Who's brewing the best IPAs right now?

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  1. BuzzG

    BuzzG Initiate (97) Dec 6, 2013 Iowa

    I'm a homer so I have to say Toppling Goliath but the truth is that I've had a couple from 515 in Des Moines and Pulpit Rock in Decorah that we're unbelievable.
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  2. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,574) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Hop on Top from LBC in Raleigh is a new one for me, it's damn good. Same with Burial Scythe, but I long for the days when I was trading Hop Drop and Roll can for can with Heady, now I couldn't give the stuff away. Like Pernicious and Jade, but don't love them , don't care for WW Freak at all.
  3. ebin6

    ebin6 Disciple (334) Jun 11, 2009 California

    Careful, don't mention Fieldwork too much or it may not be so easy to get! Those guys are killing it. I'm the same way with my local favorite (Beachwood); I don't feel the need to trade or wait in 3 hour lines when there are perfectly good IPAs being made sans hype
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  4. TonyLuvsBeer

    TonyLuvsBeer Aspirant (227) Mar 28, 2015 Michigan

    Pipeworks - Fish Series, Lizard King, NvU
    Bissell Brothers - Rye Ale - love that stuff
    Foundation Epithany - delicious
    Hoof Hearted - EWS Vic's Secret - right up there with best I've had
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  5. Hoolie5

    Hoolie5 Initiate (129) Mar 23, 2011 Wisconsin

    Toppling Goliath
  6. ThomasJ25

    ThomasJ25 Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Tree House Green, Bissell Brothers Swish, and Tired Hands (multiple versions). I have yet to find something that can beat these. I actually think I put Swish ahead of Green. Will have to wait till the fall again to compare them again.
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  7. SwillBilly

    SwillBilly Zealot (539) Feb 4, 2004 Virginia

    I'd add Ocelot into the mix with Aslin...

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  8. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Champion (890) Jan 29, 2012 England

    People all over the place.
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  9. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (192) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    Night Shift Santilli got a bronze for the out of the 270 (or so) entries for IPA from the WBC. Great North Ale works took a sliver, Manchester NH. So there's that.
  10. turbotype

    turbotype Disciple (300) Nov 5, 2013 California

    Good beer is everywhere, this coast or that coast, it doesn't matter. Whatever brewery makes the IPA that tingles YOUR taste buds the right way, well lets just say THAT brewery is making the best IPA right now. Everyone has different tastes...
  11. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Disciple (396) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    Hill Farmstead, Treehouse, Alchemist, Trillium, Lawson's, Foley Brothers, Fiddlehead and Singlecut. For all you people tired of seeing New England beers, this is really the list of stuff I mostly drink.
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  12. SteveSexton203

    SteveSexton203 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2014 Connecticut

    ASLIN!!! They will be top notch and saught after more than Trillium and Treehouse
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  13. TheOneTC

    TheOneTC Initiate (170) Aug 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    There's a level of quality control and a focus on freshness that the best NE breweries care so much about, that they simply don't enter these types of competitions. It's not like Tree House, Bissell Bros, Trillium, Hill Farmstead, etc. are entering these judged competitions and not winning.

    Exactly. Beers that for the most part aren't even considered to be nearly the best in the region by locals, are winning medals, so what does that say about the beers that aren't entered? Though, that's the nature of these competitions. It's not really the "best in the world" but really just the "best in the world who entered"
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  14. GotWad629

    GotWad629 Initiate (188) Sep 14, 2010 New York

    Singlecut makes some of the best IPA's/Double IPA's in NYS and they are readily available in my area. Only issue is they stick with that 16.9 ounce bottle format. Really wishing they would go the six-pack or 4 pack route.
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  15. dantheman1386

    dantheman1386 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2015 Virginia

    Locally: Aslin, The Veil, and The Answer. Up-and-comers that I consider right up there with Tree House and Trillium (my two favorites nationally). Side note: really surprised I haven't seen much mention of Maine... Dinner is one of the best IPAs I've ever had.
  16. LukieBL

    LukieBL Initiate (120) Jun 10, 2015 Massachusetts

    For me right now there is nothing that tastes better than Treehouse, specifically Haze, Very Hazy and Julius.

    Their other rotational offerings (Sap, Alter, Bright) are good but the three above are just in their own stratosphere.

    The Very Hazy from last weeks release was maybe the best single beer I've ever had. It was my first time having VH and, like Elaine with the bisque, I had to sit down.

    I have loved (and do love) Trillium, HF, Alchemist, etc. but TH has surpassed them all, imo
  17. SveNss0N

    SveNss0N Disciple (355) Feb 16, 2014 Massachusetts

    Trillium and Tree House as well as Lawson's are in a category of their own. Slightly behind is Alchemist and Bissell Brothers who also have some good ones under their belt. Oh and Fiddlehead and Maine Beer Co too.

