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#1 Post by Brandon R » March 2nd, 2018, 11:57 am

I'm an unabashed hop head, although I like things in balance. Over-the-top, super-hopped, syrupy-sweet IIPAs and Triple IPAs generally don't do it for me. I prefer floral, fruity IPAs. With all of the discussions of regional beer preferences and the necessity to trade to get some of those beers, I was wondering what you all though was the best IPA with pretty significant distribution around the country? Does it have to be in every market, everywhere? No. Rather, by "significant" I mean that it's likely available in most large cities with a little digging.

My choice: Stone Enjoy By IPA (they vary a bit from release to release, but they're almost always excellent). Do these make it to the East Coast?
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#2 Post by mseeber » March 2nd, 2018, 12:57 pm

Bells Two Hearted
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#3 Post by Chris Blum » March 2nd, 2018, 3:38 pm

Do you get Toppling Goliath where you are? Their Nugget is that profile. Boulder Beer Hazed and Infused was a dry hopped ipa I used to see around. Very fragrant if fresh. Ballast Point Sculpin (not with the grapefruit adjunct)
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#4 Post by Evan P » March 3rd, 2018, 5:28 pm

Lawson's Finest Sip of Sunshine is easy to obtain now a days in the Northeast.

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#5 Post by GMcCarthy » March 4th, 2018, 1:05 pm

Probably either Cigar City Jai Alai or Bell's Two-Hearted
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#6 Post by jhemming » March 4th, 2018, 2:42 pm

Evan P wrote:Lawson's Finest Sip of Sunshine is easy to obtain now a days in the Northeast.

It's amazing how readily available it has become over the past year.

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#7 Post by BRhoades » March 4th, 2018, 4:01 pm

Hands down, it has to be Modern Times, for sheer quality and quantity they are hard to beat.

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#8 Post by Adam Noble » March 4th, 2018, 5:26 pm

Is Georgetown Brewing Boddhisatva distribution wide? Cause that's the best can I can get around here. It's a great IPA.

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#9 Post by AlexM » March 4th, 2018, 6:39 pm

If I'm drinking beer, its an IPA. I have a number of favorites, but lately Alaskan Husky IPA has been my go to.
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#10 Post by PeterH » March 4th, 2018, 8:47 pm

The majority of the beers mentioned are not available in the PNW. Just for fun I referenced a list of the nations best IPAs. Not one was nationally distributed, which is what I think the craft brewing movement is all about.

That said, Stone, from the OP is far better than average, and Bell's Two Hearted is the kind of beer that has mass appeal without being boring.

Just wondering, what happened with Green Flash?
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#11 Post by Rick Allen » March 4th, 2018, 9:21 pm

My first thought was that a nationally distributed IPA wouldn't be nearly as good as what was available regionally/locally.

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#12 Post by Scott Tallman » March 4th, 2018, 9:45 pm

Rick Allen wrote:My first thought was that a nationally distributed IPA wouldn't be nearly as good as what was available regionally/locally.
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#13 Post by Andrew Kotowski » March 5th, 2018, 8:09 am

Adam Noble wrote:Is Georgetown Brewing Boddhisatva distribution wide? Cause that's the best can I can get around here. It's a great IPA.
Hah! Does Georgetown even bottle now, much less the Bodhizafa? What I'd give for a sweet Lucille right now :D
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#14 Post by Scott Tallman » March 5th, 2018, 9:21 am

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
Adam Noble wrote:Is Georgetown Brewing Boddhisatva distribution wide? Cause that's the best can I can get around here. It's a great IPA.
Hah! Does Georgetown even bottle now, much less the Bodhizafa? What I'd give for a sweet Lucille right now :D
Even better - they can. Including Lucille, which I prefer to Bodhi.
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Scott Tallman wrote:
Andrew Kotowski wrote:
Adam Noble wrote:Is Georgetown Brewing Boddhisatva distribution wide? Cause that's the best can I can get around here. It's a great IPA.
Hah! Does Georgetown even bottle now, much less the Bodhizafa? What I'd give for a sweet Lucille right now :D
Even better - they can. Including Lucille, which I prefer to Bodhi.
YES!!! I do, too, and love when I find it on draft around here. Bodhi seems to be their preferred sell, though, because I'm seeing it more often than Lucille. That's too bad. I'm positive it doesn't make it out of the PacNW, though.
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#16 Post by Adam Noble » March 7th, 2018, 1:21 pm

I find the Bodhi better balanced than the Lucille, though they are both plenty good for an IPA. Not my favorite style, however, as I prefer sours, etc.

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#17 Post by Brandon R » March 7th, 2018, 1:22 pm

Scott Tallman wrote:
Rick Allen wrote:My first thought was that a nationally distributed IPA wouldn't be nearly as good as what was available regionally/locally.
This.
Well, no sh*t. [cheers.gif] I won't argue that a bit. However, my question is simply for conversations sake, not saying that I'm seeking one that would better than some of the micro regional IPAs so many of us love.

