as a first. Torpedo and New Belgium Ranger aren't bad starter ipas either
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  17. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 Texas
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    Very important point
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  18. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    FLOWER POWER! easy to find fresh amazing ipa. that's it!
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  19. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (628) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Flower Power was the first that popped into mind since you're in New York. Also, Bell's Two Hearted or Troeg's Perpetual if you can get them in your area
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  20. TKEAnimal

    TKEAnimal Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2009 California

    I would say either Stone IPA or Deschuttes Inversion IPA. Both are strong in flavor, but won't over power you.
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  21. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Devotee (485) Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    agree with the others...Flower Power!! My wife loves it and so do her friends.
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  22. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (400) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    I'm sorry, I find it a bit hard to believe that you are a have had the styles you mentioned and have not tried a single IPA. Is there some reason you have stayed away from them? It is not an obscure style in the world of American craft beer.
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  23. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    you know what I'm going to do w/ this thread? I'm going to just load it up when I'm in one of my fav shops and go shopping. I'll let you guys know how the tasting goes. Citrus would be a nice palate cleanser for a change. (Inevitably, I will always be true to my one love: bourbon county)
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  24. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    yep, because of so many not terribly good experience w/ the rest. I decided to basically go with the flow and stick to what I love. so you heard it... years of stouts! W/ a few other items peppered in for a change of pace. Then again, I've had coffee every morning for 30 years, so this shouldn't be too surprising to anyone.
    I think I'm overdue for an IPA, hence the thread :wink:
  25. Mikegonzo

    Mikegonzo Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2013 Illinois

    Can't ease into it, that's like touching the pool before jumping in. I'd say STONE IPA all the way. Dive in, and enjoy it!!!!
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  26. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    I agree,
    Flower Power
    Smuttynose IPA
    Stone IPA
    3 of the best and readily available IPA's.

    Protip: read user Buckeyenation's review of the beer your trying while drinking it, doing that really helped me appreciate what I was tasting early on. I don't think I would have enjoyed some of the beers I was trying as much as I do now if I wasn't reading his reviews while sipping on the beer.
  27. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    May I suggest finding a black IPA to start with to act as a bridge between styles for you?
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  28. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I do love stouts, and I keep trying IPAs, never to love them. I did find I could hop over to trippels and saisons to change things up and be happy though.
  29. KelsoSaaz

    KelsoSaaz Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 Maine

    I also recommend Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. Its got great IPA flavor, but won't kill you with hop bitterness. Also try some hoppy APAs that are really IPAs in disguise.
  30. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Flower Power for the tenth time....:slight_smile:
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  31. dap325

    dap325 Initiate (151) Apr 2, 2009 New York

    Southern Tier IPA or 2XIPA.
  32. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,067) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I was leaning Flower Power myself, but 2XIPA is definitely no slouch and perhaps a touch more ...hmmm...gentle, I suppose (for lack of a better word). Get it a month old and it is a great place to start.
  33. sugeknight6289

    sugeknight6289 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Pennsylvania

  34. cornontherob

    cornontherob Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2011 New York

    Laggunitas sucks is good. DEFINITELY try to get fresh, whatever you get. I was turned off of IPA's for a while because the first few I tried were old.
  35. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Aspirant (213) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
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    Ruination. Don't get your feet wet, jump into the pool.
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  36. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy Devotee (456) May 6, 2010 Illinois

    Dogfish Head 60 and 90 Minute IPAs. Those were the ones that converted me. They're hoppy, but not insanely so, and they're really well balanced with a nice, malty backbone.
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  37. BKBassist

    BKBassist Devotee (438) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    I second the Stone recommendation, I think it's probably the best widely available example of what the American IPA is all about (here on the East Coast at least) It'll give you a solid idea of the flavors without bashing you over the head with them. I think Flower Power is a decent bit hopper than Stone (definitely more than DFH, which I always felt was one of the more malt forward AIPAs). It's a really good IPA, but might be a bit heavy for someone unused to hoppy beers. Lagunitas Sucks is also a really good example of balance, but it might be tough to find now.
  38. TheLostGringo

    TheLostGringo Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2011 Connecticut
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    For easy drinking IPA's these are my favorite and both available in cans. :slight_smile:

    NEBCO Sea Hag
    CCB Jai Alai IPA
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  39. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Defender (651) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    Harpoon IPA is the way to go. Not too heavy, a good starting point. Ease your way in. Then graduate to the really good stuff that others here mention.
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  40. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Harpoon is a good first IPA. Very inoffensive. It was my very first, and it got me wondering about IPAs in general. From there, Smutty Finestkind (despite what the packaging says, I think it is indeed an IPA with training wheels--I thought it had a solid malty backbone, balanced as all hell, enjoyed). Then HopDevil, Hoponius if you've got MA connections, DFH 60 minute, then Sucks, and then on to the IIPAs. I haven't had the pleasure of trying Flower Power, but that seems to be the consensus of this thread, so if you can get that, go for it.

    Or you could just throw caution to the wind and buy just about anything from Stone. Sublimely Self-Righteous is the best Black Ale, hoppy or otherwise, I've ever had.
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