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Old 05-07-2019, 06:10 AM
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We’re living in the midst of a beer revolution. Some of the IPAs being produced right now are changing the global landscape of beer. It’s a great time to be alive!

I’m personally partial to the east coast/New England style. Super hazy and heavy on the grapefruit/citrus. Anything in the mosaic or citra hop family is great.

I think my favorite beer right now is Doppleganger from Tree House Brewery. It’s hard to get. Not as hard to get as Heady Topper, but just as good if not better.

Other breweries I love: big fan of Trillium (Boston), Single Cut (NY), Finback (NY), Radiant Pig (NY), Down the Road (Boston), Aeronaut (Boston), Night Shift (Boston).

Even the “cheap” craft IPA’s are great. Is there a better boat beer than Founder’s all-day IPA session?

Anyway, what’s in your pint glass lately?

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We’re living in the midst of a beer revolution. Some of the IPAs being produced right now are changing the global landscape of beer. It’s a great time to be alive!

I’m personally partial to the east coast/New England style. Super hazy and heavy on the grapefruit/citrus. Anything in the mosaic or citra hop family is great.

I think my favorite beer right now is Doppleganger from Tree House Brewery. It’s hard to get. Not as hard to get as Heady Topper, but just as good if not better.

Other breweries I love: big fan of Trillium (Boston), Single Cut (NY), Finback (NY), Radiant Pig (NY), Down the Road (Boston), Aeronaut (Boston), Night Shift (Boston).

Even the “cheap” craft IPA’s are great. Is there a better boat beer than Founder’s all-day IPA session?

Anyway, what’s in your pint glass lately?
I like Founders, and it is very reasonably priced.

I had some great beer in Vermont, I wish I wrote them down.

In New Jersey I really like Boat(Atlantic Highlands) Angry Sea Dragon(Asbury Park), Czig Meister(Hackettstown) and Yacht Juice(Lakewood).
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We’re living in the midst of a beer revolution. Some of the IPAs being produced right now are changing the global landscape of beer. It’s a great time to be alive!

I’m personally partial to the east coast/New England style. Super hazy and heavy on the grapefruit/citrus. Anything in the mosaic or citra hop family is great.

I think my favorite beer right now is Doppleganger from Tree House Brewery. It’s hard to get. Not as hard to get as Heady Topper, but just as good if not better.

Other breweries I love: big fan of Trillium (Boston), Single Cut (NY), Finback (NY), Radiant Pig (NY), Down the Road (Boston), Aeronaut (Boston), Night Shift (Boston).

Even the “cheap” craft IPA’s are great. Is there a better boat beer than Founder’s all-day IPA session?

Anyway, what’s in your pint glass lately?
For IPAs I would say Bell's Two Hearted and Cigar City Jai Lai are two pretty good ones (a nod to the Bell's) in addition to Founders. My favorite would have to be Halpatters 16 Springfields (Lake City FL) but you pretty much have to be local to Lake City/Gainesville/NE FL area to get it.
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Lemme get this right...you're going to take $5+ cans of beer out in a boat...where the wind and waves will make a newly opened beer flat and hot in 30 seconds?

Sounds like a great plan.

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Even the “cheap” craft IPA’s are great. Is there a better boat beer than Founder’s all-day IPA session?
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Lemme get this right...you're going to take $5+ cans of beer out in a boat...where the wind and waves will make a newly opened beer flat and hot in 30 seconds?

Sounds like a great plan.
Founders is $15.99 to $18.99 for a 15 pack.
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Love some IPS's/APA's. Got really heavy into home brewing a few years back, because that was the only way to get session (low ABV) IPS's.

Mostly drink from my local micro brewery, and at home drink a mix of Founders all day, Highland Brewing Daycation, and RJ Rockers trail ale.
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Doppelgänger is awesome.

