Who's brewing the best IPAs right now?

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  1. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    Tree House and Trillium.

    (Sorry Other Half, you definitely would have made top Five.)
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  2. kell50

    kell50 Meyvn (1,224) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    Heist Brewing in CLT, NC.
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  3. Whey2Hoppy

    Whey2Hoppy Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2016 New Jersey

    For my money, Stone has been, and still is brewing the best IPAs, even if they aren't cool anymore, and even if I can't taste the rarity.
  4. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,398) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    Double Nickel in Pennsauken. NJ

    My favorites right now.
  5. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,394) Sep 3, 2008 California
    Society Trader

    Great Notion is one who's brews I finally got to sample today for the first time, and they belong in this discussion.
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  6. DudeBeerYaBro

    DudeBeerYaBro Initiate (191) Nov 3, 2014 California

    Gosh. So many people crushing hops nowadays. I am leaving a ton out but here is what I am digging right now.
    Cellarmaker: Laces Out
    Alvarado: No Juice
    Altamont: Maui Waui
    SARA: Forest for the Trees
    Moonraker: Yojo
    Henhouse: Chemtrails
  7. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (142) Jun 20, 2013 Australia

    A few that I have enjoyed over the past few months were:

    Knee Deep - Breaking Bud
    Stone - Ruination
    Cheeky Monkey - Hop Flinger (local West Australian West Coast IPA)
    Fixation Brewing - Fixation IPA (Australian West Coast IPA)

    but, I have had some NEIPA's of late and these have simply been amazing. Best IPA style I have had, easily:

    Monkish - Deep Concentration. Probably one of the best I have had of this style. Brutal with the hops flavours (which is what I want to taste) but plenty of balancing fruit.
    Monkish - Foggy Window. Found this a little sweet but still incredibly delicious.
    Alchemist - Heady Topper. My favourite of the style. A perfectly balanced IPA imo.
    Alchemist - Focal Banger. Massive on the hops. Stunning beer.

    Have some Trillium, Tree House, Lawson's and more Alchemist on the way. Can't wait to get into them and I am hoping Australian breweries start to produce this style. There has been one so far and it wasn't a bad first attempt.

    I love the West Coast style but I find far too many of them have these big malt palates that drain out the initial hop hit - which I believe are meant to take centre stage of an IPA (subjective of course). That's why when I had Heady for the first time I almost wept tears of joy because it was exactly what I had been looking for in an IPA.
  8. Sheppard

    Sheppard Meyvn (1,327) Mar 16, 2013 Virginia

    I had a couple of Aslin IPAs when I was in the DC area that were excellent.
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  9. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Poo-Bah (2,233) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia

    Going to keep this one local - Veil, Aslin, Ocelot & Commonwealth
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  10. Daveshek28

    Daveshek28 Initiate (190) Nov 10, 2015 New York

    Boom. Different regions, different beers, different tastes. Enough of the hate from anyone outside of the Northeast who hates NE style beers!
  11. zizouandyuki

    zizouandyuki Aspirant (247) Nov 26, 2015 Texas

    Top tier:
    • Veil
    • Tree House
    Close to the top:
    • Alchemist
    • Trillium
    • Russian River
    • Hoof Hearted
  12. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,056) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Russian River
    Beachwood BBQ
    Alpha Acid
    Tree House
  13. warrendietrich2001

    warrendietrich2001 Defender (688) Feb 13, 2013 Nevada

    From what I have tried these are my top picks.
    1. Surly
    2 Toppling & Goliath
    3 Civil Society
    4 Brew Gentlemen
    5 Russian River
    6 Hill Farmstead (small sampling but loved what I have tried).
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  14. mks2789

    mks2789 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2016 New Jersey

    Locally by me definitely has to be Kane
  15. Badfish

    Badfish Initiate (88) Sep 6, 2013 Tennessee

    Bearded Iris in Nashville is putting TN on the map with their IPAs.
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  16. mks2789

    mks2789 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2016 New Jersey

    I just opened a bearded iris Homestyle as I read your comment... Weird
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  17. ISpendTooMuchOnBeer

    ISpendTooMuchOnBeer Initiate (107) Oct 29, 2015 Illinois

    Homer answer: Pipeworks, Half Acre

    Wish I lived there answer: Hill Farmstead

    Never been or had before, but I bet they're awesome answer: cellarmaker, great notion
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  18. PickleJuice

    PickleJuice Initiate (56) Jan 28, 2017 New York

    Just read this entire thread. First time poster. For me to there are beers that make me say WOW every time. ie Julius, Congress Street, Green, SOS.

    I've also tried some Aslin, Veil, Fiddlehead, and Grimm brews that blow me away too.

    Lately, places like Foam, Suarez, and Great Rhythm are coming on strong.

    In between greatness, I make do with the plethora of good beer easily available.

    Bottom line, if you want, you can get good stuff all the time. You may not eat steak everyday, but that is what makes it special when you do. Looking forward to trying new things every day.
    "Gonna be a good Summah"
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  19. NizzleEGizzle

    NizzleEGizzle Disciple (352) Feb 25, 2015 New York

    BABY diamonds
  20. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    I recall Odel IPA and Myrcenary being solid...
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  21. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,398) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    Totally I'd say trillium. Locally I'd say brotherton I'm south jersey.
  22. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (236) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Haven't been drinking a WHOLE lot of IPAs lately but.....

