What's your go-to IPA?

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

  1. LordEvyl

    LordEvyl Initiate (42) Dec 1, 2021 Canada (NL)

    To be honest, I'm not a massive fan of IPAs (more of a stout and porter guy myself). I don't hate them (don't really hate any beer style as long as it's made well), but they are one of the most hit or miss beer styles for me. But I do enjoy the vast majority of the IPAs that Collective Arts put out.
  2. nomisugitai

    nomisugitai Zealot (554) Mar 11, 2006 New Jersey

    I've noticed the aroma of a fresh truckload of pallets in a few barrel aged beers.
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  3. HoppyBastard

    HoppyBastard Pundit (983) Sep 6, 2013 Nebraska

    I have rated more IPA's than any other style on BA. As great as it is, IPA is not even my favorite style, thanks Belgium. I think this speaks to the proliferation, popularity and availability of the IPA style. If I could make a mix-a-sixer of my favorite IPA's it would have to include the following; Pseudo Sue from Toppling Goliath, Furious IPA from Surly, Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City, Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing, Fresh Squeezed from Deschutes Brewery and a lesser known beer called Saga from Summit Brewing Company. Cheers!
  4. bret27

    bret27 Pooh-Bah (2,818) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    I’m 443 posts behind and will not read through. Apologies.
    Pliny the Elder.
    My go-to daily drinker is a lager, but Pliny is usually available locally on shelves and probably the IPA I most often buy.
  5. Rollmeaway2loadout

    Rollmeaway2loadout Pundit (894) Jan 30, 2016 Illinois

    Bells -- Two Hearted Ale.
  6. Circles413

    Circles413 Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2014 Illinois

    I rediscovered Fantasy Factory from Karben 4. I forgot how good that beer is. Otherwise, I’ll grab Anti hero. I’m personally done with hazy IPA’s. About a year ago, I got sick of them & milkshakes. As a Chicagoan, I wish Alarmist would bring back, Entrenched. That was my absolute favorite.
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  7. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Maven (1,436) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn is a staple for me. I’d probably drink more Three Floyds Lazersnake if I could find it reasonably fresh.
  8. butterygold

    butterygold Devotee (319) May 12, 2020 Spain

    If you ever find yourself in Seattle, be sure to try Georgetown Bodhizafa and Lucille. Both super-solid and great price-quality (10 -11 a sixer). I always find myself always going back to them.

    I was there over Christmas and ran into a BJCP judge at one of those big ol' beverage warehouses. He said that Freemont Lush (also 10 -11 range) is the best in town and Lucille 2nd, but I politely disagree.
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  9. Arassuil

    Arassuil Devotee (385) Jan 21, 2008 Australia

    Hmmm... I'd have to say my 'go-to' IPA is Stomping Ground's Hop Stomper. I can get 4-packs from the bottlo within walking distance of my house.

  10. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,374) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I find it funny and informative, and I guarantee I’ll use the wrong version many time again in my posts, but 100% of the time people will know what I’m trying to say.
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  11. NateGamer

    NateGamer Initiate (99) Jun 15, 2020 New Mexico

    Alien IPA....from the Alien brewpub, a 22Oz tall....my fav I P Aye!....yeah, it Is my go to. Other than Sierra Nevada and Stone IPA...
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  12. LarryV

    LarryV Grand Pooh-Bah (4,542) Jun 13, 2001 Massachusetts
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    I have two go to beers - Cambridge Brewing Company Flower Child IPA - probably one of the best and most under appreciated beers here. It's always fresh, and a beautifully balanced brew with a lovely floral note and ample hoppiness.

    The second would be Fiddlehead Second Fiddle - I can get that beer beer fresh and I really like that it's not what I would call a juicy beer. These two tend to be my go to beers.
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  13. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,219) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    Resident Culture "Lightning Drops". Probably the best local everyday IPA
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  14. manchester

    manchester Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2021 New Jersey

    I buy a Sixtle every month from Kane Brewery Head High. When heading out to friends Founders All Day IPA.
  15. billlang

    billlang Initiate (129) Jul 20, 2020 Pennsylvania

    Headhunter or Two Hearted can't go wrong with these two.
  16. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Aspirant (254) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    SNPA or DFH 60
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  17. Porters4me

    Porters4me Initiate (27) Jan 21, 2022

    Maine Lunch is an incredibly tasty IPA...if staying local to my state, Kane Head High.
  18. JeffOJohnson

    JeffOJohnson Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2013 South Carolina

    I always have Bells Two Hearted and Sierra Nevada in the fridge… if you like those as a go to.. try New Belgium Voo Doo Ranger…my new go to.
  19. RE28

