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2013-12-16 05:39:18 PM  
terrible list, including Torpedo, Racer, Lagunitas, and other bland IPAs so high.
 
2013-12-16 05:40:54 PM  
also LMAO at including Green Flash and Stone's weakest offerings in the field.
 
2013-12-16 05:54:41 PM  

fuzzy dunlop: Deliciousness


Best beer in the world.

THE WORLD!
 
2013-12-16 06:15:09 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Glad to see Bell's Two-Hearted place so high. It's my go-to IPA.


Two Hearted makes my heart beat a little harder. Fantastic beer from a fantastic brewery

/Oberon is overrated though
 
zez
2013-12-16 06:28:32 PM  
This should be in the top 10

schlafly.com
 
2013-12-16 06:30:19 PM  
list fails without pliny the elder.
 
zez
2013-12-16 06:39:50 PM  

Johnsnownw: Prevailing Wind: Johnsnownw: Prevailing Wind: Johnsnownw: Johnsnownw: Prevailing Wind: Not one of Three Floyd's IPA's on list?  Nothing from Stone?


not a list.

Stone IPA is on the extended list...though it should NOT be.

FTFM

My beer snob outrage is more for three Floyd's. Apocalypse cow, zombie dust, dreadnought, arctic panzer wolf...so...good.

Zombie Dust isn't an IPA.

APA. I'm not gonna dispute it with you because of a few motes of specific gravity, but for my own pallets I don't discriminate.

Some of the others are doubles and imperials too, but I don't see any snit to pick.

I didn't look as closely as I should have at the list. Yeah, Heady Topper being on there is a head scratcher...I mean if Heady is on the list, surely Sucks, Hopslam, and Abrasive should be in contention.


Yeah! Where the hell is Hopslam?
 
2013-12-16 07:09:48 PM  

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Shhhhhhhhhhhhh. They keep moving out here.
 
2013-12-16 07:12:39 PM  

Dafatone: I was all set to be pissy about Bear Republic Racer 5 not being on the list.

And then it was there!


Isn't that being discontinued for a while do to a water shortage?
 
2013-12-16 07:15:23 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Glad to see Bell's Two-Hearted place so high. It's my go-to IPA.

This. Two-Hearted Ale is fantastic.


Two-Hearted sucks.  It's terrible

Not really.  I just say that because I can't get it here.  I do have some in my fridge though since it is a fantastic IPA.
 
2013-12-16 07:17:55 PM  
They say they're not including double IPAs, but have Heady Topper on there?  Weird.

Flower Power and Jai Alai  should have been somewhere on there.

/enjoying a Celebration right now
 
2013-12-16 07:18:25 PM  
Bell's Two-Hearted is my go-to beer, let alone my go-to IPA.  When I saw it at my local CostCo for a rather discounted price this summer, I finally found a reason to enjoy living in Michigan.

/ Next year Bell's is shipping Two-Hearted and Oberon in specially lined cans - Looking forward to a summer boating season with Bell's in the cooler at the beach.

/ While I agree with the earlier poster about how great the beer scene in Michigan is, I disagree about where Bell's places on the list.  It's popular to hate on Bell's now that they're "big" ... but they still make great beer, and the Two Hearted is right at the top of the list.
 
2013-12-16 07:26:33 PM  

Lamadin: Glad to see Torpedo at 8, though list loses some cred with Lagunitas even on there (seriously, it's sub-par).

Living in the pacific northwest, I have access anytime to literally hundreds of different microbrews, which is awesome. Unfortunately I'm usually so caught up in all the local stuff I forget about brews from the rest of the country.


Agreed - although no mention of Bridgeport IPA is fail right off the start. Also notably absent is Ninkasi Total Domination IPA - for shame experts, for shame...

/ Best new recent PacNW IPA is Pfriem Blonde IPA (Belgian Wheat IPA w/ huge citrus)
 
2013-12-16 07:52:40 PM  
There are some good beers on that list, but it looks waaaaay overepresented by west coast brews.

9/10 of your top ten are CA/PacNW? Yeah, that's a list for regional plugging, especially when Heddy Topper drops to #25, I mean come on, not one VT beer up there? Please.
 
2013-12-16 08:00:57 PM  

deadsanta: There are some good beers on that list, but it looks waaaaay overepresented by west coast brews.

9/10 of your top ten are CA/PacNW? Yeah, that's a list for regional plugging, especially when Heddy Topper drops to #25, I mean come on, not one VT beer up there? Please.


What VT IPA would you want on there?  We've got plenty of great pale ales and double IPAs, but not a whole lot of IPAs.  And what we have doesn't make it very far, so it's not surprising that not enough of their experts think of Triple Play or Susan.
 
