what should my first IPA be?

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  1. raffels

    raffels Initiate (168) Dec 12, 2009 West Virginia

    I know it's West coast, but Bear Republic distributes to NY. Seek out Racer 5. You might just have an epiphany.

    IPA wise, that is...
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  2. Mauidan

    Mauidan Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2008 New York

    Given yourlove for Stouts may I suggest Dubhe by Uinta it comes in a fourpack and is even brewed with hemp..I believe you will fall in love like I did...and at 9.2 abv it should come with lodging....but ALL the suggestions in this thread are more than worhy...Flower Power definetely...Stone IPA absolutely..Hop Devil yes yes yes..I love IPA's and it is the main reason at 58 years old I go out of my way in Manhattan to find IPA's on draft...ENJOY!!
  3. Mauidan

    Mauidan Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2008 New York

    and 2 more...Hop Notch also by Uinta ..and Titan IPA by Great Divide...man I am gettin thirsty....
  4. ironchefmiyagi13

    ironchefmiyagi13 Defender (642) Jan 9, 2013 Tennessee
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    Dogfish 60 Minute is a great starter for a good price. It only gets better from there!
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  5. Mauidan

    Mauidan Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2008 New York

    I agree can't go wrong with Dog 60 or 90,,120 requires a place to sleep and rations...
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  6. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I love stouts & porters too and it took me a while to find IPAs that I liked. I think my taste needed to adapt a bit to truly appreciate them. My first was SN Celebration Ale (epiphany time) which, of course, you can't get this time of year (put it in your pocket for next November.) But by finding one IPA that I loved helped me to figure out the flavor profiles that I respond to. I enjoy balanced hops and grapefruit forward notes. Lagunitas Sucks and SN Torpedo are two that are easy to drink. Personally, I wouldn't go for anything really hoppy at first. Ease into it and let your palate develop before diving into the "big" beers.
  7. Stignacious

    Stignacious Defender (660) Aug 24, 2011 New York
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    How has Stone's been mentioned but Not Firestone Walker? Union Jack is one of the only easy to find FW beers in all of NYS, metro or otherwise.

    That being said, neither is as easy to drink as the FinestKind, Hop Devil, or ST IPA
  8. BKBassist

    BKBassist Devotee (439) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    I think if someone had 120 as their first IPA experience, they might not have any idea what an IPA actually was, and they might be turned off.

    It's an excellent beer and should be experienced, but ya gotta learn to walk before you can run.
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  9. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    Stone IPA. Or Bell's Two Hearted.
  10. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    that's a very good idea. I'm very biased towards brown beverages...
  11. DougC123

    DougC123 Disciple (374) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    Agree 100%. Jumping in with the huge hop beers won't work.
  12. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I am a foodie... dove right into tibetan yak cheese. I can take it. I DO like the dark ipa idea, though.

    thanks so much to everyone who's brain storming on my behalf :slight_smile:
  13. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (825) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Try a local Hoptical Illuison from Blue Point
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  14. M0rtyC

    M0rtyC Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2010 Massachusetts

    I agree Harpoon IPA is a great starting point. It turns 20 this year
  15. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    A practical 'no risk' try might be Lagunitas Daytime IPA, Founders All Day IPA, or North Peak Wanderer IPA; all are well crafted, sessionable and restrained IPA that might be a good lead-to the hoppier stuff.
  16. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    +1 on dogfish head. Not bitter at all. Hopslam would actually be a good one as well. If you can find it that is.
  17. jman005

    jman005 Aspirant (256) Jan 21, 2013 Kentucky

    Sixpoint Resin, very well balanced.
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  18. Dan114

    Dan114 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Massachusetts

  19. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    Union Jack's incredible. I enjoyed it more than Double Jack actually. But I've only ever seen it on tap around here. If the OP can get it in NY more easily, then go for it.
  20. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Disciple (395) Jan 7, 2013 Colorado
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    I would definitely echo the recommendation of Dogfish Head 60/90. 90 is particularly well balanced and enjoyable even by hop-novices (or those of us who are pickier with our IPAs).

