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Old 02-25-2014, 11:55 AM   #11
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Can you provide us a list of IPA's that you have tried, and what state you live in?
From the Info in the first post, I'd say that he lives in the Province of Alberta, Canada.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:23 PM   #12
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My suggestion is go with several local IPAs and find one you like. No reason to try to find an import that is expensive and very hard to get. Maybe the guy at the liquor store can give you some suggestions.

Two things which make a big difference that everybody knows but worth repeating.
First, make sure you buy an IPA that is fresh (also a good reason to buy local), the older the bottle gets the less hop flavor.
Second, make sure to use a proper glass at the proper beer temp. You want those great hop smells to be released and a the glass helps dissipate the bitterness a little as well.

Happy tasting!

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Old 02-25-2014, 10:22 PM   #13
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Correct Seph!

Our brew pubs are lousy. The beer everyone here calls piss is what they have on tap. Everything else is bottled and most of the people aren't entirely familiar with them, but i've written down everyone's suggestions and the next time i'm on that side of my city i'll be checking to see what they have available. They carry a great selection and IPA's take up a lot of inventory haha. They bought out the store beside them and dedicated it entirely to beer.

Thanks everyone!

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my rule of thumb is not to buy IPAs/IIPAs unless they have a date on them or I know when they were released

too many shelf turds that unfairly reflect poorly on the beer

if you aren't sure, ask the store owner/worker what is fresh

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Old 02-26-2014, 10:30 AM   #15
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My first batch is Bell's Two hearted is almost gone already, I sampled alot of IPA's this year and the Bell's clone tastes completely different than anything, maybe its the Centennial hops. I'd highly recommend it

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Old 02-27-2014, 01:50 AM   #16
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Awesome, if I can't find it i'll definitely brew it myself. Someone mentioned earlier that the IPA will vary and should be out of a proper beer mug at the right temperature. I decided to pour this IPA that came in a taster pack from a brewery that I hated out of the bottle and absolutely loved it out of the glass.

Why does this make a difference?

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Old 02-27-2014, 02:11 AM   #17
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Awesome, if I can't find it i'll definitely brew it myself. Someone mentioned earlier that the IPA will vary and should be out of a proper beer mug at the right temperature. I decided to pour this IPA that came in a taster pack from a brewery that I hated out of the bottle and absolutely loved it out of the glass.

Why does this make a difference?
At least two things I am sure of, and one that is a pet theory...

One, in the wide-mouthed glass the hop aromas are fully expressed.

Two, most people drink a bottled beer too cold, the pouring and sitting out lets it warm up a touch.

Three (my pet theory), I think a highly hoppy beer, like a red wine or a piece of citrus fruit, needs a slight bit of open-air oxidation to become ideal.
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:46 AM   #18
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Bell's 2 hearted ale and Dogfish Head 60 minute and 90 minute IPA are good ones that are not quite as mean tasting as some IPAs. Bell's is pretty easy to find across the US I think but dogfish head can be a bit tougher to find and a bit pricey.

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Old 02-27-2014, 11:26 AM   #19
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I will second/third/whatever Founder's All Day IPA if you can find it. I never developed a taste for IPA's when I first started trying craft beers, but recently bought a six pack of this because I was curious again.

It was fantastic!

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