    RE28 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2020 Maryland

    Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. Any of the HS IPAs are good but Loose Cannon is a good all around with a nice hops balance. Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada are always classic but HS is local and fresh with a refreshing hops snap.
  20. moodenba

    moodenba Pooh-Bah (1,651) Feb 2, 2015 New York
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    Sierra Nevada doesn't describe SN Pale Ale as an IPA, and ten IPAs are listed on their site. It isn't listed as an IPA on the BA site. IPA now is a "Big Tent" descriptor, really a marketing tool. I'd call SNPA a more assertive pale ale. I enjoy mellower pale ales and ESBs when I can find them, as well as SNPA.
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  21. Brians157

    Brians157 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2022

    Dogfish 60
    Sixpoint Resin
    Laguinitas Lil Sumptin
  22. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,884) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Locally, Superpower from Comrade. It's draft/crowler only, but Comrade is pretty close to where I live. For packaged IPA's, Breakside IPA and Ska's Modus Hopperandi. If I'm craving something on the fruity/hazy side of the spectrum, Epic's rotating hazy series fits the bill.
  23. KernH

    KernH Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2015 Pennsylvania

    For me Fat Head’s Headhunter really hits the spot. A little harder to find in the east, but Ballast Point’s Sculpin is a real close second.
  24. DIPA_MAN

    DIPA_MAN Initiate (0) May 7, 2019 Pennsylvania

    I'm in Skippack. Love Tired Hands! And Alien Church!
  25. Limazulu

    Limazulu Savant (1,076) Jan 4, 2020 Idaho

    Bale Breaker's Topcutter, or Bottomcutter if I need to bump it up to a DIPA.
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  26. Noisycats

    Noisycats Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2021 Alabama

    Both local, both doubles...Good People 'Snake Handler' and Ghost Train 'Allurium.'
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  27. walt5

    walt5 Crusader (471) Jan 28, 2010 Delaware

    Lawson's Sip of Sunshine.
  28. LoriS17

    LoriS17 Devotee (328) Apr 4, 2013 Arizona

    Pretty much anything from my favorite local brewery: Pueblo Vida.

    non-local: my gateway craft beer: Bell’s Two-Hearted
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  29. willya77

    willya77 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2022

    TORPEDO the go to for me because it's more widely available.
  30. Judgie

    Judgie Pundit (750) Nov 21, 2012 Indiana

    Bell's Two Hearted for me except when Celebration Ale is available.
  31. DDH

    DDH Initiate (0) Aug 27, 2013 Minnesota

    Sierra Nevada’s Celebration! Not year round but it’s worth the wait every year! Great story on how they source their hops! If you are in Central MN stop by Bad Habit Brewing in St.Joseph. Small batch specialists. They make all kinds of tasty IPA’s. My favorite Habitual IPA! It keeps me coming back again and again and again! :+1:
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  32. cervezaesbueno

    cervezaesbueno Devotee (344) May 27, 2010 Indiana

  33. Herbowy1

    Herbowy1 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2018

    Sip of Sunshine or El Chingon
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  34. barrybeerdog

    barrybeerdog Zealot (745) Aug 17, 2012 South Dakota

    Well, it did come from a Moderator, so I guess the old double standard is alive & well here too:wink::grin:...Snarky or not, it was funny:stuck_out_tongue:!!
  35. barrybeerdog

    barrybeerdog Zealot (745) Aug 17, 2012 South Dakota

    I don't care what anyone says...It was funny:grin:!!!
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  36. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    The other guy, whose post was removed for being snarky, probably thought his was funny too. :wink:
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  37. ratgirlagogo

    ratgirlagogo Aspirant (212) Apr 17, 2006 New York

    My favorite IPA, in fact my favorite beer, is Sierra Nevada Celebration - one of the best things about Christmas. Year round I go for Firestone Walker Union Jack and Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin. Also in this area I love Sixpoint Bengali (Resin is too high alcohol for me) and I really really love SingleCut Softly Spoken Magic Spells. All the last four are easily available all year round here but the SingleCut is always very expensive. Too bad, it's my favorite right behind Celebration.
  38. OffTrail

    OffTrail Devotee (315) Aug 12, 2012 Washington

    Your'e on shaky ground with that "it's, partly," there Steve.
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  39. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Well, the other "part" is that I just don't care anymore when people can't spell. :slight_smile:
  40. Duf609

    Duf609 Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2022 Pennsylvania

    I would love finding a way to try anything from Treehouse…where do I get Treehouse in Eastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania??
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