What’s your favorite hoppy beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by crazyforporter, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. crazyforporter

    crazyforporter Initiate (16) Jan 7, 2019

    I’ll go first. Harpoon IPA!
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  2. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    So many really really great beers thru the years; But still a cold Heady Topper is still my favorite.
  3. Ffenski

    Ffenski Devotee (400) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio

    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.
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  4. hoagzzz

    hoagzzz Initiate (189) Feb 28, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Miller Lite.
  5. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,267) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
    Society Trader

    Zombie Dust.
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  6. mambossa

    mambossa Disciple (388) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    3 Floyds Blot Out the Sun. Proper hoppy where you least expect it.
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  7. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,310) Sep 24, 2007 Vatican City

    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.
  8. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (599) Mar 28, 2009 California

    It is triple hops brewed.
  9. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Savant (919) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

  10. seakayak

    seakayak Defender (666) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Head Hunter - what all hoppy beers want to be when they grow up.
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  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    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.

  12. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (1,883) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

  13. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Initiate (152) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    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.
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  14. ericwo

    ericwo Initiate (90) Aug 21, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Not sure I can narrow this down to one particular beer, so I'll just go with Stone!
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  15. oldbean

    oldbean Disciple (343) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    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.
  16. EmperorBatman

    EmperorBatman Initiate (74) Mar 16, 2018 District of Columbia

  17. JoeWalsh

    JoeWalsh Initiate (159) Mar 20, 2019 Illinois

    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...)
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  18. JA_26

    JA_26 Initiate (129) Feb 4, 2019 Pennsylvania

    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.
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  19. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,519) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland

    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.
  20. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,487) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    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.
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  21. SnugTeam6

    SnugTeam6 Initiate (85) Apr 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    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.
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  22. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Zealot (583) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    Heady Topper......so good.
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  23. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    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.
    #23 nc41, Oct 4, 2019
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2019
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  24. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    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


  25. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Defender (636) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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.
  26. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Predominantly held hostage.lol.
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  27. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (48) Feb 3, 2019 California

    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.
  28. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    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.
  29. Amendm

    Amendm Zealot (575) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island

    Wormtowns BeHoppy IPA (West Coast) is my favorite hoppy beer and it's NEIPA cousin Don't Worry.
  30. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    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.

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  31. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (225) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    DFH 90 Minute
    In my mind, the perfect double IPA
  32. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    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.
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  33. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,827) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Snake River Pako's, Melvin IPA, Roadhouse Wilson. But the one I will love forever and drink the most often...Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
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  34. bret27

    bret27 Devotee (401) Mar 10, 2009 California

    I will always be loyal to Pliny the elder.
  35. MJS08

    MJS08 Disciple (317) Jul 29, 2014 Florida

    Born Yesterday. And I hope it was.
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  36. spersichilli

    spersichilli Initiate (109) Apr 26, 2018 Florida

    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
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  37. mudbug

    mudbug Defender (600) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    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.

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  39. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,306) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    My favorite(s) are the ones with balance with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale being a good example.
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  40. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    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.