What's your go-to IPA?

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

  1. swierczt

    swierczt Savant (1,193) Sep 8, 2008 Connecticut

    New England Brewing Sea Hag. It is reasonably priced, readily available and consistently delicious. I'm also supporting one of my local breweries.
  2. zeff80

    zeff80 Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,389) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    Logboat Snapper. Runs around $9 or less for a 6 pack. It's local. It's easy to find fresh. And it's the beer in my avatar.
  3. Paddlelikemad

    Paddlelikemad Initiate (169) Aug 24, 2010 Massachusetts

    Right now, Frost beer works PLUSH is pushing all the right buttons for me!
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  4. hudsonvalleyslim

    hudsonvalleyslim Savant (1,070) May 29, 2003 Massachusetts

    Fiddlehead IPA in the bars, Little Sip of Sunshine at home.
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  5. butterygold

    butterygold Devotee (331) May 12, 2020 Spain

    Have either of you guys tried anything from Moonraker (Auburn, CA)? The two I've tried were outstanding.
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  6. spersichilli

    spersichilli Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2018 California

    they’re solid, nothing I’ve had has been amazing but I haven’t had a bad beer from them
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  7. GenThePeservering

    GenThePeservering Initiate (47) Mar 7, 2022 Washington

    Head Full of Dynamite - Fremont Brewing.So far every one in the series has been good. The 16 oz can is a perfect size and the price is good. I lived right up the hill from their brewery and riding past that place (I get around by bike) - there are hops there.
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  8. G_Harn78

    G_Harn78 Initiate (166) Mar 13, 2020 California

    The perfect IPA in all facets. Best deal out there. Can’t believe I used to waste money on $15+ 4-packs of lesser tasting and typically less fresh IPAs
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  9. woemad

    woemad Grand Pooh-Bah (5,073) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Forgot to mention my other go to, Bodhizafa, which might be more widespread than it's stablemate, Manny's, at this point, which is not a bad thing.
  10. elliot23

    elliot23 Crusader (498) Jan 27, 2009 Maryland

    Either Torpedo for a west coast hop bomb or anything from Sapwood Cellars for all other IPAs.
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  11. papposilenus

    papposilenus Grand Pooh-Bah (3,031) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire
    Pooh-Bah Society

    OK, I’ve been in the Tampa area the past couple of weeks now and I’ve had a lot of fresh Jai Alai. I totally get it.
  12. JayORear

    JayORear Grand Pooh-Bah (3,012) Feb 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Wow, I've had almost the opposite experience. Give me Wondrous any day.
  13. BoomFlark

    BoomFlark Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2022

    Single? Resurgence Citmo from Buffalo, NY.

    Double? Young Lion Brewery's Double IPA from Canandagua, NY.
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  14. schteve

    schteve Pundit (758) Sep 10, 2003 New Jersey

    I'm gonna say Kane Head High, IA Wrench, or Tonewood Fuego. I can always find them fresh and in the cold case, and I usually grab whichever is freshest. I stay away from the shelves full of beers that are collecting dust.
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  15. Weisenbeer

    Weisenbeer Maven (1,261) Jan 1, 2015 Ohio
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    "Go to" means local (easy to find and fresh) and always tasty ...... For me, that has to be MadTree's Psychopathy. It also happens to be one of Cincinnati's original craft IPAs. Solid. $9.99 for a sixer.
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  16. gopens44

    gopens44 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,374) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    Has been Two Hearted for literally over a decade now. Most consistent, flavorful year round beer in my area. The 2 years that Larry and Reyes bickered sucked, had to create a customer base in southern Maryland so I had a reason to go there in order to feed my habit
  17. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Pooh-Bah (1,640) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    I have 4 or 5. I live in Illinois. I have a few locally, like Half Acre’s Bodem and Pipeworks Lizard King. There are a few big breweries distributed regionally / nationally that i look out for. Fresh Firestone Walker IPA always has a place in my fridge. (The new year round ipa Hopnosis is amazing) I LOVE Odell IPA. Cigar City Jai Alia never fails. Fresh Alesmith is an easy winner. If Topplimg Goliath ever gets back to traditional ipa, they’ll make the list. Pompeii used to be a all time favorite of mine before TG abandoned clear beer.
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  18. shehateme

    shehateme Pundit (940) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    Usually go with Fiddlehead ipa or Long Trail VT IPA….. both solid and both available in 12 packs
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  19. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    To me, go-to means the one I want to have in my fridge all the time -- that won't disappoint. Local and easy to find are certainly pluses -- but those aren't necessarily always go-tos.
  20. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Grand High Pooh-Bah (8,021) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    It's become this one and continue to appreciate whoever and whatever entity cut the deal for this shah to be sent to this area of PA in a fresh state of canning...

