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Old 04-08-2009, 11:40 PM   #61
Jul 2008
Saint Charles, IL
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Three is a tough call:

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

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Old 05-08-2009, 12:37 AM   #62
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Originally Posted by 944play View Post
Ones I do not like:

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
I really enjoyed the Cali-Belgique. Green Flash has a similar one called Le Freak which is basically the same concept. in fact I was so impressed with them that I took a generic IPA recipe and used a Belgian yeast just to see how it would come out home brew style.

something about the way the flavors of the Belgian yeast and a big hoppy beer mix really does it for me.

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Old 05-09-2009, 02:12 AM   #63
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I really didnt like the cali-belgique too much either. Thats the only belgian-ipa i've tried and the style sounds so tasty- but the stone offering was sub-par for me.

Not in my top three (which I already listed here) but dam close is Ninkasi's Total Domination. I've been drinking a ton of that **** lately. super tasty

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Old 05-09-2009, 03:54 AM   #64
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Originally Posted by nutcase View Post
Thats the only belgian-ipa i've tried and the style sounds so tasty- but the stone offering was sub-par for me.
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Old 05-09-2009, 10:15 AM   #65
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i'm a huge fan of IPA's, but i live in iowa, which is a terrible state to get decent beers in.

O'Dell IPA (had this when i was living in colorado, because that's where the microbrewery is, but since i moved back to iowa, i've never met anyone who's even heard of it)
Stone IPA
but the best IPA i've ever had in my life was called "F.Y.I.P.A." at a place called the Mountain Sun in Boulder. i used to go there all the time, and it was just incredible. amazing brews, great food, incredibly laid back atmosphere.
honorable mention: bell's two hearted ale

also i just got a sample of Goose Island's new imperial IPA from a bar that does a lot of microbrews, and i thought it was phenomenal...

...but it was $16/pint. maybe on my next birthday

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Old 05-15-2009, 03:43 AM   #66
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Three Floyds Alpha King
Racer 5 IPA

So many IpA's so little time.
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:12 AM   #67
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Oh man, that's a really tough question...there are so many good ones out there.


Lagunitas IPA
Stone Ruination IPA
Sierra Nevada Celebration

Runner Ups:
SN Torpedo
Racer 5
Pliny the Elder
DFH 60 & 90

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Old 05-15-2009, 04:26 AM   #68
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:41 PM   #69
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I am shocked that no one had Three Floyds Dreadnaught.

Three Floyds Dreadnaught
Bear Republic Apex
Avery IPA
Merrimack Valley Homebrew Club


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Old 05-15-2009, 06:33 PM   #70
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My top three:
Sierra Nevada Celebration
DFH 90
Kodiak IPA on cask (at a local brew pub in Austin, North by Northwest)

Live Oak IPA gets honorable mention.
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