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I am trying to get into different IPA's and just wanting some suggestions. I have been drinking Surly's IPAs, but I want to branch out and try some others.

  • Pretty much any IPA from Revolution Brewing is great as is Three Floyds. – Eric S Feb 12 at 14:27
  • I have never even heard of them, I will check a few liquor stores to see if they have any in stock. – Brokke2 Feb 12 at 16:26
  • Revolution is from Chicago (revbrew.com) and Three Floyds is from Munster, Indiana (3floyds.com). – Eric S Feb 12 at 18:03
  • Three Floyds is available in IL, IN, KY, OH,WI, TN, and MN. 3floyds.com/distribution has details on where to find it. Revolution has a beer finder page too: revbrew.com/beer/find. – Eric S Feb 12 at 18:08
  • @EricShain I checked out Revolution and they look like they have really good IPAs. I used their finder and there was sadly no results. I enjoy the Hazy IPAs. – Brokke2 Feb 12 at 18:29
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IPAs are actually a pretty broad range of beers themselves. If you want to amp up the bitter side of things, look for west coast IPAs. Some nationally available ones would be things from Stone, Sierra Nevada, or even Sam Adams Rebel IPA, among many many more.

East Coast/NE IPAs tend to not be as bitter, have more sweetness and highlight some more of what the hops and other ingredients bring. Sam Adams has a NE IPA as well, though I mostly know more regional brewers for this stuff.

Of course, categories often fall apart when you try to map the real world into them, so there are a lot of IPAs that won't fit cleanly into either, and some of these are really well known. Heady Topper helped really get the IPA scene roaring in NE, but wouldn't really fit a lot of people's expectations for a NE IPA now. Nor would Lunch or Dinner, though all three are delicious. They're just markedly different from, say, Congress Street from Trillium or Julius from Treehouse.

So, the real way to get into IPAs will be to look for local brewers who are making things and go try them. There's a ton of variety within the style, so you'll just have to try things to find what you like.

The national brands can give you a sense of what to expect from the different variations, but that will just help you point in the right direction.

I don't know how widely distributed things in the midwest are, but Listerman's Brewering in Ohio makes some decent stuff, like Hank the Dumpster Kitty. M-43 from Old Nation Brewing in Michigan is not too bad either. I'm unfortunately not super familiar with that area though.

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  • I have noticed I like more of a flavorful IPA over a hoppy/malt one. My town has three Brewers, but don't do IPA's. Thank you for the suggestions and the insight about the locations – Brokke2 Feb 12 at 16:31
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In my opinion IPAs are best consumed fresh. This suggests looking for local breweries where you can get beers perhaps only a few weeks after bottling or canning. Beer Advocate is a decent source of beer reviews. You don't mention where you live, but since you can get Surly, here is the rankings for Minnesota beers.

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  • Yeah I live in Minnesota I should have said that. Thank you for posting the rankings of Minnesota beers. I have had it fresh and I do agree it's so much better. – Brokke2 Feb 13 at 16:05

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