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    The updated list:

    The Good

    Marble - Lagonda IPA
    Blue Monkey - Ape Ale
    Brew Dog - Punk IPA
    Thornbridge - Jaipur IPA
    Art Brew - Monkey and Spanked Monkey
    Acorn - Scorachi IPA
    Bingham - Space Hoppy IPA
    Tryst - Raj IPA
    Moor Pacific IPA (OB)
    Kirkstall Dissolution (OB)
    Penzance Brewing IPA (BF)
    Dark Star Green Hopped IPA (PoH)
    Kernels Simcoe IPA (PoH)
    Wadsworths Henrys IPA (A1)

    The Bad

    Greene King - IPA
    Caledonian - Deuchars IPA
    Marlow - Rebellion IPA
    Brains - IPA
    Wells - Eagle IPA
    McMullen's IPA (BF)

    The Nostalgic

    Charringtons IPA (ND)

    An interesting list, anyone have any more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thuck Phat View Post
    An interesting list, anyone have any more?
    My favourite IPA's from this year have been:

    Buxton Axe Edge Double IPA
    Summer Wine Diablo IPA
    Redemption Big Chief

    I'll also second PaulOfHorsham's nomination of Kernel Simcoe (although I was fortunate enough to find the cask version - a rarity for Kernel beers) - this will almost certainly be my Beer of the Year.

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    The new beer from Thornbridge Seaforth IPA is excellent.

    It's the same basic recipe & ABV as Jaipur but they use different hops.

    Another dangerous one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ROBCamra View Post

    Another dangerous one.
    I don't see many of these super/"American" IPA's-I suppose I don't get out enough. They all seem to be too "strong" for a regular session-bit like spending the night with Fuller's ESB!
    Here's a cuople of "old style "IPA's that I know and love, though the style gurus would debate their right to be called IPA: Hopdeamon Skrimshander and Old Dairy Blue Top. Two cracking beers whatever they are described as.
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    Another one tried this week - Tring XL IPA. An easy drink at 6% but lacking in depth and flavour and with an odd aftertaste so I'm afraid it has to be bad.

    The updated list:

    The Good

    Marble - Lagonda IPA
    Blue Monkey - Ape Ale
    Brew Dog - Punk IPA
    Thornbridge - Jaipur IPA
    Art Brew - Monkey and Spanked Monkey
    Acorn - Scorachi IPA
    Bingham - Space Hoppy IPA
    Tryst - Raj IPA
    Moor Pacific IPA (OB)
    Kirkstall Dissolution (OB)
    Penzance Brewing IPA (BF)
    Dark Star Green Hopped IPA (PoH)
    Kernels Simcoe IPA (PoH)
    Wadsworths Henrys IPA (A1)
    Buxton Axe Edge Double IPA (PSM)
    Summer Wine Diablo IPA (PSM)
    Redemption Big Chief (PSM)
    Thornbridge Seaforth IPA (RobC)
    Hopdeamon Skrimshander IPA (Wit)
    Old Dairy Blue Top (Wit)


    The Bad

    Greene King - IPA
    Caledonian - Deuchars IPA
    Marlow - Rebellion IPA
    Brains - IPA
    Wells - Eagle IPA
    McMullen's IPA (BF)
    Tring XL IPA

    The Nostalgic

    Charringtons IPA (ND)

    A lot there that I've never heard of but will certainly look out for.

    Any found in Nottingham?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thuck Phat View Post
    Another one tried this week - Tring XL IPA. An easy drink at 6% but lacking in depth and flavour and with an odd aftertaste so I'm afraid it has to be bad.
    I wouldn't agree about the Tring XL IPA being put in the bad bracket. I had a pint a few weeks ago and thought it was really good. It was actually bewed especially for CAMRA's 40th (XL) anniversary. Similarly with Brains IPA, not sure it should be in the bad category. I'm more in favour of strong hoppy IPA's but I had a couple of pints of Brains last night and enjoyed them. Only 3.4% I think but a good session beer. I guess this all comes down to personal taste, and maybe how the beer has been kept when you encounter it.
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    I'd add Acorn Santiam IPA to the good list, having had an excellent pint of it on Tuesday in the Devonshire Cat in Sheffield
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Blue View Post
    I'd add Acorn Santiam IPA to the good list, having had an excellent pint of it on Tuesday in the Devonshire Cat in Sheffield
    Glad you enjoyed Sheffield, you must have had a good time but it may have been on Ossett's Santiam

    which I agree is a damn fine pint and as good as some of the Acorn beers which you can't say for all the Ossett range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    Glad you enjoyed Sheffield, you must have had a good time but it may have been on Ossett's Santiam

    which I agree is a damn fine pint and as good as some of the Acorn beers which you can't say for all the Ossett range.
    Don't want to be pedantic* 'ob', but there's no reason why it couldn't have been Acorn Santiam, as it's been available since mid-October:

    http://www.acorn-brewery.co.uk/detail.asp?id=8


    *Actually, I did really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aleandhearty View Post
    Don't want to be pedantic* 'ob', but there's no reason why it couldn't have been Acorn Santiam, as it's been available since mid-October:

    http://www.acorn-brewery.co.uk/detail.asp?id=8


    *Actually, I did really.
    curses, I stand corrected yet again

    Sorry Old Blue.

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