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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by crazyforporter, Oct 4, 2019.
I’ll go first. Harpoon IPA!
So many really really great beers thru the years; But still a cold Heady Topper is still my favorite.
Yea, so many quality hoppy beers out there. From Escondido, Chico and Santa Rosa to Milton and Stowe, Grand Rapids to Tampa, and about 37 (give or take) in between.
3 Floyds Blot Out the Sun. Proper hoppy where you least expect it.
Time was, Field 41 was the undisputed champion. Sadly, a recipe change has hollowed the beer to far inferior brewski.
Bhodizafa and Cedar Dust go down my throat fairly often these days.
It is triple hops brewed.
Head Hunter - what all hoppy beers want to be when they grow up.
My favorite hoppy beers are those from Hill Farmstead (e.g., Edward, Abner,...) but unfortunately these beers are only intermittent available in my area (Philly area).
My favorite hoppy beer that I can obtain more readily is Root Down Bine.
Maine Beer Co. -- Lunch. IMO It's a perfect balance of something that's relatively easy to find (At least on the east coast) but still excellent enough that I feel I'm treating myself every time I buy a bottle.
Not sure I can narrow this down to one particular beer, so I'll just go with Stone!
Of the ten best hoppy beers I've ever had, probably six or seven are Hill Farmstead beers. Can't really pick one, but I'd be happy drinking Edward every day for the rest of my life.
Revolution Brewing's Sun Crusher. It's a delicious hoppy wheat beer.
And like so many of the beers I enjoy the most, it's seasonal. But it's worth stocking up on when sum-sum-summertime comes around. (I'm down to my last two six-packs...)
My favorite may change by the day if not the hour, but right now Dogfish Head 60 Minute is hitting the right hoppy spot for me.
Another vote for several HF beers. Especially for what they make under 6% ABV. They are a tier unto themselves. Even in the very competitive 7-10% ABV range, they are in the top tier of IPA makers (any sub style) IMO.
Good ol' Two Hearted since I can get it anytime. But I really like Pliny, Head Hunter, Zombie Dust, or Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (from Short's) when I can get any of them.
Hadn't had Hoponius Union in a hot minute, and got a 12pk the other day. Reminded me why it's still one of my favorite beers ever.
Heady Topper......so good.
When guys talk great beers Abner is surely right there, it’s just held hostage in Vt. Another great beer, a nod to HT because it’s canned. I’d also add HF Susan, even though Citra hops may now be passé it’s still a great beer, but in the same boat as Abner and other HF beers.
We occasionally see Abner on draft in the Philly area. NYC gets this beer more frequently - there are three places in NYC that have it on tap right now:
Gold Star Beer Counter
176 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Haymaker Bar & Kitchen
252 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001
The Pony Bar - Upper East Side
1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was my first hoppy love. And I've been loyal to it for 20+ years. That's right, SNPA, you know I love you.
Predominantly held hostage.lol.
Agree. Cannot get this in the Bay Area; I have to trade for it. Only wish there was distro out here.
For me, when I want hoppy beers, it is Blind Pig or Pliny.
If I lived in Philly I’d make Monks my go to. Pliny and Blind Pig on tap, damn, just so many beers available in so many styles. Everyone needs an old school DIPA at its best, and Pliny on tap is tremendous.
Wormtowns BeHoppy IPA (West Coast) is my favorite hoppy beer and it's NEIPA cousin Don't Worry.
And over the last 1-2 years the number of high quality small, local breweries in Philly has 'exploded'. It will be interesting to see if Monks Cafe is impacted by this plethora of competition.
DFH 90 Minute
In my mind, the perfect double IPA
It’s happening here too, there’s a ton of Breweries popping up. The hubs are logically Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville. There was a time when Downeys was a Philly icon as well, and it fell. You can never sit back and rest of your laurels, it seems like Monks is staying current. The downside is if you don’t live in Philly Monks is a hassle to get to, the plus is the Met is right there, a perfect place for an after show drink. Never know.
Snake River Pako's, Melvin IPA, Roadhouse Wilson. But the one I will love forever and drink the most often...Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
I will always be loyal to Pliny the elder.
Born Yesterday. And I hope it was.
Surprised Tired Hands doesn’t do one of your favorites. I think they’re by far the best brewery in the greater philly area. HF does great stuff, they’re in my top tier with Other Half, Monkish, Root + branch, and Hop Butcher. Think my favorite hoppy beer is Heady. I’m not as big of a fan of the other stuff from The Alchemist though. Triple Mosaic Daydream from OH, We Ded Mon ^3 from The Veil are my current favorites. DDH Melcher Street from Trillium WAS my favorite till they started drastically changing their beers
I do enjoy the hoppy beers of Tired Hands (e.g., Alien Church, Pineal,...) but I appreciated the 'balance' of Hill Farmstead hoppy beers more.
My favorite(s) are the ones with balance with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale being a good example.
I try to love Tired Hands every time I go back home, but I find them to be tremendously bitter and one dimensional, some more so than others. I’ve never tried Alien Church. Like Jack said it’s easy to appreciate Alchemist and HF beers, stunning beers for the most part that are much more balanced. I would include Lawson beers in here too, also first rate.