What's your go-to IPA?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Feb 18, 2022.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,172) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    I recently asked this question on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but let's hear from the forum too.

    What's your go-to IPA?

    Me: Probably Swami's from Pizza Port. It's an old-school West Coast IPA that I can always find fresh at the grocery store for around $11.99-14.99 for a 6-pack of 16oz cans.
     
  2. jonphisher

    jonphisher Grand Pooh-Bah (3,074) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Fresh Squeezed from Deschutes, if its too old I go local, Cape May IPA. Both currently in the fridge :beers:

    Cape May has this super pungent orange zest aroma to it, taste is very orange forward to, it is super refreshing and has a nice bite.
     
  3. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,142) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    My go to pale ale is daisy cutter. It hits all the ipa notes for me, and is about as much an American pale ale as zombie dust or SNPA. If that doesn't count, the Alpha King.
     
  4. teromous

    teromous Pooh-Bah (2,826) Mar 21, 2010 Virginia
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    Right now it's Two Hearted from Bell's. It's a solid beer that I can usually find fresh in both cans and bottles, that doesn't break the bank. Very enjoyable.
     
  5. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Grand Pooh-Bah (5,000) Aug 12, 2007 California
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    Head Hunter for the "head" hunter. Probably. Most likely. Yeah, that's my answer for now. Much love, Todd! Peace...
     
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  6. beer_beer

    beer_beer Pooh-Bah (1,915) Feb 13, 2018 Finland
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    Good question. Don't know why I still haven't got go-to beers, experimenting wildly.
     
  7. backwash

    backwash Aspirant (252) May 26, 2021

    This makes me wonder what PP does differently - that this price point is acceptable to them and pays the bills yet other breweries charge $20 / 4 pack. Now if they'd just can Poor Man's DIPA....
     
  8. dcgunman

    dcgunman Pooh-Bah (2,546) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Beachwood Amalgamator the Gator.
     
  9. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I don't have a specific beer, but anything from Sierra Nevada or Bell's.

    (I've gotten to the point where I don't even bother with IPAs from anyone else.)
     
  10. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Grand Pooh-Bah (4,697) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
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    Another vote for Bell's Two Hearted. Always available. Always delicious.
     
  11. Bhubbard34

    Bhubbard34 Maven (1,294) Mar 4, 2016 Pennsylvania
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    My Go to that is always solid….

    Alien Church from Tired Hands
     
  12. Casterbridge

    Casterbridge Savant (1,019) Mar 26, 2010 Connecticut

    If we can include doubles, my go-to is G-Bot. If limited to just IPA, I'd say Counterweight Headway.
     
  13. gatornation

    gatornation Grand High Pooh-Bah (8,480) Apr 18, 2007 Florida
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    Classified as APA ,to me they are IPA. Pseudo Sue and Lizard King, Both nicely priced.
     
  14. Prager62

    Prager62 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,054) May 7, 2010 Colorado
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    Spoiled with so many top notch locals and fresh releases it changes weekly! Westbound & Down IPA has quickly become a favorite since opening their Mill location in Lafayette just down the road.
     
  15. darktronica

    darktronica Grand Pooh-Bah (3,076) Aug 29, 2014 Indiana
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    Not necessarily a "go-to," but the year-round standard I have bought the most is Bodem from Half Acre. Delicious.
     
  16. Steve_Studnuts

    Steve_Studnuts Savant (1,109) Apr 21, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Another vote for Two-Hearted. Hell, you can grab it in most gas stations for cheap these days. Hard to beat the quality too.
     
  17. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Right?

    If I had to put my feet to the fire, it would be Two Hearted in a second, but yeah -- Powder Day was a great after-Dry January hop-quencher for me -- and Torpedo is a good go-to.

    Although, I like Goose Island's and the local from Tighthead, Bear's Choice.

    All this from a non-IPA oriented beer drinker, FWTW.

    (BTW -- sure wish I could find Anchor Liberty more available... or is that an APA?)
     
  18. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Grand Pooh-Bah (3,463) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    I'm in same boat as Todd, I grab either PP Swami's or Revision IPA 6ers depending on whichever is fresher or what store where I'm shopping.
     
  19. paulish

    paulish Pooh-Bah (2,878) Feb 2, 2014 New York
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    Something from Lagunitas.
     
