After drinking plenty of Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale, it occurred to me that there might be merit to the whole India Pale Ale concept. And with that I trolled about the local Alcohol Bazaar and selected the first three things I saw with "IPA" on the label. Results?
Surprisingly subdued for an IPA. I expect a kick in the jaw, but this is more "Pale Ale" with fewer Indians added than I expected. It's crisp, tasty, and generally malty and delicious; however, it's not quite what I'm looking for...
Lagunitas Maximus IPA
Sometimes just adding hops can go awry. It's big and full-bodied, but has an unfortunate vegetal quality. This stuff tastes like a rejected batch of SNPA-Anniversary - same flavors, wrong amounts. If they adjusted the hop mix, it might work better.
Ok, this is what we're going for. This stuff is intensely bitter, which I find a good complement to my personality, but still crisp and malty, with a full body. It's not what I'd call a traditional IPA taste per se, but a very interesting interpretation.