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Favorite Pale Ale or IPA

post #1 of 79
Thread Starter 
I like Hops. Pale Ales and IPA's are a standard in my house. I've only had one that I didn't like - Weyerbacher Hops Infusion - uuugghhhh! We called it Hops Up Your A--. In an earlier thread I mistakenly thought it was Victory's Hop Devil which is good, but not great imo.

My current favorites are:

Sweetgrass IPA - kinda mild on the hops but great nonetheless
Odell's Five Barrel Pale Ale
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Flying Dog Pale Ale
Dales Pale Ale
Hazed and Infused

Currently in my frig I have: Wild Hop Lager (green valley brewing) - OK, not great (their Pale Ale is only OK as well).
Extra Special Red (Odell Brewing Co) - they love hops and have a good amount of hops in this beer which makes it quite tasty.
Fullers Vintage Ale 2006 - also a good beer, but not a IPA or Pale Ale.

What other Pale Ales or IPA's do I need to try? Let me know your favorites please.

If in NYC and you like beer, definitely go to DBA on First Ave between 1st and 2nd street. http://www.drinkgoodstuff.com/ One of the only places I know that has hand drawn ales in the US -currently has Firebox IPA from UK - sounds good, but I'm 2000 miles away
post #2 of 79
If you can find it, try Full Sail IPA out of Hood River OR. I think it is a damned fine beer.
post #3 of 79
The local watering hole at Okemo (rhymes with oft) has Long Trail IPA on tap, which I'm a big fan of.

Actually, I should say they had it on tap. The owner claims a handful of us drank it all over Christmas vacation.
post #4 of 79
Bear Republic Brewery out of Healdsburg CA makes a few IPA's; Red Rocket, Racer 5. It's the one beer I miss whilst in Japan. about 5 years back they got their own bottler, (one at a time) and have started distributing to either Safeway or Raleys locally. They may have expanded since. A VERY distinct hops. Sierra Nevada, Red Tail Ale, Full Sail, etc. are good, but don't compare. I too am a hops geek and prefer bitter beers.

post #5 of 79
Summit Extra Pale Ale (yellow label), Summit India Pale Ale (blue label). It almost makes me cry to think about all the ski gear I could have bought with the money I've spent on Summit over the years... :

Breckenridge Avalance Ale
post #6 of 79
Favourite IPA...
Fuller's London Pride
next would be Green King
post #7 of 79
Redhook IPA (née "Ballard Bitter")
Full Sail Pale Ale
Deschutes Mirror Pond, Quail Spring, Bachelor (might as well include ESBs in this)
New Glarus Spotted Cow--maybe a little too inventive for the category, but close enough
Big Time Prime Time, Bhagwan's Best
post #8 of 79
Thread Starter 
VA, I did try the Full Sail on your recommendation last spring ans it is quite good. One of the ones in my 'rotation'.

iskitoofast, is the tap version better then the bottle (i suspect it is). The bottle is good, I've had Long Trail in upstate NY just around Christmas. But can't get it out here in Colorado yet.

Have not seen any beer from Beer Republic Brewery.

Interestingly, I don't see the Summit Ales down here on the flats, only up the hill. : addition - I think I'm confused, is this the brewery in Minnasota?

WTFH, does Fullers make a bad beer? :

New Glarus Spotted Cow - a staple of my bud's fridge in Madison. I like beer a lot. But alas, can't get it out here. Who makes Big Time Prime Time and Bhagwan's Best? (and what type of beer are they?)

ALso forgot Stone IPA and PAle ALe from San Diego. I like many beers from them.
post #9 of 79
"Any Pale or Amber Ale or IPA in hand (or fridge) is better than any two on a truck."

I like the Redhook & Full Sail and several others listed. Looks like I have to revisit the Glarus Spotted Cow.

What is the difference between a Pale Ale or IPA and an Amber Ale? Where do the Ska Pinstripe and True Blonde fit?
post #10 of 79
Hops act as a preservative in beer (along with alcohol), the Bitish Army used to ship beer to their troops in India (they recieved a daily ration of beer) and added extra hops to it to keep the beer fresh. I believe that Bass beer is credited with the first 'IPA' (and the first trademark).

Pale Ale, Amber Ale and IPA are all brewded with top fermenting yeast, lagers use bottom fermenting yeast and are conditioned at colder temps (major difference). The difference between a Pale, Amber and IPA are the ingredients. There aren't any major specific differences, just what the brewer wants to make and what he calls it.

