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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Feb 18, 2022.
Yellow Rose from The Lone Pint. Easy to locate around here and delicious.
Love seeing different names here! Good job @Todd
For me it's la cumbre elevated, simply perfect for my taste.
Grossman might have not had the Ballantine IPA available in his area. I regularly drank Ballantine Ale in the 70s, but I don't remember seeing the IPA on the west coast (mostly San Diego area). I did try the IPA in about 1976 when I moved to Chicago.
That's not what he says in his book, Beyond the Pale (pg 35):
And ads show the Falstaff version was available in California in the 1970s and 1980s.
Saga from Summit Brewing
I read your post an hour or two ago and grabbed a tallboy of Fiddlehead IPA at the local beer shop. Figured I'd give it a shot, It's really good. I'll have to try more Fiddlehead beers at some point.
Go to is Goose Island
Sierra Nevada Torpedo, two hearted, and voodoo ranger are honorable mentions
Seems like it’s Wicked Weed Pernicious for me. Always available, usually fresh and at a decent price. I’ve gotten tired of overpriced IPAs that don’t deliver, and there’s a lot of them out there.
I go back and forth between Lagunitas IPA and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. But I lean toward the latter. A perfect balance of malt and Cascade hops and juuust a touch of sweetness. (I haven't learned to like the super hoppy beers and those with fruit adjuncts). And it has the remarkable advantage of being $16 for a twelve-pack here. It made me a fan of the West Coast IPA.
Lawson's Sip of Sunshine. I've been shocked (and elated) that we've been able to get a decent supply of this beer over the past few years. (and pretty fresh)
When I lived in CT I kept a pretty regular supply of Tree House Julius in the beer fridge. Since moving to CA, I’d say that Firestone Walker Mind Haze has probably been the most frequent IPA addition to the fridge.
Raging Bitch. I could drink that stuff by the barrel!
SanTan Hop Shock. 7.99/6 cans.
If buying from a store, its usually Bells Two Hearted or Sierra Nevada Torpedo.
If I'm in a bar or restaurant, it is Kane Head High
Honestly, I feel like a lot of beer drinkers have migrated past "go-to" anything. I tend to grab whatever's fresh from breweries that I like. Although if I lived in VT I would be drinking Heady all the time. I drink a decent amount of Pliny but not enough to consider it a "go-to"
But as a Californian resident you would drink Heady "all the time"( a go to)if you lived in Vermont? This makes absolutely so sense .
What IPA do you find yourself drinking a lot of? Name them all cuz im curious
Heady topper has been booboo since a few months after Rona hit.
heady is a special beer to me and probably my favorite of all time, hence why that would be a different case. Also it hasn’t been boo-boo, I’ve been consistently getting a box of fresh heady every couple months and it still tastes the same.
Honestly, the IPAs I have on hand nowadays are Monkish, Wondrous, and Pliny. I order a mixed case of monkish every 1.5-2 months, and I grab a 4 pack or 2 of whatever’s fresh at wondrous when I go every 2-3 weeks. When I go to Whole Foods (roughly every 2-3 weeks) I grab a bottle or two of Pliny. I’ve always kind of had that “gotta catch ‘EM all” approach to beer so I tend to reach for new stuff more than old favorites.
Rhinegeist Truth is mine. Solid IPA that isn’t too heavy, so I can knock back a few at a time and not get full or have palate fatigue.
I'm convinced that Henhouse has never made a bad IPA.
You fuck with El Segundo Brewing at all? Ir Beachwood?
I prefer ESB over Beachwood but ESB makes some wonderful IPAs
I'm bay area so haven't sought them out as much. Have heard good things though
Wormtown Be Hoppy
Proclamation Derivative Citra (when I can get it)
If I'm local and having beer at home I'm drinking Kane Party Wave. If I'm out at a local bar I'm having Kane Head High or Carton 077XX.
I love trying new beers, so more often than not I'm grabbing something I've never had before, but those are my go to every day local beers.
My go to IPA is elysium stardust just because it is available at most grocery stores and it taste great
3 Floyd’s Zombie Dust. Munster, IN Go to.
And, IPA—-Bengali, Sixpoint Brooklyn, NY
North Peak’s Sparta was memorable—-Ive been searching for it…
Jai Alai is my staple. Less than $10 a sixer and always fresh at local grocer, also will find it at local restaurants as craft option, never disappoints.
FW Union Jack. Kinda glad they changed the packaging again, looked pretty lame for a while
In Jersey, Kane's Head High is excellent.
Second Fiddle from Fiddlehead. Can't get enough of it
Captains Daughter from Grey Sail,
The one and only. Always fresh here in RI.
I just realized I don't really have a "go-to" IPA. Or a "go-to" beer at all, really.
I kinda just go by the seasons. I'll drink Hopslam in the early part of the year, Oktoberfest in the fall, BCBS before Christmas, so on and so forth. If I sat down and studied it, there's probably some sort of seasonal beer every month or so I go and grab. Or if I'm out of town, I'll grab something I can't get back at home.
If you look at my beer fridge, I very rarely have more than a 4-pack (or 6-pack) of anything in there at any given time. In the old days, I'd have a 12-pack of SNPA or Surly Furious or Two-Hearted or something. Maybe I need to return to my roots. I haven't had any of those in so long, and I really liked them, once upon a time.
Torpedo or 60 Minute
Lately Stone IPA and Sierra Nevada IPAs. The classics.
For some reason Brooklyn East India Pale Ale slipped my mind. I drink that just as often as the other 2.
Mine is Hop Dang Diggity by Jekyll Brewing from Alpharetta GA. It's smooth, piney and citrusy. Only 6.7% so I usually have 2 or 3 in a sitting.
Pernicious is fantastic but only if super fresh! Just cracked a can right now!
Cigar City Jai Alai! Best IPA in Florida! The fresher the better - it degrades quickly!