Who's brewing the best IPAs right now?

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  1. DerelictPI

    DerelictPI Initiate (189) Dec 26, 2010 New York
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    Lagunitas, Grimm, and Upstate are what I drink the most.
     
  2. ThePawtucketPatriot

    ThePawtucketPatriot Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2012 Rhode Island

    Treehouse, Troeggs, Lagunitas
     
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  3. oldbean

    oldbean Disciple (364) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    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.
     
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  4. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Initiate (170) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    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!
     
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  5. akolb

    akolb Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2015 Colorado
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    In my neck of the woods, Melvin, La Cumbre, Odd 13, and Weldwerks.
     
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  6. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,574) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    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.
     
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  7. Bcelos

    Bcelos Initiate (54) Mar 24, 2015 Connecticut

    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)
     
  8. Chimpy

    Chimpy Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2016 California

    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.
     
  9. beersite

    beersite Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2016 Illinois

    After drinking through my hoppy holidays pack from Shorts...I have to go with them. That was an incredible variety pack
     
  10. phreak1983

    phreak1983 Initiate (139) Aug 12, 2008 Iowa

    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.
     
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  11. Larueminati

    Larueminati Initiate (199) Sep 3, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Tree House, Hill Farmstead, Alchemist, Trillium, Monkish
     
  12. Vonerichs

    Vonerichs Poo-Bah (1,840) Sep 1, 2008 Colorado
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    Now you're just dating yourself.
     
  13. Amateurbrewmaster

    Amateurbrewmaster Initiate (115) Feb 5, 2016 New York

    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
     
  14. hudsonvalleyslim

    hudsonvalleyslim Disciple (319) May 29, 2003 Massachusetts

    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!
     
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  15. pro100

    pro100 Initiate (113) Oct 12, 2014 California

    Just re-discovered Union Jack from Firestone Walker.. one of the best imo
     
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  16. MilaMila

    MilaMila Aspirant (209) Dec 11, 2015 Massachusetts

    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
    5. Trillium
    6. Fiddlehead
    *May be better ones out there but I haven't tasted them all*
     
  17. Chimpy

    Chimpy Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2016 California

    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.
     
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  18. kilgore777

    kilgore777 Initiate (87) Oct 22, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Maine Beer Company

    Lunch

    Sadly haven't had Dinner (and I am starving!)
     
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  19. MrBlonde83

    MrBlonde83 Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2013 Oregon

    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.
     
  20. Whitesavage

    Whitesavage Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2016 Massachusetts

    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.
     
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  21. emtrexx

    emtrexx Initiate (109) Jun 24, 2007 New Jersey

    Objectively: Trillium

    Subjectively: Magnify
     
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  22. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Initiate (170) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    Don't much care for what's brewed in CT, but a Lawson's Double Sunshine is pretty unbeatable IMO.
     
  23. chuckgietzen

    chuckgietzen Crusader (725) Nov 10, 2014 Michigan
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    Tree House, Trillium, Bissell
     
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  24. changdulla

    changdulla Aspirant (230) May 2, 2014 Rhode Island
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    My favorites is this order are:

    Trillium
    Treehouse
    Long Live
    Proclamation
     
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  25. bilmac24

    bilmac24 Initiate (27) Jul 26, 2016 Maryland
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    Aslin , Veil , Monkish , Mumford , Trillium , Tired Hands
     
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  26. Peteostro

    Peteostro Initiate (101) Sep 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    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..
     
  27. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Devotee (412) Feb 19, 2013 South Carolina
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    Parish
    Grimm
    Other Half
     
  28. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,056) Mar 1, 2009 California
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    In Northern CA, I still say Russian River along with:

    Alpha Acid
    Cellarmaker
    Fieldwork
     
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  29. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Devotee (414) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    How hard are TreeHouse, Trillium, and Hill Farmstead to attain? Are they widely available out east?
     
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  30. dgmirelli

    dgmirelli Aspirant (271) Mar 21, 2015 New York


    focal rocks
     
  31. dogleg_left

    dogleg_left Initiate (181) May 12, 2016 North Carolina
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    New England

    Tree House
    Trillium
    The Alchemist
    Hill Farmstead
    Bissell Brothers
    Lawson Finest

    South East

    The Veil
    Heist
    Burial
    Wilmington Brewing Company
    Creature Comforts

    Heartland

    Toppling Goliath
    Surly
    3 Floyds

    West Coast

    Russian River
    Monkish
    Modern Times
    Beachwood
    Bottle Logic

    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.
     
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  32. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (149) Dec 6, 2014 California
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    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.
     
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  33. i_run_far

    i_run_far Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2016 District of Columbia
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    This.

    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.
     
  34. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Savant (978) Nov 19, 2011 Kentucky
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    Fat heads.
     
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  35. jlharman

    jlharman Initiate (57) Apr 5, 2015 Washington

    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.
     
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  36. Beersnob724

    Beersnob724 Initiate (115) Jan 11, 2016 Ohio

    Just had a Double Crooked Tree. It blew Hopslam away. It is best beer I have had so far in 2017.
     
  37. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (459) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    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. :grinning:
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  38. Giantspace

    Giantspace Champion (827) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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.

    Enjoy
     
  39. kennylopez

    kennylopez Disciple (326) Jul 24, 2011 New Jersey

    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.
     
  40. SerialInebriate

    SerialInebriate Initiate (172) May 16, 2004 Montana

    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.
     
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