Peter - I rememer seeing Green Flash all over the place, but I ahven't seen it much lately now that you mention it.

Good call above with the Ballast Point Sculpin. I wonder if it makes its way East?
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#18 Post by Jorge Henriquez » March 7th, 2018, 1:34 pm

I will go with Stone Enjoy By, Founders Centennial or Lagunitas Hop Stoopid.
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PeterH wrote:The majority of the beers mentioned are not available in the PNW. Just for fun I referenced a list of the nations best IPAs. Not one was nationally distributed, which is what I think the craft brewing movement is all about.

That said, Stone, from the OP is far better than average, and Bell's Two Hearted is the kind of beer that has mass appeal without being boring.

Just wondering, what happened with Green Flash?
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#20 Post by james l moleberg » April 3rd, 2018, 8:01 pm

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed is my personal favorite for large scale distribution.

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#21 Post by Andrew Kotowski » April 4th, 2018, 3:43 am

james l moleberg wrote:Deschutes Fresh Squeezed is my personal favorite for large scale distribution.
Funny you mention this. I had a couple... in Bangkok.
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#22 Post by Cody L » April 18th, 2018, 1:42 pm

james l moleberg wrote:Deschutes Fresh Squeezed is my personal favorite for large scale distribution.
Many craft brews may not make it out of Oregon, but the continued innovation and experimentation is quite astonishing. Places like, Deschutes, Bridgeport, 10 Barrel, Rogue and Ninkasi are starting to incorporate the fruity, hazy IPA that are famous in the Northeast and putting them together with the floral, hoppy, dry West Coast IPA's. The results are absolutely gorgeous.

If you see them at your local tap room or bottle shop, pick them up. I think they are slowly starting to trickly in national distribution. Mostly west coast though.
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#23 Post by Brandon R » April 19th, 2018, 8:49 am

Adam Noble wrote:I find the Bodhi better balanced than the Lucille, though they are both plenty good for an IPA. Not my favorite style, however, as I prefer sours, etc.
Have you ever been down to Engine House 9 down in Tacoma? I went to the Univ. of Puget Sound and, back then, we went there to get "good" beer when the cheap crap didn't sound good. Well, fast forward and a bunch of us beer geeks were down there for a reunion and E-9 was having a Sour Fest. Seriously, like 10 sours all on tap. It was amazing. I'm not sure if they have an email list or events calendar on their site but, if they do and you see that, it's worth a trip for a Sour lover.
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#24 Post by C Chen » April 20th, 2018, 1:58 pm

Another vote for Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
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#25 Post by Sean Devaney » May 14th, 2018, 1:17 pm

And a third for fresh squeezed.I will add Bear Republic Racer 5. Sierra Nevada BC Torpedo is an easy go to also.

Funny how some people interpret "significant distribution" per the OP:
I was wondering what you all though was the best IPA with pretty significant distribution around the country?
Quite a few of the recs are regional.

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#26 Post by Adam Noble » May 14th, 2018, 1:20 pm

Brandon R wrote:
Adam Noble wrote:I find the Bodhi better balanced than the Lucille, though they are both plenty good for an IPA. Not my favorite style, however, as I prefer sours, etc.
Have you ever been down to Engine House 9 down in Tacoma? I went to the Univ. of Puget Sound and, back then, we went there to get "good" beer when the cheap crap didn't sound good. Well, fast forward and a bunch of us beer geeks were down there for a reunion and E-9 was having a Sour Fest. Seriously, like 10 sours all on tap. It was amazing. I'm not sure if they have an email list or events calendar on their site but, if they do and you see that, it's worth a trip for a Sour lover.
Never been but I think I've had their stuff at festivals and I've seen bottles around. I'll have to give them a shot. Thanks.

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#27 Post by Brandon R » May 15th, 2018, 8:57 am

Sean Devaney wrote:And a third for fresh squeezed.I will add Bear Republic Racer 5. Sierra Nevada BC Torpedo is an easy go to also.

Funny how some people interpret "significant distribution" per the OP:
I was wondering what you all though was the best IPA with pretty significant distribution around the country?
Quite a few of the recs are regional.
Great call on Racer 5...I forgot about that one. I think that's a great IPA that is pretty easy to find.
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#28 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 15th, 2018, 6:23 pm

Sean Devaney wrote:And a third for fresh squeezed.I will add Bear Republic Racer 5. Sierra Nevada BC Torpedo is an easy go to also.

Funny how some people interpret "significant distribution" per the OP:
I was wondering what you all though was the best IPA with pretty significant distribution around the country?
Quite a few of the recs are regional.
I don't see Racer 5 around the country. Not on shelves in MI, FL, or MN, for examples. Maybe I'm just unlucky ...

as it is, however, IPA is definitely a beer type for which I prefer to Drink Local. [drinkers.gif]
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#29 Post by ClarkstonMark » May 16th, 2018, 12:30 am

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
Sean Devaney wrote:And a third for fresh squeezed.I will add Bear Republic Racer 5. Sierra Nevada BC Torpedo is an easy go to also.

