What's your go-to IPA?

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

  1. Duf609

    Duf609 Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2022 Pennsylvania

    Jungle Juice is a great twist to their award winning Head Hunter…had it at their brewery in Middleburg Heights Ohio (Cleveland).
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  2. scootercrabb

    scootercrabb Savant (1,025) May 2, 2007 Illinois

    This is hard to pick Bells Two hearted? Anti Hero? Union Jack? all in rotation for me but for price and what end up in my beer fridge a lot I may get some heat on this but is Goose IPA .
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  3. Avaraharava69

    Avaraharava69 Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2022

    I enjoy very much almost all beers of Oppigårds, Sweden. Specially Indian Tribute.
  4. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Grand Pooh-Bah (3,003) Jul 27, 2013 Texas
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    Definitely was Swami’s for me….great price point….love the format of 6x16….and awesome beer. Absolutely always lived in my fridge, and I never got burnt out on it.

    Sadly I haven’t been able to find it since moving to Texas, so now it’s Tupps IPA or Manhattan Project - Hoppenheimer
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  5. ChesterMountain

    ChesterMountain Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2018 Arizona

    SWAMI'S ain't too bad but I usually go to Odell Mountain Standard IPA; sometimes Sierra Nevada Dankful but then again I just kinda like the word Dank (YOU GOT A PROBLEM WIDDAT?!). Me signif other prefers Sierra Nevada gradients of IPAs in the colours of yellow, turquoise, purple; allofwhich I believe have the word "Hazy" in them. BUT at the top is the hard-to-find limited Odell "Wolf Picker."
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  6. Acraig02

    Acraig02 Initiate (49) Apr 23, 2020 Montana

    Fremont Lush IPA. Great west coast/NW ipa.
  7. Bamse31

    Bamse31 Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2016 New Hampshire

    I prefer a beer that I can enjoy without being inebriated a session IPA like Founders All Day IPA is my go to IPA. I enjoy tasting a variety of beer but Founders All Day is always a nice place to call home.
  8. Antg8989

    Antg8989 Maven (1,446) Jul 18, 2014 New Jersey

    I'm from NJ and have never had Cape May IPA. All the rage is Head High but I guess it's time to try.
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  9. kirinlover

    kirinlover Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2020 Japan

    None. IPAs did suck, do suck, and always suck. Nobody wants to drink a Christmas Tree. Give me a stout, porter, or doppelbock any day of the week.

    Let the flames begin!
  10. jonphisher

    jonphisher Grand Pooh-Bah (3,074) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    It’s a different beer for sure, my personal preference goes to cape may. It’s a cleaner drinking beer with more bite. That is not to say head high isn’t a great beer, it most definitely is in my opinion.

    Cape may ipa just has more of what I look for in a hoppy beer. If you try it I’d be curious to hear your thoughts. Hopefully you enjoy :beers:
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  11. morefilling

    morefilling Aspirant (218) Oct 24, 2008 North Carolina

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo & Founders Centennial.
    After skimming this tread, I'm going to give Two Hearted another try. I remember not loving it.
  12. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Grand Pooh-Bah (3,003) Jul 27, 2013 Texas
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    Nice first post from a guy named Kirin Lover

    Try some other beers, you might be surprised…..
  13. EdFed

    EdFed Pundit (993) Dec 21, 2008 Illinois

    To me, "go-to IPA" = IPA - American, widely available in the Chicago area in 12 oz six-packs (or more). Not saying that's right, but it's what came to my mind when I saw the question. So, it's a beer that's in my fridge often and/or I buy when we're having people over and we want a good IPA for the beer drinkers to drink. The following fit the bill:
    - Two-Hearted
    - Union Jack
    - Anti-Hero
    - Odell IPA
    - Jai Alai

    Have never heard a complaint about any of them. Beer aficionados and casual drinkers alike dig them all.
  14. akirakcat

    akirakcat Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2017 New Mexico

    I used to live in Chicago and you could never find a fresh Three Floyds anywhere unless you drove down to Munster. One of my all-time favorite breweries, but sounds like they still need to up their distribution game…
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  15. LXIXME