    I am also partial to the AIPAs, particularly Bear Republic Racer 5 as an easy to drink IPA.
  21. randylangford

    randylangford Zealot (574) Jun 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Bell's Two Hearted ... great IPA and great beginner IPA or Dogfish Head 60 minute. Both should be easy to get for you as well.
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    KVNBGRY Champion (876) Aug 1, 2012 Florida
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    Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Cigar City Jai Lai, Dogfish Head 60 or 90 Minute are the ones I'd give my closest friends/family if they asked me the same question.
  23. mendonjoebeer

    mendonjoebeer Aspirant (261) Nov 9, 2010 New York

    Most important point. You have been given many good suggestion for beers to choose, but freshness is way more important in an IPA than in most stouts. I would suggest buying a very fresh refrigerated one out of the list given to you.
  24. Cjames88

    Cjames88 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Miller lite duh....it's triple hopped.
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  25. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Two hearted. First and last and in between
  26. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Defender (620) Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
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    I'll have to respectfully disagree with Smuttynose & Stone, while I enjoy them both, I think they might be too bitter for someone newer to the style. Agree with Lagunitas and 60min
  27. 510a

    510a Disciple (397) Jan 12, 2013 Washington
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    Sucks, Sucks, Celebration, sucks, maybe Stone. Nah SUCKS!
  28. DanK4

    DanK4 Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Maine

    Smutty's IPA for sure. If you like that you can branch out in either direction of more hop or malt forward IPA's. Buuuut, if you can get it you should definitely try Allagash's Hugh Malone. Considering you like "some Belgians" this brew would suit you well. Super balanced with a nice hop character to it, amazing fresh but it still drinks just fine this time of year.
  29. b-one

    b-one Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013 California

    My heart would say Ballast Point Sculpin. By locality, get a Dogfish Head and take alternate sips from a Midas Touch.
    Sorry, that last part makes me visibly twitch. Skip the Midas.
  30. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    DeFlower Power
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  31. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    twas my first....
  32. Shagator

    Shagator Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Kentucky

    I would say start with a Ruination and then 120 min, and then a palate wrecker followed by Hop Damn.

    In all seriousness:

    I would say Two hearted as a start, my wife doesn't like IPAs but she likes two hearted. Stone IPA is a good start to get the full on flavor of a west coast IPA. southern Tier 2X or Unearthly would be good and to me are not as harsh on the palate. 90 minute is also a good start. IMO the ST IPA and the 60 minute are too bitter and not as balanced. If you can find Green Flash, the Hop Head Red. I wish i could send you some West Sixth from here in Lexington
  33. GodlessWatermelon

    GodlessWatermelon Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Maryland

  34. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Whatever you try, For the love of god, make sure its FRESH!!!!
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  35. bilboTbaggins

    bilboTbaggins Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    Gubbna, or something big. No need to just dip your toes, go big, get the full effect of an ipa if you want to know what it tastes like
  36. msigona85

    msigona85 Initiate (171) Jun 16, 2008 New York
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    As suggested before two hearted would be a great intro to ipas, but you're not gonna find it in ny. Loose cannon is a gentle way of getting into ipas and a good one at that. When I first got my girlfriend into ipas, she had an easier time drinking a 90 min as opposed to a 60 ,just because 90 has a bigger malt backbone. The balance of an ipa will affect your hop perception more than the ibu. I would recommend ballast point big eye, stone ipa, sierra nevada torpedo, 60 min, racer 5, smuttynose ipa, southern tier,alesmith, fsw union jack, founders centennial, and ithaca flower power. All available in ny. For double ipas 90 minute and fsw doublejack would be a good way to start.
  37. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    go buy a goddamn beer and try it. If you dont like it, buy another one, like the rest of us.
  38. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Initiate (16) Dec 13, 2012 New York
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    The WORST entry IPA is Flower Power. It is tongue shriveling bitter and dry. This will turn you off, I have been there.
    If you are NYC area in the NYC area these available..... Hop Tasty and not too bitter. If you are into BCBS you shouldn't be bothered by high ABV.
    The new Captain Lawrence IPA (not the reserve). It has only been around for a few weeks.
    Maine Lunch, harder to get because, sells out a lot.
    Dog Fish Head in this order 75 min in a 750ml (new batches all over the city. Then 90 mins, or 60 mins.
    West coast has great stuff and gets to NY within a week. Just check for dates and stay with in 30 day window witj any of these...
    Ballast Sculpin, Stone IPA, SN either Torpedo or celebration. Bear Rebuplic racer 5, Firestone Double Jack (union jack is bland). Lagunitas Sucks is also good...
    Not sure where in the NY area but if you see Kelso Industrial IPA on tap anywhere go out of your way to get some. Brew York growler bar at the Union Sq is having a Kelso tasting tomorrow from 4 to 7.o don't k ow what is o tap but between that growler bar and whole foods down the block you should find almost everything I listed.

    Just avoid flower power for your first.
  39. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Disciple (305) Dec 22, 2012 Missouri

    Go big or go home, sixpoint resin. It's just plain awesome, who cares if it's 9% it's freakin delicious
  40. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    My first IPA was Red Racer.
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