Funny how some people interpret "significant distribution" per the OP:
I was wondering what you all though was the best IPA with pretty significant distribution around the country?
Quite a few of the recs are regional.
I don't see Racer 5 around the country. Not on shelves in MI, FL, or MN, for examples. Maybe I'm just unlucky ...

as it is, however, IPA is definitely a beer type for which I prefer to Drink Local. [drinkers.gif]
R5 is on MI shelves these days, for the past year or 2 anyway. At least in decent shops in SE MI.
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#30 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 16th, 2018, 9:30 am

Nice! Hopefully it's made some in-roads up north, too.
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#31 Post by Michae1 P0wers » May 25th, 2018, 8:29 am

Another vote for Two Hearted. It's well balanced and citrus oriented, without being OTT. Bell's isn't nationally distributed (at least they weren't a few years ago) but I think it's getting close.

A lot of those mentioned I've never seen in MO or IL, and STL has a lot of good beer overall, but relatively poor distribution of NE breweries I think.

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#32 Post by EHeffner » May 25th, 2018, 10:05 am

Cigar City Jai alai, Guayabera and invasion are all very solid
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#33 Post by Gerry Morrisey » June 5th, 2018, 4:03 pm

Sam Adams New England IPA is really good, reasonably priced at $10 4pk and easy to find

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#35 Post by Bob Kot » June 16th, 2018, 4:25 am

Thankfully, Stone does make it to the East Coast. Amazing stuff.

Here are several local beers on the east coast with reasonable distribution.

• Sea Hag – New England Brewing Co. – CT
• Counterweight – Headway – CT
• Unfiltered – John Hooker – CT
• The Correspondent – Relic Brewing – CT

• Building 8 – BLDG 8 Brewing – MA

• 18-Watt – Single Cut – NY

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#36 Post by Gerry Morrisey » July 1st, 2018, 6:55 am

Lawson's is again expanding distribution and now avail in NH.

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#37 Post by JC J o u a s » July 1st, 2018, 8:23 am

Gerry Morrisey wrote:Lawson's is again expanding distribution and now avail in NH.
Ever since they began brewing at the Two Roads facility in Stratford CT I have been seeing it regularly here in NYS as well which is a welcomed development.

I don’t think Knee Deep brewing has been mentioned as of yet but they make an assortment of IPA’s which I seem to be reaching for more and more of late.
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#38 Post by Todd Laubach » July 12th, 2018, 8:46 pm

The problem IMO with IPAs with significant distribution is that by the time you get them, they are old. I like to have IPA's that are brewed within 2-3 weeks. I think the biggest problem with IPAs this day is that a lot of them are over the hill by the time a lot of people drink them. Specifically, NE style IPAs are really best consumed within 2 week of canning IMO. The hop flavor drops out pretty quickly which is what makes IPAs great. I will not but a beer that is stamped on the bottle or can that says "best by XXX".

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#39 Post by Scott Tallman » July 13th, 2018, 7:24 am

Todd Laubach wrote:The problem IMO with IPAs with significant distribution is that by the time you get them, they are old. I like to have IPA's that are brewed within 2-3 weeks. I think the biggest problem with IPAs this day is that a lot of them are over the hill by the time a lot of people drink them. Specifically, NE style IPAs are really best consumed within 2 week of canning IMO. The hop flavor drops out pretty quickly which is what makes IPAs great. I will not but a beer that is stamped on the bottle or can that says "best by XXX".
Although I think IPAs, even some of the hazies, can go up to 4 weeks post-canning, I agree with your position.

On a somewhat related note, my beer loving (but by no means beer geek) neighbor recently told me he had obtained a few cases of free beer from a guy who sent out a message indicating he was leaving beer on his porch for anyone willling to pick it up. My neighbor was really excited by his haul, so out of curiosity I asked him if I could see the beers. Most were breweries I’ve never heard of, but a few good ones (e.g., Maine Beer Company), and all but a few were IPAs or pale ales. After examining the bottling/canning date on a few, I noticed they were 2-4 years old! I informed him those were worthless due to the age and we went through the entire lot and they were all 1-4 years old. What a bummer. Funny thing is he did not believe that the beers were shot, so I watched him open three different beers and spit them out in disgust.
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#40 Post by JulianD » August 14th, 2018, 10:49 pm

Speaking of Ballast, I much prefer the Manta Ray to the Sculpin- but the Sculpin is much more their main production (even see it at costco now)
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#41 Post by John Ammons » September 27th, 2018, 12:44 pm

I'll add a vote for Racer 5, just because they had it on tap when I was in Upstate New York recently. Although I rarely drink it anymore these days (just so many options in the Bay Area) it could nonetheless be the difference between me ordering a beer or not when in a pinch.

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