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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by nolinenowait, Jun 10, 2016.
Lagunitas, Grimm, and Upstate are what I drink the most.
Treehouse, Troeggs, Lagunitas
Not to single you out and I'm not even quite sure where to put this because it's coming up in about eight different threads right now, but...
I don't know what all this business about Hill Farmstead not being NE style is all about. Maybe some of their beers are a little on the fringes of it, but if beers like Double Galaxy aren't full on New England hazy fruit bombs, I don't know what is.
Make sure to check out BBC, Foam, Fiddlehead, Frost, Foley Bros, Idletyme, Upper Pass, etc. when you're up next. Lot's of stuff going on here besides Alchemist & Hill Farm!
In my neck of the woods, Melvin, La Cumbre, Odd 13, and Weldwerks.
The best is subjective we all know that, but I'd have to say HF who doesn't make anything but stellar beers. Ephraim flys under the radar which makes sense as you can only get it within a small radius of the brewery, tap only. Like wise Susan is a terrific Citra hopped IPA, again tap only. Great beers but you gotta get there to enjoy them. Another under rated is Lawsons which can ever be harder to get than HF, but at least they bottle and if your at the Warren Store on Thurs you can grab a few. So with these availability is the issue not quality, Alchemist in the same boat.
Best IPAs I had in 2016 came from Tree House (Very Hazy, Very Green), Hill Farmstead (S&S 8? and Double Galaxy) and Lagunitas (Born yesterday)
I'm in California - Bay Area, but this state has some amazing breweries that spit out some great IPAs. Today I bought a sixer of Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Karl Straus Aurora Hoppyalis and a 22 ouncer of Belching Beaver Mango IPA.
After drinking through my hoppy holidays pack from Shorts...I have to go with them. That was an incredible variety pack
Stone, Surly, Russian River, and Toppling Goliath are my favorites. From those breweries my favorites are the original Ruination (not 2.0!), Furious, Blind Pig (yes, I liked it more than Pliny The Elder), and Golden Nugget.
Tree House, Hill Farmstead, Alchemist, Trillium, Monkish
Now you're just dating yourself.
If we count session IPA's, my favorite being brewed is Founders All Day IPA with their Centennial IPA a close second. I homebrewed my favorite IPA of all time, though
I'm with ya Wortship. DRINK LOCAL. Especially for IPAs, your local brewery is gonna be the freshest. I'm blessed to live within an hour of many fine breweries & brewpubs. Grab a Growler!
Just re-discovered Union Jack from Firestone Walker.. one of the best imo
How does everyone fail to mention The Alchemist. The brewery that has the ability to reserve the flavor longer then most breweries or all. My list! "my opinion".
1. Tree House
2. The Alchemist
3. Hill Farmstead
4. Lawson Finest
*May be better ones out there but I haven't tasted them all*
I'm in California, but my girlfriend's sister in Boston went out of her way to get to the Alchemist and get me three sixers, Crusher, Focal Banger and Heady. So delicious. I'm down to one Focal Banger now, I'm so goddamn depressed. Don't know if I'll ever get any more of these.
Maine Beer Company
Sadly haven't had Dinner (and I am starving!)
Living in the PNW, my go to local IPAs are Sticky Hands from Block 15, any IPA/pale ale from Boneyard, Half Hitch from Crux, Flagship IPA from Breakside and IPAs from 10 Barrel. Outside of PNW, Big fan of every IPA I've had from Melvin out of Wyoming.
In no specific order Trillium, Tree House, Night Shift, Bissell Brothers and Maine Beer Co. Living in Boston I'm a little bias and extremely spoiled. I need to get up to HF and Achemist and try for myself. I'm positive they make this list as well.
Don't much care for what's brewed in CT, but a Lawson's Double Sunshine is pretty unbeatable IMO.
Tree House, Trillium, Bissell
My favorites is this order are:
Aslin , Veil , Monkish , Mumford , Trillium , Tired Hands
Had pseudoSue (Toppling Goliath) for the first time this summer and loved it. Very smooth for an IPA. Of course being on east coast we are spoiled with some of the best in the world. Tree house, Trillium, Alchemist, Lawsons, hill farmstead, Bissell bros it goes on and on. We are in the Golden Age of IPAs..
In Northern CA, I still say Russian River along with:
How hard are TreeHouse, Trillium, and Hill Farmstead to attain? Are they widely available out east?
Wilmington Brewing Company
I'm sure I've missed a bunch that I like. So many great iterations of the style pouring. It's a great time to be a hops fan.
Sante Adairius makes some killer hoppy beers. And I mean killer.
Other than them, Tree House, Trillium, Other Half, Hill Farmstead, Tired Hands, and Monkish.
Cellarmaker, Maine, and Highland Park are top notch as well.
And God bless Lagunitas for keeping it real.
So many good ones in the DC area, makes no sense to buy a month+ old IPA from a brewery that's thousands of miles away and has been stored at room temp. There are just too many craft beer drinkers that don't realize the importance of freshness when it comes to hops.
Of those available in WA, Block 15, Boneyard, Melvin, and local favorites from Reuben's, Cloudburst and recently Holy Mountain. I think Great Notion in PDX is also great but I have to drive down to get it.
Just had a Double Crooked Tree. It blew Hopslam away. It is best beer I have had so far in 2017.
Agree with your BP assessment. It's not only better than PtE -- but it's really an American classic -- and the root of most beers being brewed today. Vinnie C is on my great Brewers of the modern craft scene Mt Rushmore!! Btw -- Burns is a big fan too.
Hard to really say unless you have had them all. I have not tried many NE IPA or VT IPA so I can't ring in with anything.
I won't shake a stick at the New England IPAs and the haze faze going on but as far as local I have to say A-Game from The Alementary followed by their 1st session.
Stone, Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, Deschutes, Anderson Valley, Heady Topper, Sierra Nevada, Ale Smith, Laguinitas, Madison River, and on and on. So many great IPAs being brewed out there. Cheers to all you Hop Heads Out there.