    Russian River is also pretty good as well as Tired Hands and Hoof Hearted but in contrast to the original ones I listed, they're just not nearly as good
  18. Hwk-I-St8

    Hwk-I-St8 Initiate (89) Jan 22, 2016 Iowa

    I've got access to an east coast pipeline and I've had the heavy hitters from out west. I've had the majority of the top rated IPA's, but, quite frankly, I think Scorpious Morchella and Loopy Lynn are as good as anything I've had.
  19. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,453) Jul 13, 2010 Florida

    I haven't tried them all and won't claim to, but Head Hunter and Hop Juju stand up to all the overhyped "New England hops" I've had that are so popular right now.
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  20. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (470) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Haha agreed. Until these beers make it to the west coast I think they need to calm down a bit until the vote is really settled. haha
  21. EveningCordial

    EveningCordial Disciple (300) Apr 29, 2014 New Jersey

    I'm also on the Trillium and Tree House bandwagon. It's pretty easy to be on actually.
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  22. RVAbrewer752

    RVAbrewer752 Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2016 Virginia

    I live in Richmond, VA and breweries are popping up everywhere. My go-tos are Heavy Seas Loose Cannon from Baltimore. They do an alternate seasonal with blood orange, mango and grapefruit that stayed on the shelves in Richmond for about 2 weeks that is tasty. Local favorite is Triple Crossing Brewery's Falcon Smash. It's soooo good. Another local favorite is Center of the Universe brewery (COTU) Pocahoptas. That's getting ready to be distributed to Northern Virginia and Maryland.
  23. EveningCordial

    EveningCordial Disciple (300) Apr 29, 2014 New Jersey

    With all due respect, stop staring!!
  24. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (626) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    The best IPAs are those you can get fresh and local. Almost always. So in that regard, for me it's:
    • Toppling Goliath
    • 515 Brewing
    • Alluvial Brewing
    • Pulpit Rock
  25. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (0) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    Based on what I have regular/semi regular access to lately:

    -Half Acre
    -Toppling Goliath
    -Cellarmaker in SF
  26. CorporalKarel

    CorporalKarel Initiate (50) Feb 8, 2014 Nebraska

    Overall favorites:
    Tree House
    Hill Farmstead
    Three Floyd's

    Locally available (Nebraska):
    Firestone Walker
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  27. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Devotee (412) Feb 19, 2013 South Carolina

    Whatever is really fresh.
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  28. lethalchristy

    lethalchristy Initiate (40) May 19, 2016 Florida

    IDK what the fuck you guys are all arguing about...
    CLEARLY Shock Top Wheat IPA is top of the charts.


    Don't hurt me. But for real, Civil Society has been my go to (helps they are 2 miles away). Also, Funky Buddha's Hop Stimulator (9.5% starts to kick in fast though!). Mango Even Keel is my go-to session right now. Jai Alai is always a winner. Pliny is awesome, obvi. Never tried Treehouse/Trillium but the HYPE IS REAL YO...

    Stop arguing and just drink your beers. :slight_smile:
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  29. LukieBL

    LukieBL Initiate (120) Jun 10, 2015 Massachusetts

    Not a lot of arguing here bud, but thanks for the input
  30. MilaMila

    MilaMila Aspirant (209) Dec 11, 2015 Massachusetts

    Bias my opinion may be, but here's my list in order
    1. Tree House
    2. Hill Farmstead
    3. Trillium
    4. Stone
    5. Other Half
  31. samuraichamploo

    samuraichamploo Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2013 New York

    I don't know much. I enjoy many of the beers mentioned in this thread and have had the pleasure of enjoying them on multiple occasions. Last week a friend sent me two cans of Fresh by Civil Society and that's my new jam. Always finding out about new beer.
  32. jon432

    jon432 Initiate (61) Mar 30, 2014 Maryland

    For me, I have been drinking mostly local IPAs lately. Union, Manor Hill and RAR have been consistently knocking it out of the park in MD!
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  33. Jay_P22

    Jay_P22 Aspirant (239) Mar 17, 2016 Virginia

  34. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,073) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
    Society Trader

    Fat Heads
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  35. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poo-Bah (2,737) Sep 23, 2011 Michigan
    Society Trader

    1. Trillium
    2. Tree House
    3. HF
    4. Tired Hands
    5. Brew Gentleman
  36. miketd

    miketd Zealot (541) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    I don't know, as I have not had them all, but Fat Head's is up there.
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  37. TheEpeeist

    TheEpeeist Devotee (487) Nov 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    IPAs - Tired Hands and Cigar City but DDH Melcher from Trillium may be my fave.

    Imperial IPAs - on average Hill Farmstead but my faves are Dreadnaught, The Younger and Double Sunshine. honorable mention to Trillium, Tree House and SingleCut even though i've only tried a few of each.
  38. Hwk-I-St8

    Hwk-I-St8 Initiate (89) Jan 22, 2016 Iowa

    Sorry, that doesn't fly for me. As a post a few above yours points out, there is no "best". This is all subjective and everyone has their own tastes. What you claim as "fact" is actually your opinion. You don't get to declare your opinion as fact no matter how hard you try.

    I think Tree House and Trillium are making fantastic beers. I have had a number of others that are just as good IMO. One that I like better than anything I've had from either one.
  39. DeweyCheatem-n-Howe

    DeweyCheatem-n-Howe Disciple (318) May 23, 2015 Massachusetts

    My favorite IPA creators (obviously limited to what I've had the pleasure of drinking):

    Tree House
    Night Shift
    Other Half
    Ballast Point
    Castle Island
  40. Hwk-I-St8

    Hwk-I-St8 Initiate (89) Jan 22, 2016 Iowa

    My favorite IPA out of Decorah isn't from TG....it's Loopy Lynn from Pulpit Rock. That stuff is unbelievable. The Saftig is really good as well. Neither will get any love around here because they're tap only with extremely limited distro (Decorah, Cedar Rapids and ?....not much else). I drove to Decorah last Friday and I was most excited to hit PR. I did pick up some mosaic hoped Golden Nugget while I was there though (much better than regular GN).
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