    LXIXME Grand Pooh-Bah (4,290) Oct 3, 2007 New Mexico
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    Bell's Two Hearted and if that's not available: Founders Centennial (to me, not as good as 2h'd but it's about half the price), or a local NM IPA from Bosque Brewing usually fill the glass and doing that only if I can't find something new to try.
  16. JZH1000

    JZH1000 Maven (1,347) Nov 7, 2021 Colorado

    I understand the hate being at 10 karma and coming with aggression, but he has a point, not everyone is a hop head and malt forward beers can be quite fun too skullsplitter wee heavy comes to mind quite quickly, and being a malt head myself I can see where he's coming from as German and British traditional are some of my favorites.

    With that being said my go to IPA is Sam Smiths India ale since the malt backbone is just so present and classic British hops backing it all up quite nicely. I would like to try bell's as I haven't yet (blasphemy, I know) seeing as that is clearly the leader based off the first and last page of posts in this thread.

    I'm very open to trying any new beer I can, but IPAs just aren't my first choice but I know why people enjoy them and I'm sure there's an American example I'd quite enjoy. In fact I've had a few I just never wrote down the name and I can't for the life of me remember.
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  17. nomisugitai

    nomisugitai Zealot (554) Mar 11, 2006 New Jersey

    I like the beers from Cape May. I had one funny experience with them. I bought what I thought was another IPA called Hop Water. I opened it when I got home and took a sip. It wasn't close to an IPA. It was a spiced, dark, winter ale named Mop Water. I didn't have my reading glasses on at the store. I met the Cape May rep at the same store and he gave me some merch when he saw me walk out with a 6 of Coastal Evacuation double IPA.
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  18. Rug

    Rug Pooh-Bah (2,778) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Tree House does not distribute. Unfortunate for fans, but honestly a great business decision for them to drive up the hype (of which their beers are worth). So your only options would be making a road trip (always fun), buying secondary (for way too much money), or trading. Trading is likely your best bet
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  19. Jack_14

    Jack_14 Savant (1,136) Nov 2, 2019 Italy

    Italian: Crak Brewery (ITA) - GIANT DOUBLE STEP API TREATMENT (7.5%)
    Or in the case, the "normal" version, without this patented treatment which would serve to amplify the aromas and aromas of the hops. This treatment allows the use of large quantities of hops in combination with small doses of honey during some specific stages of the production process.


    American: Speakeasy (CA, USA) - BIG DADDY IPA (6,5%)

    I also always took Nebuchadnezzar (8.5%) from Omipollo (SWE), but the last few times I found it changed for the worse, with the tastes of malts much more evident to the taste, while some time ago the hints of ebaceous, resinous and distinctly bitter they were much "cleaner".
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  20. BeerHomerMMM

    BeerHomerMMM Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2022

    Go-to: Ipswich Ale, Route 101
    Favorite: Treehouse, Orange Julius
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  21. YamBag

    YamBag Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I like Cape May IPA, but find it inconsistent. I've read it's brewed both at their brewery and Yards. Not sure if that's true, but if so, that could explain things.
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  22. ewmjr

    ewmjr Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2016 Ohio

    Like everyone I have a few….
    Pschopathy - Madtree - always available, clean crisp taste.
    Sunshine Daydream - Fat Head’s - light and flavorful, but not always available in Southwest OH
    Grateful - Little Miami Brewing - a very flavorful west coast IPA, but only available at the brewery, which gives you a great excuse to go spend an afternoon sitting on the banks of the Little Miami River
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  23. Vegan

    Vegan Initiate (97) Mar 23, 2021
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    New Belgium Voodoo Ranger
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  24. Bamse31

    Bamse31 Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2016 New Hampshire

    Maybe you misunderstood the assignment… identify your go to IPA, maybe identify your go to stout is elsewhere.
  25. Roguer

    Roguer Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,245) Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    Oooh new thread idea? :wink:

    I don't think nearly as many people will have a go-to stout, honestly (although I know your comment was tongue-in-cheek). For many people, stouts are a bit more seasonal. IPAs are kind of the craft beer drinker's pilsner: any time of day, any time of year. :slight_smile:
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  26. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Savant (1,065) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Tröegs Perpetual IPA is available everywhere around here, and it's great on tap. Only time it's not available at the bars I frequent is when it's Nugget Nectar season, something I will never complain about
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  27. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Says it right on the labels.
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  28. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Pooh-Bah (1,889) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    If I’m outta state, snpa or torpedo never fail me. Also 2 hearted is great.
    Package store round home would be lawsons sip of sunshine or
    Vt ipa.

    if I want Uber fresh I drive to Foley brothers in Brandon and get what ipa has been caned that day or the day before.
    Skeleton crew,pieces of 8 or fair maiden always super
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  29. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Savant (1,065) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Exact reason why I only buy their beers from the brewery or in the South Jersey distribution area
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  30. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Don't they own their own state-wide distribution house in NJ? Not sure they'd only deliver the beer from CM or Yards to certain sections of the state. Cape Beverages (Not sure what happens in PA).

    I imagine there could be a way to tell which brewery it's from - but I crossed them off my "Buy" list once they dropped their lager and then went whole hog into the FMB/Seltzer segment.
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  31. jonphisher

    jonphisher Grand Pooh-Bah (3,074) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    I’ve noticed it seems most of the non sticker cans are contract brewed, either at yards or fx matt (saranac), regardless of where you buy them @IPAExpert69 They have been for quite sometime.

    As I stated earlier in this thread their ipa is in my fridge almost all the time. I find it very enjoyable and have never had any problem with inconsistencies that were mentioned a few posts back. It’s also always fresh around these parts.
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  32. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Savant (1,065) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    My main concern is freshness when it comes to Cape May beers, and whether or not they have maintained refridgeration as the cans suggest. That's were the inconsistencies come from @jonphisher (in my humble opinion), and why I only tend to buy when I am in South Jersey. Make no mistake I love their beers, costal evac being a personal favorite
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  33. jjamadorphd

    jjamadorphd Pooh-Bah (1,860) Jul 21, 2012 Florida
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    Oh, that's easy - Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai. The best damned IPA I have had, consistently. Others in the"world-class" category seem to ebb-and-flow, but Jai Alai is freaking fantastic all the time. I had it for the first time years ago, and recently this last holiday - always great.
  34. jonphisher

    jonphisher Grand Pooh-Bah (3,074) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    They seem to be very popular in south Jersey cause I usually never find cans past 1-1.5 months or so, always cold and right down the street 11$ a six pack, now in 12 packs to which are only 20$, I’ll take it :beers:

    Well hopefully you get to enjoy them when your on this side of the Delaware.
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  35. hopsputin

    hopsputin Grand Pooh-Bah (3,775) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Whoa 14 pages since Friday :astonished:.

    I'm more of a seasonal guy. Currently it's Nugget Nectar (i'm counting it as an IPA damnit, haha) and Green City. If I had to pick a year round on I'd say 90 Minute.

    I'd kill for some Swami's though :wink:
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  36. joekoz007

    joekoz007 Devotee (344) Aug 22, 2015 Maryland

    3 Floyds Alpha King. They started distributing to Maryland last year. Ever since I tasted it, there has been a sixer or two in my beer fridge. Perfect balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness.
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  37. woemad

    woemad Grand Pooh-Bah (5,003) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Buzzsaw McThunder, at Iron Goat Brewing. It's on the walk home from work, and it's not unknown for me to consume 3-4 in a week.
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  38. officerbill

    officerbill Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Fiddlehead has become a regular purchase these days. I can pick up a < 3 week old 12 pack for about $18
  39. medb

    medb Aspirant (293) Aug 27, 2013 California

    Not sure how wide they distribute, but California based Drake’s Denoginizer is a great IPA that I have been drinking a bit more of recently. Traditional West Coast IPA that leans toward the resiny side, a bit strong at 9.75%.
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  40. officerbill

    officerbill Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    FTFY :grin:
    but I do agree that IPA's are year round beers, while many other styles have a particular “season”