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the best IPA's

Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 6:09 pm
by nyphilsphan
Age and babies has all but eliminated my fantasy baseballing while intoxicated (FBWI), but the fond memories remain. I'm looking at you, trading a slumping Jeter for Renteria cerca 2005. Hey, that might be another good thread: list your worst trades/adds/drops moves while drunk. But I digress. I'm really into strong IPA's these days because I'm not going to have more than one or two and I want to get the most bang for my buck. Just wanted to know if any other beerophiles out there had a favorite they'd like to recommend. My two current go-to's are Smuttynose out of NH and Stone Brewery from San Diego. Any to add to the list?

Re: the best IPA's

Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 1:18 am
by Oregon Nut Cups
I'd recommend, but don't know what you have access to. I am an IPA man myself and here's my two favorites. The hoppier and dryer the better.

Mojo IPA - Boulder Brewing

Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi (local to Eugene, OR; don't know if you'll find it where you're at).

As far as trades, I try not to drink and click. Though I did talk my friend into a very bad one when intoxicated; the Commish later rescinded the trade, but could not rescind my friend's shame so I guess the trade was semi-acceptable.

Re: the best IPA's

Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 8:37 am
by nyphilsphan
With you on the "dry and hoppy." My local distributer can order for me; I'll be sure to check those two out, thanks!

Stone makes a regular IPA and their "Ruination IPA." The regular IPA is quite good that it's hard to justify the $22+ for a six of the Ruination. But that stuff is smooth.

Re: the best IPA's

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 10:40 am
by jumphook14
This my kind of thread. My buddy and I are IPA nerds and both of us perfer Bell's Two Hearted Ale (7%) as an everyday beer. The best beer I think I've ever had was Bell's Hopslam (10%), which is super-hoppy and is a grapefruit bomb on the nose. It's a seasonal beer and runs about 18 bucks a sixer where I live and I believe it won't be around again until winter. The other night I grabbed a four-pack of Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA ($10.99; 10%) and drank three and got my dick knocked in the dirt. Loved it!!! What a bargain!!! Also, one of my favorite breweries, Three Floyds, makes a nice IPA called Alpha King. I grab this one when the Two Hearted Ale is sold out at my favorite liquor store. I also like Founder's Double Trouble and Ruination. I guess I'm lucky because Ruination is only 16.99 where I live. Might have to grab a sixer of it tonight after work....

Re: the best IPA's

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 11:37 am
by nyphilsphan
I've yet to find a 10% that isn't too "boozy" for me. I just tried Stoudt's Double IPA which runs at 10% and I couldn't get past the malt flavor. I have been going through Oskar Blues' selections (cans only) out of CO. I really like their Dale's Pale Ale. Still, for a an everyday beer nothing has topped my Smuttynose yet, but I'll be sure to try these suggestions if I can find them. Thanks.

Re: the best IPA's

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:22 pm
by nyphilsphan
Oregon Nut Cups, we found Mojo at our local Whole Foods. Can't wait to try it tonight, thanks for the recommendation.

Also, Green Flash West Coast IPA is a new favorite.

Re: the best IPA's

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:30 pm
by CarlWeathers
Good thread! Here is one I have just recently tried and loved. Its not quite an IPA as the name of it says, but its awesome. Hoptical Illusion - Almost Pale Ale, by Flying Monkeys.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/flying-mon ... 379/36275/