Topic Archives: Imperial IPA

Posted in New Releases, Offshoot Beer Co.

Offshoot Beer’s Horse, before the Cart?

Offshoot Beer Horse IPA

Offshoot Beer Horse IPA, is the fourth release from the hoppy, IPA extension of The Bruery.

RELATED: The Bruery Launches Offshoot Beer Co.

April saw the launch of the brand, as well as the first two releases, Fashionably Late IPA, and Better Late Than Never IPA. Offshoot is releasing these cans at the rate of two offerings per month, sold only at the brewery.

For May, Offshoot Beer Co. is putting the “Horse” before the “Cart”, or vice versa. If you aren’t getting what we’re saying – May’s IPAs are Cart IPA and Horse IPA. The order just depends on how drink them?

Offshoot Beer Horse IPA is actually juicy, hazy imperial IPA (the first imperial in the lineup), brewed with Citra, Huell Melon and Simcoe hops.

The only way to get any of Offshoot’s lineup is to be on their exclusive mailing list, buy online, and have the beer picked up within 7 seven days at the brewery (or shipped within California).

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Huell Melon, Simcoe
Malts: 2 Row, Pilsner, Rolled Oats

Availability: 16oz Cans, Limtied
Debut: 5/24/17

8.2% ABV

Posted in New Releases, The Veil Brewing

The Veil Brewing We Ded Mon, an 11% Citra monster

The Veil Brewing We Ded Mon

The Veil Brewing We Ded Mon returns to cans today.

“Imperial” is an understatement when talking about We Ded Mon. This beer clocks in at 11% alcohol by volume. The Veil considers this beer a natural progression in their “Broz” series.

100% Citra hops so it’s tropical and boozy. Perhaps the name is truly fitting.

The Veil Brewing We Ded Mon will be available in 16 ounce cans when the brewery opens on May 16th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra
Availability: 16oz Cans
Latest Return: 5/16/17

11% ABV

Image: The Veil Brewing

Posted in Seasonal Return, Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2017: “Our hoppiest beer yet”

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2017

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2017 is hitting shelves, one of the brewery’s most aggressive India pale ales in their lineup.

2011 was the first year the beer drinking public found Hoptimum, a whole cone “triple IPA.” This 2017 iteration has been reimagined a bit, creating their hoppiest beer to date.

…providing a blend of tropical and citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined yet aggressive character.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft as a late-spring seasonal.

Style: Imperial IPA

Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Chinook
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Wheat
Yeast: Ale

Latest Return: May, 2017

9.6% ABV, 65 IBUs

Image: Sierra Nevada

Posted in Coming Soon, Headlines, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone is brewing a New England IPA, Nor’East Nod

Stone Nor' East Nod

It’s undeniable that Stone Brewing is well-known for brewing big west coast style IPAs. Breweries like Stone and Sierra Nevada have shaped the perception of the American IPA. Then quietly, or not-so-quietly, folks in New England brought the the haze craze to life. Paying homage to the new, Stone Nor’ East Nod Double IPA is coming.

The lack of bitterness is an earmark of the “New England Style IPA” or NEIPA. Stone’s repertoire of west coast styles are big on hops, finishing notably bitter. Stone Nor’ East Nod Double IPA will be far less so than the brewery is accustomed to.

The 21st Anniversary Nor’East Nod India pale ale is in inspiration of, and ode to, what many of our comrades in the northeast are currently brewing, and we happily drinking. It’s an India pale ale, for sure, but not like we’ve ever experienced before. Our past as early progenitor of the West Coast style of India pale ale means we are intimately familiar, in fact still very much in love with, lingering bitterness. Unlike that, THIS India pale ale is all ’bout hop flavor with a sweet, bright, decidedly UN-bitter finish. ‘Nuff said. Give this sweet hoppy nectar a try. We’re pretty sure you’ll like it as much as we do.

Stone Nor’ East Nod Double IPA is slated for 22 ounce bottles and draft, potentially in August. The brewery has not yet announced this release.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: August, 2017

9% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Wild Heaven Goodvice will be the brewery’s first imperial IPA

Wild Heaven Goodvice

Avondale Estates, Georgia based Wild Heaven is on the cusp of releasing their first imperial IPA. It was almost exactly a year ago that the brewery released their first packaged IPA. According to head brewer and co-owner Eric Johnson, Wild Heaven Goodvice is nearly ready for the big time.

Johnson has chosen Loral, Ariana, and Ekuanot*, three very new varieties of hops and a hefty dose of lupulin powder. Using a cryogenic separation process, all the components of each hop fraction are preserved, producing two simultaneous products: concentrated lupulin powder, and debittered leaf.  All that hop talk boils down to an imperial IPA that will be extra dank.

If you aren’t familiar with Eric Johnson’s massive attention to brewing detail, he’s been test batching this beer for months. You might think the final release is a game of hop chemistry. For Johnson, it’s a complex game of hop combination and water chemistry. Paying close attention to the water ph has a direct effect on final hop aroma.

As for the name, Johnson says “there are all manners of vices, he hopes drinking this is a good one. Aka Goodvice”.

Some of the test batches are on tap in the brewery’s taproom now. Look for Wild Heaven Goodvice in 12 ounce cans and draft in the market in late May or June.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Loral, Ariana, Ekuanot
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: TBA

8.5% ABV

*Ekuanot was previously called Equinox.

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Bell’s Mars is back on shelves, inspired by Gustav Holst

Bell's Mars 2017

Bell’s Mars, part of the brewery’s “Planetary Series” is making a second appearance this month.

In 2014, Bell’s Mars was the first release in a series of beers inspired by composer Gustav Holst’s The Planets. The piece was first conceived in 1913, thanks to his interest in astrology. Mars was the first to be written, with Mercury completed in 1915. (Don’t go looking for Pluto.) The brewery released beers in order of composition. Bell’s Mars was first.

An imperial IPA was chosen to represent Mars, The Bringer of War. The dank, hop bomb was easily one of the most popular in the series.

Mars (The Bringer of War) is a Double IPA inspired by the music of Gustav Holst. An intense hopping regime imparts incredible notes of tropical fruit, citrus and pine, while Munich malt provides balance and a deep red hue.

Bell’s Mars has returned to brewery’s lineup for a limited time in April, 2017. Important to note – the brewery plans to have a little bit more stock to go around this time.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Latest Return: April, 2017

10.1% ABV

Posted in Creature Comforts, New Releases

Creature Comforts made an imperial Tropicalia, and it’s called Tropicalisima

Creature Comforts Tropicalisma

Athens, Georgia based Creature Comforts has a popular year-round IPA known as Tropicalia. Fan of the brewery can’t get enough of it. So much so, that a simple 6-pack isn’t easy to find.

Today, an imperial edition of Tropicalia debuts – Creature Comforts Tropicalisima.

The hop bill is the same as the year-rounder, featuring a double dose of Citra, Centennial, and Galaxy. The yeast is the same one found in another taproom release – Duende.

…the beer has a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a hazy golden orange color. upon pouring we get floral, honeydew, and orange characters in the aroma. these notes prepare your palate for the orange peel, mango, lemon custard, and grapefruit pith.

Creature Comforts Tropicalisima is available at a taproom only release in 12 ounce cans. No distribution.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Centennial, and Galaxy

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited/Brewery Only
Debut: 4/18/17

?? ABV

Image: Creature Comforts