McNeil's Brewery in Brattleboro VT is the best beer I've ever had (all of his beer). Extremely hard to find in bottles, but it can be found in VT, it's worth looking for.
post #11 of 79
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Mendocino Eye of the Hawk
post #12 of 79
If you really like hops, especially the bitter flavor, then one you've got to try is Boundry Bay IPA. You have to come to Washington to get it, though, and you'd better just come to Bellingham because it's not available everywhere. It's brewed at Boundary Bay Brewry here in B town. That stuff is a bitter fiend's wet dream. It has won national first place awards.
post #13 of 79
Thread Starter 
I am not worthy of the Arrogant Bastard, or so they say on their bottle. Great beer.
post #14 of 79
Favorite Pale Ale: Sierra Nevade Pale Ale

Favorite IPA: Redhook IPA (AKA Ballard Bitter)

Special Mention: Rogue Youngers Special Bitter (sometimes sold in 6 packs as Rogue Ale) - While not sold as a PA or IPA it fits in one of those categories & is my favorite from them

Favorite Montana PA or IPA: None, the local brews are weak in this arena
post #15 of 79
Originally Posted by bumpdad View Post
New Glarus Spotted Cow - a staple of my bud's fridge in Madison. I like beer a lot. But alas, can't get it out here. Who makes Big Time Prime Time and Bhagwan's Best? (and what type of beer are they?)
New Glarus has got to be one of the best microbreweries in the US (and it still is "micro"). Dan Carey, the brewmaster, is a celebrity in brew culture. He is the first American to earn the title Brewmaster Diplomate, as translated, from the German guild system. He was hired right away by AB, but tired of it and soon started his own place in southern Wisconsin. His wife runs the ffront office. Any New Glarus you can get your hands on will be well worth it. But it's hard to find outside of Badgerland.

Big Time is a brewpub in Seattle, in the U-District. It was the first brewpub in Seattle. (in the PNW?) Their Prime Time is their pale ale and Bhagwan's Best is their IPA. Big Time beers are regular contenders and often winners at the Great American Beer Festival. If you pass through Seattle, it's worth splurging for a couple of growlers, as they don't bottle (maybe they do now?)

Rio, have you tried anything from the new(ish) Madison River Brewing Co. (which is actually in Belgrade)? All fly fishing names for their brews (don't recall specifically, but I can only imagine: "Wooly Bugger Porter" or whatever). I know they make a pale ale and an IPA, but I haven't tried them yet.

The better Montana beers seem to be the malty, darker ones. And in this weather, that's just about right! Brrrr....... A Bayern Doppelbock sounds good right about now.
post #16 of 79
Tupper's Hop Pocket.

Yep, the same one in imminent danger of being swallowed by the evil empire:

post #17 of 79
faber -

I haven't tried the Madison River Brewing Co. since I haven't ran into them in the bars & restaurants yet. I do want to hit their tasting room in Belgrade to give them a try. Many of the locals like Headstrong Pale Ale but I've found it to be very inconsistant.
post #18 of 79
Quite easily the best IPA I have ever tasted was a batch of Bass specially brewed for a beer festival to an old recipe (at the higher Victorian strength).

As has been pointed out above, IPAs were stronger and hopped to survive the long sea voyage to India. Over time, for various reasons including taxes, alcohol strength was reduced by 'the man who waters the workers' beer'.

I would normally go for a draught ale.

If you are talking of bottled beers then I would choose between Youngs or Fullers bottled-conditioned beers. Both are established companies. I like smaller micro breweries but they have a tendency to disappear after a few years.


Youngs London Special Ale
This is a bottle-conditioned strong brew from the well-known Wandsworth brewery. In the glass it is golden in colour, produces a fairly generous bubbly head and has a gently hoppy nose with touches of red fruit. The dregs in the bottle (if you haven't added them to the pint) are suitably yeasty, showing a fair amount of sediment. In the mouth it is initially smooth, even creamy, but much more obviously hoppy, with sharp, spicy flowery hops present in abundance. There are also more fruit notes, though the beer itself is dry - the hoppiness imparts a lime or lemon zestiness to the brew. The strength comes across towards the finish in the form of light syrupy malt with hints of alcohol warmth, leaving a dry, bitter yet slightly cloying aftertaste. A top-notch strong pale ale.