2013-12-16 08:15:04 PM  
Who the hell drinks exclusively one kind of beer all the time?

To me, saying stout > IPA is like saying blue > red.

I, for one, embrace ALL of the beer spectrum.

// I and my liver, I mean.
 
2013-12-16 08:24:19 PM  

Erix: deadsanta: There are some good beers on that list, but it looks waaaaay overepresented by west coast brews.

9/10 of your top ten are CA/PacNW? Yeah, that's a list for regional plugging, especially when Heddy Topper drops to #25, I mean come on, not one VT beer up there? Please.

What VT IPA would you want on there?  We've got plenty of great pale ales and double IPAs, but not a whole lot of IPAs.  And what we have doesn't make it very far, so it's not surprising that not enough of their experts think of Triple Play or Susan.



Some of those regional IPAs they featured didn't travel much farther, the difference is that it seems most of the critics and bloggers who contributed were west-coast based, was more of what I was getting at.
 
2013-12-16 08:29:00 PM  
I once told a beer snob that i like pale ale (like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), but not an Indian Pale Ale.... He looked at me like i was stupid.    Wasn't sure if i said something inaccurate where Pale Ale and IPA are the same things...
 
2013-12-16 08:38:41 PM  

deadsanta: Erix: deadsanta: There are some good beers on that list, but it looks waaaaay overepresented by west coast brews.

9/10 of your top ten are CA/PacNW? Yeah, that's a list for regional plugging, especially when Heddy Topper drops to #25, I mean come on, not one VT beer up there? Please.

What VT IPA would you want on there?  We've got plenty of great pale ales and double IPAs, but not a whole lot of IPAs.  And what we have doesn't make it very far, so it's not surprising that not enough of their experts think of Triple Play or Susan.


Some of those regional IPAs they featured didn't travel much farther, the difference is that it seems most of the critics and bloggers who contributed were west-coast based, was more of what I was getting at.


Yeah, you're right about that.  I can't fault the contributors for being more familiar with what's local, and while I'd love to have a more rounded panel, it's pretty impossible to have an unbiased list like this.  These were at least all great choices.
 
2013-12-16 09:14:39 PM  

Donnchadha: cr7pilot: It's a pretty good list. Not the order necessarily, but the beers on it. One that's missing it Cigar CIty's Jai Alai. Love that stuff. Bell's Two-Hearted is pretty awesome too.

IPAs in general are not my favorite, but there are some that display a really great balance of hops punch and actual malt backbone.

The Sierra Nevada Celebration, #9 on the list, is a really good hoppy/malty balance.


Agreed.  Celebration Ale doesn't have the bruisingly bitter hoppy taste of most IPA's, nor is it too stout-y.  Drank quite a bit of it at jolly old Chico State.  Still pick up a twelve-pack every holiday season.
 
2013-12-16 09:16:24 PM  
No Abita Jockamo IPA?  This is an outrage!

/not really
//beer for everyone!
 
2013-12-16 09:55:01 PM  
The thing that's best about this list is that California IPAs are comfortably at the top. It's tough to get a good IPA back east.
 
2013-12-16 10:12:01 PM  

Wellon Dowd: If hops are what does it for you, enjoy! I'll stick with something darker.

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 www.blackbucketbrew.com

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2013-12-16 10:33:35 PM  

drew46n2: The thing that's best about this list is that California IPAs are comfortably at the top. It's tough to get a good IPA back east.


Victory DirtWolf
Troegs Perpetual
Alchemist Heady
Flower Power

?
 
2013-12-16 11:37:54 PM  

T.rex: I once told a beer snob that i like pale ale (like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), but not an Indian Pale Ale.... He looked at me like i was stupid.    Wasn't sure if i said something inaccurate where Pale Ale and IPA are the same things...


Don't IPAs have more alcohol and hops than pale ales? They were formulated for export to India.
 
2013-12-16 11:39:33 PM  
I guess I have poor taste in beer.  I see no New Belgium anywhere on that list.

I do love me some Sierra Nevada, though.
 
2013-12-17 01:02:58 AM  

zombiegoat: Donnchadha: cr7pilot: It's a pretty good list. Not the order necessarily, but the beers on it. One that's missing it Cigar CIty's Jai Alai. Love that stuff. Bell's Two-Hearted is pretty awesome too.

IPAs in general are not my favorite, but there are some that display a really great balance of hops punch and actual malt backbone.

The Sierra Nevada Celebration, #9 on the list, is a really good hoppy/malty balance.

Agreed.  Celebration Ale doesn't have the bruisingly bitter hoppy taste of most IPA's, nor is it too stout-y malty.  Drank quite a bit of it at jolly old Chico State.  Still pick up a twelve-pack every holiday season.


