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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by nolinenowait, Jun 10, 2016.
Tree House and Trillium.
(Sorry Other Half, you definitely would have made top Five.)
Heist Brewing in CLT, NC.
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.
Double Nickel in Pennsauken. NJ
My favorites right now.
Great Notion is one who's brews I finally got to sample today for the first time, and they belong in this discussion.
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
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.
I had a couple of Aslin IPAs when I was in the DC area that were excellent.
Going to keep this one local - Veil, Aslin, Ocelot & Commonwealth
Boom. Different regions, different beers, different tastes. Enough of the hate from anyone outside of the Northeast who hates NE style beers!
Close to the top:
From what I have tried these are my top picks.
2 Toppling & Goliath
3 Civil Society
4 Brew Gentlemen
5 Russian River
6 Hill Farmstead (small sampling but loved what I have tried).
Locally by me definitely has to be Kane
Bearded Iris in Nashville is putting TN on the map with their IPAs.
I just opened a bearded iris Homestyle as I read your comment... Weird
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
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"
I recall Odel IPA and Myrcenary being solid...
Totally I'd say trillium. Locally I'd say brotherton I'm south jersey.
Haven't been drinking a WHOLE lot of IPAs lately but.....
Their IPAs are phenomenal and showcase how much AZ has been upping their beer game and always within a month old at my store.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And Mountain Standard. Excellent.
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.
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!
wow nice scores for someone so far away!! Someone must be taking big time care of you!
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.
For price, I'm going with Stone. Huge Lagunitas fan, but Stone uses a wide variety of hops and their beer is delicious.
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.
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.
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
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
IL - Noon Whistle - Any of the gummies
MN - Barrel Theory - DDH Raindrops
CA - Pure Project or Monkish - Any of their NE IPAs
Also Trap Door, Holy Mountain, Cloudburst, Beere again, a lot of great brewers out there.