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Old 05-07-2019, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by RyanL11 View Post
I can't do NE IPA's, not a big fan of wheat beers.

My go to are Founders Centennial, Bell's 2 Heart, and Griffen Claw Norm's Raggedy Ass.

Beer has become pretty regional other than a few, like Bell's, Sierra Nevada, and Founders
What is it you don't like about NE IPAs? There are a lot of mediocre ones out there....

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Old 05-07-2019, 07:25 AM
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I love IPAs

Zombie Dust is by far the best I have ever had. Very hard to obtain. Its what I judge all by.

For a daily IPA its Founders All Day
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:25 AM
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Flanders Red Ale by:


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Old 05-07-2019, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by bones1918 View Post

Spoken like a guy that's Never had a NEIPA. They are straight grapefruit and not malty at all. There is nothing more refreshing on a hot day.
The good ones are...

Way too many that just get sweet on the finish.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Sours are an even more acquired taste than even IPA's, I agree with you lol.

Hell, some IPA's can be hopped in a way that they're almost fruity. I've even passed some along to females who like them. Sours....not so much lol.
A well executed fruit bomb is the way to go.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:30 AM
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Trillium DDH Congress St stands alone, for me.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:31 AM
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My go to IPA's
Alpine Duet
Societe Pupil
both local San Diego.

For Sour we have Lost Abbey brewery that puts out a Gooze every 2 years that is highly prized, Called Duck Duck Gooze. Cost about $35 but people sell them for $300ish

Just got back from Austin and the Pinthouse Pizza brewery have won some awards with Electric Jellyfish IPA (hazy) and Green Battles IPA, both really good. Electric Jellyfish is in most of the bars/restaurants in Austin.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:34 AM
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I like the flavor of many sours/lambic. My stomach doesn't like them though. Within that realm, you have sour fermented beers, where bacteria is introduced during primary fermentation. Those tend to be very acidic. Then you have post soured beers. Many are barrel aged. In that case they are essentially fermented mostly cleanly. Typically when fermentation is mostly over, the bacteria is introduced and they are aged for a while. These tend to be less acidic. Flavor profiles of sours can be all over the place.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
Trillium DDH Congress St stands alone, for me.
Hill Farmstead Edward
Burlington Beer It's Complicated Being a Wizard
Alchemist Alena
Tree House Double Julius
Maine Beer Another One
Every.
Single.
Beer.
On.
This.
list.
Is.
Awesome.

Have you tried James Bean by Alligash? its their Curieux strong ale (that's freaking awesome by itself) blended with Speckled Ax cold brew. Its so nice to have a coffee beer that's not a a stout.
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Originally Posted by RyanL11 View Post
I don't get the sours, why would you want your beer to taste sour?

Belgians are okay...just a bit boring and tend to be sweater in taste, which I'm not a huge fan of.
I've spent a lot of time in Belgium. Hell, I got married there. There is A LOT there that is not exported and undiscovered here. Chimay, Leffe, and Delirium are run of the mill mass produced beers. I'm not ever sure that Chimay can still claim they are a true Trappist. Stella is (literally) Budweiser of Belgium. Belgiums are not sweet at all... Unless you had one of the Lindemans fruit lamibics which are shit. They are malty, yes. But I prefer to say many of the farmhouse, abbey, and trapist ales are "balanced". One thing is for sure, they are usually very high volume beers.

IPA's are entry level beers IMO and appeal to those with an underdeveloped pallet. I don't get why someone want's to have a beer that taste like wet grass. They are so over the top with the hops; there is little to no flavor from the malt.

If you don't get the sour's, I would wager you never had a good one... The true lambics are either naturally fermented, or brewed with bacteria instead of yest. Try a Goudenband if you find one. Probably one the the better entry level lambics. Hanssens Oude Gueuze is a way better example, but hard to find.

At the end of the day, this is all a matter of preference and taste. Just like why some of you are into black chicks :-0

I'd say try a Goudenband, or a Hanssens, with a bucket of muscles and a side of frites, and give me your honest opinion, and post your fave and I will try that as well
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Originally Posted by bones1918 View Post
Every.
Single.
Beer.
On.
This.
list.
Is.
Awesome.

Have you tried James Bean by Alligash? its their Curieux strong ale (that's freaking awesome by itself) blended with Speckled Ax cold brew. Its so nice to have a coffee beer that's not a a stout.
It's been very carefully cultivated over a long time. Although, I have to admit that I've become a victim of my own snobbery - the number of new beers that I try and actually think are worth the 300 calories a piece is very, very low. I have a LOT of 3 packs that end up in the fridge, which my wife really loves......