FTFY

I'm not a fan of bruising-ly bitter IPA's. For one thing, they are incredibly easy to produce. It's far more difficult to produce a beer that is both extremely hoppy and yet not overly bitter. So, Stone is obviously not one of my favorite breweries...
 
2013-12-17 01:42:54 AM  

Elzar: Lamadin: Glad to see Torpedo at 8, though list loses some cred with Lagunitas even on there (seriously, it's sub-par).

Living in the pacific northwest, I have access anytime to literally hundreds of different microbrews, which is awesome. Unfortunately I'm usually so caught up in all the local stuff I forget about brews from the rest of the country.

Agreed - although no mention of Bridgeport IPA is fail right off the start. Also notably absent is Ninkasi Total Domination IPA - for shame experts, for shame...

/ Best new recent PacNW IPA is Pfriem Blonde IPA (Belgian Wheat IPA w/ huge citrus)


Total Domination is outstanding. Love me some Ballz Deep-not just the name- from 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor and Hoppy biatch from Northwest Brewing in Pacific. And yes, I'm biased about Washington beers, thanks for asking.
 
2013-12-17 04:14:12 AM  
Only had a couple on that list but one thing I know for sure is, Sculpin is terrible. Like drinking a farking Christmas tree.

/Sierra Nevada rules
 
2013-12-17 04:26:16 AM  
a beer can be too hoppy. with that being said, there are some IPA's that are delicious.
 
2013-12-17 08:31:11 AM  
I like a good hop bomb once in a while, but as I drink more I find myself seeking out IPAs that have more balance. My current local fave is Daredevil's Lift Off - you can actually taste malt. Oh my!
 
2013-12-17 08:32:45 AM  
And I should note, Three Floyds Zombie Dust is one of my all-time favorite beers. I just can't sit down and drink 6 of them.
 
2013-12-17 12:03:24 PM  
I don't understand the demand for overhopped beer.  Then again, I don't understand why Bud Light is also the number one seller.  Poor taste is poor taste, but that leaves the better stuff for me.
 
2013-12-17 12:56:19 PM  

Lamadin: Glad to see Torpedo at 8, though list loses some cred with Lagunitas even on there (seriously, it's sub-par).

Living in the pacific northwest, I have access anytime to literally hundreds of different microbrews, which is awesome. Unfortunately I'm usually so caught up in all the local stuff I forget about brews from the rest of the country.


Speak for yourself. I live in Arkansas and can only get 5 of the beers on the extended list in TFA.
 
2013-12-17 07:05:34 PM  
IPA's with "balance" are utter crap. Over-hopped plus malt is just too damn much. And I know, there are decent IPAs back east but go into any pub or restaurant and good luck finding any on tap. I travel for work and every time I leave California it's like finding a needle in a haystack to find a decent gastropub. I can't spit in San Diego without hitting 3.
 
2013-12-17 08:03:45 PM  

drew46n2: IPA's with "balance" are utter crap. Over-hopped plus malt is just too damn much. And I know, there are decent IPAs back east but go into any pub or restaurant and good luck finding any on tap. I travel for work and every time I leave California it's like finding a needle in a haystack to find a decent gastropub. I can't spit in San Diego without hitting 3.


I love IPAs.  Hoppy beer that manages to capture the fresh green flavor of the hops without necessarily beating you with bitterness is a work of art.  But the recent idea that IPAs are the only beer that is worth anything is stupid.  They're like spicy food: it can be incredible, but if you ignore all non-spicy foods, you're missing out on most of what's out there.

If your main requirement for a good gastropub is that it have a good west coast IPA, that's as arbitrary as me saying they need a good PA pilsner.
 
2013-12-18 01:04:11 AM  

Erix: drew46n2: IPA's with "balance" are utter crap. Over-hopped plus malt is just too damn much. And I know, there are decent IPAs back east but go into any pub or restaurant and good luck finding any on tap. I travel for work and every time I leave California it's like finding a needle in a haystack to find a decent gastropub. I can't spit in San Diego without hitting 3.

I love IPAs.  Hoppy beer that manages to capture the fresh green flavor of the hops without necessarily beating you with bitterness is a work of art.  But the recent idea that IPAs are the only beer that is worth anything is stupid.  They're like spicy food: it can be incredible, but if you ignore all non-spicy foods, you're missing out on most of what's out there.

If your main requirement for a good gastropub is that it have a good west coast IPA, that's as arbitrary as me saying they need a good PA pilsner.


My main requirement for a gastropub is that it not be stocked with shiat beer. When the "craft" list is comprised of Shock Top and Blue Moon I know I'm on the east coast.
 
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