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Dec 12, 2012 11:05 AM

Gift of beer

Since the thread below asks specifically about books, I wonder if you all could help me out with a gift of beer itself. I'm looking for a rare or interesting beer, preferably in a large-but-not-huge quantity, like a pint, to give to a discerning beer lover. I believe he likes IPAs, and I know he doesn't really like the Founders Cerise fruity stuff I prefer.

I'm in NYC if that makes a difference--I initially went to Cannibal on 29th St. to look at their selection but was a little overwhelmed.

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  1. Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA. Not rare, but interesting. Available in 4 packs.

    1. I believe that Ballast Point Sculpin is the highest rated IPA on Beer Advocate however, I like Green Flash's IPA the best. Both San Diego, CA area beers and I'm not sure that they're available there.

      1. If he is really into beer and you have little knowledge, your best bet is a gift certificate.

        Personally I would rather have someone give me a GC than some randomly chosen IPA that has a good chance of being oxidized/stale.

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        1. re: LStaff

          Do you get a lot of oxidized/stale beer? I ask because while I have had some few in 40 years of beeer drinking (lots of IPAs in the last 20), I would have to guess less than 1%.

          1. re: FrankJBN

            Heavily hopped beers are meant to be drank very fresh. If the store you go to does not have good turnover or properly rotate their stock you can end up with a bad IIPA.

        2. "a large-but-not-huge quantity, like a pint"

          So, hows the weather been in Lilliput?

          A pint would generally be thought of as a relatively small quantity of beer. Heck, a pint is a small quantity of liquor.

          Go back to the place you were. Ask someobne to help you. Tell them what you want (as described above is fine) Don't mention "pint".

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          1. re: FrankJBN

            I was trying to differentiate between a single bottle--the size you would find in a 6-pack--and a larger bottle, which in the refrigerator case at this store was labeled as a pint. They also had huge bottles labeled as magnums. Sorry, I obviously don't have the terminology down.

            Thanks for your help...

            1. re: FrankJBN

              Excellent point regarding the gift card. I'll just get one to Cannibal unless the guys there can give me a specific recommendation. Plus, with a gift card to this place he could elect to buy meat in addition to beer, if he so chose.

            2. Brooklyn Chocolate Stout is a revelation and certain to be available in the NYC area... one of the world's great stouts and the most luscious chocolate stout on the market IMO.

              As for a great IPA... Dreadnaught, GD Hercules, Maharajah, Dogfish (preferably 120min, 90 also great), Hop Stoopid... any of those are absolutely top shelf. If not available, Victory Hop Devil or 3 Floyds Alpha King would be appreciated by any IPA lover.

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              1. re: TombstoneShadow

                I assume you mean Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, in which case I should point out that it is an imperial stout, contains no chocolate and is a seasonal beer (and it's the season right now).

                1. re: Jim Dorsch

                  Jim, that's definitely the one:

                  I didn't realize there's no actual chocolate in the brew... the chocolate notes are so much more developed than in Rogue Chocolate for example, just amazing complexity and depth of flavor in this stuff....

                  It's unmistakably an imperial and in blind tastings it matches up against the best in the category to my palate, including expedition, storm king, worldwide, bourbon county, yeti and old rasputin among others. These great imperial stouts are at the top of any beer lover's gift wish list, and each is so unique in it's flavor profile:)