  20. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Grand Pooh-Bah (4,271) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    If I had easier access to it then it would have been Heady. But given that I don't, my go to is Sip of Sunshine.

    Sure, they are both DIPAs but anyway.

    Head High from Kane is another go-to.
     
  21. tolar111

    tolar111 Pooh-Bah (2,938) Aug 17, 2008 New York
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    SNAPPY, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale would be my first choice, but since as the name implies, it's listed as a pale ale, I'll go with SN Torpedo (ok it's an Extra IPA whatever that is).
     
  22. Wrigfen

    Wrigfen Savant (1,060) Feb 23, 2013 South Carolina
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    Bells two hearted, unless the two hearted DIPA is available.
     
  23. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Pooh-Bah (2,325) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    I'm not chained to any beer and like to try new stuff when buying from a beer store. However, at a restaurant, nothing new, I go local: Smartmouth Notch 9 DIPA or O Connor El Guapo Agave IPA (curse o Connor for retiring Great Dismal Black IPA)
     
  24. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Pooh-Bah (2,384) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    I thought hard about it and i don't have one cuz i drink an IPA at most every 2 weeks to a month. If i had to pick i wouldn't even know where to start. It would probably be something from El Segundo or i don't know where else...Fremont maybe?
     
  25. Shanex

    Shanex Grand Pooh-Bah (4,244) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Lagunitas IPA is a regular of mine because widely available and cheap. You asked for « go-to IPA » not for that overpriced stuff.

    Sumpin Sumpin or SNPA while technically not IPA are and have been go-to of mine for years too.
     
  26. megwise1967

    megwise1967 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2022

    Mine is definitely Hudson Valley Ultrasphere
     
  27. BillAfromSoCal

    BillAfromSoCal Pooh-Bah (1,559) Aug 24, 2020 California
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    Whichever IPA from Brewery X (in Anaheim CA) is currently being carried by the local Trader Joes. They are always good and always extremely fresh. The brewery is only a few miles away, but ya know, I'll drink at home where I can drink from proper glassware instead of those stupid Solo cups at the brewery. #2 is the Kveik IPA from Boulevard. I don't know why, other than the fact that I always like it and it is somewhat different from the multitude of other IPAs.
     
  28. MiggityMikeB

    MiggityMikeB Initiate (140) Jan 24, 2013

    It's neck and neck between:
    Fort George - Suicide Squeeze
    Boneyard - RPM IPA

    Depends on mood for the true #1
     
  29. uncleotis

    uncleotis Zealot (741) Feb 17, 2015 Illinois

    Bell's Two Hearted. Can't go wrong with the classics.
     
  30. DIPA_MAN

    DIPA_MAN Initiate (0) May 7, 2019 Pennsylvania

    Lawson's Sip of Sunshine. Simply delicious!!
     
  31. Icka31

    Icka31 Zealot (591) Dec 25, 2014 Ohio

    If we are talking quick beer run from a grocery store, I always go Bodhi from Columbus Brewing Company or Lunch from Maine Beer Company.
     
  32. stevestehr1

    stevestehr1 Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2021 Texas

    Torpedo and Voodoo Ranger Imperial, for the hops, taste, and ABV ideal combos.
     
  33. Brimstoned

    Brimstoned Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2021 Nevada

    Go to: Elysian Space Dust
    Best: Boneyard Hop Venom
     
  34. Kappys_Daiquiri_and_Sport

    Kappys_Daiquiri_and_Sport Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2019 Louisiana

  35. beershrine

    beershrine Zealot (631) May 29, 2004 Idaho

    Since moving the new go-to is Sockeye IPA.
     
  36. KCJeffro

    KCJeffro Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2009 Missouri

    Lately, it's been Space Camper from boulevard
     
  37. beer-gent

    beer-gent Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2021

    Can't have an IPA discussion without mentioning treehouse....Julius specifically
     
  38. Belgisch

    Belgisch Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2008 Indiana

    Ghost in the Machine (Parish Brewing Co.)…absolutely superb stuff.
     
  39. AWorthyBastard

    AWorthyBastard Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2010 North Carolina

    Stone Ruination hands down!
     
  40. BMZ

    BMZ Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2011 South Carolina

    Pernicious from Wicked Weed, very good. You Bells Two Hearted fans, try this. Lagunitas IPA and Lil Sumptin are always good safe bets. Also Sierra Nevada Torpedo.