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Hi all -- I need some expert advice. I don't drink beer, but need to spend about $40-50 buying someone some beer. I was thinking of trying to get him a mix of brands. He likes really hoppy beer. Does anyone have some suggestions for some brands to look for? I'm looking for some types that maybe aren't that easy to get or are kind of unusual -- he's made his way through most of the traditional hoppy brands.

Thanks so much!

Anne

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Hi all -- I need some expert advice. I don't drink beer, but need to spend about $40-50 buying someone some beer. I was thinking of trying to get him a mix of brands. He likes really hoppy beer. Does anyone have some suggestions for some brands to look for? I'm looking for some types that maybe aren't that easy to get or are kind of unusual -- he's made his way through most of the traditional hoppy brands.

Thanks so much!

Anne

Good time to be asking as one of my favorite beers has just become available albeit for a very short time. Bell's Hopslam which retails for around $15.00 a six-pack. You can find it at Rodman's on Wisconsin in Chevy Chase and other fine retailers around the city.

Other favorite hoppy beers available around here include:

Double or Imperial IPA's

1) Weyerbacher Double Simcoe

2) Avery Maharaja (I have only seen it in 22oz bomber bottles)

3) Moylan's Moylander (22oz bottles)

4) Lagunitas Maximus

5) Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (might be available in DC although I have only seen it in bottles in Baltimore)

6) Stone Ruination IPA

Standard (more restrained) IPA's

1) Bell's Two-Hearted Ale

2) Green Flash West Coast IPA

3) Dogfish Head 60 Minute

4) Goose Island IPA (not normally available here, but Rodman's has it in stock since the it is a Chicago beer)

5) Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

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Good time to be asking as one of my favorite beers has just become available albeit for a very short time. Bell's Hopslam which retails for around $15.00 a six-pack. You can find it at Rodman's on Wisconsin in Chevy Chase and other fine retailers around the city.

Other favorite hoppy beers available around here include:

Double or Imperial IPA's

1) Weyerbacher Double Simcoe

2) Avery Maharaja (I have only seen it in 22oz bomber bottles)

3) Moylan's Moylander (22oz bottles)

4) Lagunitas Maximus

5) Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (might be available in DC although I have only seen it in bottles in Baltimore)

6) Stone Ruination IPA

Standard (more restrained) IPA's

1) Bell's Two-Hearted Ale

2) Green Flash West Coast IPA

3) Dogfish Head 60 Minute

4) Goose Island IPA (not normally available here, but Rodman's has it in stock since the it is a Chicago beer)

5) Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

This is a fantastic list, thanks so much!

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Is the giftee from the DC area? To the list already submitted I'd add:

Clay Pipe Brewing: Hopocalypse (seen recently at the P St Whole Foods)

DFH: 120 Minute (well beyond your regular ol' Imperial IPA)

Three Floyds: Dreadnaught (not distributed in our market any more, but I've heard tales of shops that are still able to get it; worth seeking out)

Bell's: Hopslam (just showed up over the weekend and will probably be gone before long; small production this year)

Edit to add Victory's Hop Devil, one of my favorite "every day" IPAs.

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Is the giftee from the DC area? To the list already submitted I'd add:

Clay Pipe Brewing: Hopocalypse (seen recently at the P St Whole Foods)

DFH: 120 Minute (well beyond your regular ol' Imperial IPA)

Three Floyds: Dreadnaught (not distributed in our market any more, but I've heard tales of shops that are still able to get it; worth seeking out)

Bell's: Hopslam (just showed up over the weekend and will probably be gone before long; small production this year)

Edit to add Victory's Hop Devil, one of my favorite "every day" IPAs.

Dreadnaught is awesome although not seen at any retailers. Birreria Paradiso has had it on occassion when Greg U-hauls it back from Indiana. His roomate Tim is the beer buyer at Wine Specialist and has had 3F beers in the past (Alpha King, Gumballhead, Pride and Joy and Alpha Klaus), but no Dreadnaught.

P.S.- Port Brewing Hop-15 is not available locally, but if you ever see it while on the west coast, grab it.

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Dreadnaught is awesome although not seen at any retailers. Birreria Paradiso has had it on occassion when Greg U-hauls it back from Indiana. His roomate Tim is the beer buyer at Wine Specialist and has had 3F beers in the past (Alpha King, Gumballhead, Pride and Joy and Alpha Klaus), but no Dreadnaught.

P.S.- Port Brewing Hop-15 is not available locally, but if you ever see it while on the west coast, grab it.

I've been told by a reliable source that it has been seen at retail in Baltimore recently. Whether that was old stock from last year or not is unknown.

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Whatever you choose, I would not recommend my choice tonight: Arcadia's Hopmouth Double IPA. It's simply not balanced. The bitterness is an overpowering high note (low note?) over an otherwise decent pale ale. I suspect the brewers just took their existing ale recipe and tripled the hops in the hope of producing a good IIPA.

It didn't work.

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Victory (Downington, PA) Hop Wallop is available (through February) at the Total Wine & More in Landmark Plaza in Alexandria. The bottom of the carton says: "...a silky malt base supports the profound hop character of melon, mint, and pine, adding complexity. 8.5% a.b.v." I'm drinking one right now, and I agree with the bottom of the carton.

Clipper City (Baltimore, MD) Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale may also be found there, and will also fill the bill.

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I've been told by a reliable source that it has been seen at retail in Baltimore recently. Whether that was old stock from last year or not is unknown.

Hop-15 definitely sighted in Philly at Monk's (which in theory means it might've made it to Max's or someplace else in B-more). But that didn't stop me from bringing back a bottle from my Cali trip a couple weeks ago.

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Hop-15 definitely sighted in Philly at Monk's (which in theory means it might've made it to Max's or someplace else in B-more). But that didn't stop me from bringing back a bottle from my Cali trip a couple weeks ago.

Oh, sorry, I was talking Dreadnaught. I've never seen Hop-15 in the DC metro area.

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