I have not had James Bean, although I have had Curieux. That's a really interesting combination. I think their Black is one of the more perfect examples of a stout and their Saison is one of my consistent summer favorites.
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I like black chicks. And yellow peeps... I like them too.
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Three Floyd's- Zombie Dust, Space Station Middle Finger and Gumballhead.....like about everything I've tried from this outfit.
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Hopslam - Bells
Lollihop - Troegs
Nanticoke Nector -RAR
Resin - Six Point
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Originally Posted by cdrhoek View Post
Green Flash Palate Wrecker

Elysian Space Dust

Maine Beer Lunch

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Locally, RAR Nanticoke Nectar and EVO Lot 3
great list! love me some nanticoke nectar!

also like oskar blues pinner throwback IPA and lagunitas daytime as an alternative to founder's all day

magic hat #9 is an oldie but a goodie as a summer beer...and since it was from the first wave of microbrews it's just over 5%...very sessionable.

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I love grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point. Little Brett from Allagash is a great one also. I could go on for days.
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
I've spent a lot of time in Belgium. Hell, I got married there. There is A LOT there that is not exported and undiscovered here. Chimay, Leffe, and Delirium are run of the mill mass produced beers. I'm not ever sure that Chimay can still claim they are a true Trappist. Stella is (literally) Budweiser of Belgium. Belgiums are not sweet at all... Unless you had one of the Lindemans fruit lamibics which are shit. They are malty, yes. But I prefer to say many of the farmhouse, abbey, and trapist ales are "balanced". One thing is for sure, they are usually very high volume beers.

IPA's are entry level beers IMO and appeal to those with an underdeveloped pallet. I don't get why someone want's to have a beer that taste like wet grass. They are so over the top with the hops; there is little to no flavor from the malt.

If you don't get the sour's, I would wager you never had a good one... The true lambics are either naturally fermented, or brewed with bacteria instead of yest. Try a Goudenband if you find one. Probably one the the better entry level lambics. Hanssens Oude Gueuze is a way better example, but hard to find.

At the end of the day, this is all a matter of preference and taste. Just like why some of you are into black chicks :-0

I'd say try a Goudenband, or a Hanssens, with a bucket of muscles and a side of frites, and give me your honest opinion, and post your fave and I will try that as well
As I was reading through all of the replies I was thinking about what to say myself, and your message just confirmed what needs to be said: IPAs are very regional. Most of the replies here are guys in New England or maybe NY/NJ. I see you are in TX. If you have not been to New England recently and tried any of the beers listed above, you simply cannot understand why people would like these beers. Same could maybe be said for New Englanders who haven't been to Texas. I can say this with confidence: local beer production is booming all over the country. Drink what you like, where you can get it!

I live in VA but am originally from MA. Started drinking local IPAs from breweries like Ipswich Ale, Carrabassett Brewing Company, and others, back in the early 90s. Things have changed a lot since then but New England hazy IPAs are now my favorite and I usually stock my fridge when I visit my parents or they come visit me. In the mid-Atlantic, Burley Oak (Berlin, MD) has become one of my favorites - their Home Grown Session IPA (truly locally-grown barley, all citra hopped) is a great day beer. Anything in their J.R.E.A.M. series (imperial fruited sour ale w/lactose) is unbelievable. Not an IPA and you may even question if you are drinking a beer at all, but incredibly well made beer. Lots of other good breweries around here, too - Aslin, Old Ox, Port City, and Hardywood, Ardent and Veil in Richmond (to name a few). The only downside to the amount of craft beer production today is that there is so much, and so little time!
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:17 AM
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Founders is good for stocking the beer fridge.

Lakefront IPA
Ale Asylum IPA
Lagunitas IPA are my go tos

around here places that don't get too "crazy" with beer selection usually at least have New Glarus Moon Man. it aint half bad either.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
I've spent a lot of time in Belgium. Hell, I got married there. There is A LOT there that is not exported and undiscovered here. Chimay, Leffe, and Delirium are run of the mill mass produced beers. I'm not ever sure that Chimay can still claim they are a true Trappist. Stella is (literally) Budweiser of Belgium. Belgiums are not sweet at all... Unless you had one of the Lindemans fruit lamibics which are shit. They are malty, yes. But I prefer to say many of the farmhouse, abbey, and trapist ales are "balanced". One thing is for sure, they are usually very high volume beers.

IPA's are entry level beers IMO and appeal to those with an underdeveloped pallet. I don't get why someone want's to have a beer that taste like wet grass. They are so over the top with the hops; there is little to no flavor from the malt.

If you don't get the sour's, I would wager you never had a good one... The true lambics are either naturally fermented, or brewed with bacteria instead of yest. Try a Goudenband if you find one. Probably one the the better entry level lambics. Hanssens Oude Gueuze is a way better example, but hard to find.

At the end of the day, this is all a matter of preference and taste. Just like why some of you are into black chicks :-0

I'd say try a Goudenband, or a Hanssens, with a bucket of muscles and a side of frites, and give me your honest opinion, and post your fave and I will try that as well
It's really hard taking criticism from someone who hasn't had the opportunity to taste many IPAs. There are a multitude of malt heavy IPAs out there, if that happens do be your thing.

Your happen to prefer something different - that does not make your palate mature and someone else's immature.
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Slowly working my way through the 7 cases of Hopslam I bought in January.

Problem is that I like M43 and it's stronger bright Boss Tweed. Awesome NE IPAs.
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