I’ve become a fan of Captain Lawrence Powder Dreams and Tears of Green- both NEIPAs
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I had some great beer in Vermont, I wish I wrote them down
The Alchemist!! They’re making some of the best stuff on the planet
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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
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:28 AM
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Lemme get this right...you're going to take $5+ cans of beer out in a boat...where the wind and waves will make a newly opened beer flat and hot in 30 seconds?

Sounds like a great plan.
Founders is a buck a beer, joe. It’s not one of the fancy tall 4 packs.
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Almost too many good local-regional choices:

Kane - "Head High" "Double Overhead" "SneakBox (Pale Ale but amazing)
Icarus - Basically everything they offer. "Yacht Juice" is brewed differently every week.
Magnify - "Vine Shine" is one good one by them and they have a bunch of offerings

In terms of a good boat beer? There is absolutely nothing better than Carton "Boat Beer" That's what R Ventura is referring to. Carton is the godfather of the 10/10 session IPA. They also make the "SS Hief" which is double boat beer and quite amazing.

Even more good local ones:

Industrial Arts - "Wrench" (The absolute king of the NEIPA)
Grey Sail Brewing - "Captain's Daughter"
Maine Beer Co - "Lunch", "Dinner"

I don't even see the need to seek out the rare Cali or out of region brews any longer. There are so many amazing selections here in NJ.
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i like founders, and it is very reasonably priced.

I had some great beer in vermont, i wish i wrote them down.

In new jersey i really like boat(carton) angry sea dragon(asbury park), czig meister(hackettstown) and yacht juice(icarus).
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Are IPA's still a "thing"? I think the beer revolution has come and gone (at least the revolutionary part); the micro/macro brew concept has been firmly established.

Many of the over-the-top magnum infused hop beers are just horrible. An IPA was never intended to be consumed "fresh", Take a Dog fish head 120 minute and lay it down for 2 years; it's way better than freshly brewed.

Personally, I am more partial to the Belgians. They are mostly on the opposite side of the spectrum; more malty and just a hint of hopps. I prefer the naturally fermented abbey styles and even the sours and lambics.
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The Alchemist!! They’re making some of the best stuff on the planet
"Headytopper" is the original NEIPA. It's an amazing beer. I had one that was 2 months old and it was still 10/10.
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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
NE IPA's aren't usually hazy due to wheat. They are unfiltered and the water is typically high in lime (calcium carbonate) content. Also some of the yeast strains naturally stay in solution rather than flocculating out.
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Are IPA's still a "thing"? I think the beer revolution has come and gone (at least the revolutionary part); the micro/macro brew concept has been firmly established.

Many of the over-the-top magnum infused hop beers are just horrible. An IPA was never intended to be consumed "fresh", Take a Dog fish head 120 minute and lay it down for 2 years; it's way better than freshly brewed.

Personally, I am more partial to the Belgians. They are mostly on the opposite side of the spectrum; more malty and just a hint of hopps. I prefer the naturally fermented abbey styles and even the sours and lambics.
Bigger a "thing" then it ever has been my friend. The whole IPA thing was designed as an overhop so that by the time the ship's crossed the oceans, it mellowed out to a normal beer. People found they have a particular taste for certain hops and now it's a thing. I personally avoid any IPA older than a month. The difference in taste one fresh hop in one beer can make to the next is remarkable.

DFH 120 min is more along the lines of a barleywine than an IPA. And yes, it should be aged at least a year. It's a stretch calling it an IPA even though they do.

IMO, Belgian's days have come and gone if anything. Don't get me wrong, I occasionally like a good trippel. The climate now is all barrel-aged and IPA's. Drink what you like. Belgians are still great beers but IPA's have taken their place as the "fad beers."
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Any of the new Sweetwater ones are what I have been sipping on lately. Trust me when I am saying the quality of Jai Lai has gone down in recent years. It isn't the same as it used to be. I like a local brewery here in Tampa called 81Bay's Sun Viking IPA. I get the 4 pack tall boy cans whenever I drive by. $10.

There is something incredibly soothing about going diving or in the saltwater and getting on deck and having a cold IPA out of a can, washes salt/prune/etc right out of me.
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