Fullers Celebration 1845 strong ale 1845
This is a strong bottle-conditioned offering, originally brewed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Fuller's. It was also chosen as the CAMRA/Guardian champion bottle-conditioned ale in both 1998 and 2003. It has a brownish-white, almost creamy head that gradually disappears to nothing as the beer goes down the glass. The nose is rich and strong, with intense treacly malt aromas giving the impression of treacle-toffee and even bovril. However, beneath this can be detected some light flowery hops and dusty spice. On the palate the rich roast malt theme continues, with a pleasant nutty content and a hefty balancing citrusy, aromatic hop content (Goldings). It is not too lively, and extremely bitter - there is very little residual sweetness despite the malt intensity. Apart from citrus hop notes, other fruit includes plums and prunes. Finish is powerful and malty-hoppy, fading into a long aftertaste of bitter hops and nutty, cloying caramelly malt. This is a top-notch strong ale - the flavours remain well balanced despite their intensity and the beer's strength. A great end-of-the-evening tipple
post #19 of 79
It's interesting how IPAs have become quite their own thing. Most well regarded IPAs have that citrus-like hops profile that raise it to distinction above a pale ale. Yet, when Hodgson brewed the first IPA, as legend holds it, the inention was very likely that the hops would mellow over the voyage: the beer was designed for a prolonged conditioning period. He was likely hoping that what would reach India was similar to a pale ale (in those days, still new). Obviously, that didn't quite work. Yes, the beer was preserved, but the hops did not mellow: the dry-hopping he developed gave it is own unique flavor. Brewing was still more experiment in those days, prone to unforeseen results. And thank goodness.

But, still, there are quite a few IPAs out there that have too much of a good thing. As much as I enjoy the modern American West Coast-style IPA, there is a lot of IPAs from that area that are so overly hopped that I'd rather clean brass with them.

Anyone have some candidates for IPAs that are too highly hopped? (As well as others that are just right.)
post #20 of 79
Thread Starter 
Weyerbacher Hops Infusion - way too much hops imo, as I stated in first post. My friend actually diluted it 1:1 with Miller or some other crap. Then is was tolerable to him. I still thought it was swill.
post #21 of 79
I could never have too much hops in a beer.

I used to prefer Fullers, but once I got a taste for Youngs I was hooked on hops. I do not particularly like malty beers, though I will drink draught mild as a session beer.

Hopback Summer Lightning is another decent ale. It is definitely not an IPA but is the king of the new genre of straw-coloured beers that are being brewed in the UK to win back lager drinkers to decent beer.

It is available on draught and also bottle-conditioned. It is well-hopped.
post #22 of 79
Thread Starter 
[quote=Latchigo;635822]I could never have too much hops in a beer. quote]

I thought so too until I tried Hops Infusion : . I've only seen if back east. Wonder why:
post #23 of 79
Plenty of good draught ales get brewed using plenty of hops and then get dry-hopped before they are dispensed.

Like I said, I could never have too much hops in a beer.
post #24 of 79
From Oakville Ontario: Black Oak Pale Ale.

Made with RO water that is PH balanced. A truly great Pale Ale.
post #25 of 79
No contest. Magic Hat HI.P.A. Available in the spring.
post #26 of 79
Mill St. Brewery --Tankhouse Ale--
post #27 of 79
Is that a pale ale? If so, I change my vote!
post #28 of 79
1st: Wachusett
2nd: Long Trail
3rd: Harpoon
post #29 of 79
Well....with all this ale talk, I'm getting thirsty. The snow is starting to fly, powder tomorrow (hopefully), it's Friday afternoon........I guess I'm going to have to open this Sierra Nevada........pssssst...........aaaaaaahhhhh..... life is good!
(The one in my hand at the moment is my favorite....at the moment. )

"In heaven there ain't no beer. That's why we have to drink it here!"
John Hartford

post #30 of 79
I've never had Weyerbacher Hops Infusion. Now, I'm curious....

Bison IPA, while I wouldn't call it swill, is a beer that is out of balance, even by the IPA standard.

These beers happen, I think, because we have so many wonderful, unique hops grown here. Brewers get excited when they find a strain of Cascade or Centennial that has over 7.5% alpha acid, and...wham! Zealous dry-hopping becomes grapefruit infusion. That in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, but when brewers decide to get creative with their yeast-culturing at the same time, and start to brew with fruity, estery, Belgianesque yeast instead of the lower-key English style yeast traditional to the IPA...well, it's not the best. Estery yeast not meld well with the signature PNW hops flavors.

Snoqualmie Falls Wildcat IPA is another good example of a well balanced IPA.
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