What's your go-to IPA?

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

  1. geocooley76

    geocooley76 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2019 North Carolina

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  2. detgfrsh

    detgfrsh Savant (1,161) Jun 20, 2014 Texas

    Yellow Rose from The Lone Pint. Easy to locate around here and delicious.
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  3. laketang

    laketang Pooh-Bah (2,971) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona
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    Love seeing different names here! Good job @Todd

    For me it's la cumbre elevated, simply perfect for my taste.
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  4. moodenba

    moodenba Pooh-Bah (1,651) Feb 2, 2015 New York
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    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.
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  5. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    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.
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  6. ballenc

    ballenc Zealot (597) Sep 17, 2006 Minnesota

    Saga from Summit Brewing
  7. BigGinge

    BigGinge Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2021 New York

    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.
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  8. edthehead

    edthehead Pooh-Bah (2,234) Jun 20, 2015 Maryland
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  9. John-ipa_bro

    John-ipa_bro Initiate (52) Oct 18, 2021

    Go to is Goose Island
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo, two hearted, and voodoo ranger are honorable mentions
  10. goingbrokeonbeer

    goingbrokeonbeer Grand Pooh-Bah (3,338) Dec 4, 2013 South Carolina
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    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.
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  11. chrisalive

    chrisalive Initiate (0) May 14, 2016 Virginia

    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.
  12. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,911) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    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)
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  13. Smorgasvein

    Smorgasvein Initiate (57) Nov 12, 2021 California

    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.
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  14. Applecrew135

    Applecrew135 Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Raging Bitch. I could drink that stuff by the barrel!
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  15. wadamslll

    wadamslll Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2021

    SanTan Hop Shock. 7.99/6 cans.
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  16. JoeSpartaNJ

    JoeSpartaNJ Zealot (625) Feb 5, 2008 New Jersey

    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
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  17. spersichilli

    spersichilli Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2018 California

    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"
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  18. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Pooh-Bah (2,384) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    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.
  19. spersichilli

    spersichilli Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2018 California

    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.
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  20. LloydDobler

    LloydDobler Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2014 Indiana

    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.
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  21. Rollie4

    Rollie4 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2022

    I'm convinced that Henhouse has never made a bad IPA.
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  22. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Pooh-Bah (2,384) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    You fuck with El Segundo Brewing at all? Ir Beachwood?

    I prefer ESB over Beachwood but ESB makes some wonderful IPAs
  23. spersichilli

    spersichilli Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2018 California

    I'm bay area so haven't sought them out as much. Have heard good things though
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  24. sethmeister

    sethmeister Savant (1,087) Feb 21, 2007 New Hampshire

    Stoneface IPA
    Wormtown Be Hoppy
    Proclamation Derivative Citra (when I can get it)
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  25. Toonces

    Toonces Crusader (419) Oct 25, 2005 New Jersey

    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.
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  26. Camerino9125

    Camerino9125 Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2022

    My go to IPA is elysium stardust just because it is available at most grocery stores and it taste great
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  27. Acw1970

    Acw1970 Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2022

    3 Floyd’s Zombie Dust. Munster, IN Go to.
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  28. Acw1970

    Acw1970 Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2022

    And, IPA—-Bengali, Sixpoint Brooklyn, NY

    North Peak’s Sparta was memorable—-Ive been searching for it…
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  29. johnyb

    johnyb Pooh-Bah (2,200) Aug 11, 2012 Florida
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    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.
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  30. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (865) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    FW Union Jack. Kinda glad they changed the packaging again, looked pretty lame for a while
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  31. stiglitz

    stiglitz Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2013 New Jersey

    In Jersey, Kane's Head High is excellent.
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  32. meb3476

    meb3476 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Second Fiddle from Fiddlehead. Can't get enough of it
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  33. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,511) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
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    Captains Daughter from Grey Sail,
    The one and only. Always fresh here in RI.
  34. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Maven (1,274) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa

    I just realized I don't really have a "go-to" IPA. Or a "go-to" beer at all, really. :astonished:

    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.
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  35. dennisthreeninefiveone

    dennisthreeninefiveone Pundit (804) Aug 11, 2020 New Jersey

    Torpedo or 60 Minute
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  36. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Pooh-Bah (2,190) Oct 17, 2012 Texas
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    Lately Stone IPA and Sierra Nevada IPAs. The classics.
  37. dennisthreeninefiveone

    dennisthreeninefiveone Pundit (804) Aug 11, 2020 New Jersey

    For some reason Brooklyn East India Pale Ale slipped my mind. I drink that just as often as the other 2.
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  38. IPADUDE2019

    IPADUDE2019 Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2019 Georgia

    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.
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  39. BRLockwood

    BRLockwood Zealot (674) Aug 1, 2005 Florida

    Pernicious is fantastic but only if super fresh! Just cracked a can right now!
  40. BRLockwood

    BRLockwood Zealot (674) Aug 1, 2005 Florida

    Cigar City Jai Alai! Best IPA in Florida! The fresher the better - it degrades quickly!
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