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post #61 of 79
Since this got a bump, thought I'd add my latest fav: Mad River Double IPA. Big sticky pine hops upfront, with a nice floral afterburn. Murky orange/amber color. Only complaint is the minimal tan head.

Gonna have to try this much acclaimed Hophenge on my next trip to the O.R.
post #62 of 79

What's Aling me......

I can hear the groans! Thirty years ago I drank Ballantine India Pale Ale from the old Cranston Brewery. Currently I like Shipyard Fuggles single hopped IPA. In the UK I used to quafe Whitbread Pale ale in a two liter corked brown bottle.
post #63 of 79
post #64 of 79
http://www.fullsailbrewing.com/ipa.cfm is the best IPA I've tried, but I'm not a big fan of IPAs.

I hear that Missoula's own Kettlehouse Brewery makes a great IPA, but since the tap room is too trendy to stand, and it comes in cans but not bottles, I can't offer my opinion on it.
post #65 of 79
Snake River Pale (Snake river brewing)
Sierra Nevada
Stone Mill (Green Valley Brewing)

Flying Dog Pale
post #66 of 79
I've always enjoyed Harpoon's IPA.

For "best" IPA, I'd have to go with Dogfish Head. The 60 and 90 minute have a real good IPA taste.
post #67 of 79
Dogfishhead 90 min IPA is my current fave 9 heaven in a bottle
post #68 of 79
We don't have many good craft breweries in Alberta so I usually end up drinking overpriced American stuff. Latley it has been the new dogtown pale ale from Lagunitas. I just wish it was less than 15 for a sixer!
post #69 of 79
Another vote for the dogfish. I havent done the 60 and 90 side by side, so I'm not sure which I like better.
post #70 of 79
post #71 of 79
Originally Posted by 911zip View Post
Dogfishhead 90 min IPA is my current fave 9 heaven in a bottle


Plan to give the keys to someone else before downing these.
post #72 of 79
Thread Starter 
Stone IPA still one of the best.
post #73 of 79
Originally Posted by bumpdad View Post
Stone IPA still one of the best.
Definitely. Or their Ruination IPA if you're in the mood for a boat-load of hops. Heck, San Diego seems to be a mecca for great IPA's. Stone, Green Flash, Port Brewing, Alesmith all put out some fantastic IPA's. Green Flash's West Coast IPA might be my favorite, but it's so hard to decide.

And I can't leave out Racer 5 and Racer X from Bear Republic. Yum!
post #74 of 79


I second:
Arrogant Bastard, CA
Smutty Nose, NH
Harpoon, MA

My Favorite Name:
420 IPA, from Stone Coast Brewing, ME
post #75 of 79
If you get a chance to try Lagunitas Censored Ale, please enjoy that copper colored brew in celebration of the alleged misdeeds of the brew master.

While hardly a Pale Ale, the Jack Russel London Porter may be the best of its kind anywhere. Very distinct chocolate malt with good balance of malt sweetness and roasted malt bitters. Get it!
post #76 of 79
Iam not sure how wide their distribution area is but my favorite Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company out of Cleveland. Their beer is by far the best thing to come from the Mistake on the Lake.

I use to have another favorite that was brewed locally in Cincinnati. The Barrel House Brewing Co. use to serve their pale ale in their pub with nitrogen instead of carbon dioxide. If was absolutely the smoothest, best tasting pale ale to be had but they closed their brew pub and you can't get it in a bottle.
post #77 of 79
Thread Starter 
the nitro brews are only on tap. Doesn't hold in bottle and the places here won't even do a pitcher, only pints.
post #78 of 79
Originally Posted by bumpdad View Post
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
I like hops, too. A lot. From your list above, I see we have different palates. But as they say at these Forums, de gustibus est non disputentum (do I have the right Forum for that phrase?).

Two comments on your choices: 1) Victory's Hop Devil is a great beer. Assertive, crisp, and floral Cascade hops, and with just a hint of the citric-noted Amarillo. Great balance. 2) Dale's is not one of my favorites, but I used to work for Dale and he deserves all the success he's enjoyed - he's a great guy. If you ever make it to Oscar Blues, mix 3/4 Dales with 1/4 Gordan's for a significant improvement over either alone.

Also on my list:
Dogfish's 90 Minute (you gotta try both the 60 and 90, if you haven't already);
Odell's IPA (hugely dry-hopped with Amarillo (or is that Chinook? I really can't tell). I can't always drink this one, but when I'm in the mood, it's great);
Stone's Ruination (I have an Arrogant Bastard in my fridge for tonight);
The Green Flash's West Coast and Extra Pale;
Mad River's Steelhead Extra Pale Ale (not overly hopped, but it's unfiltered, which adds a smoothness and creaminess that magnifies its complexity)

Boy, all that writing got me thirsty...
post #79 of 79
I just finished a Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA so that makes it my favorite. I like the 90 minute too. In fact I can't recall an IPA I didn't enjoy. Love the hops.
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