    Mother Road

    Their IPAs are phenomenal and showcase how much AZ has been upping their beer game and always within a month old at my store.

    Sierra Nevada
    Firestone Walker
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  23. njcraftguy

    njcraftguy Zealot (533) Apr 6, 2015 New Jersey

    Being in North Jersey I have access to an amazing variety of excellent IPA's. Outside NJ - Treehouse - Trillium - Grimm - Wicked Weed - Veil - Alchemist - Hill Farmstead - Bissell Brothers - Foundation - Maine Brewing - Other Half as well as up n comers Aslin - Stoneface n Finback all put out some incredible brews. I also feel very lucky as NJ brewery's have really stepped up their IPA game. Everyone knows Kane and Carton but now Magnify and Conclave are also putting out stellar brews. I think Jersey is just starting to get the respect these brewery's deserve.
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  24. njcraftguy

    njcraftguy Zealot (533) Apr 6, 2015 New Jersey

    Oh - I forgot to mention Rushing Duck and Industrial Arts - while not in Jersey they are 15 minutes over the border and also putting out amazing brew's.
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  25. Hopfan74

    Hopfan74 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2017 Minnesota

    I have so many favorites I may be a bit of an i.p.a. whore, but it all comes down to drink what you like, and don't be a dick.
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  26. supertech

    supertech Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2015 California

    used to be Abner, then heady topper, then Nelson, then Julius, then a bunch of Trilliums and now all of Monkish Hops.

    I would think Monkish IPAs are in their own style. They have that mouthfeel and sweetness no other hazy IPA has. but i do get tired of drinking it a lot. Its amazing how long they can hold up in cans. Trillum Hops cant hold up that long.
  27. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (1,782) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Society Trader

    Take em.
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  28. ernieb

    ernieb Initiate (181) Jun 27, 2013 Illinois

    And Mountain Standard. Excellent.
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  29. BWood

    BWood Defender (644) Jan 4, 2015 California

    Allegedly Tree House is the best. But since only 5 of the 50 states in America hve access to them I can't comment on that quote. But it's hard to say the best ipa maker in America has 0% distribution.
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  30. ernieb

    ernieb Initiate (181) Jun 27, 2013 Illinois

    Pipeworks cranks out consistently world class IPAs.

    Toppling Goliath doesn't brew the quantity of IPAs that larger Brewers do, but if I'm on a desert island, give me Sosus or King Sue!
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  31. dgmirelli

    dgmirelli Aspirant (271) Mar 21, 2015 New York

    wow nice scores for someone so far away!! Someone must be taking big time care of you!
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  32. trginter

    trginter Aspirant (243) Dec 1, 2008 Michigan

  33. JimMys107

    JimMys107 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2014 Florida

    I haven't had a chance to try most of the NE IPA's mentioned.
    Here in FL my go to IPA's are Funky Buddha Hopstimulator & Moro More, Jai Alai (surprised to see this only mentioned once) & I'm personally liking Maui Brewing's offerings. You can have your Hopslam & PseudoSue.
  34. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (503) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    For price, I'm going with Stone. Huge Lagunitas fan, but Stone uses a wide variety of hops and their beer is delicious.
  35. njcraftguy

    njcraftguy Zealot (533) Apr 6, 2015 New Jersey

    Its simple - they don't distro because they don't have to. They sell out everything they put out within hours. Why distro when people come to you in droves.
  36. etipton04

    etipton04 Initiate (46) Aug 6, 2018 Florida

    Sculpin is a good beer but doesn’t come close. Sierra Nevada is macro BS. Sorry you’re entitled to your opinion. My answer would be Monkish, Tree House, Trillium, Anchorage. I’m that order.
  37. etipton04

    etipton04 Initiate (46) Aug 6, 2018 Florida

    I’m a Florida native and cannot drink Jai Alai it tastes like Sam Adams ipa it is heavy AF. These so cal brews like monkish and Mumford take the NE style and add dank to the juice bomb. They are amazing. Granted I was born and raised in Los Angeles so call me a fanboy or whatever but monkish is killing it
  38. mikefuski17

    mikefuski17 Disciple (351) Jul 25, 2013 Oregon

    Tired Hands, Levante, La Cabra, Neshaminy Creek, Other Half, Interboro, Arizona Wilderness, Wren House, Monkish, The Viel, GREAT NOTION, Fort George, Ruse...... the list goes on and on. This is just a list of the places I’ve been so I know first hand but have had plenty of bottles/cans
  39. AllOfTheCats

    AllOfTheCats Aspirant (283) Mar 27, 2018 Wisconsin

    Recent favorites:
    IL - Noon Whistle - Any of the gummies
    MN - Barrel Theory - DDH Raindrops
    CA - Pure Project or Monkish - Any of their NE IPAs
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  40. mikefuski17

    mikefuski17 Disciple (351) Jul 25, 2013 Oregon

    Also Trap Door, Holy Mountain, Cloudburst, Beere again, a lot of great brewers out there.
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