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  21. AlexandraDen

    AlexandraDen Zealot (602) Feb 1, 2022 Canada (ON)

    A lot of folks mentioned SNPA, but that feels too much like a typical pale ale to be included for me. Maybe I’ve fried my taste buds since I was young but it’s not all that hoppy or bitter.

    I thought I didn’t like IPAs for the longest time but now I enjoy them a lot more, and I do enjoy a good NEIPA, provided it doesn’t lean too heavily into certain areas… anyone who drinks a lot of NEIPA will know what I mean.

    for now my go to, as in the first IPA beer I’ve gone back to purchase more than once, is Zodiak Omnipollo. Really good stuff. Still looking for a straight up classic IPA for my go-to. I still have to try other classic examples like Lagunitas, but there is so much craft beer and IPA styles I have to try as well, so we’ll see!
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  22. Kevin206

    Kevin206 Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2022

    While normally I go with something ultra local such as Silver Falls Breweries Oregon Sunshine, I am picking up a keg of Von Ebert’s Sector 7 soon. Both are amazingly well balance, hoppy, and easy drinking.
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  23. shobbs

    shobbs Initiate (176) Feb 20, 2010 Arkansas

    hard to go wrong with them
  24. Kman_Colorado

    Kman_Colorado Devotee (391) Aug 17, 2014 Colorado

    Jai Alia, but depending on the canning date, I may switch over to Voodoo Ranger.
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  25. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Unless you want fresh beer with a legible date code.
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  26. AlfromPA

    AlfromPA Devotee (367) Dec 9, 2021 Pennsylvania

    For a double IPA, Edgar IPA from Bullfrog Brewing (Williamsport PA). As an added bonus, the label on the can is iridescent, really beautiful.
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  27. mickyge

    mickyge Grand Pooh-Bah (3,871) Nov 1, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Mine would be Second Fiddle
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  28. oneeye

    oneeye Savant (1,142) Feb 17, 2007 Pennsylvania

    My go to would probably have to be Head Hunter or anything Sierra Nevada. SNPA, Hazy Little Thing, Torpedo, and most of their seasonal options. Celebration Ale is one of my favorite beers! I look forward to it each and every year. Follow the local forum and check the beer finder. When it drops I go out and buy a case. I’m sure a lot of other people do as well.
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  29. Mickey

    Mickey Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2005 Washington

    Unita Hop Nosh
  30. jzlyo

    jzlyo Pooh-Bah (2,197) Mar 4, 2012 Iowa

    Confluence Des Moines or Boulevard Singlewide, never a bad choice either way.
  31. Flashy

    Flashy Pooh-Bah (1,693) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

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  32. Lukass

    Lukass Pooh-Bah (2,665) Dec 16, 2012 Ohio

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  33. Dansac

    Dansac Pundit (866) Dec 6, 2014 California

    Madewest Hazy/Pale, Beachwood Amalgamator, Societe The Pupil, Rotating Pizza Port, El Segundo Mayberry.
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  34. TheRossness

    TheRossness Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2014 Connecticut

    BBCo Uncanny Valley or Orbital Elevator. Marlow Eager to share as far as a pale ale goes.
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  35. WetCoaster

    WetCoaster Pundit (843) Nov 22, 2003 California

    Bear Republic Racer 5. Cheap, available everywhere in NorCal, consistent and delicious at the perfect ABV.
  36. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Pundit (961) Jan 8, 2015 California

    For me personally, a little high in ABV at 7.5%. Since you are a big fan (I like it too), I see a best buy date on the 12 pack of cans. How many months does this best buy date encompass?
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  37. AElfwine_Nerevar

    AElfwine_Nerevar Savant (1,058) Nov 16, 2018 Connecticut

    I always have at least one of these in my fridge:

    #1 Sea Hag (NEBCO)
    #2 Supernaut (NEBCO)
    #3 Headway (Counterweight)

    All superb, all consistent, and all fairly priced.
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  38. gobrewsome

    gobrewsome Zealot (695) Feb 9, 2013 Louisiana
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    I enjoy all day ipa as it satisfies ipa hop and can enjoy many at 4.7 % a true session beer from a great brewery founder’s more known for stouts
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  39. beerluvr

    beerluvr Pooh-Bah (1,764) Jan 2, 2001 Canada (ON)
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    Red Racer and Boneshaker are 2 favorites always around the Ottawa area✌
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  40. BruChef

    BruChef Pundit (871) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    My local shop just got some in after a 7+ year NEBCO hiatus in the area. Grabbed the last 6er. As good as I remember.
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