IPAs run the gambit from weak to over the top 25% ABV hop bombs with enough IBUs to take the rust off an old bike chain. Every now and then you want an easier drinking, flavorful IPA that will allow you to still drive home safely after consuming. Not a full session beer, but something a bit slower speed. Hoping to answer this need is the All Occasions IPA from Evil Twin Brewing out of Denmark, a 8% ABV IPA billed as a “no BS” beer.
Category Imperial IPA
In what has become an annual affair, Stone released their 16th Anniversary IPA this summer. Loaded with lots of rye, but according to them not enough to warrant the “Rye IPA” name, this Double IPA also features Amarillo and Calypso hops. Finished with lemon verbena and European specialty malts, this one sounded intriguing enough to peak my interest (and Stone rarely lets me down).
You may hear the name “Double Platinum” and think of the less than desirable beer created by Budweiser, but the Starr Hill Double Platinum is quite the opposite. The Double Platinum is a 8.6% ABV Imperial IPA that is dry hopped with both Simcoe and Centennial hops. It looks pretty promising and hopefully the platinum lives up to its previous metal name.
There are few things in the world greater than a big, hoppy IPA on a summer night. Imperial IPAs provide immense flavors, a good bitter note, crisp refreshing mouth feel, and a larger ABV hit. Imperial IPAs have long been one of my favorite styles, and tonight I’m sampling the Ice Breaker from Lost Rhino Brewing Company. The description on the Lost Rhino website ends with “Drink with caution!” so this should be just what I’m looking for.
IPAs have long been my favorite style of beer. There is something about the bitterness, the variety of flavors, and the huge amount of interpretations by craft breweries. It seems as though every brewery has their IPA, and Clown Shoes is no different. Being an Imperial IPA, the Supa Hero should be a little more hoppy and stronger than a standard IPA, but I’m not expecting a total hop bomb.